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    How do I get a high polish on my brass?

    Some of my yellow brass casings has what looks like fingerprint tarnish on it.
    I've run my vibratory tumbler for many, many hours and it just isn't going away.
    I'm using a medium coarse walnut shell media. Can somebody tell me what will work better to get my brass polished out?
    Is there something I can add to the media like Brasso or another metal polish?
    I have a few thousand casings in 7 different calibers I want to get ready for reloading, but I can't seem to get the brass polished out right.

    All the help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

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    Greg, I just add about 1/2 cup of liquid car polish to my fine walnut media. I let it run a half hour or so to fully mix it before tumbling brass. But you do not need to get anything expensive. The cheapest stuff like NuFinish or Turtle Wax will be fine.

    Once that is done, give it about 2-3 hours in the tumbler. When it comes out, have your welding mask handy!!

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    I echo the above, though I don't get too anal about it. I care more about clean than shiny.


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    I don't know how auto polish works in a vibratory tumbler, but in a rotary tumbler it works great. Personally I use Meguiar's Scratch X, but just about any car polish will work. As has been pointed out, add it to your media and let it mix in before putting your brass in.







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    I have picked up some brass out in the desert that looked horrible. After cleaning the inside of the cases, a quick polish with some case cleaner added to the vibratory cleaner, they come out looking like I picked them up in the desert. It is the insides I care about, I have never had a case failure, failure to extract, failure to feed because the case was not shiney. BTW, I'm still using half corn cob and half rice (long grain if you must know) in the cleaner. The rice lasts a long freakin' time!
    I have used the "Dirty Desert Brass" excuse for a crappy day shooting,,, it worked, once
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    So Mick,
    How do you clean the insides of your cases? Do you use a drill set up, or a brush by hand?
    Oh, another question. Do you remove the primers before or after cleaning your brass?

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    Does anybody use the Ultrasonic cleaners? If yes, how do you like the results?
    Do you use it in conjunction with a tumbler?
    I'm just trying to figure out the best way to clean my brass. So far I only have $35 into my vibratory cleaner, so replacing it now won't be too much of an issue for me.
    Between corlinda & I we'll go thru close to 5,000 rounds a year in handgun ammo and a fair bit of rifle ammo once I get set up to reload my own .223, 30.06 and .308 Having the AR, the Garand and the M1A makes me believe I'll be shooting a fair bit of rifle ammo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gearchecker View Post
    So Mick,
    How do you clean the insides of your cases? Do you use a drill set up, or a brush by hand?
    Oh, another question. Do you remove the primers before or after cleaning your brass?

    Gregory
    The primers get removed after cleaning
    the inside gets cleaned in the vibrating cleaner. Rifle cases stay in it for a few hours, pistol/revolver cases for about half that. Electricity is cheap, corn cob and rice is cheap, brass polish is cheap. Compaired to a new firearm, all those are very cheap.
    Don't overload the case cleaning machine.
    Don't mix cases that will work themselves inside another.
    +P brass and regular brass weight the same every time and brand I have tryed.
    Seperate cases by brand for your rifle reloading, they are all kinds of different.
    There are plenty of revolver loads that call for magnum primers that do not need them, AA#9 and 2400 are two.
    Once you get a great load in a rifle, play with the over all length. As long as they fit in the magazine, some like long, but don't load up against the lands/grooves.

    you didn't ask about the other stuff but it came off the top of my head,,, yes,,, just like my hair is doing
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    Gregory,

    Got an ultrasonic cleaner at Harbor Freight, about half the price of the Hornady units at Cabelas. Found a number of home made recipes on the Internet, that work pretty good. I use sonic clean, which I got at Cabelas.

    The inside of the brass is like gold after treatment and the primer pockets as well. It is probably more suited to small lots, especially rifle brass you might load in small quanities.

    I get pretty good results using walnut shell laced with jewlers rouge, which puts a fine polish on it. Works for the stuff I pick up in the desert. I cannot walk by brass on the ground.
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    I use a cap full of nu-finish in with corn cob and walnut, they come out pretty shinny. The walnut is lizard bedding I picked up at a pet store.
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