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Brass Cleaning

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by SkydivnShooter, Sep 11, 2020.

  1. SkydivnShooter

    SkydivnShooter Staff Member Staff Member Lifetime Member Club Subscribed

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    I'm in need of a brass cleaning lesson or two.

    I have been reloading an average of 5000 rounds per year for 13 years. Sometimes 12,000 in a year, sometimes just a few.

    I have always used a vibratory tumbler that I load with ap. 500 pieces of outdoor range pickup brass, walnut media, NuFinish car wax and dryer sheets and run overnight.

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    I get a pretty dang good clean and shiny with that recipe. Only problem is, I'm on my 10th or 12th tumbler as they don't last long.

    SO, this week I bought this...
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    and Stainless Steel Media.

    SO, if I switch to the Rotary, can I use Stainless Steel media dry or should I do something else wet?

    What is everyone else doing?

    Thanks a bunch.
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  2. NCAV8TOR

    NCAV8TOR Lifetime Member CSC, NRA, GRNC Lifetime Member

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    No! Do not use stainless steel media dry. There are many You Tube videos that address wet tumbling of brass in your set-up. I know many folks that don’t use the media at all but still wet tumble with good results.


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  3. noylj

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    1) 30 minutes in 20/40 corn. No additives.
    2) 2-8 hours with water and SS pins. Can add a few drops of Dawn hand dishwashing soap and a teaspoon of citric acid to help keep dirt in suspension. Cases will emerge looking like new virgin cases.
    Case cleaning was once simply "Wipe off case exterior with rag to remove dirt/debris." That is STILL all the case cleaning required.
     
  4. SkydivnShooter

    SkydivnShooter Staff Member Staff Member Lifetime Member Club Subscribed

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    Exactly.

    I had gotten to a point where I didn't care about shiny, just clean.

    But I like shiny things:p
     

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