Cleaner brass

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Just been cleaning up some more brass in my new rotary tumbler. I wish I had changed to this system before now. 1 hour in stainless steel pins, hot water, a squirt of washing up liquid and half a teaspoon of citric acid and hey presto beautiful shiny clean brass inside and out. It's cheaper than the normal vibrating tumbler with walnut/corn media, faster and the results are 10 times better.

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I've been using that for perhaps 3 yrs now? Works very well.
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Did you use Lemishine in the tumbler? What kind of soap were you using?
 

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If you can find Limishine you will get shinier cases with less tumbling time.
 

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How about posting a pix of your rotary tumbler?(y)(y) I've been using a Dillon and Frankfurt Arsenal tumbler for many years, and it takes a while to clean, and they do come out clean, but not the primer pockets. I usually end up having to remove corn or walnut from the primer pockets. :mad::mad:
 

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Oh sh*t, wow, now that is some shiny clean brass. I don't believe my tumblers would have been able to produce brass that clean. Good deal, thanks!
 

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This is what I have used for several years since I got a sink in my basement close to my reloading room. I use Dawn (a cap or squirt), tumble for an hour, dry over night, resize & deprime, tumble for another hour. The timer works and stops it when an hour is up. The primer pockets come out pretty clean on large rifle pockets, but usually need a little help on small primer pockets. A dryer or dehydrater would speed things up a bit.
I find it’s not much cleaner, just a lot faster than a vibratory walnut shell cleaner.
 

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I used to run two vibratory tubs, one with walnut shells and one with corn cob.

Switched to SS pins last year and wish I had done it sooner!
 

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I wish I had found the pens 40 years ago ! ! ! ! !

The above was tumbled with 2 oz Ivory Dish Detergent and a 9MM case full of Lemishine for two hours. I have a 71 Mauser and dies for it and I stumbled across those cases in a flea market and guy did not realize what he had and I snatched them up. That is the worst ones I have found to clean.

In that same flea market a guy had a Dumore grinder and wanted 20 for it. Wife was buying something from him and I made him a offer of 15. Got home and looked it up, sells for over 300. It takes dental burrs and I can engrave my name on steel with it.
 

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