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    How Are you Cleaning Lubed Rifle Brass?

    I finally made the move into prepping rifles brass for reloading.

    I have several hundred full length sized and deprimed pieces that need to move to the next station.

    What is your preferred method for removing the residual lube?

    I have dry tumble, wet tumble, and ultrasonic available.

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    I throw them in my tumbler for half an hour with crushed walnut.
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    Trim if needed, and into the tumbler
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    I wipe each case using a cloth and brake clean. Most of my friends use a pin/water/soap combo in their tumbler.

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    Dry tumble, wet tumble, or just some alcohol on a cloth.
    Depends on how many, what's on hand, do I need them right now, and just how lazy I am.
    After wiping 50 cases with a rag and alcohol my hands are pretty cramped up.
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    I lightly lube the exterior of the case (not the shoulder or exterior of the neck). I also lightly lube the interior of the neck. Then I size the case. Then I wipe the exterior of the case with a cotton towel. No tumbling. Works very well.

    Sometimes, not always, there is some powder that sticks to the inside of the neck when I charge a case. I use the wooden end of a skinny paint brush to "encourage" any powder into the case.

    BTW, I use Imperial sizing wax to lube my cases. (The sizing wax is completely inert and will never affect combustion.) And when I say "lightly lube" a case, I mean it. Excessive lubing is never a good thing. (Unless it's the BMG case.)

    Edit: btw, I only load precision rifle ammo on a single stage press for 5 different calibers. No bulk pistol or rifle ammo on progressives in my loading room.

    YMMV
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    Like Rory says it depends on the size of the batch i'm doing. Up to 40 rounds I use a rag and brake clean, large batches of 223 go in the dry tumbler for a half hour.

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    I use lee lube. it is water soluble. so basically I can just wash them but I usually just toss them in the sonic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linung View Post
    I use lee lube. it is water soluble. so basically I can just wash them but I usually just toss them in the sonic.
    X2 on lee lube, toss them in wet tumbler, hot-ish water with a bit of dish soap for half hour, no media

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