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okieboy 05-01-2013 02:35 AM

cleaning cases
When using a sonic cleaner tumbler how long do I need to clean once fired handgun cartridges?

robocop10mm 05-01-2013 02:44 AM

Uh, until clean? If you are talking a vibratory polisher with fresh, treated media and "normal" fired brass, about an hour. As the media gets dirty, it will take preogressively longer to get a nice finish

fa35jsf 05-01-2013 03:25 AM

Do you deprime your cases before tumbling? What media are you using?

bigjim 05-01-2013 03:50 AM


When using a sonic cleaner tumbler how long do I need to clean
Forever, no such animal, if they made one I might consider buying one.

Do you mean a Sonic Cleaner or a Tumbler. Different times for using each.


okieboy 05-01-2013 03:45 PM

I mean a sonic cleaner. And I'm planning on depriming before cleaning yes.

okieboy 05-04-2013 06:46 PM

Ok so I've cleaned each batch for at least 30 min in a Lyman 700 with Lyman case cleaner media. They look better but nowhere near brand spank in new like I want. Is there something I can add? Better media? Additive? Time? What am I missing?

Overkill0084 05-04-2013 07:04 PM

While the ultrasonic cleaners do a great job get stuff clean, they do nothing for the oxidation, stains or the generally dull look that cases get with use, unless there's some magical solution that I'm not aware of.
A vibratory tumbler will polish them up nicely, but they won't be nearly as clean inside or in the primer pockets.
What is your priority? In truth, wiping them down with a rag is as clean as they actually really need to be. Anything more is for bonus points.

mich1377usmc 05-04-2013 07:10 PM

Guns. Try more time and/or polish , I tumble mine several hours sometimes. When I get range pickups sometime may take days, at a few hours at a time. Just remember used cases are not new. Mickey

TimKS 05-04-2013 07:54 PM

I always tumble my brass overnight......6-8 hours.

okieboy 05-04-2013 11:29 PM


Originally Posted by TimKS (Post 1236668)
I always tumble my brass overnight......6-8 hours.

Unfortunately longest setting I have is 10 min

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