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kjdeut 03-18-2013 04:48 AM

brass cleaning
New to reloading and I have a question. For pistol rounds is it always necessary to clean the brass before reloading? Or are there times when you would not clean before reloading. I am about to pull the trigger and purchase by loading kit. from reading some books on reloading i decided I am also going to get a digital scale. What I am undecided is if I need a brass tumbler or vibrator?

Do experienced reloaders clean your brass every time before reloading? Are there certain situations when it is not necessary to clean brass using a tumbler before reloading ? If needed I will invest in one. I plan starting with handgun ammo and I want todo it right the first time.

Thanks for your help,

fupuk 03-18-2013 06:24 AM

I have only been reloading for about 9 months and I do clean my brass every time before I reload. I think for my tumbler and the media ive got about $50 into it. Plus it will make your brass look brand new and that in itself is a plus for me. Why spend all that time reloading just for your end result to look like crap.

robocop10mm 03-18-2013 11:55 AM

Unless you do not mind scratched dies, you need to clean the brass EVERY TIME. Brass can be cleanedd in a rotary rock tumbler, vibratory polisher, or with water and some sort of cleaning agent like Simple Green. Vibratory polishing is just the fastest and easiest way, not the only way.

locutus 03-18-2013 01:22 PM

If you don't mind a real PITA, you can just wipe it down with a soft cloth.

But to answer your question, YES! you need to clean your brass.

JonM 03-18-2013 06:34 PM

i use a vibratory tumbler its just easy and fast. if you dont clean you can bugger up dies and brass or even your gun from junk left on the brass from shot to shot.

csaw44 03-18-2013 08:39 PM

Something else to think about... if your brass is clean it will be easier to spot damage like splits or bulges.

formerCav 03-21-2013 01:07 AM

I bought the dillon cv 750 vibratory cleaner and the cm-500 case separator.
they have served me very well for 20 years now.
go here

kjdeut 03-21-2013 05:32 AM

Thanks for the replies everyone.

GSpears471 03-21-2013 10:07 AM

A vibratory tumbler is better imo but people have their fave's . I prefer to use ground walnut in mine. I've also had good luck using the "green treated lyman corn cob media" it seems to leave a finer finish. New to the areana is the sonic cleaners, but I have no experience with them. They claim to be very versatile when used properly.

kjdeut 03-22-2013 06:16 AM

Been reading up on the sonic cleaners and the reviews have been really love or hate them. One trend I have noticed is that to get the really clean and shiny brass people have also used a tumbler or vibrator type either before or after using the sonic. Why spend the money on a sonic if you still need to use the other type of cleaner. I think I am going to shop for or good tumbler to vib type cleaner.

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