Case Cleaning the easy way ( Guaranteed ) Try it and see !
I hope that you all find this interesting and informative to all you shooters out there ! My Way !
Firstly you will need a list of Items, its up to you whether it’s Old, New, or Begged or Borrowed stuff.
If there are one or two of you, you can share if you like, so to cut down on the overall cost of things.
Firstly you will need a good Tumbler, Rotary or Vibratory one will do so long as it has a seal-able lid. Such as these or what ever your budget allows.http://www.thumlerstumbler.com/rotary.html
Either will do but the Rotary works the best every time, the Vibratory type takes a little longer! But it does work if the lid seals.
Next some other Items are required the next is Media for cleaning. You can either use the Ceramic type or the Stainless pins, which is the slightly dearer type.http://www.midwayuk.com/apps/eproduc...eItemID=513681
The Ceramic is the easiest and cheaper option @ £18.65 per 1.75lbs
This works fine but if one or two guys send for a large amount of the stainless pins from the USA this even cleans the inside of your cases and your primer pockets better. This was originally for guys in the UK
Next a list of other things to help clean your cases.
2 empty Gallon plastic bottles with tops whose use will be come clear latter!
1 plastic funnel or plastic bottle made into one.
1 set of PH paper ( Litmus )
Citric acid crystals from your boots or Local chemist home brew department.
A bottle of good white vinegar
One container of household salt ( Saxa )
Laundry or dishwashing detergent ( Squeeze )
Then mix in the Quantities as below: -
I mix 3/4 gallon of water, a small cup of citric acid crystals, 1 pint of white vinegar, 1/4 cup of Detergent, 1/4 cup of salt. This should give a PH of 6 – 5.5. please wear safety glasses.
Once you have mixed all the ingredients in the quantities above, now for the case cleaning, you need your brass to be un-primed, put your media in your tumbler I use two 1.75lb packs of the ceramic (Lyman) no preference it was the only one available when I first started.
Or if you prefer or can get hold of some of the stainless steel pins easily use them, again about 3.5 lbs should be enough.
I place about 400 .308 cases in my tumbler, you will have to see what cases you are using and see what you can get in your tumbler, fill to just short of the lid, then add the mix and fill just short of the top with the liquid now put the lid on securely, now run for about 45 minutes to 1 hour and take the top off and examine a case and see if its clean enough, if not put in for a short while longer.
If your cases are clean enough, drain contents through a colander or sieve, save the liquid and place in one of the gallon plastic bottles to settle off for a few days unless using straight away. Then when it has settled off drain slowly into other gallon bottle and keep for next time, rinse the sediment out of the bottom of the bottle and keep the clean bottle for next time too. Rinse your cases and media and proceed to next stage below, bag your media if not using again immediately.
Now dry your cases, either on old newspaper, on an old towel first, or then in the wife oven when she has finished making you dinner or tea! On one of those metal trays, you don't need a lot of heat about 60 degree's. Until nice and dry, leave to cool.
Now for the next process you will need two types of media the Plain Corn cob Approx 3lbs and the Tuff nut treated media. Approx 3lbs
First run it for around 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour with the tuff nut media, then empty the tumbler and cases of the nut media, then change to the Plain Corncob Media and run for approx another 1/2 hour for the final polish, the cases should come out looking like new.
IF YOU’RE CASES ARNT THOUGROUGHLY CLEAN AFTER THIS I WILL BE AMAZED! and re-cycle your liquid over and over just top up and settle it off as required ! remember to keep a check on your PH level.
Denomination pH range Ultra acid 3.5 Extremely acid 3.5 - 4.4 Very strongly acid 4.5 - 5.0 Strongly acid 5.1 - 5.5 Moderately acid 5.6 -6.0 Slightly acid 6.1 -6.5 Neutral 6.6 - 7.3 Slightly alkaline 7.4 - 7.8 Moderately alkaline 7.9 - 8.4 Strongly alkaline 8.5 -9.0 Very strongly alkaline 9.0
Only down side is the media gets stuck inside cases such as .22-250 and could do to be a little smaller in size to clean primer pockets easier ( HORNADY ) , cases are quickly rinsed in clean water then dried on a metal tray in the oven at 27 Celsius or 80.6 Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes then Tumble or Vibrate with Nut media with polish then final polish with corn Media to a bright shine !
This works every time for me a gets rid of all the black grime out of the primer pockets !