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cleaning brass

Just finished turning 300 cases of 6.5x47.  I used to clean my brass with ss media but stoped cleaning brass 2 years ago and have put my rumbler away.

My question is will a ultrasonic cleaner clean the lube that is in and on the brass or do I need to dig out the tumbler? 
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Just finished turning 300 cases of 6.5x47.  I used to clean my brass with ss media but stoped cleaning brass 2 years ago and have put my rumbler away.

My question is will a ultrasonic cleaner clean the lube that is in and on the brass or do I need to dig out the tumbler?

Depends on what you use for a cleaning agent. Any grease
cutting, hot, soapy water would work. Some of the newer
lubes are water soluble. Which is your favorite lube ??
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I use an ultrasonic .    1/2 tablespoon of Dawn and 1/2 tablespoon of Lemishine.  That will remove all the lube as well as the carbon deposits.  I dip a cuetip in neolube 2 to lube the inside necks prior to loading.

Eric
 

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Eric is that a typo on the amount of lemon shine?

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Jerry,

No thats about what I use for the size of my cleaner.  Some cleaners are larger than others.  I would experiment with quantity depending on the size of your cleaner.  I rinse in hot water and then baking soda solution to neutralize the lemishine.  

Eric
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With the NaHCO3 rinse I understand the amount now.

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what brass  did you turn and with what tool? i borrowed a buddies hornady turner and have zero confidence i could actually improve a neck with it...

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what brass  did you turn and with what tool? i borrowed a buddies hornady turner and have zero confidence i could actually improve a neck with it...

I've turned hundreds, possibly over 1000 necks with the Hornady Neck Turner. If you follow the set up instructions it does a very good job. Spin it just fast enough to make a clean cut but don't go crazy and take light cuts as in 1 click (.0005) at a time until you get to your target thickness on your first piece. After I get the first piece where I want it the rest are easy. I lube the inside of the necks to minimize scuffing. After you make the cut ease it off the mandrel and spin it again running a piece of 0000 steel wool over it to give it a little polish.

I'm sure there are better turning tools out there but I haven't felt the Hornady is holding me back. I'll be doing 300 pieces of 6 BR hydraformed to 6 BRA next week for my new comp gun. IIRC they will be .013 thick and I'll take these down to .011 for my .268 neck.

Try a few before you pass judgement on it I think you'll be impressed.
Dave

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Just finished turning 300 cases of 6.5x47.  I used to clean my brass with ss media but stoped cleaning brass 2 years ago and have put my rumbler away.

My question is will a ultrasonic cleaner clean the lube that is in and on the brass or do I need to dig out the tumbler? 

I quit cleaning my brass last summer. After I turn necks I do run them through the tumbler though to remove lube and shavings. From there on the get wiped down with a rag wet with brake cleaner or alcohol.
Dave

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Here's a couple hot off the Hornady tool.
Dave

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Plus 1 on the Hornady turning tool.

I had ZERO intention of turning my brass but Peterson necks are pretty dang thick. Bought the tool and turned 300 pieces and am very happy with the result.  For $100 bucks - it’s a great tool.

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Here's one cut of 25 off the light end of 300 pieces of brass. I didn't hit these with the steel wool so you can see the cutter marks on these.                  
Dave

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what brass  did you turn and with what tool? i borrowed a buddies hornady turner and have zero confidence i could actually improve a neck with it...

I use a 21st century lathe.  Best there is.
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