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Old July 3, 2000, 01:35 PM   #1
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What do you use, and or how do you do it?

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Old July 3, 2000, 03:56 PM   #2
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I never have and never will. I do not think that it is necessary.

I clean all my brass and then resize and start loading it.
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Old July 3, 2000, 11:43 PM   #3
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I use gasoline... but only to remove grase/lube used when I neck turn cases.

For your purposes, tumbling will work fine. Don't have a tumbler? Watch for Midway to run a sale on their's, usally +/- $40.
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Old July 5, 2000, 01:07 PM   #4
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You can clean brass in a mild solution of phosphoric acid and water. Only dip them on, leaving them in too long will turn the brass a nasty pink color. I don't remember how much acid to water, but a little experimentation will help you figure it out. Always, add the acidto the water.

Another possibility is put the cases in a pair of your wife's old panty hose and pop them right into the dishwasher. Do not do this with the dinner dishes. The brass will come out clean and dry. Run the dishwasher empty afterwards with a little bleach instead of the liquid dish soap. This will strip any lead from the interior of the washer.

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Old July 6, 2000, 09:01 AM   #5
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To clean the inside of my brass after it has gone through the tumble. I use a 45cal or 410 gauge felt bore cleaner and put it in my electric drill. Then I can clean the inside of my 38/357 and 9mm also 380 brass. I spray a little gun scrubber on the felt bore cleaner and then turn on the drill inserting each piece of brass into the felt bore cleaner and the brass is shinny as new Inside.
I know this doen't need to be done. But I like clean cases.

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Old July 6, 2000, 02:25 PM   #6
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I tried the phosphoric acid trick last night .... WOW!!! No tumbler in my near future! I did get a little of the pink mentioned above (about 50% of the cases had some), but some fine steel wool takes it off in literally 5 seconds. I'll have to experiment with lighter doses of acid and more controlled dip times ... 50 .308's at a time made it a little difficult to get the same exposure for all of them.

Thanks for the tip.
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