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brewer3401 04-04-2013 08:48 PM

Cleaning brass question - from a newbie
Is it a good idea to first clean brass in a mild detergent hot (boiling) water mixture before putting in the tumbler ?

I am getting a vibrating tumbler and fine walnut shell media.

I do realize they have to be dry before putting in the tumbler.

Thanks for your help and feedback.

customammo72 04-04-2013 08:58 PM

I use an ultrasonic cleaner to make sure the inside of the brass gets clean real good too, then let them dry and tumble, but you can just tumble if you want without any prior preparation, the walnut shell media in the tumbler will clean the brass just fine, you will just have to leave it in there a little longer than normal. Just my opinion, I have never heard of boiling the brass with any type of cleaner, someone else might have more insight on this, but just letting you know how I prep mine.

techiej 04-04-2013 09:16 PM

I use only an ultrasonic cleaner for my brass...less time to clean, cleans inside & out, no dust, less noise.

Only downside is that the brass has to dry afterwards.

brewer3401 04-04-2013 09:43 PM

Thanks to you both.

What is the average time to get brass "perfect" and super shiny if you wash first - and if you don't wash first.


Dan308 04-05-2013 02:56 AM

I just put brass into the vibrator with corn cob media and squirt a dab of case cleaner in there. Turn it on and let it go over night. Looks like new in the morning.

customammo72 04-05-2013 03:37 AM


Originally Posted by brewer3401 (Post 1203091)
Thanks to you both.

What is the average time to get brass "perfect" and super shiny if you wash first - and if you don't wash first.


I run mine one cycle on the ultrasonic which is only a few minutes, dry and then about an hour or two in the tumbler and my brass is better than brand new shiny, but honestly you don't need that shiny unless you just want your ammo to look really good, most of the time I just use my ultrasonic and they come out all clean and perfect to reload, I just use the tumbler to make a better shine for the ammo I sell, and yes I am an FFL holder to manufacture and sell ammo BTW. If you don't wash, 3 to 4 hours is usually reasonable in the tumbler if you use corncob media unless the brass is really really dirty, then usually you have to run them overnight

beaglesam 04-05-2013 10:43 AM

I use treated corn cob or crushed walnut with some jewelers rogue mixed in. The best place to find the walnut is a pet store, it's called lizard bedding. I turn my vibrator on and get out of the house for a while it's pretty loud.

locutus 04-05-2013 03:49 PM

No, it isn't necessary.

brewer3401 04-05-2013 04:53 PM

I bought a 2.50 liter ultrasonic machine and am using half water and half vinegar and a few drops of Dawn dish washing detergent

Q - Can i just dump them in, or should I stand them all upright ?

I thought this was pretty good info:

brewer3401 04-05-2013 08:41 PM

Thanks to all for your advice.

Did 3 - 8 minute in the ultrasonic, then 2 hours in the vibrating tumbler with fine walnut hulls.

Unbelievable looking - much shinier than even factory ammo brass.

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