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    Re: brass cleaning media- - - -preferences?

    I guess I'm the weirdo again. I use about 1 1/2 oz of liquid laundry detergent to a half full vibratory tumbler drum of corn cob media. Pour in the corn cob media and turn the tumbler on, and drizzle the detergent in to mix. It gets the cases pretty clean and no real dust problems.

    I've been wondering about using sandblasting media as a case cleaner. It comes in different sizes. Maybe one of the sizes/grades would do a good cleaning job. Might have to pick up a few of the small bags at Harbor Fright next time I'm there and try it out.
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    Hmmmmm- - - - -just had another idea- - - - -what about pumice-based hand cleaner in the pump bottle- - - - -GoJo, Fast Orange, etc.? It's got a mild abrasive and a citrus-based detergent. Half a gallon of it sells for the same price as a quart of Frankford Arsenal additive.
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    Re: brass cleaning media- - - -preferences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Teach View Post
    Hmmmmm- - - - -just had another idea- - - - -what about pumice-based hand cleaner in the pump bottle- - - - -GoJo, Fast Orange, etc.? It's got a mild abrasive and a citrus-based detergent. Half a gallon of it sells for the same price as a quart of Frankford Arsenal additive.
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    Wouldn't hurt to try it and see. The stuff like Go-Jo and Fast Orange are pretty cheap compared to some of the other stuff, and they sure do get the dirt/grease/oil off your mitts pretty quick. Worth a try, anyway. Tractor Supply has Black Beauty sandblast media in a 50# bag for less than $8 a bag. Might have to pick up a bag this week and give it a spin. I got some NASTY cases that need cleaning and the corncob media ain't making it.
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    Have you loaded any of the .50 BMG cases Robert scavenged up for you? Some of that stuff looked a little grungy!
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    My personal favorite is corn cob media with a little squirt of Flitz.

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    I would think sand or sandblasting medium would eat up the cases fairly quickly
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    Re: brass cleaning media- - - -preferences?

    Quote Originally Posted by knitepoet View Post
    I would think sand or sandblasting medium would eat up the cases fairly quickly
    Not to mention scratching a chamber up if an occasional stray particle or two was left on the case.
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    Corncob. If anyone was picking up fired brass, unless it was US, reloading it would be problematical to say the least since almost all is berdan primed.
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    Combat troops picking up fired brass to reload it? Not bloody likely! They were probably scavenging unfired rounds from dead bodies, or ammo belts buried in sand or mud, etc. and trying to get them clean enough to shoot.
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    Re: brass cleaning media- - - -preferences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Teach View Post
    Have you loaded any of the .50 BMG cases Robert scavenged up for you? Some of that stuff looked a little grungy!
    Jerry
    Not yet. I need to get the BIG rotary tumbler finished. It's pushing it to do 20 of those .50BMG cases in a vibratory tumbler!
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