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Cleaning brass

Post by thessler on 10/16/2018, 7:01 pm

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Hi
I'm new to pistol reloading and wondering what to buy regarding cleaning brass.
My choices seem to be a tumbler or an ultrasonic cleaner.
Please advise on best choice. 
Thanks, Tom

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Re: Cleaning brass

Post by Aprilian on 10/18/2018, 9:05 am

SteveT wrote:IMO this chain has gone far from the OP's question.
The one definite advantage of any wet method is that the lead dust will be better controlled. I would not run a vibratory cleaner indoors.
This is why I went Ultrasonic as I already had high lead levels.   The brass doesn't come out as shiny as new, but it gets most of the primer pockets clean - although I have to run them around an hour if it is a full tank.  I didn't even want the dust outside in the garage.
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Re: Cleaning brass

Post by JKR on 10/18/2018, 9:12 am

I've always wondered how important it is to have really pretty, shiny, brass. In the past I used vibratory tumblers but started to be somewhat concerned about the dust. I've switched to using boiling water and a couple tablespoons of citric acid. Just put the whole mess in a plastic bucket, stir it around a couple times, and let it set for a while. Cleans things up pretty well, but the brass is in no way shiny. Makes it easy to identify my brass at a match. I just pick up the shitty looking ones!

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