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Old July 12, 2012, 02:01 PM   #2
PawPaw
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I reloaded for almost two decades without owning a tumbler. I cleaned my brass by dropping them in a milk jug with soap and water, shaking them for several minutes, then putting them in the sun to dry. Worked okay, the brass was clean, if not polished.

Nowadays I simply drop them in the tumbler after decapping (there is more than one school of thought on this), but I use walnut blast media and I've never found it to clog flash holes or clog .223 brass. And, it seems to clean the primer pockets. It's a lot easier than waiting for the brass to dry. I don't use polish, I simply want my brass clean.

However, when I'm shooting black powder cartridges, I still take a milk jug to the range with me. A little water, a little Dawn liquid, and I drop the fouled brass into the jug after firing. It seems to dissolve the BP fouling.
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