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case cleaning question

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by LogicBomb, May 27, 2013.

  1. LogicBomb

    LogicBomb Grants Pass Active Member

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    can I tumble 223 cases after I deprime, size and trim?
     
  2. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Of course. Recommend you chamfer the case mouths first
     
  3. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I normally preferable to go in this order.

    Deprime (I use a Lee Punch and anvil set and do it by hand)

    Tumble (this gets the cases clean prior to the next steps)

    scrape primer pockets and wire brush the insides of the neck

    lube

    resize

    trim to length

    champher
     
  4. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I always tumble after sizing, trimming and chamfering. It's a pain in the butt picking media out of the flash holes but when I'm done I have clean ready to use brass.
     
  5. GadgetGeek

    GadgetGeek Portland, Oregon Member

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    I deprime all brass using a redding universal depriming die (It stays setup in my old RCBS partner press), and then resize (either full or neck depending). After they have all been resized and trimmed (if needed), it's off to the ultrasonic bath for cleaning. Then after they are clean and dry I dump them in the case feeder and load 'em up!! With ultrasonic cleaning I don't have to mess with primer pockets or neck cleaning. The brass comes out like it was brand new!
     
  6. rdt

    rdt SW Portland Active Member

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    i typically tumble brass before i size to keep filth out of the sizing process. Gadget - how do you dry?
     
  7. GadgetGeek

    GadgetGeek Portland, Oregon Member

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    I put the wet brass in a towel and shake back and forth for a few minutes then put them in a loading block upside down and let them air dry for a day or so. I've always got brass to process so the day or two wait doesn't bother me!! :)
     
  8. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    I also tumble first, then size/deprime.
    Was a lot of work picking media out of pockets and flash holes.
     
  9. M4 AR

    M4 AR Ridgefield, Wa. Member

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    I deprime (lee universal), ultrasonic, dry, lube, resize. Trim if needed.

    For ultrasonic/drying. I use my shoe rack in the dryer w/ a towel layed over it. Works great. I used to put them in the other on an old pizza pan.
     
  10. 444Thumper

    444Thumper Vancouver, WA Member

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    As for the media, I use the fine ground walnut shells. It's small enough that it doesn't get stuck in the primer hole in my experience. A fellow I know uses the stainless steel media and that stuff works fantastic. He cleans after sizing and the brass, including the pockets, come out looking like new. Thinking about going that direction one of these days.
     
  11. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    I do likewise with the towel and then anneal the cases. Very dry after they cool off from the annealing (I don't "dunk").

    I use SS pins instead of the ultrasonic method but similar results.

    I can clean and anneal in the morning and have the cases loaded the same afternoon.
     
  12. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    I deprime, tumble with stainless steel, hot water and Dawn dishsoap usually over night in a Thumbler's. Then separate and dry. The brass, including the primer pockets comes out looking like new. Then I size and if necessary, trim.
     
  13. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    I will tumble, wash, deprime, and then tumble again.
     
  14. Velillen

    Velillen Port Orchard, WA Member

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    For me it depends on the brass. I do all my case prep on a progressive. depriming priming, and sizing that is.

    Pistols
    I almost always stainless tumble then deprime, Bell, prime. Not worried on the flash hole tbh

    Rifle with my own brass
    For non target plinking
    Stm tumble, deprime and full size, prime, then toss in walnut media to get case line off. Followed by trimming if needed and all that.

    For brass that's new to me, stm tumble, deprime and full size, tumble again usually stm. After that its inspect the primer pockets for crimped and primed.

    For target loads its stm, deprime and size, tumble again, prime, ect
     
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