Cleaning your Brass

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  1. willieb1989

    willieb1989 New Member

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    What does everyone use to clean the lube off of there brass and what does everyone use to clean the final bullet? New to reloading and need some help on that. And thanks to everyone about all my other question. Reloading now and loving it. Except store sold me .270 instead of .308. Thanks everyone.
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    also what kind of lube should i use for the metal on metal rubbing?
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    A brass tumbler sometimes and a final wipe with a rag upon finishing a cartrige. White grease is good on metal on metal parts.
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    The only rifle I reload is 223. Sometimes I will tumble after sizing to clean them and sometimes after they are loaded.
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    what would i use if i dont have a tumbler? or what chemical
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    willieb1989:

    For rifle cartridges I use the RCBS pad moistened with their lube which is water soluble. So after the cartridges fall out of my progressive press I wipe them down with a damp rag and roll them on a towel to remove the moisture. Each cartridge at the end of the reloading session gets the wet wipe down individually and the rolling on the towel is about ten at a time.

    There is no lube required for pistol cartridges if you use a Carbide sizing die (or the Hornady equivalent). Today it is very hard to buy a pistol cartridge sizing die that is NOT Carbide.

    I resist vibratory cleaning of loaded rounds (I think it unsafe and/or it may cause the powder to fracture, changing its characteristics). Also the lube then contaminates the vibratory cleaner media, making replacement of that media required to be more often. My walnut shell media literally can go for years without replacement if it doesn't get contaminated. Corn Cob media "wears" out prematurely and offers nothing in return except a bit more shine.

    LDBennett
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    Long ago when I first started reloading I didn't have any spare money for equipment. I used a common over the counter brass cleaner, and a rag. Everything got lubed, worked, then wiped down with a rag. Back in those days I only had a small amount of brass to work with, and no tumbler of any kind.
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    if your just starting out,lee has a case holder that you can chuck in a drill.you can then polish with lightly applying 0000 steel wool or use a brass cleaner.i do not suggest you use any kind of cleaner that might degrade primers. old semperfi
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    Before loading if the brass is dirty I clean it in a Harbor Freight ultrasonic cleaner with a half cup of white vinegar a couple drops of Dawn and a quart or so water. Neutralize with baking soda, and dry in the oven.

    I use RCBS spray lube. After sizing I dump the cases on an old dish towel and spray with alcohol. Bundle it up and rattle them around. Cleans all the lube off and dries quickly.

    -jwk-
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    If you are using a water based lube, then it will just dry a short while after you are done sizing it. Otherwise I find that wiping the brass off works well. I used to tumble the brass in a tumbler after sizing, but found that the flash holes got clogged with media and required additional effort to clean out. I think cleaning before sizing lowers the risk of scratching the die and ruining it.

    I think tumbling the ammo in a tumbler is not a good idea as it can run the unlikely risk of detonating a cartridge in the tumbler or degrading the powder by vibration if left in too long.

    I used to use aluminum rim cleaner (phosphoric acid) to clean my brass, but it was very labor intensive compared to a tumbler. I had to rinse and dry it to prevent leaving a residue. A brass tumbler and powder measure are the two single most labor saving reloading tools I have ever purchased. You will thank yourself later after buying them. :)

    I use either graphite in alcohol as a dry lube on metal parts or ATF if it will not come into contact with powder.
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    Ok thank your so much everyone for all the help, i greatly appreciate it. Means alot to me. So happy i have got into reloading. I cant do much with my back and other health problems but i love shooting and hunting now i can add reloading to my list.

    Also one more question when i put lube inside the neck to resize it is it ok to leave that lube in there if its dry when i powder and primer and finish the bullet off?


    Thanks so much again.
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    The Speer reloading manual says that a neck interior lubricated with a small amount of water based lube will not degrade loaded ammo even if it is stored for a long time. I just roll a bore brush that is a loose fit in the neck on a wet lube pad and use that to lube the neck. Just takes a few strokes and the neck will allow the expander to pass through without much effort.

    Since modern smokeless powder is not water based, the small amount of lube on the neck does not effect it enough to be noticed.
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    Thanks so much lark helps me alot. Does anyone know if there is a specials price for ordering bullets online? like powder and primers have? and wheres some good sites. Thanks so much.
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    Here you go;

    Components
    http://www.gibrass.com/
    http://www.patsreloading.com/patsrel/whatsnew.htm
    http://hi-techammo.com/

    Reloading gear
    http://www.dillonprecision.com/

    Everything
    http://www.midwayusa.com/
    http://www.wideners.com/
    http://www.brownells.com/
    http://www.cabelas.com/
    http://www.grafs.com/
    http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/
    http://www.natchezss.com/

    The supplies of powder and primers come and go a lot especially since the last election. The people's confidence in the government's ability to protect the RKBA was severely eroded as a result of the irresponsible statements made by the prez, VP and AG. Hense much gun buying and ammo hoarding For several months I was unable to buy primers at all in WA and my supply of 6000 primers turned out to be way inadequate and when they finally came available, they were about $40 per thousand instead of $27.
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