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Cleaning fired hulls

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by crimeinc, Dec 17, 2007.

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  1. crimeinc

    crimeinc TS Member

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    Should you clean fired hulls before you reload if so what is the best way to do so and what should you use to clean them
    Thanks Mark Easley
     
  2. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    NOt necessary unless dirt on the outside would be imported into your gun. In that case toss 'em and get clean ones from the trash barrel. Our club is throwing good emmpties away constantly.

    50 dollar shot makes reloading cease.

    HM
     
  3. skeeljc

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    I have put them in a mesh laundry bag and washed them in a stationary tub with Joy dish detergent. Don't try this with the steel headed hulls (Federal Wally-World, Estate, etc.) because they will rust.

    At what shot price does reloading resume?

    Jim Skeel
     
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    Waste of time/water/detergent.
     
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    reloading resumes for me when shot goes down to 35 or so, or when new cheap shells get above 6 dollars.

    Either one can happen, or a combination. Use the reloading cost calculator here to make your decision.

    HM
     
  6. rjdden

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    The old AA types, I once put them into a mesh bag and threw them into the clothes washer and they came out as if they were just recently made off the line. I did it just to see what would happen. Let em dry somemore till the insides were nice and dry and did everything I do when reloading. They shot just fine. Used Tide detergent with cool water and cool water rince. It was only 50 that I did. Turned out great. People were dong that back then and selling them for once fired. I didn't, please believe me!! As I said they shot just fine. Getting the inside to dry is the problem. But when they did they loaded great. Rich.(inPeoria,A.Z.)

    P.S. I use Red Dot Powder and on one or two you could see darkening on the upper edge around the crimp area. There was just a couple that did this.
     
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    So what is it costing in water, soap, & electricity for washer and maybe dryer?
     
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    Isn't that what those litlle prongs are for in the dishwasher???

    Just put one shell on a prong, and turn the dishwasher on.

    I think you can get about 125 shells to a load.

    Hauxfan!
     
  9. maclellan1911

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    Sort hand wipe with lint free cloth, toss the bad ones, check inside for debris. I find this only necessary when shells are not fired and baged by myself.
     
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    I throw them in with my wifes undies. I get out of the hospital next month.

    Bill
     
  11. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    No joke, I know a guy who puts his shotgun shells in his rifle cartridge case tumbler.

    They come out bright and shiny, and no water wasted.

    I think he's nuts...
     
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    I've tried tumbling them in corn cob grits, that didn't work. Too much static electricity and the corn grit clung to the plastic. I've washed and dried them in a mesh laundry bag in the washer and dryer. That worked fine. It was the old style Win AA hulls that I did. I did it because I was burning Red Dot in four different 1100s. It helped. I believed that all the tumbling in the washer and the dryer caused the crimp end to detierate fast then just shooting them. I solved the problem by shooting an O/U.
     
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    Don't forget the brass-o on the brass for a bright shiny look.

    Bill
     
  14. shot410ga

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    timb99:

    I have thought about doing that myself. I've always wonderd if the shell tumbling used on brass would work on shotshells. Dillon even makes another device (Tumbling screen) to clean the grit out after the ammo has been tumbled. So, its a two part operation and everything comes out sparkling.
     
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    shot410ga

    I don't recall what media he uses to clean his shotshell hulls, but they come out beautiful. Just like brand new, except all the printing is worn off.
     
  16. JerryP

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    The perfect Christmas gift would be a reloaded shell cleaner. Something like a golf ball cleaner. For the discriminating shooter.
     
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