How do you clean your Brass?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by kc, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. kc

    kc Well-Known Member

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    Do you use a tumbeler/vibrator, or clean them by hand.
    I lock all my brass on a Lee case unit that spins using a drill, one by one. But they are nice and shiny. Its enough to drive you mad. But I can do an inspection as I go.

    HELP!
     
  2. mo

    mo Well-Known Member

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    When I do clean I use SS media in a Thumbler Tumbler. It cleans everything including primer pocket.
     

  3. Moman

    Moman Well-Known Member

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    I use straight corn cob media in a Midway vibratory cleaner. I only use polish when I'm going to clean and store pistol brass.
     
  4. LRSickle

    LRSickle Well-Known Member

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    I use walnut shell with polish in a Lyman vibrator. Then I wash them in soapy water, rinse them and dry them off.
     
  5. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

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    I clean my brass quiet often, usually after every 2nd or 3rd firing. Just me though, and no big need to other than personal satisfaction.
    I use a standard blue tumbler from Midway, model 1292. I've had it for years and it has quit on me twice due to wiring problems but I fixed it.
    I add a tablespoon of Lyman's Turbo BRITE (item # 7631358) to the media every other time and the brass comes out completely shiney. I usually run it over night in the garage.

    TIP: I buy LIzard bedding from the pet store instead of the walnut/corn cob media from the large Outdoor Retailers (Cabela's, Midway, Bass Pro Shop). It's the same thing but cheaper!
    JohnnyK.
     
  6. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member

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    "Clean" brass go in the tumbler for 2-3 hours both before and after resizing.

    Dirty brass get a bath in a hot water, soap, and vinegar solution.
     
  7. woods

    woods Well-Known Member

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    I'm a nut like you kc, clean by spinning but I use a Zip Trim

    Zip Trim mounted on a piece of 2x4 locked in vise where I trim
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    chamfer inside and out and then spread Flitz with one of those sponges that come in the top of a Barnes bullet box
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    hold a rag against it and spin
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    clean the inside of the necks with some steel wool or scotchbrite
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    mica the necks. I can do 50 in about an hour
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    doesn't do the case heads but that's OK since that is where I mark the number of firings.
     
  8. tnshooter111

    tnshooter111 Well-Known Member

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    steel wool?? would that not eat some of the case mouth up cause some weak spots?
     
  9. woods

    woods Well-Known Member

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    No, you might get a little brass color on the steel wool or scotchbrite but the actual dimension change would be in the hundred thousands or million's of an inch. Put it this way, if you wanted to take that steel wool and steel wool the whole neck away it would take weeks. I would think that a tumbler with abrasive polishing compound would take off more brass

    Scothbrite seems to be more agressive
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    and leaves no oily residue like steel wool so the mica does not stick as much
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    Many many reloaders use steel wool on brass with no ill effects
     
  10. tnshooter111

    tnshooter111 Well-Known Member

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    "Many many reloaders use steel wool on brass with no ill effects"

    sure didn't know that. Learn something new everyday..
     
  11. BigBlack

    BigBlack Well-Known Member

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    Ultrasonic clean first with Birchwood Casey brass case cleaner per instructions then tumble to dry and polish, left is ultrasonic'd then tumbled brieflly.

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  12. garfield

    garfield Active Member

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    only 1 month ago, with ultrasonic from hornady

    I don't know if harden the brass..but, it's very clean

    before that, lyman thumbler. 2 hours
     
  13. new shooter

    new shooter Well-Known Member

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    I yous to tumble but just order a 6L ULTRASONIC CLEANER. I just got a Bench-Source Annealing Machine so the fun start now.
     
  14. olds_442

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