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Quick way to remove sizing lube?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by squirreld, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. squirreld

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    Whats the quickest way to remove the sizing lube after resizing the brass?
    I'm talking about several thousand cases here so large batch processes would be great!
     
  2. Whitey1

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    Dishwasher while the wife is away?

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  3. unclebob

    unclebob DFC, MSM, 13 Air Medals.

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    Shallow dish with acetone. Scope them out and place in a card board box to dry.
     
  4. squirreld

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    I was wondering about this only with rubbing alcohol. Its alot cheaper than acetone.

    does the acetone get oily after a while?
     
  5. RustyFN

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    Tumbler for me.
     
  6. WorrGlock

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    I wash mine in really hot water and dawn in the sink I scoop them out and place on a towel to dry since the are hot they dry fast, I would think acetone would leave a oily film that might not be a good idea to mix with gun powder later on.

    Put them in the sink with a bit of dawn and add boiling hot water let them sit till the water is cool enough to scoop them out most of the lube will be floating on top of the water at this point.




    I usually was around 500-1000 at a time.
     
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  7. freakshow10mm

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    Tumbler. Use a decapping die to punch the flashhole clear or leave the primer in for lubing and then sizing. Either way, tumbling is fastest.
     
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    As Rusty and Freak already mentioned, a tumbler. Doesn't take long, maybe 15 minutes at most. And to clarify Freak's comment, use a universal depriming die in the first station to insure a clear flash hole.
     
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  10. RustyFN

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    I guess I need to add to my earlier post. I tumble for around 1.5 hours to get them nice and shiny. Then I size, trim if needed, chamfer and swage any primer pockets that need it. Then I load and tumble them for 10 to 15 minutes after they are loaded to remove the lube.
     
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    Pistol or Rifle?
     
  12. JBnTX

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    A large bucket filled with hot water and dish washing liquid.

    Slosh them around by hand, rinse with hot water, drain off the
    water and dry on a large towel.
     
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    I use the same method as JBnTX for high volume pistol stuff.

    For 223 and 308 (my match rounds), I will tumble them. It gives me an excuse to re-brush the case neck right before I load them. For whatever reason, I have found that this makes my bullet seating more uniform with the Wilson dies. It's probably all in my head, though I have noticed that the 223 Hornady 75 gr BTHP's and the 168 gr SMK's will get deformed by the seater stem if I don't brush the neck immediately prior to loading. Anyone else noticed this?
     
  14. Murphy's Law

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    I use simple rubbing alcohol you can buy at any drug store (very cheap). This with an old rag saturated with the alcohol makes quick work of getting in my case "HOS" off the completed ammo. Only takes a few seconds and your done.
    No need to make something so easy so difficult.
     
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    I tumble after the rounds are loaded to remove any lube and such.
     
  16. unclebob

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    Using the acetone was in the Blue Press a couple of years ago. It is what the Arizona junior rifle team uses to remove the lube from their .233 brass. I got all of the stuff to try the acetone. Then basically quite shooting rifle in any large amounts.
     
  17. squirreld

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    for the tumbler option, you dont have to worry about the oil getting inside the cases as the corn absorbs it from the outside?
     
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  18. RustyFN

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    They are loaded, nothing is going to get inside.