Anyone found a solvent that cleans up cases without having to tumble?

KQguy

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I am looking for some kind of solvent that will easily remove the black residue around the neck /shoulder area of a fired case.I have a tumbler,but don't really want to mess with it after every firing.I would rather just wipe them down with some kind of solvent sometimes,just to get them cleaned up prior to resizing.Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 

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Mate, if you are after a quick/nasty, then just use a dab of CRC 5.56 on a rag and the black carbon comes right off - no hard rubbing or swearing...

give that a try.

cheers.

I am looking for some kind of solvent that will easily remove the black residue around the neck /shoulder area of a fired case.I have a tumbler,but don't really want to mess with it after every firing.I would rather just wipe them down with some kind of solvent sometimes,just to get them cleaned up prior to resizing.Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 

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Problem with that is most products will leave a slight residue depending on what they are... Bad juju for extreme accuracy unless acetone for example is used to remove it.
 

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I am looking for some kind of solvent that will easily remove the black residue around the neck /shoulder area of a fired case.I have a tumbler,but don't really want to mess with it after every firing.I would rather just wipe them down with some kind of solvent sometimes,just to get them cleaned up prior to resizing.Any suggestions would be appreciated.
If you're asking for something to remove the powder burns and carbon deposits from the outside of the case neck and shoulder area, I use KG-1 from KG Products line of gun cleaning solutions.

Never tried CRC 5.56 so no way to compare. KG-1 is a low odor low toxicity product that removes the carbon deposits quickly with relatively little fuss prior to resizing the fired casings.
 

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phorwath, does the KG-1 shine the brass as well?...I'm guessing not.
 

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phorwath, does the KG-1 shine the brass as well?...I'm guessing not.
KG-1 isn't an abrasive cleaner. It chemically loosens the carbon from the brass. So it doesn't shine the brass like steel wool would, but it doesn't really dull the brass either. I follow the KG-1 application with a oil dampened rag to remove the KG-1 and dilute/defeat any continued chemical action after the black carbon foul stains are removed. KG-1 is the company's carbon fouling removal cleaner for gun bores. It works very well on the casings too.
 
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I clean case necks inside and outside with each loading. I use Crazy Cloth or 0000 steel wool on the outside of necks; twist a nylon brush inside necks. The case body does not need to be cleaned, unless they are covered with lube. In that case, just wipe them with a paper towel, and spray a little brake cleaner on it. I have a case tumbler and don't use it.
 

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Gene, I'm sure the answer to this is no otherwise you probably wouldn't use it but, for my own piece of mind and in case I decide to give it a try, does the brake cleaner leave any residue itself?
 

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