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What some people go through for cleaning 100 pices of brass!

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Rule3, Aug 31, 2021.

  1. Roblee1675

    Roblee1675 Member

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    I use the Franklin Arsenal Platinum Brass Dryer $65 on Amazon can't beat it
     

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  2. BigBoreBubba

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    I use a vibratory tumbler, cob, and NuFinish. I usually throw a load in before bed and let it run over night. It comes out looking better than it did from the factory. I’m not in a huge hurry, so it doesn’t hurt my feelings to wait a while for some nice shiny brass.
     
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  3. Ferris

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    New rule during the primer shortage! Only Brass that would win The Pebbles Beach Concurs d'Elegance earns a primer.
     
  4. Mark_Mark

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    Salad Spinner! think about it

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  5. CQB45ACP

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    I heard brass was so cheap you just toss the old and buy new.
     
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  6. Demi-human

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    I use my old ones for tiny, shiny shot cups. I can do fifty eight 45Auto shots!
    It makes the bourbon go farther while waiting for UPS to find the primers I bought in July…
     
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  7. Kevin Rohrer

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    I am even lazier and just wash them in soapy water, rinse, dry, and reload.
     
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  8. twarr1

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    That sounds like a 5.7x28 recipe
     
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  9. The Glockodile

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    What IS that special barrel and plug - why so expensive?
     
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  10. JJFitch

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    I admire the OP's resolve to get the cleanest brass possible and might just follow his example IF I was shooting precision rifle at ridiculous distances.

    Anything inside 200 yards gets the "run of the mill" dry + polish tumbling. And the "bottle neck" brass gets several steps to make precision ammo from carefully prepared brass! :)'s
     
  11. .38 Special

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    I'm pretty sure the good shooters don't have that kind of time. They are too busy shooting!
     
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  12. Ranger99

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    A long time ago I went to some kind of
    precision shooting event ( benchrest?)
    with one of the loading mentors I had,
    and they didn't clean their cases at all
    as they loaded between the stages of
    the contest. Wiped em off maybe.
    Those people were shooting TINY groups
     
  13. unwashed

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    Wow, I'm exhausted just watching that video and reading this thread, I'll stick with wiping my cases with a rag and reload them. I do clean my primer pockets though. But, I guess to each their own.
     
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    https://www.doublealpha.biz/us/combo-ced-brass-tornado-dryer
     
  15. Fine Figure of a Man

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    Wet tumbling gets brass cleaner and is faster than dry vibratory cleaning, especially for large quantities.
    Yes, you do have to let it dry. In the summer I use my solar drier and in the winter the floor heat in my house or shop plus a fan. I have enough brass that I never have to wait for a batch to dry.
    For small batches of not so dirty brass dry tumbling works fine.
     
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  16. Rule3

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    Which is as it should be considering your online name!:)
     
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  17. Rule3

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    I think the guys surgically clean brass is due to the use of the Lemi Shine RINSE (first I have heard of using that as well)
    His brass is spotless! Lining them upside down on a rolled towel is also a very special touch!:neener:

    Lemi Shine’s rinse aid uses citric acid to remove hard water deposits for shiny, spotless, sparkling dishes. Plus, you can skip the heated dry cycle, which saves you time and money. Cha-ching!
     
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  18. jmorris

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    The last small batch I did was with steel wool and a nylon brush in the neck.

    Next time I think I’ll will allow myself enough time for them to dry because 180 seconds in the ultrasonic cleaner and a little time in the sun, has never cramped my hands.
     
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  19. GW Staar

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    Thomaass must live in a wet place like.....New Orleans! Here roasting them in an oven (with a plan to load the following day) is vast overkill. If you do live in the deep south, I hope you and yours are all Okay today.......I lived in Hammond Louisi. once.....in the summer, I personally couldn't get dry in calm weather......even "got" to experience Hurricane Camille, which was pretty bad even inland where I was. I feel for those folks homeless down there who weren't last week.

    I've done that more times than I want to admit........but the Thumblers Tumbler was worth every penny.....and I'm a known cheapskate.
     
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    I though I heard him say something about preventing water spots when drying. o_O Really?
     
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  21. Rule3

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    Already been "thunk" about along with the food dehydrator

    Would pair well with a salad shooter!

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  22. mdi

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    In my reloading lifetime it's gone from rarely cleaning and shooting brown brass, and perhaps individually polished "BBQ" brass to tumbling for easier cleaning (and longer tumbling time for shine) to wet tumbling for pristine brass with shiny primer pockets to complex formula and multi-step processes with specialized equipment. Today part of a new reloaders equipment list seems to be a wet tumbler with pins and several chemicals and they are lead to believe this is an essential part of reloading. If someone thinking about getting into reloading saw this thread they would probably forget the idea because of the extensive, complex process of just cleaning brass!

    I too do a few things to keep a hand in my reloading, but nothing so involved Last week I cleaned 500 9mm cases, tumbled clean (only clean w/semi-shine), sized/decapped, flared, primed and bagged/labeled them. That took my several days, a little at a time, and I was "reloading"... .
     
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  23. loose noose

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    I've been reloading cartridge cases for slightly over 50 years, and never have went to so much trouble cleaning the brass, I've started out with a Piggly Wiggly Rock Tumbler, and progressed to a Cabela's Vibrator. The only time, I washed my brass was when I was shooting BP at CAS shoots, as I'd throw the empty casings in a plastic jar filled with dish washing detergent, and water, shake them up a bit when I was done shooting, drive home and set the empty casings in the sun to dry and throw out the water. Once they set out and dried I'd put them in my Vibrator with some crushed walnut or corn cob and leave them there for a while. Never had a problem with them, and they all reloaded just fine, and shot just as good as new brass, and looked the same.
     
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  24. GW Staar

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    I decided to demonstrate how stinking hard it is to deal with the horrible aftermath of an hour's worth of wet tumbling 9mm brass! ;)

    First the rinse....next time I should drop something in the sink first to raise the separator.....it was a little too deep.... but in spite of that 3 minutes 17 seconds....


    Then the initial pat dry......another minute 8 seconds, then another minute to go upstairs and spread it out on the back patio....



    Finally a picture of the final dry after an hour of New Mexico sun on the ancient back concrete patio.....and a close-up. (I did not stand around to watch the tumbling or the final drying....I did enjoy a little nap time) Brass was a little hot to touch....not a trace of moisture. Bottleneck rifle brass might take another hour to dry....

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    The other guy's video was a bit involved for my patience.....and my quicker example is probably a bit too involved for some of you......being different though, I think, is Okay.... Personally, I just find loading more enjoyable when the finished product looks brand new....makes me happy, when I'm happy I shoot better, what else can I say? Just however your boat floats best......enjoy it....that's the important thing.:)
     
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  25. Rule3

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