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#5642909 - 03/09/15 01:00 PM Cleaning loaded ammo
Mike at Fort Hood Offline
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Registered: 12/30/14
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I'm new to reloading and read somewhere to wash the case lubricant off the cartridge after reloading and before firing.

What is the best way to do this? I saw a video of a guy washing them in hot water, but that doesn't seem right to me. Made me think about water getting inside the cartridge and rusting later.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Mike

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#5642913 - 03/09/15 01:01 PM Re: Cleaning loaded ammo [Re: Mike at Fort Hood]
jbd76266 Offline


Registered: 04/17/09
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Just wipe off with a rag.

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#5642917 - 03/09/15 01:02 PM Re: Cleaning loaded ammo [Re: Mike at Fort Hood]
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#5642919 - 03/09/15 01:03 PM Re: Cleaning loaded ammo [Re: Mike at Fort Hood]
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BTW...welcome to the forum Mike

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#5642932 - 03/09/15 01:11 PM Re: Cleaning loaded ammo [Re: Mike at Fort Hood]
Mike at Fort Hood Offline
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Thanks JBD. It's dry by that time, but I will dry with a rag. Just a dry one?

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#5642942 - 03/09/15 01:14 PM Re: Cleaning loaded ammo [Re: Mike at Fort Hood]
FiremanJG Offline
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I keep a roll of blue towels on the loading bench. As soon as the brass gets sized, I hold the brass by the case head in one hand, and grip the brass in the other hand that is holding a blue towel and rotate the brass. Then into the ammo box it goes.


Edited by FiremanJG (03/09/15 01:14 PM)
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#5642968 - 03/09/15 01:26 PM Re: Cleaning loaded ammo [Re: FiremanJG]
jdk1985 Offline
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
I keep a roll of blue towels on the loading bench. As soon as the brass gets sized, I hold the brass by the case head in one hand, and grip the brass in the other hand that is holding a blue towel and rotate the brass. Then into the ammo box it goes.


I've done this and it works. I tend to load in large batches. Eventually your fingers start to get sore. Now, once I'm done sizing and/or extensively handling the brass, I throw it back into the tumbler to remove all the lube. Then I load the round and store it away.


Edited by jdk1985 (03/09/15 01:27 PM)

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#5642975 - 03/09/15 01:31 PM Re: Cleaning loaded ammo [Re: Mike at Fort Hood]
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I chuck my brass in a portable screwdriver/drill, remove excess lube with a paper towel, cut to length, chamfer the inside and outside of the neck, and then polish with 0000 steel wool.

Here's the Lee case length gauge I use:

Case Length gauge and chuck
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#5642978 - 03/09/15 01:32 PM Re: Cleaning loaded ammo [Re: Mike at Fort Hood]
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^^

As others have said, I wipe it down after sizing as I only do 50 - 100 at a time, it's no big deal.

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#5643650 - 03/09/15 06:40 PM Re: Cleaning loaded ammo [Re: Mike at Fort Hood]
GLC Offline


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Loc: Burleson Texas
I wash, dry, size cut to length and then tumble in walnut shells so there is no residue of my lube at all after loading.
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#5643653 - 03/09/15 06:43 PM Re: Cleaning loaded ammo [Re: Mike at Fort Hood]
Dave3575 Offline
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The OP is asking after he loads, not sizes. I can't think of an reason to clean the loaded rounds unless something drastic happens.

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#5643697 - 03/09/15 07:03 PM Re: Cleaning loaded ammo [Re: Dave3575]
GLC Offline


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Originally Posted By: Dave3575
The OP is asking after he loads, not sizes. I can't think of an reason to clean the loaded rounds unless something drastic happens.


Agree, but what would be on the round after he re-loads?
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#5644632 - 03/10/15 09:21 AM Re: Cleaning loaded ammo [Re: Mike at Fort Hood]
Dave3575 Offline
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exactly

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#5644759 - 03/10/15 10:35 AM Re: Cleaning loaded ammo [Re: Mike at Fort Hood]
RiverRider Offline
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If you load cast bullets, you can get bullet lube smeared on the cases during seating. I usually keep a rag with a little acetone handy and wipe off the finished rounds.
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#5644879 - 03/10/15 11:49 AM Re: Cleaning loaded ammo [Re: Mike at Fort Hood]
Dave3575 Offline
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good perspective, I didn't think of that - all my bullets are wrapped in copper.

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