cleaning cases

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by okieboy, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. okieboy

    okieboy New Member

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    When using a sonic cleaner tumbler how long do I need to clean once fired handgun cartridges?
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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
     

  3. fa35jsf

    fa35jsf New Member

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

    bigjim New Member

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    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.

    Jim
     
  5. okieboy

    okieboy New Member

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

    okieboy New Member

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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?
     
  7. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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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.
     
  8. mich1377usmc

    mich1377usmc New Member

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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
     
  9. TimKS

    TimKS Member Lifetime Supporter

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

    okieboy New Member

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    Unfortunately longest setting I have is 10 min
     
  11. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    I agree with gunsmith. I could care less about how new looking my brass is. I care more about longevity. Cleaning brass just to make them purdy is also cutting down on case life.