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Old January 20, 2020, 04:40 PM   #11
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I use a rotary tumbler with stainless steel media for cleaning .45 ACP brass. Then I dry/polish with corncob media. It makes the brass look brand new.

I don't have any BP cartridge guns.

As for dirty brass not making any difference.

Clean brass absolutely does go through sizing dies better than dirty brass. The difference in force required is amazing.

But for me, making ammunition is a craft. Like any craft, it involves craftsmanship, and pride in one's work, and attention to detail. You can finish a gunstock with a chainsaw or sandpaper. Either one will still function just fine, but one has a higher level of craftsmanship.

Functional is fine, too.
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