Cleaning brass

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    Cleaning brass

    ok, i dont yet have the money for a tumbler, or anything else really.
    what can i use to clean off brass a little that is free to very very cheap?

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    Dish soap and water seems to clean them off . Rinse em good. Just let it dry good before loading it. It will not make the cases shiny new, but does work. However you may get some dirt stuck to the brass that can cause a scratch or embed in your die.
    I have loaded w/o a tumbler for 1000's of rounds without a problem.
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    Save the money for a tumbler its the best way .. i think issio (sp) makes a liquid cleaner .. Also you can put them in a sock and wash them in the washing Machine

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    I don't always clean brass - if it is once fired and not too stained it'll go straight thru another reload.

    Finally tho I do use my Midway - usually walnut media tho corn works too as long as fine enough - otherwise it sticks inside cases. I also have a rig that helps empty the media out of cleaned cases. The cost is not too bad IMO. A piece or two of kitchen paper in with the brass helps pick up some of the crud and make media last longer.

    Someone mentioned in another thread - do not mix cals - 9mm's love to get stuck into .40"s and .40"s will nestle in .45's! Dedicated cals are for me way to go - plus deprime after and not before tumbling/vibro-cleaning ... media can get stuck in primer pockets.

    The only substitute that I think would work is for someone with a tumbler for stone polishing - could press that into use for brass.

    Bottom line - decades ago I never cleaned brass at all - sure I trimmed, chamfered etc when needed but dirty cases? Just filled em up again. I sometimes wonder why I clean cases but - once machine is filled up it's pretty painless - and they do look nice!
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    Get a plastic pail with a lid. Use automatic dishwasher liquid soap, [less suds]. A cap full of lemon juice really helps. Hot water,soap, juice, seal the lid and put it in the bed of a pickup truck[or the floor of the car] for a day. You will be amazed! Just rinse very well in cold water, drain, and dry.
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    Thow it in an old tube sock,tie a knot in it and wash it in the washing machine by itself and some detergent. It'll get shiny clean and it wont be all over the place.
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    For those with tumblers a tip from a buddy of mine. Pet stores like PetSmart will sell a 10Lbs reptile bedding material for under $10 or even cheaper. The material? Crushed English walnuts shells.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miggy View Post
    For those with tumblers a tip from a buddy of mine. Pet stores like PetSmart will sell a 10Lbs reptile bedding material for under $10 or even cheaper. The material? Crushed English walnuts shells.
    +1... that is what I use and it does a very good job cleaning brass.
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    Bud and Hotguns' If you two aren't single, you've got some really mellow mates! Her><me:
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    Hmmm...I didnt see Buds post before I posted or I wouldnt have repeated it.

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    Walmart is supposed to have some Lizard Litter that is crushed shells I'm going to try out.

    I got a RCBS tumbler but no seperator. Will get one soon. I can bring mine to the range and you can throw your brass in there and tumble it while we shoot. Seperate before you head home.

    I might have a seperator by next weekend but Fred said he doesn't know if they are shooting because of finals coming up. My finals (Finlandia) are this week so I'll be done Friday. I talked to Dan this morning and he said he'd try to be there next Sunday.

    I have done the dishsoap in a bucket. Let sit for 5 minutes and then swirl them around real good. Dump them in the sink, rinse off with hot water, then let them air dry. I use my wife's hair dryer to speed up the process a bit. Works quite well.

    BTW, had to drill out the stuck bullet in my Bersa. Took a 7/32" drill bit to drill out the center and then a 1/4" bit real slow to grab a hold of it and back it out while keeping the drill running. Half an hour of pounding on a cleaning rod with a mini-sledge (5# hammer) didn't do anything. Went overkill on the drill. Bore is pristine though. Never touched the rifling. One pass with the 40cal boresnake and it's mirror shiny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Anyhow, what the women dont know about wont hurt them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tubby45 View Post
    I got a RCBS tumbler but no seperator. Will get one soon. I can bring mine to the range and you can throw your brass in there and tumble it while we shoot. Seperate before you head home.
    thanks for the offer, but ill pass, all the .45 brass is at 'home' downstate. so however i do it ill have to do it there anyways, ill just do my 9 at the same time.

    i think ill do the laundry machine idea. i clean all my guys laundry as it is, i might as well do his brass while im at it

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    I'd make him do his own laundry. And his brass.:)

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