cleaning sizing lube off brass

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  1. JDeere

    JDeere Member

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    Yep clean in vibratory with corn cob and a little mother's before sizing and de capping. After sizing just wipe of the outside of the case for effect. If there is any residue left it does not harm anything. Messing with pins and water takes away from my range time and is totally unnecessary. To each his own...
     
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  2. rkittine

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    I don't like my sized cases banging around against other ones in a tumbler for case I tumble rather then ultrasonic clean, I tumble them first, then lube and size and then clean the lube off with a rag lighly soaked in alcohol.

    Bob
     
  3. lordpaxman

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    The label that says Imperial sizing wax... yes I use it for single stage sizing. After sizing I have a cloth that I wipe the case with. After a childhood with 2,4,5-T, 2,4-D, carbon tet, and DDT, I’m probably going to avoid AOCs for a while. I also use their micro beads and graphite for neck lube.
    I’ve seen most posts remove lanolin with dry tumbling, but I would suspect all the media does is distribute the lube very evenly, there’ll still be some left. Using solvent will get rid of most of it, but there are some that just don’t bother removing it at all. I get that sticky stuff attracts dust and dirt, but if you keep your ammo clean and tumble before loading, use a sparingly amount of lube, why remove it at all? The question is really directed towards progressive reloading where individually wiping each case is a royal PIA.
     
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  4. fotheringill

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    Just don't toss the lanolin down the drain after use. It is going to dry out and clog.
     
  5. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I have never used those products but in my case, since I use a wax-based sizing compound, it needs to get cleaned off or it will go rancid and get sticky. In a repeater, that can be annoying because it gets on feed surfaces, makes chambers gummy, etc. but in a revolver it is not a problem, typically. I tumble in a dry media to get the worst of the schmutz off, then cap/resize in one step. If it's a long straight-wall case that tends to get sticky starting into the sizing die, or a bottle-neck case I use in several guns and therefore F/L size, I lube before sizing. Otherwise, elbow grease is my only lubricant. :) British Mk.VII .303 is the worst of my rifle calibers. I have several Enfields and the chambers run from "Right proper," to "Oooh, bloody 'ell!"
     
  6. lightman

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    If its a small amount of brass I take it out to the garage or shop with the door open and spray them with brake cleaner. I lay them on an old folded up towel. If its a larger batch of brass I put it in my Dillon tumbler with corncob media and run for a half hour or so.

    I'm another that would strongly resist getting away from my Lanolin-Alcohol lube.
     
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  7. osprey176

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    I used to just wipe down lubed brass with a rag dampened with a little Zippo fluid. Now I just toss them in my dry media tumbler for a half hour or so. I wet tumble my bottleneck brass,after depriming to get the primer pockets clean with needing to do it by hand. I’ve e used Imperial since I started handloading.
     
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  8. Fine Figure of a Man

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    I refuse to tumble brass more than once between firings.
    For handgun target ammo I pull a lever once per loaded round.
     
  9. NMexJim

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    ..... where men are men and sheep are scared?
     
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