Do you have to clean brass when reloading?

Do you have to clean brass when reloading?

After firing your brass, the first task is to clean the cartridges. Residue from firing collects on the outside of the case. Some residue may be present along the body but most of it is concentrated in the neck and shoulder area.

Do you Deprime brass before cleaning?

Most depriming dies are also size dies and as such if you are running dirty brass through them can scratch up the interior surface of the die. I always tumble first and then deprime/size. Brass cleaning is the same either way and you don’t have to worry about checking the flash holes for stuck media.

Why do you polish brass for reloading?

A secret to getting gleaming brass is to put a capful of car polish in your media. As the tumbler wears the dirt off/out of the case, the polish gives an extra glow to the cleaned cases. During this stage of reloading, it is important to review each case for splits, overpressure indications and blemishes.

Can you clean brass ammo?

Dry media vibratory tumblers have been around for decades, affordable ultrasonic cleaners for a few years. Rotary tumblers have been around a long time too, but what’s new for handloaders is the addition of tiny stainless steel pins and a liquid solution for cleaning brass cartridge cases.

How clean should 9mm brass be?

No, it doesn’t have to be cleaned at all, but you will be ashamed of it. You can tumble dry, with corn cob or walnut hull or wet tumble with stainless pins. It’s all up to what you want.

Why do you need to clean brass?

Determine if the Object is Brass or Brass-Plated If it does stick, it’s only brass-plated—and if the object is just brass-plated, all you actually need to clean it is warm water and soap. Polishing isn’t necessary on objects that are only brass-plated, and, in fact, it could actually scratch the plating off.

How long should I tumble brass?

Two to three hours. I don’t mind letting it run longer if I’m busy doing something else but I set two to three hours as a minimum. For me it seems the more times brass gets shot the longer it takes to clean. Can get clean brass in as little as 2 hours but sometimes it takes 6 hours.

What cleans brass the best?

Ketchup, Tomato Sauce, or Tomato Paste Tomatoes contain an acid that helps to remove tarnish on brass and other metals; that’s why applying a tomato-based product can work wonders on your brass. Ketchup, tomato paste, and tomato sauce all work equally well. Apply a layer to your brass and leave it on for an hour.