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Cleaning the gunk out of 38 special case rims

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bouis, Jun 9, 2006.

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  1. bouis

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    I'm sure you know what I mean. The rims on .38 special cases seem to fill up with gunk, especially when shooting lubricated lead bullets. Tumbling doesn't get it out.

    Am I wasting my time wearing out my fingernails and shop towels cleaning each cartridge individually? Is there a better way? Am I wasting my time?
     
  2. Rico567

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    Yeah- I know it gets in there, but.... I've reloaded for over 40 years, and I've reloaded .38 / .357 as long as any metallic cartridge, and I've never taken the time to clean out that groove above the rim. For much of that time, I cast my own bullets, and lubed them with that Lyman gunk, which I think was ALOX and beeswax, and that stuff was pretty smoky and dirty. All I can say is it doesn't seem to cause any problems, or make me lose sleep.
     
  3. HSMITH

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    Some untreated corn cob and mineral spirits in your tumbler will clean it if it really bothers you.

    I have never worried about it.
     
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