Cleaning Solutions and Ideas

Brass Tumbler:

In each tumbler drum I put:

  • Distilled Water
  • Lemi-Shine (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Squirt of Dawn (1/4 teaspoon)
  • 15 Minutes

Ultrasonic RCBS Gun Cleaning Solution:

  • 30:1 Ratio
  • 60oz water
  • 2oz cleaner
  • Degas (only first time solution is mixed)
  • Set to ~120 degrees F
  • 5 min for tools
  • 15 min for gun parts

 Ballistol Ultrasonic Cleaning Solutuon:

10% per one gallon = 12.8 Ounces (oz)

From <https://calculate-this.com/percent-solution-calculator-gallons>

I will round up to 13 Ounces and top off to a gallon. 6.5 Ounces for a half gallon

2 x 16 oz Ballistol $29

32 oz RCBS $23

Ultrasonic Brass Cleaning:

  • Distilled Water
  • Lemi-Shine (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Squirt of Dawn (1/4 teaspoon)
  • 15 Minutes

Ultrasonic RCBS Gun Cleaning Solution:

  • 30:1 Ratio
  • 60oz water
  • 2oz cleaner
  • Degas (only first time solution is mixed)
  • Set to ~120 degrees F
  • 5 min for tools
  • 15 min for gun parts

 Ballistol Ultrasonic Cleaning Solutuon:

10% per one gallon = 12.8 Ounces (oz)

From <https://calculate-this.com/percent-solution-calculator-gallons>

I will round up to 13 Ounces and top off to a gallon. 6.5 Ounces for a half gallon

2 x 16 oz Ballistol $29

32 oz RCBS $23

  • 1 ½ lb of stainless steel media (at the most)
  • About 1 lb of brass
  • Water up to the lip or just below
  • Lemi-shine (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Squirt of Dawn (enough that when you open the drum you see soap suds)
  • Tumble for 2 hours.

Ultrasonic Brass Cleaning:

  • Distilled Water
  • Lemi-Shine (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Squirt of Dawn (1/4 teaspoon)
  • 15 Minutes

Ultrasonic RCBS Gun Cleaning Solution:

  • 30:1 Ratio
  • 60oz water
  • 2oz cleaner
  • Degas (only first time solution is mixed)
  • Set to ~120 degrees F
  • 5 min for tools
  • 15 min for gun parts

 Ballistol Ultrasonic Cleaning Solutuon:

10% per one gallon = 12.8 Ounces (oz)

From <https://calculate-this.com/percent-solution-calculator-gallons>

I will round up to 13 Ounces and top off to a gallon. 6.5 Ounces for a half gallon

2 x 16 oz Ballistol $29

32 oz RCBS $23

  • 1 ½ lb of stainless steel media (at the most)
  • About 1 lb of brass
  • Water up to the lip or just below
  • Lemi-shine (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Squirt of Dawn (enough that when you open the drum you see soap suds)
  • Tumble for 2 hours.

Ultrasonic Brass Cleaning:

  • Distilled Water
  • Lemi-Shine (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Squirt of Dawn (1/4 teaspoon)
  • 15 Minutes

Ultrasonic RCBS Gun Cleaning Solution:

  • 30:1 Ratio
  • 60oz water
  • 2oz cleaner
  • Degas (only first time solution is mixed)
  • Set to ~120 degrees F
  • 5 min for tools
  • 15 min for gun parts

 Ballistol Ultrasonic Cleaning Solutuon:

10% per one gallon = 12.8 Ounces (oz)

From <https://calculate-this.com/percent-solution-calculator-gallons>

I will round up to 13 Ounces and top off to a gallon. 6.5 Ounces for a half gallon

2 x 16 oz Ballistol $29

32 oz RCBS $23

Bald Eagle 9 Liter Ultrasonic Cleaner

I just got the Bald Eagle 9 Liter Ultrasonic Cleaner, BE1167 for $375.00 without shipping. Regular list price is $650.00. I have been wanting a large ultrasonic cleaner for a while. I was looking at the Hornady Lock-N-Load Hot Tub for Sonic Cleaner 043310 as it has a great feature set, it is just above my budget.

The Bald Eagle comes with the same features and accessories including the hanging cords:

All closed up:

I will post updates as I start using it more.

REF:

Bald Eagle (Grizzly) Web Site

Hornady Lock-N-Load Web Site

Bald Eagle 9 Liter Ultrasonic Cleaner, BE1167 User Manual (I scanned it)

Reloading – 1st Cleaning of the brass

First thing I need to do is clean the brass before I de-prime it.

Here is a before shot:

Added 30 rounds to each drum, added water and 1 TSP Lemi Shine powder:

Brass Cleaning Tumbler

Started them spinning for about an hour:

Started them spinning

I have the ultrasonic cleaner as well so I thought I would give it a shot same recipe as above, 30 rounds, 2 sets of 8 minutes with heat.

Reloading ultrasonic cleaning

Here we have the results:

Left = Ultrasonic

Center = Before cleaning

Right = Tumbler

All with only Lemi Shine. They both look good to me.

All with only Lemi Shine

Then I bake them at 150 for 5 minutes

Another shot after the first cleaning. Bottom ultrasonic, top tumbler:

REF:

Ready Set Reload – Beginners guide to Handloading

RCBS Intro to Handloading

Update:

I followed the below:

IN each tumbler drum I put:

1 ½ lb of stainless steel media (at the most)

About 1 lb of brass

Water up to the lip or just below

Lemi-shine (1/4 teaspoon)

Squirt of Dawn (enough that when you open the drum you see soap suds)

Tumble for 2 hours.

Here is a shot of the brass from above:

After using the updated method:

 

I found a full size basket for the Harbor Freight Ultra Sonic cleaner, works great:

iSonic PB4820A Plastic Basket for Ultrasonic Cleaner P4820

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HLBL24O/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1