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Old December 7, 2000, 04:54 PM   #1
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A guy at the range was telling me that the best way to get brass clean is to use small steel shot (#7 or #8), hot water, and something like Dawn dishwashing liquid in a tumbler. He decaps first, and claims that the BBs get everything superclean, including the primer pockets. Since the BBs are obviously reusable, this sounds like it might be a pretty cheap way to get brass clean. Anyone tried it?
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Old December 7, 2000, 05:11 PM   #2
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I never heard of that one but I have used acetone in the small bowl of my Lyman Twin tumbler to get the black sealer off of pulled military bullets. I just put about a half a quart of the acetone and about 300 military 150 grain M2 Ball in there and let it go for about 10 mins or so. I did put a piece of sheet rubber between the lid and the bowl to keep the fumes from getting to the electric motor. That could ahve been interesting.
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Old December 7, 2000, 09:23 PM   #3
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BBs and dishwashing soap to clean brass

A gun dealer once told me to use salt,vinegar and dishwasing soap and then use a tumbler if the brass is really dirty.
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Old December 9, 2000, 04:06 PM   #4
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I guess I'm not quite the stickler about bright, shiny brass as some others but I have a couple of cotton bags that I place my dirty brass in, then place the bags evenly around the tub in my Maytag, set it to hot wash, slow spin and then add a splash of Simple Green. Let it go a cycle.
When clean, I spread the brass on aluminum trays and pop them in the oven at about 200 degrees for 10 minutes.
It may not shine like new, but it is clean.
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Old December 9, 2000, 05:30 PM   #5
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jim-alex, I have unintentionaly cleaned brass in the clothes washer myself . The wife says "I do not do pockets, if you want it take it out first" . Well over the years a many a piece of brass went thorugh it and it came out PDC(pretty damn clean)too! I bet if $5's and $10's would dissolve in the washer she would check my pockets! (I never have one bigger than a $10......when I do that goes immediately to the gunshop, or the baitshop, or Midway, or HiTech ammo etc. Hell a man has to have priorities!
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