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    Quote Originally Posted by The Lord Flashheart View Post
    I used to use a US cleaner to get the spotless, eventually got bored of rinsing, drying, etc.

    Now I tumble to clean up the outside ( notionally to stop the inside of my dies getting scratched) and have found bugger all difference in group size.

    I haven't done a ES/SD velocity test but that would seem to be the way to set the issue aside one way or another.
    Makes hardly any difference if the insides are spotless but I prefer to clean the inside of the neck with a bristle brush so everything is consistent.
    Shooting game or at our target ranges what we do in case prep is adequate it's the top league boys who try to make every made up round 100% identical.....they seem to forget they is still the idiot factor behind the trigger lol
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    After watching video clips I went and bought an ultrasonic cleaner. Looks about same size as one shown. Tried it out this afternoon and very pleased with results. Benefits as I see: Only 12 minutes to clean 50 cases. Primer pockets all cleaned out. Drawbacks: Rinsing and drying cases although this didn't take much time or effort as put in airing cupboard to dry out. Thanks for help, this does all I need for now.

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    Sonic cleaner. With 50 %vinager 50 water and a splash of washing fluid. 2 x 480 sec. Rinse in water. Then dry in oven for 15mins at 100c. From deprimer to ready For refill about an hour. Easy.
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    This is getting quicker! I hadn't thought of putting them in oven. I've ordered the citric acid so will try that when it comes, first try was water only with drop of washing up liquid and that gave a good result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panhard View Post
    This is getting quicker! I hadn't thought of putting them in oven. I've ordered the citric acid so will try that when it comes, first try was water only with drop of washing up liquid and that gave a good result.
    Ordered citric acid, why? All you had to do is ask your lass to pop in to wilkinsons and get a box (naturally you said it was for descaling the kettle) think its only 1.50 a box
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    Good thread on citric acid cleaning here

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...-brass-cleaner

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    Cool

    Lass who does shopping has said her elbows hurt, something to do with heavy shopping bags! As nearly Christmas let her have a rest! Ordered Friday, delivered today (Monday) and including delivery cheaper than Wilco without the trauma of shopping!

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    After years of using corncob / walnut media, putting cases in a vibratory cleaner for hours at a time, i'm thinking about switching to ultrasonics....

    I've got this in my Amazon wishlist, anyone tried them..??

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/GT-Professi...asonic+cleaner
    Last edited by Daryll; 06-12-2016 at 10:22 AM.

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    I really wouldn't be putting any non-proprietary acid/alkaline cleaner near my brass. Brass is a soft metal and corrodes rapidly in the presence of any acid or alkaline. Even weak organic acids like citric will pit the brass and weaken the case. Take care.
    I always use corn media and add a small amount of Autoglym polish to the media before tumbling. Leave them overnight in the vibratory cleaner. Nice and shiny.

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    I looked at the Lyman ultrasonic and found you can buy it without the branding for less than half the money:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/slredire...getName=sp_atf
    Shop around, I think I paid 40.

    The only thing missing is a plastic basket to keep the cases from touching the metal sides, I found one the right size. You don't really need to add anything to the water, certainly not acid. They're clean in and out after a few minutes (25 cases), longer if you put more cases in (50+). Then I let them dry overnight on an old towel. They're not polished, but I don't see any benefit unless you like displaying your ammo.

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    Dilute Citric acid added to the cleaning solution is a tried and tested method for cleaning brass cases and has been used for years. It was a recommended procedure by the NRA in the USA since about the 1980's.

    It won't harm the brass, unlike ammonia based products, in fact it "pacifies" the brass and helps to limit any further corrosion.

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    Can u use steel media in a normal tumbler, I mean will it do the same job?
    I have a Frankford Arsenal, if so how much media would I need? I think this depends on how much brass I'm going to clean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Musclefox View Post
    Can u use steel media in a normal tumbler, I mean will it do the same job?
    I have a Frankford Arsenal, if so how much media would I need? I think this depends on how much brass I'm going to clean?
    Shouldnt think so, you'd have to run it dry and it won't work the same, definitely worth upgrading though IMO.
    Thanks for looking

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    Cheers Boydy, Il have a look to see what's available
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    These any good, not bad price.
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