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Old 05-17-2002, 05:55 AM
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How often do you clean your brass???

Do you put your brass in the tumbler everytime you reload it or every other time? What is the rule of thumb for this? Just curious. I have never gotten a straight answer so I figured I would ask the question to everyone here. Like a survey.

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Old 05-17-2002, 07:20 AM
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Re: How often do you clean your brass???

Matt

I have gotten away fron tumbling brass. I clean the necks with very fine steel wool before reloading (each reload). When tumbling, use corncob media and not walnut/red rouge, the walnut gets bound up in the flashhole and the rouge leaves a residue in the case.
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Old 05-17-2002, 08:34 AM
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Re: How often do you clean your brass???

Like Dave I prefer corncob but have a bunch of walnut to use up so have to watch the flash-holes and get rid of the dust. After tumbling I throw the brass into an old towel and rub it around, seems to get rid of the dust.
I find that if I keep a cleaning patch soaked in solvent on the bench and give each case a wipe around the neck after I take it out, that I don't have to clean the brass nearly as much. Seems to wipe very easily when it is right out of the chamber. This is only when shooting from the bench and not in the field obviously. Also use the extra-fine steel wool that Dave mentions if the necks are really sooty.
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Old 05-17-2002, 10:50 PM
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Re: How often do you clean your brass???

Somewhere around 5 reloads or so they're getting pretty stained so I throw them in for a polish, kind of scientific isn't it. I'm not too anal about how my brass looks though, my father on the other hand, polishes after each firing.
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Old 05-20-2002, 04:54 AM
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Re: How often do you clean your brass???

Thanks for the replys. That is what I wanted to hear.

Matt
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Old 05-21-2002, 11:11 PM
 
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Re: How often do you clean your brass???

Matt,
I agree with with Dave & Ian on the cleaning. There is one thing I do to clean my casings that probably no one else does. I put my casing in a glass jar, standing up, and fill it it with "vingear" to totally submerage the casings. I then put the jar in the microwave and on high for about 1-1 1/2 min.'s, enough to heat the vingear very hot. Then I leave it stand on the counter for about 1/2 hour, drain & rinse good-really gets the "crude" out
I have been doing it this way for over 15 years now and no problems.
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Old 05-25-2002, 01:37 PM
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Re: How often do you clean your brass???

No sparks doing it like that?
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