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cleaning brass

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by kar298, Mar 30, 2004.

  1. kar298

    kar298 New Member

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    how important is it to clean the brass i know it will make the brass look nicer but is it necessary. i read on some of the other posts here that you can clean the brass by putting them in soapy water and then letting them sit and just make sure you rinse them off well does anyone do this.

    also has anyone every made there own tumbler and have directions on how they made it. i have a old rock tumbler that would work but it will prob only hold 10 shells at a time.

    edit: what is the difference between the different medias that they sell

    thanks
    kevin
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  2. inplanotx

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    I clean brass for several reasons after resizing. First it takes off the lube used for resizing, second it cleans the powder residue from the case and last, it helps clean the primer pocket so there are no obstructions when seating a new primer.

    Vibrating tumblers are cheap. You may be able to make one cheaper, but it will not have the capacity of a bought tumbler.

    I have two tumblers. One I keep filled with corn cob for removing lube and what I explained above. The second has crushed walnut for the really tough jobs.
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    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

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    The reason to clean brass is to get rid of lube and powder residue.

    Easiest way is to buy a plastic dishpan and a plastic collander (spaghetti strainer), put in a couple of spuirts of Ivory Liquid in the dishpan and fill with hot water. Dump in the brass and swish 'em around with an old spoon for a few minutes, then let 'em soak overnight. Next morning, pour out the dirty water, pour in some fresh hot water & rinse them. Then pour it all into the collander and put the brass on an old towel to air dry.

    You don't really need to tumble & polish them....but it does make them look nicer, and if you use an auto pistol, makes 'em easier to find.
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    how many times have you ran across a wet one?
  5. kar298

    kar298 New Member

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    Xracer thanks thats what i wanted to hear that sounds like what i will be doing at least for a while untill i buy a tubmler is any one type of soap better than the next one?
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    I believe Xracer specified the soap in his reply!

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  7. kar298

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    yeah i saw that but i didnt know if it would matter what one you use?
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    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

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    Actually, I think that almost any dishwashing detergent ought to do the job. I use Ivory Liquid just because that's what we use at the kitchen sink. Does a nice job on dishes and it's mild enough to use on my hands when I've been working on my silly British car....and seems to work well on cleaning brass.

    How's that for a scientific explanation? :D
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    sounds pretty good to be Xracer
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    Whatever it takes to get the job done!!!!!!

    As with anything else, good common sense will get you everywhere.....
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    Hey Xracer! Do you no longer use this recipe I found in a search of old topics here? Do you know something new?

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    I'd advise against using ammonia-based cleaners on brass or any copper-based alloys. Ammonia will dissolve the copper, which is why the copper-solvents used for cleaning your guns have an ammonia smell.
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    buy some corn cob media ,put it all in a bag ,take it to the laundry mat ,put it in a dryer on fluff {lol}
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    Actually, cleaning brass is for inspection purposes, looking for cracks and what not's. secondly for appeal:) I use flitz to clean my brass,red jewelers rube for media.
    C&RAmmo
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    Dammit Tuck......you caught me. That's a "Gotcha" for you!

    I still think my old Super Formula is still the best way to clean brass. Back when I was shooting competition and practicing a lot (several hundred rounds a week), I'd save up my brass and clean it all on the weekend using the Super Formula.

    When I was shooting competition, I was a lot more particular.....
    now I don't shoot nearly as much (just kinda plink a bit), so I'm getting lazy and just use the Ivory Liquid.

    You caught me.....that's one for you! :D
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