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Posted: December 24 2016 at 8:26am | IP Logged Quote sailcapt

I looked for other posting on this subject but couldn't find any so....

I have used a vibrating tumbler for years but it never really gets the
brass cases as clean as I would like. I'm not looking for showroom new
quality but the insides of the brass never really seem to get clean and
the outside as well.
Thank you for any tips you have to offer.
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Posted: December 24 2016 at 10:26am | IP Logged Quote Rex

I also have a vibrating cleaner and know what you mean.
Neighbor has a tumbler that uses water and stainless pins. I really impressed with his cleaning job, cases look new.
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Type in the following :

CASE CLEANING

In the search mode and there's tons of threads on tumblers, media, and such.

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Citric acid. I usually just wash mine in a container with some vinegar, dish soap and a dishwasher product called Lemmie Shine. Gets them clean, I couldn't care less if they are shiny.

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I'm seeing more and more people are abandoning the stainless pin method and
going back to vibratory cleaning as it takes to long to dry the brass.   

I've used a tumbler for 38 years.   My secret?   Walnut media and mineral
spirits.   Add a couple tablespoons of mineral spirits to the media, in about 2
hours you will have shiny brass. If you put to much spirits in just let it sit for
awhile and it will evaporate. It will not clean the inside of the case.

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sailcapt wrote:
I looked for other posting on this subject but couldn't find
any so....

I have used a vibrating tumbler for years but it never really gets the
brass cases as clean as I would like. I'm not looking for showroom new
quality but the insides of the brass never really seem to get clean and
the outside as well.
Thank you for any tips you have to offer.


Deprime your cases. Put them in a jug with a scoop of Oxyclean and cover the
cases with water. Shake them for a few minutes, pour the dirty water out and
then run clean water in the jug until the water comes clean. Let them dry.
When dry put them in corncob media with about a tablespoon of brasso,
drizzled around the media. Let it run for about 2-3 hours. Cases should come
out nice and clean. After that running them thru just the media should keep
them good until the carbon builds up inside the cases and primer pockets.

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Posted: December 29 2016 at 3:51pm | IP Logged Quote sailcapt

I just completed a cycle of what RANCH13 has described. And I have
to say, by far, it's the best any of my cases have ever looked.
A very simple procedure that nets great results.
I only had to run them in the Media for a just about 2 hours.

Thank you Ranch 13 and all again.

I have to say Handloads.com is a great site with great insights for all.
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Posted: December 29 2016 at 5:46pm | IP Logged Quote Ranch 13

Glad it worked well for you. I do that with smokeless cases when they get a
bunch of carbon build up, and just about every time with blackpowder cases.
The Ultra Sonic cleaners will also do a good job of loosening up the crud.

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Wait, I walked in on the middle of the movie.

Ranch, sailcapt, are you saying the oxyclean will remove the carbon
inside the case?   I'm always looking for a better method.

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Posted: December 31 2016 at 10:42am | IP Logged Quote sailcapt

I had great results. The Oxyclean breaks down the carbon and they
just clean right up. The method RANCH13 described just works. Try it
for yourself and let us all know.
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Thanks sailcapt, I've never been able to clean the inside of a rifle
case.   I'll give it a try.

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Boraxo (borax) also does the trick but is not always stocked by some retailers. Oxyclean is everywhere. And it's got more detergent additives to work much faster. I believe that both are slightly alkaline and that really helps with BP residue. I'll have to get me some Oxyclean since I haven't seen Boraxo here in five years.

Ranch called it right! Thanks for the tip!

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I always herd brasso was bad for cases is that bull?
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RECURVE wrote:
I always herd brasso was bad for cases is that bull?


YUP.


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Ranch 13 wrote:
RECURVE wrote:
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was bad for cases is that bull?


YUP.


For years I've heard do not use brasso on cases and I bought into
it.   However, no one can give any evidence of case failure from it.

It obviously works fine for Ranch and I'd bet he's used it for many
years with no ill effects.

I used it at one time but quit because I found other things that
worked for me and partly because I believed it would cause
problems. I use another brass cleaner called Flitz, if I run out I've
found mineral spirits work well too.   We all have different ways of
cleaning brass. I'm glad to find a way of cleaning the inside of the
cases now.

But as said no one has ever come forward and admitted they had
problems from the use of brasso.

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Been squirting Brasso into my corncob stuff for years with no I'll effect. Don't need much either. For the past couple years I've been getting "natural" kitty litter at Walmart. Corncob, pine, and cedar ground up an real lightweight. Cleans like a house-a-fire.

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On a long defunct board, one of the local guru's took it upon hisself to prove
once and for all that my Brasso suggestion would lead to premature brass
failure.. Started with 20 brand new 30-06 cases, cleaned after every firing, 10
with Brasso, and 10 without,, he lost the ones from the without after about 10
reloads, and no failures with the Brasso..

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No experience with what it does to cartridge cases, but fourth class year at The Citadel gave me an intense hatred for Brasso and I work real hard to never touch the stuff anymore. Besides all the uniform accoutrements that were never shiny enough to appease upperclassmen, it's amazing how much stuff there is made of brass on that campus that requires cadet details to keep it looking good.

I heard they changed the formula at some point, does it still smell like it used to? I will say it is good stuff for what it's designed to do and it'll make brass look like gold with some elbow grease.

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I bought a can of Brasso probably 10-12 years ago when I ran out of my Dillon media additive. It certainly to lessen the time needed in my polishing media and helps keep the dust down a bit of course.

It does seem like the ammonia smell, or what ever it was in it that smelled, is not as pronounced as the old stuff I used when I was in the service.

I also hated polishing brass in the service. Seemed like once it was polished up really good, it tarnished much faster after that. Never ending chore.

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"Seemed like once it was polished up really good, it tarnished much faster after that."

Try it in a hot, humid, sea side place like Charleston, S.C. It tarnished quicker than you could shine it.

As soon as I got in the Army, I bought all stay brite stuff, the gold plated insignia stuff they sell at clothing sales for a lot more than the issue stuff and it was well worth it.

I hate brasso. It's good stuff, but I still hate it.

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