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Old 04-07-2009, 01:56 AM
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Case cleaning routine...

I'm obsessive about clean cases - just wondered what other use as thier cleaning routine.

Mine looks like this:
- Tumble empty cases 3-4 hours
- De prime; trim; clean primer pocket and deburr
- Ultrasonic cleaner 4 x 480sec cycles
- Tumble cases 3-4hours

What is your preferred routine?
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Old 04-07-2009, 02:41 AM
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Re: Case cleaning routine...

Me too. I put mine in a mesh bag and run them through the dishwasher. If it doesn't get it this time, it'll get it the next time.
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Old 04-07-2009, 03:23 AM
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Re: Case cleaning routine...

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I'm obsessive about clean cases - just wondered what other use as thier cleaning routine.

Mine looks like this:
- Tumble empty cases 3-4 hours
- De prime; trim; clean primer pocket and deburr
- Ultrasonic cleaner 4 x 480sec cycles
- Tumble cases 3-4hours

What is your preferred routine?
Why so long.

- I deprime so as to clean the primer pocket in the process.
- 480 seconds in 50% vinigar in the ultra sonic cleaner. This usually removes all the carbon, inside and case necks.
- Rinse with clean water
- 480 seconds in Birchwood Casey brass case cleaner. 50mls in 500mls.
- Resize now clean casses.
- 90 second in the ultrasonic cleaner with a little dish detergent to remove case lub
- 2 hrs in the tumbler with corn media with about 50mls of Brasso brass cleaner.
- Remove, wipe down, check primer hole for stuck media.

Cases look like mirrors inside and out. Same process for 270win and 300rum. I'll use about 750mls of viniger mix to do about 50 300rum cases or 75 270win cases, just fill the cleaner and keep changing cases. 10 300rum cases at one time in the cleaner and 25 at a time in the tumbler but these numbers will depend on the size of your cleaners.

Process has lots of steps but its not like I put them in the cleaner or tumbles for 5hrs.
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Old 04-07-2009, 03:36 AM
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Re: Case cleaning routine...

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Why so long.

- I deprime so as to clean the primer pocket in the process.
- 480 seconds in 50% vinigar in the ultra sonic cleaner. This usually removes all the carbon, inside and case necks.
- Rinse with clean water
- 480 seconds in Birchwood Casey brass case cleaner. 50mls in 500mls.
- Resize now clean casses.
- 90 second in the ultrasonic cleaner with a little dish detergent to remove case lub
- 2 hrs in the tumbler with corn media with about 50mls of Brasso brass cleaner.
- Remove, wipe down, check primer hole for stuck media.

Cases look like mirrors inside and out. Same process for 270win and 300rum. I'll use about 750mls of viniger mix to do about 50 300rum cases or 75 270win cases, just fill the cleaner and keep changing cases. 10 300rum cases at one time in the cleaner and 25 at a time in the tumbler but these numbers will depend on the size of your cleaners.


Process has lots of steps but its not like I put them in the cleaner or tumbles for 5hrs.
Always open to new methods - I will try this next time....
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:19 AM
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Re: Case cleaning routine...

Viniger works great to remove carbon but just make sure you wash them well or do the birchwood casey step straight after or brass will go black overnight
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:54 AM
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Re: Case cleaning routine...

I can trim, chamfer, clean and polish the outside, clean the inside of the necks and mica about 50 cases in an hour



with either a polish finish or a brushed matte finish




the only place that is not cleaned is the inside of the case body and the case head, but I use the case head to mark how many loadings anyway



I prefer the polished ones because they have a protective coating on them to prevent tarnish and discoloration but mainly because they chamber easier. You can tell the difference between the polished, the brushed matte or new cases when it comes to chambering.

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Old 04-07-2009, 09:32 AM
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Re: Case cleaning routine...

woods, you make em look so pretty why would you want to fire them!?

jk, lookin nice.. do you bronze brush inside case necks? and why the mica..does it help in seating or firing/release?
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