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cleaning your hulls

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Basfshmn, Mar 16, 2010.

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  1. Basfshmn

    Basfshmn Member

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    I was wondering how some of you clean your loads after shooting.
     
  2. BDodd

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    Judging from previous posts to this question I'll guestimate that the vast majority of us DO NOT! However, you are likely to find some that use brass shell vibrators for a very few at a time and a few more will actually wash them in soap and water then set them out in the sun to dry or toss a pillow case full of them in the clothes dryer when the bride isn't around. I've never even considered it.....Bob Dodd
     
  3. ricks1

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    most will rust now and if they happen to have a damp place you will have a miss fire or worse a delay. You are not going to get that many reloads with todays hulls so why do it
     
  4. Hitapair

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    Wipe them off w/ a lightly damp cloth if they are covered w/ dust. If they are blackened at the crimp, who cares, just load them.
     
  5. kraiza

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    I just run a small brush in the hull to take out the crud. I some time us compress air to blow them out if I think they are wet. Then set them in the sun to dry for a few days.
     
  6. Maytag

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    It's a waste of time. never understood the reason to have perfectly clean hulls. If I wanted to have clean hulls,i would shoot nothing but new ammo. Just saying.
     
  7. Gun Dog

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    While my right hand is pulling the handle on the 366 my left hand is tapping the next hull on the bench upside down. Nothing ever comes out though. Just a habit I guess.
     
  8. stokinpls

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    Not sure, but I never allow water around any of my shotgun hulls. Had an instance with some buckshot loads I had gotten wet. After the second misfire and the 00 rolled out of the barrel, my buddy picked up one of the shot and threw it at me, laughing. Judging by the way it felt when it hit me, his "muzzle velocity" was better than mine. ;-)
     
  9. GrubbyJack

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    Gundog is RIGHT.... just watch out for hulls that are picked-up after a SCTP-AIM shoot, "they" just love to put thier chewing gum in an hull........Grubby
     
  10. FrankJ

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    When plastic hulls land in volcanic sand out here in the desert, we find it necessary to wash them. I first deprime them on an old MEC resizer and then throw them into a washtub filled with soapy water. Rinse them in clean water and put them in the Arizona sun to dry. You don't want the this desert grit anywhere near a shotgun action.
     
  11. willing

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    I punch out the primers, put each shell on the pins that stick up in the diswasher. after a few minutes I then string them on a string , go out into the yard and whirl them around a few times to make sure they're dry. I've tried to get the guys with the funny little truck with the siren to help me but they just want to tie me down.
    Bill
     
  12. Mark425

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    uhhh...I might blow on mine if it looks dirty.
     
  13. timb99

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    First, I carefully segregate the hulls into different piles, by brand, color, and then I measure each one with a caliper to record the length. If they're long or short by more than 0.0625 inches, I discard them.

    Then I use a terry cloth towel to wipe the outside of each one, and a cotton swab to clean out the internals of each one.

    Then, I place them in batches of 42 hulls in a vibrator with walnut husk material for about 45 minutes.

    After that, I transfer them to another vibrator with corn cob material to polish.

    After that, I once again use a terry cloth towel to wipe the outside of each one, and a cotton swab to clean out the internals of each one to remove the corn cob residue.

    Then they're ready to be reloaded.

    No...not really.
     
  14. Spanky

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    Have chased around quite a few hull in rain and snow when shooting my auto loader but never had the need to clean them.

    Put some that have the primers knocked out and put them in the bag your ole' lady uses for her stockings and pantyhose and run them with a load of laundry and see if they come out alright. The only way I can think to wash them. Seem like a waste of time for no real benefit or advantage.
     
  15. Trap2

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    If a shell is dirty enough to even consider cleaning, I toss it away! How much time do you have on YOUR hands that you don't need???? Not worth the effort... Dan Thome (Trap2)
     
  16. goose2

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    I only look inside of the hulls before putting them in the hopper. I have found rocks, foam ear plugs and spiders. Just a habit to check them. I don't have anything else to do so why not.
     
  17. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    This issue comes up about once a year from a newbe. Do a search, there are many threads about cleaning hulls.
     
  18. CharlesK80

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    Some people like to shoot dirty shells with dirty hands. They figure it is the price of using reloads. Or just like to get dirty. I don't.

    You only need a cloth knit bag. Big enough to hold +/- 100 shells. Dump your shell hulls into it and secure the top. Throw it into the Maytag washer with the rest of your dirty laundry. When the cleaning is done, throw the bag, shells within, into the dryer with the rest of your clothing. That is it.

    No need to deprime first.

    Cleaned hulls will be warm when first out of the dryer. Brass will be polished like new. Marking will be gone. Inside and outside cleaned. Clean shell will be...

    Easier on the reloader. Easier on the gun chamber. Easier on the shooter. Better looking and longer lasting. (Not a substitute for Viagra.)

    If you clean your gun you may want to clean it's shells. But you don't have to clean either.

    Cost? Nothing. Zip.

    Technical ability required? How to run the washer and dryer. If you don't know how to change the time on your clocks, this is probably not for you.

    And if you don't know how to clean clothes, find out.

    Then again, some shooters never clean their guns, either.
     
  19. Doug Mc

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    Somebody must have too much time on their hands .... shoot 300 - 400 shells a week or more and I am going to clean them .... reload them just to get them dirty again .... Hmmmmmmmm ?????????
     
  20. fishguts

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    WOW!!!...is this for real?

    Wayne
     
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