Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Bob in MO, Jan 27, 2021.
I wet tumble rifle brass twice - once briefly when I bring it home to clean the dirt and powder off. Then once again when I've finished sizing, trimming, deburring, taking out the primer crimp, etc. The 2nd round of tumbling both cleans off the sizing wax you asked about, and also rinses away any brass shavings stuck in/on the cases. It also cleans the primer pockets that didn't get clean from the first tumbling (since the spent primer was still in it).
When I do my final tumbling, I actually do a quick (~20 minutes) tumble with a watered-down ZEP de-greaser to clean off the sizing wax, then rinse it out and finish up with my usual detergent (Woolite with a bit of lemishine for about an hour).
For lube, I use the Hornady one-shot re-sizing wax that comes in the small tin (not the spray can). The spray can one-shot works extremely well for pistol brass, but I don't trust it for bottle-neck cartridges. It might work fine for rifle too, but I'll stick with what I know works well.
This is the best choice for rifles.
Handgun brass gets sizing wax because it's easier.
I don't know if this is appropriate or not for use but After getting several cases stuck I got desperate and grabbed my tub of Working Mans Hands. Not one case had to be hammered out of that. When finished I cleaned my dies and put the case in the shell holder that came with my trimmer that hooks to my drill and grabbed a microfiber cloth and quickly spun off the excess.
By the way I bought myself a plastic tumbler a few months ago and regret not buying one on day 1. Dump 'em in, turn handle, and dump 'em out. I used to (for years to save the $60) blow out every empty cart with an air compressor to remove the Lizard walnut mix. A real PITA.
I like using the RCBS pad. Doesn't take much to roll a hundred cases. Easy enough to wipe off after sizing. Plus I can usually spot a split case before loading.
When I got a progressive press and started loading pistol, I used Hornady #1 spray. I know “you don’t need to lube straight wall pistol cases” but I can feel the difference.
Initially, I didn’t clean the lube off. What I noticed was when I weighed powder charges, a couple of 10th if a grain would be stuck in the case.
So I tumble the cases after sizing.
When I spray the cases, I put a couple of hundred in a box, spray a couple of blasts, move them around and spray again for a total of 3 times. I can tell when even a straight wall pistol cartridge doesn’t have lube on it.
I’m gonna trying this for my hunting rifles in the future. Since I wet tumble with stainless steel media, tumbling after sizing not only gets the lube off, but cleans the primer pockets.
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