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    cleaning cases

    I'm not sure if this is the right place to put this but,
    today I bought an Ultrasonic cleaner from Maplin and a bottle of sea clean and i thought i'd give it a go on some 6.5 cases.

    I have got a lyman tumbler and i've had 50 cases in it for 3 hours and they are pretty clean. i wanted to see if the ultrasonic really cleaned the primer pockets.

    So. i put a 10% solution of sea clean in the bath with 30 cases and set it running for 3 mins. after that i checked them but they were still dirty so i gave them another 3 mins.
    This time they were a lot cleaner so i rinsed them and gave them another 3 mins with just water then turned them out to dry on some kitchen roll.
    Fair play to Maplin, the cases are damn near spotless inside and out with just a tiny bit of residue in the primer pocket. no little bits of media in the flash hole to pick out.
    i'm deffinately going to be using the bath from now on.

    Ezzy

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    Ezzy. I find the ultrasonic cleaner very handy. I clean the cases before sizing and after I finish trimming and champhering. I dry them in the airing cupboard on a case block that has got holes drilled in it. Rgds JCS
    Last edited by jcampbellsmith; 16-06-2010 at 19:14. Reason: clarification

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    Ezzy
    Can I ask which Ultra sonic cleaner you bought, there are three or four on their site. Been thinking of trying it myself.

    Ken

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    I bought the 7000 model. it fits about 30 6.5 cases in it. if i'd known how good it was going to clean the cases i'd have bought a bigger one.
    I bought mine through work so i get a discount but i'm sure it was about 40

    Ezzy

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    I have just bought the same one, cost was 45 with a bottle of the Sea Clean.
    Tried it on some 6 times fired .223 brass, came up like new, I'm impressed.

    Neil.

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    Another convert to ultrasonic cleaning here

    ft
    Blindness to suffering is an inherent consequence of natural selection. Nature is neither kind nor cruel but fiercely indifferent.

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    I must admit, I tried an ultrasonic cleaner once and didn't really get on with it. The cleaner I used had a metal basket that sits in the bath and I put the brass into that. I ended up with marks on the cases where the basket was touching the cases. Then, after they were dry they were covered in water marks that would only come off after a good tumbling! I don't know whether it was because my water supply is quite hard or what? I was using water, detergent and some white vinegar.

    What cleaning solutions are you guys using?

    Alex

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    Last edited by jcampbellsmith; 17-06-2010 at 14:00. Reason: Added links

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcampbellsmith View Post
    yes that is the one I bought with the unit.
    Two, three minute sessions using the sea clean, followed by a ninety second one in clean water, dried them in the oven, 20 minutes on low.
    Cases are nice and clean/shiny, good enough for me.

    Neil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csl View Post
    What cleaning solutions are you guys using?

    Alex
    Alex, I am using sea clean too.

    ft
    Blindness to suffering is an inherent consequence of natural selection. Nature is neither kind nor cruel but fiercely indifferent.

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