Steel wool brass prep

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by bkondeff, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. bkondeff

    bkondeff Well-Known Member

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    So for the past year I stopped using tumbler or my new sonic cleaner and have simply used some 00 steel wool and my hands to clean the neck and 2/3rd's way down to the head. I hated the fine powder or film I got in the tumbler from the walnut/corn. I was worried the inside of the necks were better off not being cleaned so much in the sonic cleaner and hated worrying if they were completely dry afterword.

    So, tell my why this is a bad thing.

    PS I usually only load 20-50 rounds at a time, and would never do this I shot much more. I do wish I could find a good chuck to use so I could spin them in a drill or something.
     
  2. ShtrRdy

    ShtrRdy Well-Known Member

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    I've been doing the same thing for a year or so - when I started using Neck Bushing die for my 260 Rem.

    I, too, would like to hear if this is a bad thing to do.
     

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  4. bkondeff

    bkondeff Well-Known Member

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    I only use a simple nylon brush. I have read that neck tension is better not cleaning fouling off. I do clean primer pockets.
     
  5. clambdin

    clambdin Well-Known Member

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    I have always used steel wool to clean the neck with ..
     
  6. Canadian Bushman

    Canadian Bushman Well-Known Member

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    I also use steel wool
     
  7. trucraft

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    I too use wire wool with power adapter on my drill. I have been thinking recently that a spin in a tumbler with stainless steel or ultra sonic clean every 5 fires or so would be a good idea to clear carbon build up.

    What you guys think?
     
  8. tbrice23

    tbrice23 Well-Known Member

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    Eventually reducing neck wall thickness. Unless that's what you want.
     
  9. tbrice23

    tbrice23 Well-Known Member

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    Carbon steel should always be kept away from stainless. I dont see this as being a problem unless its embedded in the soft brass then shot and the stainless barrel is stored indefinitely without cleaning the chamber.
     
  10. bkondeff

    bkondeff Well-Known Member

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    That went over my head a bit, can you explain a little more so I don't miss something important.
     
  11. tbrice23

    tbrice23 Well-Known Member

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    Rub steel wool on your SS barrel that spot is guaranteed to rust way before the rest of the barrel. But dont worry too much about the chamber thing. Chances that it will never hurt your chamber at all but just food for thought.
     
  12. bkondeff

    bkondeff Well-Known Member

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    Wasn't aware of that so thanks.
     
  13. tbrice23

    tbrice23 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry im a pipe fitter and have worked with too many guys who thought they were metalurgists.
     
  14. Canadian Bushman

    Canadian Bushman Well-Known Member

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    I dont understand this. Are you saying this happens with any stainless or 416 in particular?