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Redrock
03-21-2009, 02:55 PM
Just wondering if anyone has tried this, i'm out of the Dillon Case polish I usually use and the Brasso looks similar just not blue...will that work?

Thanks.

John Kielly
03-21-2009, 04:58 PM
A shooter I know does - but I heard he uses both sides of a sheet of toilet paper. :eek:

Big Al
03-21-2009, 05:08 PM
A shooter I know does - but I heard he uses both sides of a sheet of toilet paper. :eek:



Reminds me of the time I set up the wife for a joke, took me weeks. I went on a save money rage about the high cost of tissue paper and told her that you could save big time by using both sides, let one side dry and reuse the other side. Weeks went by, I found the if you wet toilet paper and stick it on the wall by the WC it sticks quite well. When the better half saw the results on the bathroom wall, the screaming was enlightening. :D

andre3k
03-21-2009, 06:25 PM
Just wondering if anyone has tried this, i'm out of the Dillon Case polish I usually use and the Brasso looks similar just not blue...will that work?

Thanks.

try nu-finish car wax from walmart with a cap full of mineral spirits. works wonders with my brass.

david dumas
03-21-2009, 08:21 PM
Brasso in the media works,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

the wind is my friend,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

DD

Rustystud
03-21-2009, 08:51 PM
I just use a cap full of mineral spirits with the media.

Never had any problems.

Brasso and Dillon case cleaner cake up on cases.

Nat Lambeth

Yote
03-22-2009, 06:54 AM
I use brasso and never had a problem. I'm curious Nat, how much did you add to the media to have the caking problem?

Paul Fielder
03-22-2009, 07:15 AM
When my media starts to get dirty, I ass a teaspoon of Hoppe's #9 and it helps polish them up pretty darn good.

Rustystud
03-22-2009, 08:53 AM
Yote:

After a few cycles it distriibutes itself evenly therough out the bowl. I use a vibratory cleaner. I actually use about 3 caps full. When you open the bowl there is a distinct smell of Mineral spirits.


Nat

Rustystud
03-22-2009, 08:54 AM
Yote:

After a few cycles it distriibutes itself evenly therough out the bowl. I use a vibratory cleaner. I actually use about 3 caps full. When you open the bowl there is a distinct smell of Mineral spirits. I often reclean brass after it is loaded for about 5 minutes. To remove lubricant.


Nat

Randy Gerhardt
03-22-2009, 10:35 AM
Yote:

After a few cycles it distriibutes itself evenly therough out the bowl. I use a vibratory cleaner. I actually use about 3 caps full. When you open the bowl there is a distinct smell of Mineral spirits. I often reclean brass after it is loaded for about 5 minutes. To remove lubricant.


Nat

Do I understand you correctly that you tumble loaded rounds to remove the sizing lube?

Big Al
03-22-2009, 11:58 AM
Do I understand you correctly that you tumble loaded rounds to remove the sizing lube?



You mean, just like the factories do?

Lynn
03-22-2009, 12:04 PM
It is taboo to tumble loaded rounds on any of these message boards but all factory ammo is tumbled after it is loaded without problems.

It is also reported that Brasso eats away at your brass and causes enbrittlemant(sp) problems yet lots of shooters do it without seeing this year in and year out.
Lynn

Yote
03-22-2009, 06:48 PM
I thought the brasso had more of an ammonia smell rather than mineral spirits but then my wife says I have a strange sniffer so it may just be me. I've had the brasso cause the media to stick together for a very short period of time(immediately after adding to tumbler) but not cake on the cases and I put more like 5 capfuls to my media. Never noticed it causing problems with the brass either.

drover
03-22-2009, 08:13 PM
I have used Brasso, for me it has worked well . I have generally use about a half bowlful of media, since I never generally clean more than about 100 or so cases at at time, and I only add about a spoonful of Brasso.

I let it run in the media for about 10 minutes or so before putting the brass in, I have found it to good a good job for me. As far as the brass embrittlement, I don't know, all I can say is that I do not notice any difference in life between brass cleaned with it and brass cleaned without it. But, I never done an indepth count of firings to see if there is actually a difference, if so there is I believe that it is very minor at worst.

Geo.OR
03-30-2009, 11:36 PM
Call me fussy, but according to Varmint Al, who is a structural engineer, tumbling bangs/nicks the mouths on brass, also work hardens the mouth. I've been cleaning brass with a mix of dish detergent and vinegar. Most formulas use salt, but the salt turns the brass "pinkish."

http://www.varmintal.com/arelo.htm

POLISHING BRASS.... Smooth and uniform case mouths are very important in producing accurate reloads. Therefore, I don't polish my carefully prepared brass in a tumbler. During polishing, the case mouths are hammered against the other cases in the tumbler. The hammering rolls over a small lip or burr on the ID and OD of each case mouth. This peening process also locally work hardens the brass. These tiny rolled-over rings of brass at the case mouths are harder than the rest of the annealed neck. These rings and tiny peen marks are very obvious on new brass. If you look at your nice shiny cleaned cases out of the tumbler, you will see the battered case mouths! I have heard that some people tumble their loaded ammo to clean it and, with a bullet in place, the case mouths would be protected from the hammering. I haven't tried it. CAUTION: There is a serious problem with tumbling loaded ammo. The coating on the powder grains, that controls the burn rate, could be abraded and this would change the powder's characteristics. If you were loading ammo near maximum, after tumbling, you might have created a dangerous pressure problem. I merely wipe each of my reloads clean with a cloth towel to remove all of the grease and dirt. For my "fitted neck" cases, I polish the neck OD and shoulder with a "Krazy" brand polishing cloth (any silver or brass polishing cloth would work) or a bit of Flitz Metal Polish on a cloth before each reload. I swab out the neck ID with a cotton cleaning swab to remove the carbon and dirt. Keeping that case mouth smooth can't be over stressed.

Rinse out the brass, spread out on a PROPRIETARY cookie sheet and bake in the oven at about 220 F. (Don't wash/dry your brass in the same containers you cook/eat from. Thrift shops have all sorts of cheap cookie sheets, collanders, pans, strainers.)

Brasso smells like ammonia.

I was tossing some carnuba, liquid car wax in the media at one time.