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Do you clean the inside of your brass?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by gamestalker, Jan 29, 2012.

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  1. gamestalker

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    Does anyone else clean the inside of their bottle neck brass? I'm pretty serious about it and use acetone, Q tips, and a bore brush on each case prior to it getting reloaded. My purpose it to try and produce an enviroment for the powder and primer, that is as close to 100% free of anything that could alter or effect the typical burn properties of that powder. And based on what comes out of the brass after each reloading, I feel internal cleaning is a necessary and worthy step.
    I use acetone because it is 100% residue free, it desolves carbons on contact, and it evaporates almost instantly and leaves the case free of any residue.
     
  2. rcmodel

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    Heck no!

    I pick it up where it falls.
    I shake spider nests and rocks out of it.
    I tumble clean it.
    I resize and deprime it.
    I load it.
    I tumble clean again for 30 minutes or so.

    Washing the inside of all my rifle brass with Q-Tips & acetone?
    Would probably lead to my wife or children getting me professional help of some sort I don't want to contemplate right now.

    rc
     
  3. Certaindeaf

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    Fire cleanses all.
     
  4. animator

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    I can't imagine the time it would take to do several thousand pieces to be worth it...


    If you want inside and outside to look brand new, use stainless media. Otherwise, whatever's on the inside isn't going to hurt or affect anything.
     
  5. 788Ham

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    NO, thats being kinda asinine. When that primer ignites the powder charge, anything in there besides the powder is instant "flash" gone! I've used a bore brush to clean out the mouths of a few that had been in the mud/water, throw them into the tumbler and kick it on. After I've resized them, I'll throw them into the tumbler again to get the lube off, then get to reloading! Simmer down, no need to get Ben Casey on things.
     
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    i'll second the stainless media for cleaning the insides of cases. it cleans my brass completely. outside, inside, primer pocket, and flash hole are all spotless.
     
  7. Steve in PA

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    Nope. Big waste of time as I see it.
     
  8. crazy4milsurps

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    I tumble, then wash em in the sink with dawn and scrub the insides with a bore mop. there are many extra steps I take to produce the most accurate ammo in my neck of the woods. I am not ashamed to say that it takes me 8 hours to load 100 rounds of .303 British.
     
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    @ NeuseRvrRat have they came up with cheaper set ups? last i checked this route was rather expensive....worth it but expensive.
     
  10. Mike 27

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    I do not worry about it. I did pick up an ultrasonic a few weeks ago though for my guns. It came with a bottle of brass cleaner so I figured I would give it a try. 8 minutes later the inside and out are spotless. Some of it had about 5 or 6 loads through it. After I threw it in the tumbler and polished for an hour. It looks great. If this is a must for you gamestalker I think you may want to invest in the 100 bucks and save some hassle. Like I said though I picked it up for some of my antique pistols that needed some extra love. It worked great for that as well.
     
  11. ArchAngelCD

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    I don't even like doing the things I have to do on rifle brass let alone adding an additional step. The inside of the brass is just fine the way it is IMO. And, I only clean the outside of the brass to protect my dies.
     
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    Even if I could not dry tumble, I would not bother hand polishing the outside of my cases. I have better uses of my time. But, if it "rings your bell", then have at it.

    If you want your cases easily cleaned like new, inside and out, stainless steel wet tumbling is the way to go.

    Unfortunately, it is not inexpensive to get started. $200 plus for the tumbler, $35-$45 for 5 pounds of stainless pins and the ability to about 200 or so hand gun cases or 100 bottle neck cases at a time. Larger equipment is available at an increase in cost.

    Wet tumbling is more time consuming than dry tumbling. Cases have to be rinsed and dried after tumbling.

    Oh, but the cases look like new.

    Some folks wet tumble without the pins or use ultra sonic cleaners with success by varying the wash mix. It works for them.

    I do both wet and dry tumbling. I wet tumble with pins once in a while after the cases get grungy inside. I use dry tumbling in between times.
     
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  13. Tunanut

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    I'll third the stainless steel media. Brass comes out looking like new, clean inside and out. Primer pockets are cleaned as well.
     
  14. USSR

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    The environment is just fine, and the powder won't burn one lick better if you go to all that trouble. IMHO, your time would be MUCH better spent using quality brass, bullets, and reloading dies.

    Don
     
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    Nope.......
     
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    no ....
     
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    I use SS media to clean my brass so it cleans inside / outside and does a decent job on necks. With that being said, SS media isn't for everyone.
     
  18. Walkalong

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    Yep. Never did anything but wipe the outside of the case with never dull, wipe that off, then brush the necks of my 6PPC brass, and it was capable of shooting zeros at 100 yards. (Too bad I wasn't very often. I did shoot a lot of small ones though.)
     
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    In 34 years I've never cleaned the inside of any case. The last year that has changed. I started cleaning using an ultra sonic device. In 15 minutes there is one spec of carbon left anywhere on that case.
     
  20. Kevin Rohrer

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    No Offense Meant

    This is one of the most anal retentive questions I have ever read. :what:

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    GS, your basis for doing all that unnecessary work is what? It bothers you that the inside of the case has some carbon in it? It doesn't bother anything as far as performance of the round. AND it does not "build up". It's sort of self limiting. After the initial firing, it stays the same level of a coating.

    Those that insist on the Stainless pin method of tumbling,(hardly PAINLESS), are all thinking they're ridding the inside of that nasty carbon. It must help them sleep better at night.;) It does nothing other than you can say with pride, "my cases are clean inside and out"!

    Now, if you were shooting a BPCR,(Black Powder Cartridge Rifle), then the residue from black powder should be removed, it DOES build up. Most that shoot those big BP shells immediately dunk them in soapy water to keep the fouling soft. They are then cleaned as soon as they get home, along with the rifles bore,(which also had a wet bore mop run down the bore).

    Since you're shooting smokeless powder, you're wasting your time.
     
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    Nope, maybe a case neck brush if a little media is still inside.


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  23. codefour

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    +1 for UltraSonic Cleaner

    As a gift, I got a midsizd Lyman Untrasonic Cleaner. All I can say is wow..! The inside and outside comes out clean. And a tumble in corn cob afterwards turns your brass into jewelry. I would have never bought an ultrasonic cleaner on my own accord, but I am a believer now.
     
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    Yup, i sleep like a baby at night and I like to peer in the mouth of a case and see my eyeball staring back.
     
  25. Certaindeaf

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    Doesn't that pin tumbling peen harden the brass? Ooh, pretty!
     
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