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Old 05-01-2013, 02:35 AM   #1
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When using a sonic cleaner tumbler how long do I need to clean once fired handgun cartridges?

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Old 05-01-2013, 02:44 AM   #2
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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

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

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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.

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

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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?

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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.

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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

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

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I always tumble my brass overnight......6-8 hours.
Unfortunately longest setting I have is 10 min
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