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Hectocotylus 07-19-2013 05:55 AM

Newbie tumbling question
 
How necessary is cleaning/tumbling brass before loading? Necessary? Nice for accuracy? If you like shiny things do it? Thanks in advance.

Anna_Purna 07-19-2013 06:01 AM

Not necessary at all, and can even diminish the life of the brass. They sure do look purdy though if you do tumble them, but a good cleaning in hot water and dawn detergent is good enough for those who don't have a tumbler. I have a tumbler and use it for about 15 minutes on any given caliber.

gunnut07 07-19-2013 10:41 AM

Do you have too. No. Not to start an argument, but tumbling doesn't harm brass at all. Unless you are not so bright and put Amonia based cleaners like brasso in to your media. If you don't have a tumbler just get some pantyhose deprime your brass put them in the pantyhose and put them in the dishwasher and run it.

Hectocotylus 07-19-2013 02:53 PM

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Originally Posted by gunnut07
Do you have too. No. Not to start an argument, but tumbling doesn't harm brass at all. Unless you are not so bright and put Amonia based cleaners like brasso in to your media. If you don't have a tumbler just get some pantyhose deprime your brass put them in the pantyhose and put them in the dishwasher and run it.

I like the sounds of that. I hope the wife does too...

Overkill0084 07-19-2013 03:31 PM

At the minimum, you must ensure that your brass reasonably clean so as to not damage or cause excessive wear on your dies. Wipe down your brass and give them a quick look over to verify that they are serviceable at a minimum.
My father reloaded for decades before he bought a tumbler.
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deprime your brass put them in the pantyhose and put them in the dishwasher and run it.
It's my understanding that priming compounds have heavy metals in them, as do the residues they leave behind. Not something I want to share with the dishes I eat off of. YMMV.

JW357 07-19-2013 03:40 PM

I don't like putting dirty cases in my wheel gun. If they get nasty enough the cases don't go in as well, or come out as well. It takes awhile, but that can be a side effect of dirty brass.

I've also found clean brass can feed easier in semi-autos.

But its all personal preference.


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