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Another reason not to use steel pins for cleaning brass

#1 Post by shinzen » Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:17 pm

So my normal brass cleaning process is to skip the steel pins in my big tumbler, as they are messy as hell, and just running it for an extra half hour to an hour gets things clean enough for me. But. Today I decided to toss a handful in to get them cleaned up in an hour instead- was immediately reminded, upon rinsing stuff out, why I skipped them- the pins had wedged a bunch of 9mm cases inside 44 Mag. So spent some time getting those all pulled apart and tossed things in the oven.

Which brings us to the reason for the thread. About 45 minutes after putting the brass in the over, I hear this BANG!!! I first thought, holy shit did I miss a live primer or something? Nope. Two cases that I missed, one 9, on 44, had wedged themselves tight enough together to let steam build up and they separated with a bang. The spousal critter, me, and our furball all jumped, and now I'm on notice for drying stuff in the oven........

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#2 Post by Marlene » Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:47 pm

Lol!
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#3 Post by K9s » Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:02 am

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#4 Post by CDFingers » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:24 am

Walnut shells. From time to time a piece gets stuck in a primer hole, so you poke it out with a sheet rock screw from the work bench.

I use walnut shells because I live in the northern Sacramento Valley, where we grow lots of nuts. As it were. Folks in the Midwest would use corn. East coasters would have their pick, and Southerners would use grits.

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Re: Another reason not to use steel pins for cleaning brass

#5 Post by shinzen » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:32 am

I've grown to prefer wet tumbling to dry polishing- works quicker and gets things a bit cleaner, but definitely don't use the steel pins.
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#6 Post by Marlene » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:57 pm

Or, ya know, don’t mix your brass.
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#7 Post by shinzen » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:07 pm

Whatever. Then I'd have to do multiple small batches. Which goes against every lazy grain in my body.
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#8 Post by shinzen » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:08 pm

Although I suppose, to be fair, especially for revolvers, I could just skip cleaning the cases. That would be a whole new level.
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Re: Another reason not to use steel pins for cleaning brass

#9 Post by Bisbee » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:56 pm

Yeah! What kind of slob mixes their brass when cleaning?!? I call that a lesson from the brass gods.

Personally, I find those little steel pins do the best job cleaning brass. And they never get stuck in the primer pockets.

Oh and yeah, what kind of slob tumbles brass without decapping them first?
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#10 Post by shinzen » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:04 pm

Oh sure Bisbee. Pile on why don't you. :lol:
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#11 Post by Marlene » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:07 pm

To be fair, I only tumble with pins, but I only tumble black powder brass.
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#12 Post by shinzen » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:26 pm

Pins definitely clean things up faster and better- but without pins is simpler and still gets you pretty clean brass. Primer pockets don't get as nice though for sure. I also generally deprime anything not going into the progressive press before cleaning.

O/T, I did find some pyrodex FFFG which looks to be suitable for loading up some Webley rounds.
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#13 Post by Marlene » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:52 am

Use magnum primers with that stuff I think.
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#14 Post by AndyH » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:01 pm

Stories like this remind me why I like soaking brass in hot water with Dawn and citric acid.

Hey Bisbee - Squirrel! :lol:
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#15 Post by Buck13 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:15 pm

Marlene wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:57 pm
Or, ya know, don’t mix your brass.
Yeah, I did that once. Never again. 44 Mag, 10 mm and .38 cases mixed together get frustratingly intimate.
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#16 Post by Bisbee » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:35 pm

Squirrel? -where?
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