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View Poll Results: How do you clean your brass
I Wet tumble 23 26.14%
I Dry tumble 48 54.55%
I use a sonic cleaner 2 2.27%
I use multiple methods 10 11.36%
Clean my brass! Silly people, I resize and GO! 2 2.27%
I have alternative methods (AKA other) 3 3.41%
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Old October 12, 2021, 08:10 PM   #26
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I have a vibrating tumbler which works for me.... When I do tumble that is. I never clean my brass every time I get back (unless Black Powder). Simple wipe with paper towel before going into the resizing die. None of my brass hits the ground, therefore I usually resize and go. All depends on if I think they need it or not. The cartridges shoot just as well as if bright and shiny .
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Old October 12, 2021, 09:41 PM   #27
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Wet tumble with stainless pins. Looking to dispose of my vibratory tumbler
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Old October 13, 2021, 08:22 AM   #28
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FWIW, cleaning brass is as much about consistency and keeping the chambers and dies in the best possible condition as anything else. Dirty dies don't make consistent rounds.
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Old October 13, 2021, 08:37 PM   #29
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15 year old Frankford Arsenal dry tumbler with corn cob media and a capful of polish, just because.
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Old October 13, 2021, 10:35 PM   #30
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Dry tumble/vibratory cleaner for 45-60 minutes. Corn cob or walnut media, with a cut up dryer sheet for some dust control.

I’m not going for factory shine level brass, just want to get the dirt and gunk off before running through my dies.

Rifle rounds go back in for 15 minutes or so after loading to get rid of lube residue.
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Old October 14, 2021, 08:31 AM   #31
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Rifle brass: decap, then ss liquid clean. Dry tumble after sizing, etc.
pistol brass: size and decap, then ss liquid clean.
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Old October 14, 2021, 05:06 PM   #32
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This is a surprising poll ... all the talk is about wet tumbling and how great and wonderful it is how it cleans the inside , outside , primer pockets and the kitchen floor ...Then you got Sonic Cleaners , multiple methods and alternate methods and NO methods

But the Poll Shows 50% still dry tumble ...50 % ... compared with all the other methods and the No Method ... 50 Freaking Percent !

AWESOME POLL !!!

I was sure only myself and two others used that old fashioned Dry Media method that came over on the Mayflower ... Looks like there are still a lot of us Dry Media Tumblers out there ... Guys , Keep On Keeping On !
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Old October 14, 2021, 06:18 PM   #33
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Dry tumble with half walnut and half corn cob with a capful of Nu-Finish
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Old October 14, 2021, 07:15 PM   #34
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I can sure suggest what NOT to do...don't wet tumble with out stainless pins...I did using only the blue duck soap and limashine and all the case mouths took a beating bad.
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Old October 15, 2021, 02:37 PM   #35
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I only reload handgun calibers, but I just use a shaker with corncob and a little polish.
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Old October 15, 2021, 05:52 PM   #36
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I still have my vibratory tumbler but it doesn't do a large enough load & doesn't do it fast enough as my home made wet tumbler. I still use it for small loads just to polish.
My wet tumbler is very easy to use, I just put dirty brass in, this 2' PVC tube.(about1500 9mm cases)



Add water up to mark, warm water does a little better but cold will work.


Add small amount of Dawn (about 1/8" in container)


Add small amount of Lemi-shine


And clean brass comes out 2hrs later. (most of the insides of the cases come clean without pins)

If I add pins they would be real clean, but I don't like cleaning up the pins.
And this is clean enough for me.
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Old October 15, 2021, 10:58 PM   #37
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Let me help out.

If you put stick powder in a blender, to exacerbate the vibration type effect, what will happen is that your rifle powder will turn into a pistol powder and burn DRAMATICALLY faster. This is a fact, not a myth.

But tumbling is super less than blender. But stick rubbing against each other, probably has small impact. Small. IN confined space. under extreme vibration. Which is way different than container rocking around in a truck.

This is tested and proven. (Blender that is)

as far as cleaning brass. Here is a proven method you may like. Pretty standard, just add ShineBright.

http://www.natoreloading.com/cleanbrass/

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Old October 15, 2021, 11:33 PM   #38
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wet with pins, a dishwasher tablet, and a pinch of Lemishine. Also been known to wipe the neck and shoulder with a piece of Neverdull and call it good.
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Old October 18, 2021, 08:26 AM   #39
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Dry tumble, with a cap of NuFinish.
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Old October 19, 2021, 07:25 PM   #40
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Wow ... this poll is even more surprising today ... 54 % dry tumble .

All the talk about wet tumbling and how clean it gets the pockets , cleans the insides , cleans the outsides , shines the brass , heals the sick and raises the dead ...
... yet only 26 % of the people do it !

Sure seems like an awful lot of folks , me included , still Dry Tumble !
If so many do it ... the old way must still be a good way !
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Old October 20, 2021, 09:42 AM   #41
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Wow ... this poll is even more surprising today ... 54 % dry tumble .

All the talk about wet tumbling and how clean it gets the pockets , cleans the insides , cleans the outsides , shines the brass , heals the sick and raises the dead ...
... yet only 26 % of the people do it !

Sure seems like an awful lot of folks , me included , still Dry Tumble !
If so many do it ... the old way must still be a good way !
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Don't forget the folks that do it more than one way . I do some wet and some dry . If I want it clean I wet tumble it with pins ,If I want it "clean enough" I use the dry method .
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Old October 20, 2021, 11:09 AM   #42
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Wow ... this poll is even more surprising today ... 54 % dry tumble .

All the talk about wet tumbling and how clean it gets the pockets , cleans the insides , cleans the outsides , shines the brass , heals the sick and raises the dead ...
... yet only 26 % of the people do it !

Sure seems like an awful lot of folks , me included , still Dry Tumble !
If so many do it ... the old way must still be a good way !
Gary
For most wet tumbling is too expensive, so they dry tumble.
I have some rifle brass that never gets tumbled. It gets polished with 0000 steel wool.
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Old October 20, 2021, 02:54 PM   #43
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Like I said I am flexible. This afternoon I had thirty .308s I needed lube cleaned off of. A bucket, hot water and some Dishwashing detergent solved the problem in less than 5 min. Popped them in a 200 degree oven for 15 minutes and I was ready to anneal and prime
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