Cleaning range brass ?

Cleaning range brass ?

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    Cleaning range brass ?

    Hi All
    Had a question on cleaning dirty brass is there any chemical Ie Alcohol or something to get brass cleaned up better before going into the tumbler ?
    Just curious and still pretty new to reloading .
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    i don't know of any, some others might. i just clean it longer. run it overnight. the longer you clean it the better it looks.
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    Thanks Frank didnt know if leaving the brass in the tumbler over night would hurt it.
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    I run tarnished brass yhrough my guns, Never had any problems. I do inspect carefully after 3hrs in tumbler ; )
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    I often forget to turn off my tumbler at night, and in the morning there's only brass-colored media remaining in the container. The cases are completely gone!

    No, just kidding. I do leave it running all night sometimes, but the cases are fine, just a lot shinier than usual. You could wash the cases in simple dish detergent first, but I think that would be a waste of time, unless you suspected the brass was oily or otherwise contaminated with a substance that might affect the primer or powder. Dawn gets the grease out!

    Most all my cases are range brass and I've never had an issue with cleaning them.
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    If I have really dirty brass, I throw it in the tumbler overnight with a cap full of nufinish. Comes out like factory new.
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    I use Brasso.
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    There chemical cleaners you can buy but they are really not needed if you have a tumbler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    I use Brasso.
    I believe Brasso or any ammonia based cleaner will make the brass brittle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    I often forget to turn off my tumbler at night, and in the morning there's only brass-colored media remaining in the container. The cases are completely gone!

    No, just kidding. I do leave it running all night sometimes, but the cases are fine, just a lot shinier than usual. You could wash the cases in simple dish detergent first, but I think that would be a waste of time, unless you suspected the brass was oily or otherwise contaminated with a substance that might affect the primer or powder. Dawn gets the grease out!

    Most all my cases are range brass and I've never had an issue with cleaning them.
    Exactly what I do. I use the lizard bedding walnut for media, along with a little car polish. I have occasionally washed brass in dish detergent if it was real bad, but just leaving it in the tumbler overnight usually shines it up fine. I do change the media fairly often though. Fresh media works much quicker.
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    I threw some 45 brass in a tumbler overnight,the next day all I got back was a buncha 22's .Seriously you can tumble it for several hours,I use the ground walnut litter for bird cages from PetSmart,25 pounds is around 12.00 IIRC
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    [QUOTE=OldVet;1857270]I often forget to turn off my tumbler at night, and in the morning there's only brass-colored media remaining in the container. The cases are completely gone!

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    I quit going for shiny. I am happy if the brass is clean so it doesn't scratch stuff up during the proccess. If I have brass that is really dirty I just throw it back in the tumbler and it gets cleaned again with the next batch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadhawg View Post
    Exactly what I do. I use the lizard bedding walnut for media, along with a little car polish. I have occasionally washed brass in dish detergent if it was real bad, but just leaving it in the tumbler overnight usually shines it up fine. I do change the media fairly often though. Fresh media works much quicker.
    Exactly! Leaves the brass with that "new car" smell. The lizard bedding is ground so small it doesn't clog the primer holes either.
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    There is another way. I use a sonic cleaner I bought this past fall and it works great. You can get several cleanings per solution / water mixter. Although if the cases are greyish black they will not get much better. How ever it does clean them really clean inside and out. I might mention that the primers are removed first using a universal decapping die. This also cleans the primer pockets saving you from having to do it.

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    The walnut litter at pet smart really works? will give it a try.
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