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Cleaning shotshells

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Boss-302, Feb 13, 2013.

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  1. Boss-302

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    Do you clean your shot shells before reloading? If so, what is your method?
     
  2. Waywatcher

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    Wipe them with a damp rag is all I do. Sometimes damp with mineral spirits instead of water.
     
  3. gab909

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    Unless if they accidentaly get left in a pocket. Never have and probably never will. After they bounce around in a box or bag or vest, any debris is usually knocked out of them. During hunting season, or just after, There usually a few feathers floating around, but they do nothing to affect the loads that I am loading.
     
  4. Rottweiler

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    This won't work with paper hulls or paper basewad hulls....

    Wait until spousal supervision isn't home and run them through a cycle in the washing machine and let them dry a day spread out on the back porch in the Texas sun.
     
  5. cfullgraf

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    I have never cleaned my shot shell hulls.

    They do get pretty black by the time they reach the end of their life.

    I suppose, if one fell in a mud puddle, I would rinse it off with water and let it dry.
     
  6. joecil

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    The only ones I clean are all brass, never have with the plastic ones at all.
     
  7. oneounceload

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    There is no need to clean a plastic shotshell - getting it wet on the inside can results in serious issues, depending on which one - some have paper basewads inside - getting them wet is bad ju-ju
     
  8. rcmodel

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    Years ago when I was really poor, I used to scrounge all the old AA hulls people left in the Ft. Carson skeet field trash cans.

    Some of them had been loaded so many times they were black instead of red.

    I got a nylon mesh bag, and would take them to the post Laundromat in the middle of the night.

    They come out looking right nice again.

    Just make sure they are solid plastic hulls like AA's and not paper or plastic with a fiber base wad.

    rc
     
  9. gamestalker

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    I haven't ever cleaned them either. In rare instances in which mud or something that can't be just tapped out, I would use a plastic bore brush and just give them a quick clean.

    GS
     
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