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    What's the best Lemi-Shine?

    I want to clean up my BT Simple 223 bullets and I have heard that lemi-shine is the only thing to get. But, there aer quite a few products out there. This leads to the obvious question. Which one should I get ?
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    if you can find generic citrus acid that works the same. look in the dishwasher detergent section, only seen one product called lemi-shine around here.

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    You can buy 100% pure citric acid at several places online. It's used in food preservation, and is pretty cheap.

    Hope this helps.

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    I think the new label one is called "Booster", but its the same as the old lemishine.

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    I haven't seen the one called booster.
    but then I bought a couple of cases of lemi-shine some time back and have a few more years until I use it up.
    I use citric acid for all kinds of stuff,, I even put it in the dishwasher.
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    I usually find plain citric acid in the canning isle of the grocery store or Walmart.
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    Lemi shine usually costs about half food grade citric.

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    This is the stuff my local Walmart carries that I use in my Frankford Arsenal tumbler.

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lemi-Shin...xtY4a1EQaJawf0

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    Why not just use pure lemon juice ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackoutBuilder View Post
    Why not just use pure lemon juice ?

    That's what I use. Lemon Juice, Dawn and super hot water. Shaken (not stirred) to death in a plastic coffee can till my arms are tired and then rinse till no more suds and then they are clean and ready for drying.
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    You only need it for hard water, I use 1/4 tsp Lemi-shine original or sometimes nothing at all. Before I had it I used vinegar it worked fine as well

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    Just out of curiosity, has anyone tried Coke? Enough acid to dissolve a nail. I know it would be sticky and is probably the most expensive way of cleaning the brass, I am just curious.
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    for cleaning brass, I bought 100% pure food grade citric acid powder from duda diesel (a google search will get you there)
    5lbs (a lifetime supply) is like $15 shipped.
    it has many other uses as well (canning/cooking)

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    I think all that has happened is Lemi-Shine changed their packaging. See the attached photo. It's still Lemi-Shine, just with some jazz about Booster. It's the same stuff as it always was.Click image for larger version. 

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    Citric acid (1 tablespoon per quart) is also a great rust remover. Just soak a few hrs or even overnight, rinse with water while brushing with a brass brush. I dry the item and coat with Ezox. Stops rust cold.

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    I use a pinch of Lemi- shine and a splash of Armor All wash & wax, and they shine like jewelry for years.

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    lemishine is also a good carburetor cleaner.
    it gets all that gunk out of the jets.
    it will clean your wifes jewelry too.
    it's all an educated guess,,,, till the trigger is pulled.

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    I found one of those drill press style cake making things from the kitchen, and after modifying the mixer thingys so they didn't hang up on the brass, I have a new case tumbler. I put some dishwasher detergent, dawn , lemon juice and some borax, let it run while I went to church, and when I got home, the brass was all clean.
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    You are going to church, but your wife is the saint if she lets you use her mixer

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackoutBuilder View Post
    I found one of those drill press style cake making things from the kitchen, and after modifying the mixer thingys so they didn't hang up on the brass, I have a new case tumbler. I put some dishwasher detergent, dawn , lemon juice and some borax, let it run while I went to church, and when I got home, the brass was all clean.
    This I gotta see????.

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