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    cleaning brass without tumbler

    Ok, this might seem INSANE, but would there be anything wrong with cleaning brass using 'Brasso', one case at a time, rather than using a tumbler...just wondering..LOL

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    You can't be insane because I do this, and my dog assures me that I'm totally sane.

    I use this wadding to take off the burn residue on the necks. This is the only way I know to get this caked on gunge off to check for neck splits ......then I tumble the cases if they need it or I can be bothered.

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    I seem to recall having read somewhere that polishes of that sort were not good, because the ammonium in them softens and weakens the brass itself.
    Personally I use an ultrasonic bath type cleaner with good results. Cider vinegar for initial clean and de-tarnish, followed by warm water with a little detergent and a small amount of bicarbonate of soda to neutralise the acid from the earlier vinegar dunk, then finally a good rinse in clean water. Whole process done in under 15 minutes (plus thorough overnight drying, of course). Works for me.

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    It's my dream that one day I'll have enough time to be able to clean a decent batch of brass one cart at a time......................






    I'll be bu&&úred if i'll actually spend it polishing cartridges though

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigglet View Post
    It's my dream that one day I'll have enough time to be able to clean a decent batch of brass one cart at a time......................

    I'll be bu&&úred if i'll actually spend it polishing cartridges though
    Come on! they look like little bars of shiny gold when you polish them by hand

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    Soak them in coke and then rinse! Does the inside of the case too!
    MS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey Spanker View Post
    Soak them in coke and then rinse! Does the inside of the case too!
    MS
    R U Joking? curious..

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    Cocaine is far too expensive for me MS !!!
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Using a case holding tool (the sort you use for length sizing the case) mount it in a cordless drill, place case in holding tool, then use one of those green dish scrubbing cloths to clean the case, whilst rotating the case in the drill obviously. Works a treat and not too abrasive ! Much quicker than the tumbler, but doesn't get any cleaning agent inside the case.

    Tom

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