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Old March 19, 2001, 07:24 PM   #1
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If you clean your brass using a liquid and then rinse them, they are wet. (Rather profound statement,I'd say). What is the best method of getting them completely dry? I've heard: Dry them in the oven.......and I've heard: Never dry them in the oven! It would seem to me that as long as the brass was not heated enough to affect it adversly it would not matter how you dried it. Is this correct? Does anybody know what temperature is too hot?
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Old March 19, 2001, 07:29 PM   #2
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I always dry brass in the oven, but I am very careful to keep the temperature loe. An oven thermomter is very useful.
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Old March 19, 2001, 10:45 PM   #3
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Timothy: I use the oven also. I wash in the Maytag in cotton bags with Simple Green as detergent, then spread the brass on aluminum trays, place in an oven at 200 degrees or so, and bake for about 10 - 15 minutes. 45 dry fast, 9 are also fast, 38special takes a while longer because of the depth. Never a problem.

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Old March 19, 2001, 11:26 PM   #4
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personally I lay them out in front of a fan with the mouths pointed forward, but I only reload .223 and .308 in batches of no more than 100 at a time, usually 50. Couldnt tell you how long it takes since I don't ever time it. I do rinse them in the hottest water that comes out of the tap to heat the brass up a little to aid in drying.
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Old March 20, 2001, 04:52 PM   #5
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Something above 300 F would be too hot, because that's where you start setting off primers if you happen to have either a live round or just a primed one mixed in with your brass.

Below annealing temperatures (700+), that's the only safety issue I know about. (edited to add this--)--> I wouldn't go above 250, just to be safe.

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Alternative to the oven.....

If you can scrounge up an old hair dryer, preferably one with a hose, hook it up to a cardboard box with holes to allow transverse air flow.....

Put the cases in the box and run the dryer.

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Old March 21, 2001, 10:01 AM   #7
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I have had good luck...

doing as Jim-Alex said. I decap and resize, put in a pillowcase or other bag and wash in Maytag. Towel Dry. Bake at 200 for about 15 minutes until brass is too hot to handle. Then it's warm enough to evaporate all the H2O.

Works also for muzzleloader bbls with hooked breeches. After you pump water thru barrel and get clean, stick bbl in oven at low temp for just a few minutes to evaporate the water. Then oil as usual and put away. Works great.
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Old March 21, 2001, 01:46 PM   #8
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I never thought of popping brass into the clothes washer. One would think that the agitator would beat the tar out of the brass. I'm still a fan of the dishwasher.(posted that escapade here a couple of times) But the Mrs. has informed me of the errors of my ways with cleaning my brass in the dishwaser. (and using the spin cycle on the washer as a centrifuge) The disher washer works great because the brass gets washed and dried in one swoop. It may be worth buying one for the reloading shed....hummmmm.

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Old March 21, 2001, 04:49 PM   #9
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All this trouble to wash and dry brass makes me appreciate just how inexpensive, relatively speaking, the vibrating tumblers from Midway are. All these issues disappear for fifty bucks. Not pocket change, but amortized over the life of the tumbler, it's nearly free.
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