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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Stew0576, Apr 9, 2018.

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  1. hdwhit

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    I just arrange them in a single layer on a towel on the counter in my garage and turn the ceiling fan on. The next morning they are dry and ready for the next step.
     
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    For a three day dry, I put them in a towel that is under my overhead heater. One shake up every day and they are completely dry in three days.
    For an overnight dry they go into a broken down refrigerator that I remover the shut-off switch for the light and wired in a small personal fan and replaced the bulb with a 25w bulb. I made 7 drying trays to fit the 7 shelve positions.
    For a two hour dry, I found a dehydrator sitting on top of a garbage can on trash pick up day. I took it for the trays, but just for ***** and giggles I plugged it in and heard the fan hitting the bottom of the case. 10 minutes later it was working perfectly.
     
  3. doubleh

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    I put them in a shallow pan and set them outside on my heavy steel workbench. With the wind and low humidity of this area It doesn't take long even in fairly cool temperatures. I keep enough stock on hand that the rare wet spell isn't a problem.
     
  4. Reeferman

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    Mine get put on a big towel and shake them then on big cookie pans in the oven for 30 minutes at 200 and all dry
     
  5. lightman

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    In the Summer I put them on a baking tray and set them outside in the sun. In the Winter the same baking tray gets set in the oven at 200º or so for 30-45 minutes. My Wife made me a "pillow case" from an old towel that I use to shake them around in to help remove any water in the cases.
     
  6. LocoGringo

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    After wet tumbling my rifle brass, I remove them from the water, inspect the flash hole to make sure no pins are stuck and place the brass in a $6 hot plate I bought at a thrift store set for 200 degrees. Using a wooden spoon to agitate, they are dry in a matter of minutes.

    Remove them and place them in a separate cooking pan that my wife does NOT use to let them cool and place them in a plastic bin to await reloading.
     
  7. Milt1

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    I have the Hornady Case Dryer and it works fine. I've never had to dry any cases past 1/2 hour.
     
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  8. Point_Taken

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    It really depends on how annal you are about water spots, I'm in the SoCal desert and have really hard water, so letting it air dry left a lot of spots, ended up getting the Hornady case dryer, dries it out within an hour or so and does a better job at preventing hard water spots.
     
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  9. Stew0576

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    I'm being given a welding rod oven, think it will make a good case dryer
     
  10. Captaingyro

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    I dump them on a big cotton bath towel, gather up the four corners, and toss them around for a few seconds. That dries the outsides and empties any residual water out of the insides. Then I just spread the towel out on a table in the shop and let the brass sit there overnight. It's dry and spotless the next morning.
     
  11. otblue

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    I put them into a big flannel pillow case and "slosh" them around. Thats dries the surface off and prevents water spotting. Then swinging the pillow case around a few times dislodges most of the internal moisture.
    In warm weather I then place the sac of cases on the car dash in the sun and the cases likely will be too hot to touch in a couple of hours.

    In cold weather they go on top of the floor central heating duct and dry off overnight.

    The climate around here is just right for those options.

    I do have several food dehydrators but have never needed to try those.
     
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