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    Quote Originally Posted by 2011redrider View Post
    Most of the bedding I find in my local pet shops is too coarse and sticks in the primer flash holes. I use blast media in a 20-40 grit and is much smaller with no problems in the flash holes. Last bag of corn I got was from McMaster & Carr for about a buck a lb after shipping. Split it with 3 reloaders since it was 40 lbs. Or Harbor Freight for Walnut in 25 lb boxes is about 18-20 when on sale and 20% coupon, the fine grit works.
    Yup and you can even order this online at the Walmart site.
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    Pretty purplish/pinkish/violet brass! All because there were a dozen or so steel cases (with copper wash covering) in my crockpot. Filled it up with 9mm/.380 brass from the indoor range after de-priming. Let it cook for a while, stirring now and then. Took pot outside after pouring off the cleaning mix of citric acid, dawn dish detergent and water. The steel cases were scattered throughout, of course, so everything in their vicinity got hit. Oh well, it won't change the performance of the ammo but I hate to see that colorful mix in my brass. Anyway, its all nice and clean. A word to the wise. Big Boomer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Boomer View Post
    Pretty purplish/pinkish/violet brass! All because there were a dozen or so steel cases (with copper wash covering) in my crockpot. Filled it up with 9mm/.380 brass from the indoor range after de-priming. Let it cook for a while, stirring now and then. Took pot outside after pouring off the cleaning mix of citric acid, dawn dish detergent and water. The steel cases were scattered throughout, of course, so everything in their vicinity got hit. Oh well, it won't change the performance of the ammo but I hate to see that colorful mix in my brass. Anyway, its all nice and clean. A word to the wise. Big Boomer
    Have had the same thing w 223 cases. Now I use the magnet over unknown cases and they pop right up.
    Have rewashed the brass and all the staining was removed.

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    2011redrider: It will have to wait until the next wash. However, I will forever remember the headstamp: FM 9mm Luger. Just to be on the safe side in case I forget due to my age, I'm keeping one of those buggers on my reloading bench. Big Boomer

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    I’ve been using this method for years. Easy to get Citric acid. Right in the canning section of Walmart.

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    Yep, Fruit Fresh is Citric Acid. I've used it a lot in canning apples, peaches and cutting up avocados. Try stainless steel pins in a Thumblers Tumbler with a couple of quarts of water, Brass comes out shiny as new, but you have to shake out the pins. That gets to be a pain.

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    The same separator that rids your brass of corn cob or walnut gets the pins out, especially under water. It rinses the acid out at the same time.
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    Hmmm. If I keep using it with tumbling in a Lyman Cyclone how do you folks prepare the solution? I was thinking of figuring out how much Citric Acid to pour in once I've added water, maybe 4 tsp for a full container? Or more? And then a few drops of dish soap should help too, I'd think.

    But if I can just pre-rinse and re-use the solution, that could work well too, maybe a 5 gallon bucket and a basket of some kind to pick the brass up after a quick dip in there? Would you want to use a glass container for the citric acid solution so you can reheat it, or is room temperature OK? (I'm patient, I can deal with a couple minutes wait, always other things to do, just don't leave it in there a month LOL)

    I already use Citric Acid for zesting up Lemon Pepper and other spices, it's in a LOT of spice products among other uses. Nice to know about the Fruit Fresh as a source. It's also sold on the usual auction site at about $6 a pound (if you look around through a few auctions and buy a pound at a time.) Probably cheaper if you get more, but a pound is a bit of that stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Sheesh View Post
    Hmmm. If I keep using it with tumbling in a Lyman Cyclone how do you folks prepare the solution? I was thinking of figuring out how much Citric Acid to pour in once I've added water, maybe 4 tsp for a full container? Or more? And then a few drops of dish soap should help too, I'd think.

    But if I can just pre-rinse and re-use the solution, that could work well too, maybe a 5 gallon bucket and a basket of some kind to pick the brass up after a quick dip in there? Would you want to use a glass container for the citric acid solution so you can reheat it, or is room temperature OK? (I'm patient, I can deal with a couple minutes wait, always other things to do, just don't leave it in there a month LOL)

    I already use Citric Acid for zesting up Lemon Pepper and other spices, it's in a LOT of spice products among other uses. Nice to know about the Fruit Fresh as a source. It's also sold on the usual auction site at about $6 a pound (if you look around through a few auctions and buy a pound at a time.) Probably cheaper if you get more, but a pound is a bit of that stuff.
    I use the basket from a discarded salad spinner to separate cases from cleaning solution. You can use the bowl part for soaking, then just lift the basket out and shake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Sheesh View Post
    Hmmm. If I keep using it with tumbling in a Lyman Cyclone how do you folks prepare the solution? I was thinking of figuring out how much Citric Acid to pour in once I've added water, maybe 4 tsp for a full container? Or more? And then a few drops of dish soap should help too, I'd think.

    But if I can just pre-rinse and re-use the solution, that could work well too, maybe a 5 gallon bucket and a basket of some kind to pick the brass up after a quick dip in there? Would you want to use a glass container for the citric acid solution so you can reheat it, or is room temperature OK? (I'm patient, I can deal with a couple minutes wait, always other things to do, just don't leave it in there a month LOL)

    I already use Citric Acid for zesting up Lemon Pepper and other spices, it's in a LOT of spice products among other uses. Nice to know about the Fruit Fresh as a source. It's also sold on the usual auction site at about $6 a pound (if you look around through a few auctions and buy a pound at a time.) Probably cheaper if you get more, but a pound is a bit of that stuff.
    Sounds like way too much citric acid, I only use 1/4 to 1/2 tsp per gal of water in a Frankford tumbler and it works fine without a pre rinse.

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    As a pre-tumbling dip, will it work OK at 50 degrees F or so, or is some heat helpful?

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    Thanks for taking the time to gives the details!

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