Posted 06 September 2012 - 02:01 PM
I have recently come into some brass that has dirt and dust on it. I am not wanting to get all the dirt in my walnut hull media.
1. Should I wash in dish soap and water and then let dry and then tumble as usual?
2. Should I wash in dish soap and water and then let dry, punch the primers and then tumble as usual?
If I do punch the primers do I need to worry about getting Dillon spray lube in the pockets when I go to size the cleaned brass?
I usually just throw the cases in the media and when they are clean, spray them with case lube and then load.
Before someone chimes in, I do not want to go to the expense or bother of the stainless media at this point and time. It is cool that the dirt would be washed down the drain though.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 02:10 PM
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:18 AM
Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:27 AM
John...how many times can you use the corncob media to remove excess lube?
The problem with a progressive is that you have to decide when to remove the primers. I have had shotgun hulls that remain wet inside for weeks after being fished out of the pond. My concern with washing brass is that there may be some dampness that is trapped in the spent primer and does not dry completely.
The brass I picked up is really nice stuff and only required a little NuFinish and some walnut Media to get it looking really nice. The 45 ACP cases that was mine that I picked back up looked worse than other cases I found. I had to load 300 rounds the night before the trip and did not have time to give them a final polish. I did not want that fine dust and sand in my media from the brass that was picked up from the dirt as my brass usually goes in a brass catcher or comes off the concrete at the range. I was just over thinking again. If one loads new brass, Dillon spray lube must get in the primer pockets.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:15 PM
I use the corncob until it looks dirty or will actually start to clump from some of the stickier lubes.
After you wash the brass and shake out excess water in a towel, throw them into you walnut media an polish them for a couple of hours. This will remove 99% of any moisture that maybe left in the cases and primers. Then lube them and run them as normal. Let the machine punch the primers and it will remove any media that hangs up with the primers.
The old trick of tossing in some old used dryer softener sheets will keep your walnut media cleaner longer too. I've even used plain paper toweling torn into smaller pieces.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:38 PM
So you use liquid in the vibratory tumbles? I never thought of that.
To clean the lube off, I usually just lay on old towel on my work bench and lay a couple of paper towels on top. I then line up about 20 loaded cartridges on the paper towel and spray with alcohol. I use another paper towel on top and roll them back and forth until they are dry and free of lube.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:22 PM
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