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Best method to clean cases fired with black powder?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Steve499, Nov 2, 2006.

  1. Steve499

    Steve499 Well-Known Member

    What's the best way you have found to clean your fired cases of the black powder residue before reloading them? I have done them one.......by........one........ and found that method less than desirable.

  2. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 Well-Known Member

    Read the thread on cleaning with ultrasonic cleaners.

    There's a good one started over in the handloading forum. It's what I use to clean my fired black powder .45-70 brass. ;)
  3. sundance44s

    sundance44s Well-Known Member


    Aw the nasty black powder cases cleaning .. I`ve tried alot of different things ...here`s what i came up with for mine that works well ... while they are still capped i fill a gal. jug with dish soap water and add a dash or two of vinigar to it . I soak mine a few days in this to loosen up the crud around the primmer on the inside ...then i rinse them off let air dry a day then toss them in my tumbler with corn media ..about 6 hrs in the tumbler and they look as good as new . I`ve tried decaping before the soaking ..but its better to soak first to loosen up the crud on the inside around the primmer . As of now i `m just loading 45 colt and 45/70 brass .works well on both.
  4. 4fingermick

    4fingermick Well-Known Member

    I'm about to start shooting BP and was thinking of getting a tub of cleaning liquid (water/soap/vinegar whatever) and keep it on my guncart, drop the cases in as I go. Sound reasonable?
  5. Cap n Ball

    Cap n Ball Well-Known Member

    I do it the same way as Sundance except I use crushed up pecan hulls along with a handfull of corn media in the tumbler. Works pretty good and we got tons of pecans here in Missouri at this time of year. You can get a sack of the stuff for free from most growers and it lasts a long time.
  6. ocharry

    ocharry Well-Known Member

    hi guys,, i have been shooting BPCG for a looong time and after i get home from a match,,,, i just put the cases in a jug with some dish soap and hot water,,, shake them around for a min. or two,,,, pour out the dirty water put in some hot clean water for a rinse,, and then to the tumbler,,,, and the absolute best stuff i have found for this is the ceramic media,,, it never wears out,, so it's a one time buy,,and in 45 min. the cases look new and they are clean inside and out,,, AND the primer pockets too,,, i will never go back to any other media,,,, you will need a wet tumbler for this,,, but you will like the out come,,,, there are several places to get it ,,, cabelas has it in kit form.....;) YMMV just a helpful tip

  7. Starter52

    Starter52 Well-Known Member

    I fill a jug with hot soapy water, shake 'em around a bit, rinse with clean hot water, and set them on a bath towel to dry. Next day, into the tumbler with the rest of my brass.
  8. dmay

    dmay New Member

    Vinegar and water, I find, gives the brass an interesting "antique" color....if you don't tumble it all off.
    But beware of smell..blackpowder residue and vinegar is evil....don't open jug in kitchen...wives hate it.:D

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