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    Tumble Clean

    So I've been considering getting into reloading, focusing on 308 and 44mag as the calibers I have that are worthwhile. I've been collecting 308 brass at the range for a while and had about 100 cases saved up. I've been reviewing how to clean them, and after all the options I kind of invented my own process.

    I put all the cases in a 5L PVC waterproof bag along with 2 cups of water, Dawn detergent, lemon juice and a smidge of baking soda. I sealed the bag and then placed in in the dryer alongside an old pillow (to prevent too much rattling) and tumbled it on a no-heat setting for an hour.

    Then took it out, disposed of the water, and rinsed them off.

    They looked pretty good at the end. Thoughts? Things I should do different or am missing?

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    Interesting. They look pretty decent and IF the primer pock and inside of the case look clean as well maybe you are good to go?

    I use a wet pin cleaner however your way is inexpensive.

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    I'm not an expert by any stretch of the imagination but I think it looks good.
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    Looks good but sounds complicated...

    Wet tumbler for me using .22 (or thereabouts) as media.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazyjax99 View Post
    I put all the cases in a 5L PVC waterproof bag along with 2 cups of water, Dawn detergent, lemon juice and a smidge of baking soda.
    The lemon juice has citric acid in it, which is great for cleaning brass.
    However, putting baking soda in it just neutralises the acid.

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    They looked pretty good at the end. Thoughts? Things I should do different or am missing?
    It seems to have turned out pretty nicely!
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    Yeah I was thinking of breaking it up into two steps. Once cycle for acid and the other cycle for polishing. It was nice to see that I was able to do so much at one. The bag could have held 300 cases easy, though that may have been too heavy for the dryer.

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    Thats awesome !!! Ive had various ideas of how to use a clothes dryer for brass. The fact of the matter is, a factory made tumbler is cheaper than a divorce. Apparently, clothes dryers are for cloths...and nothing but clothes. She really puts a kink in my fun sometimes. Lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blacksmithden View Post
    Thats awesome !!! Ive had various ideas of how to use a clothes dryer for brass. The fact of the matter is, a factory made tumbler is cheaper than a divorce. Apparently, clothes dryers are for cloths...and nothing but clothes. She really puts a kink in my fun sometimes. Lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blacksmithden View Post
    Thats awesome !!! Ive had various ideas of how to use a clothes dryer for brass. The fact of the matter is, a factory made tumbler is cheaper than a divorce. Apparently, clothes dryers are for cloths...and nothing but clothes. She really puts a kink in my fun sometimes. Lol.
    Exactly. If I tried a stunt like that, the ol' lady would throw my azz in the dryer for a few tumbles.

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