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Old March 17, 2013, 12:19 AM   #1
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Dirt begone!

About a month ago, I quit tumbling brass in one of those vibrating thingies and switched to an ultrasonic cleaner because I'm concerned about lead contamination when I sifted the brass out of the media. Anyway, liquid cleaning isn't anything new because I've always plopped my BP brass into a tupperware bowl with a weak vinegar mix before giving them a more thorough scrubbing at home.

Except for last New Year's Day. A bunch of my buddies and I did our annual skeet shoot and I fired off a half dozen rounds from dad's old 12 gauge side by side. I tossed everything in the trunk when I was done, but I forgot to do anything with the brass. Until today. Yuck.



After three ten minute baths in the ultrasonic cleaner, they're not just like new, but they're cleaner than I deserve.



I didn't take a picture, but the solution in the tank after the first soak was just plain filthy - it was actually hard to see the brass for the scum.
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Old March 17, 2013, 06:35 AM   #2
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Pretty neat! I got a tumbler (haven't used it yet), but I definitely am going to use it outside only, and I have a respirator (rated for lead dust) that I'll wear when sifting. If I don't get happy results with my tumbler though, it looks like I'll know what kind to get next! Those came out very good considering the starting condition.
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