case cleaning

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Maddmaxx, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. Maddmaxx

    Maddmaxx Member

    Oct 19, 2012
    Which is better, Tumbler or ultrasonic cleaner that uses liquid?
  2. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    it is all dependent upon your taste; they both do a good job. Tumbler is "easier" in terms of time consumption; I just set mine before I leave for work and let it run on a timer. Ultrasonic can't do as big of a batch at one time and requires a little more hands on. Ultrasonics can also do more than just clean brass; small parts and bolts can be cleaned in a few minutes.

  3. noylj

    noylj Active Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    Start at the very beginning: You need to wipe off dirt/sand/grime from the case exterior so you don't damage the sizing die or put scratches down your case.
    Any cleaning beyond that is being done for your own personal desire for clean/shiny or to save time from wiping off each case.
    Thus, either one is far more than needed.
    I prefer to deprime my brass and tumble for 30 minutes in 20/40 corn. Ultrasonic can get the brass cleaner (clean interior and primer pocket), and the black residue being removed has no effect on function or accuracy, but you then have to rinse the cases in water and dry them.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2012
  4. Munch

    Munch Member

    May 31, 2011
    Ellenton, FL
    I prefer tumbling over the ultrasonic for the simple fact that I don't like having to wait for my brass to dry. Utrasonic does a great job cleaning, I just prefer to tumble with a little polish in the media. I get great results, and I like the sound of the brass rolling around.
  5. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    I have used dry vibratory, ultrasonic and wet tumbling, I
    much prefer wet tumbling, no mess, no chemicals and nothing to buy ever again. Water and your favorite dish soap and you are done.
  6. streetbob

    streetbob Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2012
    Gulf Coast, Texas
    That is a good idea shooter... I am going to have to give it a try. How much water and soap do you use? How good does it clean the inside and primer pockets?
  7. Kestral

    Kestral Member

    I have both, Tumble & Ultrasonic. 75% of the time I use the Tumbler.I find it less of a hassle.I soak the cases 1st for 30mins in warm water & Limescale Remover,then wash them in plain hot water after rinsing well in warm soapy this time they have a very weak pink tinge in colour.I then put them in the tumbler media for about 1& 1/2 hrs and they come out looking brilliant.I then clean out thr primer pockets plus any corn cob left inside.put them away till the next day to thoroughly dry.If you dry them 1st before the tumble I find doesn`t shine the cases as much as putting them in wet; but the joice is yours as to how quickly you need to start loading.Must point out I only reload handgun cartridges,so am not quoting the above for rifle rds as I have no experiance in these.
  8. stev32k

    stev32k Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2012
    Mobile, AL
  9. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    i vibro mine.. then US clean them.. let dry.. then process them..
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