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Cleaning AA Hulls?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by WNCRob, Nov 28, 2010.

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  1. WNCRob

    WNCRob Member

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    After a few reloads, I find that AA hulls are "gunky". They make it quite difficult to run them through my PW press, really increases required effort. Don't have any problems with Rem hulls. Kinda silly to have to clean them manually. Any suggestions to improve this condition?

    Thanks!

    WNCRob
     
  2. Mohave60

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    Toss them in the washing machine with a towel and detergent. Come out Clean and nice to handle. Let dry a few days then load away. Gary
     
  3. hmb

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    Get a Mec press. Never cleaned a hull, Mec press took them all and never complained. HMB
     
  4. TrapCrazy

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    Ditto the washing machine. Put them in a mesh bag on gentle cycle, they come out as good as new.
     
  5. Spanky

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    Are you for real with the washing machine? Glad I own MEC Machines. Thought there would be an advantage to them one day. I do 50% of my shooting with Red Dot Powder. Give me the heads up to what is dirtier than that. I know they made it cleaner back some years ago.

    Do you knock the primers out for better drainage?
     
  6. Franktri

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    That is one of the reasons why I switched to Gun Club and STS Premier. They load better. For some reason, the crimp did not finish well and with GC and STS, they look like new with little residue.
     
  7. WNCRob

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    I think TinMan has a workable solution. Washing machine is NOT an option. But, why do the AA hulls attract the grunge and the Rems do not? I do use Red Dot. Think I'll change to Clays/Clay Dot and see if I notice any difference.

    Thanks.

    WNCRob
     
  8. Calkidd

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    I have often wondered this myself and I can see how the washing machine might work. My next question is for those who have strongly oppose this idea, but have not said why. Why?

    Bryan
     
  9. Auctioneer

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    I have put them in the washer and it works. Bo put a towel in for padding. I will then put them in a tray, box or what ever at hand unside down to drain and in a day or two there are ready for reloading.
     
  10. Indyrun

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    It's not a 'gunky' film on the new Red AA hulls that makes them that way, it is the plastic deteriorating/burning particularly at the folds. It has nothing to do with powder choice. The only reason they are harder to load in a PW is because the hull remains in a sizing die throughout the cycle and the 'crispy' plastic doesn't fold as easy, something you wouldn't notice on a MEC as they have only one sizing station. The old one-piece AAs of any color didn't do this. Of all the new AA compounds the gray material used for the Super Handicap loads does this the least, if at all. I've never tried washing them, but I would imagine the water, heat, and detergent from the process may loosen and eliminate the burnt material.
     
  11. fishguts

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    HAHAHAHAHA.........washing hulls, that is so funny.

    Wayne
     
  12. Recoil Sissy

    Recoil Sissy Well-Known Member

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    calkidd:

    You asked, "... for those who... strongly oppose this idea, but have not said why. Why?"

    Ok, here's why...

    Lead shot consists of lead, antimony, and arsenic. Chemically speaking, they are toxic heavy metals which will accumulate in the human body. Unfortunately, the human body doesn't metabolize or otherwise excrete these toxins.

    On a related note, lead styphnate is what makes a primer go 'bang'. Here's a Wikipedia clip about lead styphnate.

    "Lead styphnate (lead 2,4,6-trinitroresorcinate, C6HN3O8Pb ), whose name is derived from styphnic acid, is a toxic explosive used as a component in primer and detonator mixtures for less sensitive secondary explosives."

    Notice the repeated use of the term "toxic". Every fired hull has some amount of toxic residues. Why anyone would put that sh!t in their washing machine is something you'll have to ask them.

    sissy

    PS: Ignoring the toxicity issue, putting nasty junk in my old lady's washer would be enough to make HER go 'bang'.
     
  13. Dave P

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    Why would a shotshell reloader be difficult to operate with just dirty shells? Doesn't sound right. My 20 year old 9000 doesn't care.
     
  14. DTrykow

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    Dave P good question. My Dillon doesn't care either. Dave T.
     
  15. CharlesK80

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    No need to deprime first. Use a mesh bag. Dump the shells in the bag and tie it closed. Put bag in Maytag with soap. Add the rest of your clothing. When done, put bag, still with shells, and the clothing in the dryer. That is it.

    Free. No labor on your part.

    Shells come out dry, clean, inside and out, slightly warm. Brass or steel base will be bright polished.

    But washing is not for everybody.

    If you do not know how to use a washer/dryer, this is not for you.

    If you like to handle dirty shells, this is not for you.

    If you must negotiate or beg for permission to use your washer/dryer, this is not for you.

    The only thing you need is a mesh bag. If you can't find or buy one, this is not for you.

    If you know your reloader works better with dirty shells, this is not for you.

    If you know your gun works better with dirty shells, this is not for you.
     
  16. Buster 25

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    Gent's:

    For what it's worth I have a friend who wash's his hull in an OLD washing machine he picked up from Lowes they were glad to get rid of the thing...FREE.
    The Hull dry in the Sun for a week or when ever my friend can get too them.

    Same for an OLD electric oven/stove he uses to "COOK" Powder Coated part's.
     
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    Gent's:

    For what it's worth I have a friend who wash's his hull in an OLD washing machine he picked up from Lowes they were glad to get rid of the thing...FREE.
    The Hull dry in the Sun for a week or when ever my friend can get too them.

    Same for an OLD electric oven/stove he uses to "COOK" Powder Coated part's.
     
  18. Buster 25

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    Gent's:

    For what it's worth I have a friend who wash's his hull in an OLD washing machine he picked up from Lowes they were glad to get rid of the thing...FREE.
    The Hull dry in the Sun for a week or when ever my friend can get too them.

    Same for an OLD electric oven/stove he uses to "COOK" Powder Coated part's.
     
  19. Buster 25

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    Gent's:

    For what it's worth I have a friend who wash's his hull in an OLD washing machine he picked up from Lowes they were glad to get rid of the thing...FREE.
    The Hull dry in the Sun for a week or when ever my friend can get too them.

    Same for an OLD electric oven/stove he uses to "COOK" Powder Coated part's.
     
  20. phirel

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    Would soaking the hulls in acetone clean them up?

    Pat Ireland
     
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