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Old 07-10-2006, 07:05 AM
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Hey guys,

I'm reading the manual and it says that you have to clean the cases a couple of times during the reloading process. It says that you have to dry them in the oven or you can use a tumbler. What do you guys do?


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Old 07-10-2006, 09:16 AM
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I use a tumbler with corncob or walnut mediato clean my brass once before I resize it. I then use a primer pocket uniformer to clean the primer pockets and I'm ready to load 'em up again.Of course, after resizing I check the length to see if they need trimming or not.

I've used the Iosso liquid case cleaner before, but I prefer tumbling.
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Old 07-10-2006, 09:22 AM
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I have tried several things from brasso and oven drying to just tumbling, to not cleaning at all. It was just too much a pain for me.

Corn and walnut media leaves a residue. What I usually do is for established loads where I don't use a sharpie to write on the case, they have to be pretty dirty before I bother. But I will clean about every 2-3 fires.

But for load development, I use the corn media to take off the perm. marker and clean it to look for pressure signs.

sometimes I take pride in my shells, and make em look good.

Right now, you don't need a tumbler, but one day you will or it will be handy enough for ya.
Old 07-10-2006, 09:41 AM
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My 'normal' routine is to clean (tumble) the cases before I resize them and then run them back in the tumbler for a short ride to remove the case lube. That's all before I trim and load. I know it's probably overkill but I like the looks of the highly polished brass plus I don't have to worry about anything on the cases scratching the dies. It probably doesn't help in the quality of the reloads either, but I feel better about it. Everyone's different.
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Old 07-10-2006, 10:35 AM
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I use a tumbler and walnut shells every few loadings and wipe off the residue with a rag.Be sure to clean out the flash holes after tumbling.
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Old 07-10-2006, 10:18 PM
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use tumbler with corncob media and some polish or whatever it is you add. Then use a tool to clean primer pocket and ready to go.[8D]
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Old 07-10-2006, 10:58 PM
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I use a tumbler with walnut shells. Good luck.
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Old 07-11-2006, 05:57 AM
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I presume the oven baking is when using a liquid cleaner! I tumble my stuff. Go to a pet store that sells to bird people and buy crushed walnut shells from there. It is sold as cage litter. MUCH cheaper than the same grit sold by reloading suppliers. You can add polish from Dillon or Midway.
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Old 07-12-2006, 03:16 AM
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ORIGINAL: cma3366a ore

That is all I use for cases used in bolt rifles, AR cases get the tumbler every 4 or 5 loadings. I see no need to haveshiney brass, just clean and free of debris
yea but nice shiny brass just looks so darn sweet on the firing line. its kinda like the brothas and their gold fronts or Mr.T and his gold chains. just gotta have a shiny brass its the handloaders gold.

Besides how hard is it to tumble yer brass ya put the dirties in the tumbler turn it on for a an hour or two then throw them in a sifter box and yer done.IMO its just plain laziness if you dont clean your brass.
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