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#7042882 - 01/18/18 07:40 AM Cleaning between firings
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I got a little tired of hijacking the other thread.

How do you guys clean between firings, if you're trying to load for max accuracy? I have been cleaning with a vibratory tumbler that my buddy at work let me borrow. It has corn cob media I think, with polish added. They come out looking great, but they do have a fine film on them, inside & out.

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#7042892 - 01/18/18 07:46 AM Re: Cleaning between firings [Re: patriot07]
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Ultrasonic.

I've used vibratory but with walnut media. It worked too but takes longer.
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#7042898 - 01/18/18 07:51 AM Re: Cleaning between firings [Re: patriot07]
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Tumbler with plain corn cob, nothing added, before sizing to protect the sizing die and again after sizing to remove all sizing lube. I turn it on before going to sleep and turn it off in the morning. New brass is cleaned only after going through the sizer to straighten dented necks, and does not take long.

Hornady One Shot is used for lube, except for setting up a new die. Then Imperial Sizing lube is used to avoid sticking a case.

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#7042912 - 01/18/18 08:04 AM Re: Cleaning between firings [Re: patriot07]
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Do you wipe the film off of the outside of the case or out of the inside of the neck after cleaning?


Edited by patriot07 (01/18/18 08:05 AM)

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#7042919 - 01/18/18 08:11 AM Re: Cleaning between firings [Re: patriot07]
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Just toss them in the tumbler and it cleans them up overnight.
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#7042929 - 01/18/18 08:19 AM Re: Cleaning between firings [Re: patriot07]
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I was specifically talking about the film from the cleaning media.

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#7042930 - 01/18/18 08:19 AM Re: Cleaning between firings [Re: jeffbird]
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Originally Posted By: jeffbird
Just toss them in the tumbler and it cleans them up overnight.


There is dust on the cases after tumbling, is that normal?

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#7042932 - 01/18/18 08:21 AM Re: Cleaning between firings [Re: patriot07]
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A film of what? Tumbling media dust?
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#7042939 - 01/18/18 08:23 AM Re: Cleaning between firings [Re: patriot07]
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Fired brass I tumble clean in corn cob media treated with Graf's brass case polish (best I have found) and pour a little in each use. If there's any dust, I'll wipe them down with a towel, then add some water to my media to cut the dust down. Size brass case, tumble again in media to get lube off. Load, go shoot, and repeat.

If I am only sizing a few cases (which is rare), I'll wipe them down, but I hate manually wiping them with a towel.
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#7042959 - 01/18/18 08:31 AM Re: Cleaning between firings [Re: Sneaky]
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A film of what? Tumbling media dust?
Yes

So it sounds like nobody cares about the dust inside the neck? Seems like it might mess with neck tension like having lube in there would, but apparently not.

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#7042968 - 01/18/18 08:35 AM Re: Cleaning between firings [Re: patriot07]
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important step, but again, don't overthink the process
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#7042972 - 01/18/18 08:37 AM Re: Cleaning between firings [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
Fired brass I tumble clean in corn cob media treated with Graf's brass case polish (best I have found) and pour a little in each use. If there's any dust, I'll wipe them down with a towel, then add some water to my media to cut the dust down. Size brass case, tumble again in media to get lube off. Load, go shoot, and repeat.

If I am only sizing a few cases (which is rare), I'll wipe them down, but I hate manually wiping them with a towel.
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#7042975 - 01/18/18 08:38 AM Re: Cleaning between firings [Re: jeffbird]
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Originally Posted By: jeffbird
Tumbler with plain corn cob, nothing added, before sizing to protect the sizing die and again after sizing to remove all sizing lube. I turn it on before going to sleep and turn it off in the morning. New brass is cleaned only after going through the sizer to straighten dented necks, and does not take long.

Hornady One Shot is used for lube, except for setting up a new die. Then Imperial Sizing lube is used to avoid sticking a case.

Thanks. Is there anything inherently wrong with RCBS lube? Lots of folks seem to be using the Hornady.

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#7042986 - 01/18/18 08:42 AM Re: Cleaning between firings [Re: patriot07]
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Brad, try to keep things simple when starting out reloading and only change one variable at a time. It sounds like it being over complicated where it's really a simple process.
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#7042992 - 01/18/18 08:47 AM Re: Cleaning between firings [Re: patriot07]
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Cut up a dryer sheet or two into strips and toss it in to your media when tumbling. Also, a dollop of Final Finish car polish cuts down tumbling time by about half and leaves them SHINY. I'm trying short grain rice instead of walnut or corn cob. I've used it once thus far, and it seems to clean just as well, but without all of the moon dust afterward.

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