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Cleaning cases

Are those shakers about the only way to clean cases. I have a lot of empty casing that I will be reloading and was curious about those shaker things. Reminds me of a rock tumbler I had as a kid. Are there down sides to them? I find the cases get dirty quickly after reloading because of the residue oil left on the case. I am thinking it would be easier to examine the cases too if there clean. How long does it take to clean them. Do you normally clean them before doing any resizeing or after? After resizing there would normally be primers in so I was thinking maybe not a good idea. Any thoughts or ways you guys are dealing with this would be helpfull.

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Cleaning cases

You are not far off. It's basically the same type of polishing/cleaning devise used for rock polishing.

I bought one and only use it to remove the case lube prior to priming and charging. Not real worried about my brass being shiny and polished, though it is an added benefit from the tumbler. Tumble for about 2 to 4 hours to really clean your cases. I do this after resize, trim, deburr, and do it before priming. The only draw back is replacing the tumble media every dozen or so times you use it. Only tumble un-primed or de-primed cases.

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I only tumble cases with the spent primer still intact, usually for a few hours. I have heard that the media can wear out the primer pocket if there's no primer in it, and also I hate having to take a paper clip and poke the media out of the flash hole. When I have alot of soot around the shoulder, I usually take a piece of steel wool and lightly scrub that off before tumbling.
As for your question about other ways to clean, there is a case soap you can buy. You add it to a bucket of water and agitate the solution with the cases in it. Then you have to take out the cases, rinse them, and dry them. I did this once before I got my tumbler, it was a pain in the butt.

Hope this helps, good luck!

Carl

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Bullelk34 wrote
"I only tumble cases with the spent primer still intact, usually for a few hours. I have heard that the media can wear out the primer pocket if there's no primer in it, and also I hate having to take a paper clip and poke the media out of the flash hole "

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I've known guy's that never clean cases or primer pocket's. Most of them shoot very well. I know others that not only clean every time but polish every time, Their cases last as long as mine. I clean everytime with the primers out. That way I do have to remove a bit of cleaning media but I also remove the sizing lube, a plus I think. Maybe Think .That's opinion, remember some guy's never clean. I have a vibrating cleaner and I also use a drun turner similar to rock polisher, mine is for developing 35mm photo film! I made a 3# coffee can to run on it!

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I havn't cleaned a primer pocket in decades, and longer than that since I polished a case, laziness has set in Big smile
But, if it worth doing, it's worth doing properly. They sure do look great all polished up with your favourite bullet seated properly, awaiting launch : Thumbs up

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Location: Medicine Hat, Alberta
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well i too like the look of the shiny brass, but my only real concern if you want to call it that is the oil residue. I remember now that I got to wiping the finished ammo off with a cloth dipped in paint thinner or something like it. Made handling the ammo bit more comfortable. Didn't seem to affect anything.

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