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    Advice on Case Cleaning

    Thanks for previous advice on dies, very helpful and much appreciated. I am now asking for advice on case cleaning.

    I haven't got much space and would prefer to clean cases in the house - the garage is possible, but its damp and inconvenient.

    One option is to use solvent without tumbling. So does anybody use the Lyman Orange Turbo Case Cleaning Solution?
    Lyman Products Your Primary Source for Reloading Equipment
    What do you think? Pros and cons?

    The other option is dry tumbling. The tumbler wont be running all the time, so I can put it on a timer, and leave it during the day, when I am out, so noise, although worth considering isn't that much of an issue, but dust is. A few of the Lyman products seem to have a sieve lid that wouldn't do anything to stop dust. Other products appear to have tight fitting lid that would. What do you think? Pros and cons?

    Finally, media. Corn or Walnut? Any additives to consider.

    Dave.

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    I have a small rock tumbler that I use with stainless steel pins to clean batches of up to 50 cases (260 Rem) at a time. I generally tumble for about an hour. Regards JCS

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    I used to use a Thuumblers Tumbler for my pistol cases. It is also a rock polishing tumblers so is sealed against dust. You have made me stop and think now so will have to see if it is still tucked away somewhere or not. Had not thought about this for some years.

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    Ultrasonic? At least that's what I'm thinking of buying. Not fussed if they're not shiny.
    Jim
    I never make the same mistake twice.

    I make it five or six times.

    Just to be sure.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JockStalk View Post
    Ultrasonic? At least that's what I'm thinking of buying. Not fussed if they're not shiny.
    Jim
    I deprime the brass, anneal it, then stainless steel pin it, full length resize, trim and deburr. Then I run the brass through the ultrasonic before putting the prep'd brass away.

    Regards

    JCS

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcampbellsmith View Post
    I deprime the brass, anneal it, then stainless steel pin it, full length resize, trim and deburr. Then I run the brass through the ultrasonic before putting the prep'd brass away.

    Regards

    JCS
    I'm interested in how you anneal? Presumably just the neck, and a pretty tight temperature tolerance?

    Jim
    I never make the same mistake twice.

    I make it five or six times.

    Just to be sure.


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    I've tried all methods over the years but about 4-5 years ago I switched to Stainless steel media and really happy with the results.

    For anyone unfamiliar with the SS method, here's a short video of how I do mine:


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    Good video, Allen. What sort of detergent mix do you use?

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    Ultra sonic. Clean brass is good. Shiny brass is....eye candy.~Muir

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    Always visual check for stuck pins /media.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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