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Thread: Cleaning 5.56 brass - tricks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechanic1990 View Post
    I am just getting back into reloading after being away from it for 20+ years. I had to start from scratch since I sold all of my reloading equipment years ago. One purchase that I already regret is getting an ultrasonic cleaner for the brass. I haven't tried the store bought solutions yet, but I tried the homemade mixture of water, white vinegar, Dawn dish soap, and table salt. I am pretty disappointed with the results so far. I am really thinking that the better solution would have been wet tumbling with stainless media.
    I have a cheapo chinese desktop US cleaner. Worthless.
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    So I prepped at least 2500 5.56 cases today. I used a mix of suggestions to tumble the lube off.

    I didn’t want to change too many variables at once so I would know what worked.

    I used my current corn Cobb media (Dillon sold) and tumbled for 1 hr. I sprayed the Cobb with alcohol as Dillon and some here suggested.

    The cases I spot checked had no “Cobb rocks” inside them that I could see.

    I guess we’ll know for sure when I load them and the powder checker start going off. Lol

    Thanks for all the tips. I’ll report back if there’s trouble.


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    I stopped using corn cob media to tumble bottle neck cases. I use walnut media with a capful of Nu Finish car polish added for tumbling. About 1 hour will get the cases clean enough. I tumble first, then I decap, resize and trim cases.

    I buy walnut shell reptile bedding at the pet store when I need more tumbling media. It's less expensive and works just as well as the walnut media I've purchased from vendors who sell reloading supplies.
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    2500 in a day? Now that’s impressive.

    I’d like to hear about your setup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xdmikey View Post
    2500 in a day? Now that’s impressive.

    I’d like to hear about your setup!
    No Joke. If I get 500 done in a day, that is massive.
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    After resizing the cases I wash off the glycerin lube with Simple Green and hot water. I let the cases dry for a couple of days and when it appears they are good and dry I run them through the tumbler with walnut shell media. I put about 1/2 an ounce of Brasso in the walnut shells.

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    2500 cases in a day is a shit ton.

    Not saying you should change but I wet tumble then put in an old food dehydrator. Best brass I have had an I did corn and walnut media previously.
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