The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Handloading, Reloading, and Bullet Casting

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old April 17, 2001, 03:37 AM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: April 17, 2001
Location: Farnham, Va
Posts: 2,183
I read a post down the list about the water&vinegar shell cleaning. Since I've been a little displeased with my casings' appearance lately, I thought I'd give it a whack.

I dumped out all my old walnut shells and replaced them with about 1/2 a tub of 5% white distilled vinegar in my ancient Vibratec.

I love the difference! If this works out, I might just retire my neck brushes! It even did a great job of cleaning the primer pockets after depriming.

With my cleaning time cut in half, I have to tell myself that it's too good to be true.

Even with a good rinse of water, wouldn't these shells be a little corrosive on the gun chambers and magazines? I notice a slight vinegar smell when I pull a tray-full out of the oven.

Any thoughts, suggestions? I'm just trying to cut down on time spent on cleaning, and so far this seems to do the trick. Please try to stay away from suggestions of dry media; I've tried them all (even some of my own concoctions) and the time involved in waiting, sifting, shaking, and tapping has got to go...
yankytrash is offline  
Old April 17, 2001, 10:15 AM   #2
Mike Irwin
Join Date: April 13, 2000
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 39,161
You could always do a neutralization with some baking soda water before the final water rinse.
"The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind" -Theodorus Gaza

Baby Jesus cries when the fat redneck doesn't have military-grade firepower.
Mike Irwin is offline  
Old April 17, 2001, 12:32 PM   #3
neal bloom
Senior Member
Join Date: March 23, 2001
Posts: 278
We tried some IOSSO this weekend and it does clean the cases. While they are clean they are still not polished and shiny. Using the dry media can be a pain as you said, all the sifting, picking and cleaning, but the liquid cleaned cases still have to be dried. I prefer to let them sit for 24 hours rather than dry them in the oven (Wife gets a little nervous seeing cases baking in the oven). Either way there is work or delay. I guess we just have to pick the method which seems less tedious. Polished cases do look good though and are easier on the dies.
neal bloom is offline  
Old April 21, 2001, 03:27 PM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: April 12, 2001
Location: Oregon
Posts: 1
cleaning brass

I dont know how many rounds you are cleaning at one time, but I just finished a 7000 round order of 357 mag for one of my local law inforcment agencies and I use a brass polish from Midway.
I pu it in my vibrater tumbler with walnut hull and let it run for 3-4 hours and the stuff comes out looking like new, then I dump it in a media seperator, also available from Midway. I then deprime and load it, I dont worry too much about the inside of the primer pocket and have never had a problem, they keep coming back so They must like the ammo.
I have fond that one 32 oz bottle will pollish well over 15000 rounds.
458american is offline  
Old May 31, 2001, 09:20 AM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: March 30, 2000
Location: Central Texas, outside of Austin
Posts: 1,698
HankB is offline  
Old May 31, 2001, 09:30 AM   #6
Member In Memoriam
Join Date: March 19, 2000
Location: Jeanerette, La. Near the
Posts: 1,999
Hank, I have a Lyman Turbo Twin and used to use the Lyman treated corncob. I now use that corncob pet bedding from Wal-Mart (biggg bag for $2.97) and use Armorall car wax (no ammonia) for a treatment. Works very well, I am pleased with it.
Southla1 is offline  
Old May 31, 2001, 04:30 PM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: April 24, 2000
Location: Northern Indiana
Posts: 519
cleaning cases...

I read on the Realguns site that Birchwood-Casey supposedly works really and easy. Has anyone used it???

Redneck2 is offline  
Old June 5, 2001, 03:09 PM   #8
Nanaimo Barr
Senior Member
Join Date: May 4, 2001
Location: North Idaho
Posts: 1,024
do you mean the B&C concentrated fluid Redneck? I tried that, seemed to work as well as hot water and Dawn dish soap as near as I could tell. (Nickeled Brass) I got some dirty ones in a friends cleaner with corncob now, gonna compare them. I'll let you know.

Nanaimo Barr is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:17 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2016 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07731 seconds with 9 queries