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Old March 16, 2001, 12:14 AM   #1
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Several of the folks at the trap range have advised that they throw their 12 gauge hulls into the washer / dryer prior to reloading. Does anyone do so and why? Cosmetics or function?
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Old March 16, 2001, 09:50 AM   #2
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Most likely function. I do not load a lot of shotshells as I do not shoot trap or skeet (never could find a way to cook em )but when I am hunting I try to pick all of my empties up and sometimes they get pretty muddy. I dont run em through the washer and dryer but I do wipe em clean with a wet cloth. It keeps the grit from getting into your loader and shotgun.
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Old March 16, 2001, 04:25 PM   #3
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i've washed some before but not as a regular part of my process. i once got a bunch of AA's (about 5 skeet boxes full) and they had been sitting under a shelter-some were wet and just a mess. i put them in a mesh clothes bag with a small amount of soap. let them dry on a sheet or something and deprime as soon as possible because the primer can weld itself in the pocket if you're not careful. the ones i described above i deprimed before i washed. i had an old 12ga single stage that i used to deprime and was easy to clean up.

i also scrounge the trash cans as soon as i get to the range. This morning i got about 100 20 ga AA which got rained on last night so i'll be depriming them after while..Dick
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Old March 16, 2001, 05:00 PM   #4
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If you wash your hulls, just make certain that they don't have compressed paper base wads. There are still some hulls made with this type of base wad.
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