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cleaning 12 ga shell cases

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Ol Faithful, Mar 31, 2011.

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  1. Ol Faithful

    Ol Faithful Member

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    Any easy way to clean dirty (mud & rust)once used 12 ga cases? Thanks.
     
  2. Jim Porter

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    Depends on how many you are planning to clean. Small qty, put them on a onion sack (from the grocery) and put them in the washing machine. Be forewarned, wifey ain't gonna like that much, Lots of noise and will damage the liner inside the tub if done too much. Then the tub rusts and you get rust colored Sunday clothes. Been there, done that, suffered for it. I clean all my Rem's, AA's, and Gold Medals. Anything that is a one piece case. I use a cement mixer from Harbor Freight that cost about $200. I think they have a smaller one for around $100. I size the hulls on a MEC Sizemaster, deprime on an old single stage press, dump them in the mixer, cover with water, add a little Purple Power or Simple Green from WalMart and add about a scoop of Oxi Clean. Tumble for about an hour, rinse with clean water and spread in the sun for several hours to dry. I think it is a good thing to de-prime becaues it allows better drying in the primer area. A fan over the top will speed the process. DON"T leave them out over night. They sweat. I can tell you now that someone will chastize you for cleaning hulls. I don't understand that. Some of the same people clean rifle brass to save dies that cost $40.00 but will run dirty hulls through a $15,000 gun and a $1000 loader. Go figure. Do try cleaning. It takes time but makes loading a breeze and keeps everything clean.
     
  3. Ol Faithful

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    Thanks Jim will giver a try.
     
  4. peteodie

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    what about going to the local laundry mat. the wife wouldn't mind getting me out of the house for the peace and quite.

    Pete
     
  5. Ljutic111

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    Why bother with the amount of used hulls at most ranges ??
     
  6. bluskyshooter

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    I just use a rag soaked in hot water ... to give a quick wipe of the outside of the hull ... just before I get set to load them. Gets em clean enough for me.
     
  7. Strait Shooter

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    As Porter said , put them in an onion sack, that worked good for me. I did mine at a launder mat. After washing I put them in the dryer and that really got noisey. It was well worth it , just seeing the expressions on the little old ladies faces when they asked me about the noise and I told them it was a bag full of shotgun shells.
     
  8. Quack Shot

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    Don't try this with paper basewads like the Federal Top Guns.
     
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    Quack, isn't it ironic that someone has to say that.....

    Bryan
     
  10. hmb

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    I think it's a good idea to put them in boiling water for five minutes. That way they will be clean and germ free. HMB
     
  11. Quack Shot

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    Calkidd

    I don't know about "ironic". I've seen enough in my lifetime to know that somewhere, somehow, someone might have needed that advice. :) Just look at some of the posts on this site alone and you begin to wonder. AND Yes, I have seen the results of someone trying just that. They wondered why they had so many bloopers and duds and asked me to take a look after experiencing a short hangfire. One look inside the hulls he was loading and it was obvious what the problem was. No amount of drying will fix a paper basewad once it's been soaked.

    hmb

    Try a splash of clorox in the mix, just to be sure!
     
  12. peteodie

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    I figure the all this input "Propeal" (the xmas seller will come up with some gismo to wet our wiskers and tell our wife to get it for us instead of the attachment for the lawn mower. LOL
     
  13. oleolliedawg

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    The ones with brown stains may come from chew tobacco spray. Handle with care!!
     
  14. peteodie

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    Okay here we go again but look at the FS section and fine "F/S MESH HULL BAGS".
    is a start for the onion bag LOL
     
  15. CharlesK80

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    Been washing and drying Federal Gold Metal, STS and Gun Club in the Maytag for years. No rust to start with, however.

    Would not recommend washing really bad rusted hulls. Washing normal fired hulls is not a problem.

    You need a strong knit bag that closes tight. Pitch in with the rest of the dirty laundry. Dry the same way. Cement mixer would work, but...Save the 200 USD and the questions from the neighbors.

    On the other hand, if you can't work your washing machine, or do like to get dirty, or reload dirty, or shoot dirty, then don't bother. Some people just like to get dirty.

    Noise is kept to a minimum when you have a full washer and dryer. And the machine is not damaged.

    It is free, takes no time or talent and works every time. A trap shooter's dream.
     
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