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    Cleaning Brass

    So, I had this box of various brass kicking around the basement for a couple of years. I finally decided to do something with it. It turns out to be a good amount of some 7mm & 300. Enough for me to clean and sell. I sorted it all out and threw it in the tumbler with some Lyman media. I left in for hours. When I checked it, it was still all tarnished and dirty looking. Hmm. I figure ill try and clean in my new sonic cleaner. I didn't have any of the brass cleaning solution so I went online to order some. While online I came across Cabela's corn cob media with polish. I also found that if I wanted to sonic clean I needed to de-prime all the brass. Well it was a rainy day yesterday so off to Cabela's we go. Went to the E. Hartford Ct. store. That was a big disappointment. They (Bass Pro) are driving that store onto the ground. No more Bargin Cave, Prices threw the roof on a lot of things, they even put in a toy area,really disappointing. Any way's back to the brass. I picked what I needed, some reloading components along with a box of the Cabela's corn cob media kit ( 15.99 ) and some sonic cleaner brass cleaner to have. As soon as I got home I loaded up the new media added the right amount of polish and loaded it with some brass. I let it run for about 2 hours. Well I have to say, I was impressed. The brass looked new. I don't know why the Lyman media didn't clean it this well. I even tried adding cleaners to the tumbler with the Lyman stuff. So if you are in need some new media, I highly recommend the Cabela's stuff.

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    Yes, Cabelas has changed and not for the better since Bass Pro took over. In the ultrasonic cleaner I use hot water, dish detergent and Lemi-Shine. And depriming first get you clean primer pockets.
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    If you want your brass to be bright and shiny new looking hard to be a wet tumbler with SS pins and lemishine. I've got a media tumbler from Frankfort Arsenal and use dry media plus Lyman polish and copper plated BB's. Works very well for me.
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    I have a Lyman Media Tumbler that I use with SS pins, a drop of dawn, and a little Lemi-shine. I works wonderfully. I do ultrasonically clean once in a while too.
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    I cut a drier sheet into 1" strips and add to corn cob media to remove the fine's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Czy_Horse View Post
    I cut a drier sheet into 1" strips and add to corn cob media to remove the fine's.
    no effect on the brass? Im gonna try it. thanks.

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    I had a commercial small parts cleaner that had 6 pots with screen baskets in them. It was sonic and agitated as it automatically rotated. I got it to clean fishing reels when I was in bussiness. I cleaned brass in it with the consentrate used by HVac guys to clean AC coils and it did a good job of cleaning. The brass came out cleaner than a whistle but dull. I was shining it in vibrator but decided I didn't care if it had a shine on it and dropped that process. I sold it because it took up to much space. Now I use Birchwood case cleaner in the vibrator and it does just as well, no shine either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYbowhunter43 View Post
    So, I had this box of various brass kicking around the basement for a couple of years. I finally decided to do something with it. It turns out to be a good amount of some 7mm & 300. Enough for me to clean and sell. I sorted it all out and threw it in the tumbler with some Lyman media. I left in for hours. When I checked it, it was still all tarnished and dirty looking. Hmm. I figure ill try and clean in my new sonic cleaner. I didn't have any of the brass cleaning solution so I went online to order some. While online I came across Cabela's corn cob media with polish. I also found that if I wanted to sonic clean I needed to de-prime all the brass. Well it was a rainy day yesterday so off to Cabela's we go. Went to the E. Hartford Ct. store. That was a big disappointment. They (Bass Pro) are driving that store onto the ground. No more Bargin Cave, Prices threw the roof on a lot of things, they even put in a toy area,really disappointing. Any way's back to the brass. I picked what I needed, some reloading components along with a box of the Cabela's corn cob media kit ( 15.99 ) and some sonic cleaner brass cleaner to have. As soon as I got home I loaded up the new media added the right amount of polish and loaded it with some brass. I let it run for about 2 hours. Well I have to say, I was impressed. The brass looked new. I don't know why the Lyman media didn't clean it this well. I even tried adding cleaners to the tumbler with the Lyman stuff. So if you are in need some new media, I highly recommend the Cabela's stuff.


    If you would like to see how REALLY CLEAN and SHINY NEW they can get, pick up a Frankford Arsenal wet tumbler. You will never look back. I forgot how many pounds of brass it will effectively tumble, but know it is quite a lot.
    Just don't fall for the hype about a " drier " either. Just spread the brass out on a dry towel and it will all be bone dry in an hour or so. No spots.
    There is a big advantage to decapping your brass before tumbling. Those primer pockets come out looking unused. I ain't kidding.

    Order a universal decapper die if you do not have one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VSala View Post
    If you want your brass to be bright and shiny new looking hard to be a wet tumbler with SS pins and lemishine. I've got a media tumbler from Frankfort Arsenal and use dry media plus Lyman polish and copper plated BB's. Works very well for me.


    Thanks. I am going to try the copper plated BB route next time. Those tiny stainless steel pins are a pain.
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    Another wet tumbler here with the SS media. Been doing that for about 10 years and am still using the same media.

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