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Old 09-14-2013, 03:12 PM
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I was planning to clean up some .308 Win brass with my newly acquired stainless steel 'pins' and a rock polisher. I had used it to tumble some of the ANVB (Ain't No Varmint Bullet) tips that j0e_bl0ggs had recently sent, hoping to remove the "matrix" left after they were printed. It worked well enough, but left all the residue in the tumbler. Since he had told me that the company that printed them cleans up their printed objects with a lye solution, I figured I could clean my tumbler up by using a little lye in it as well, while I cleaned the .308 brass.

Using the concentration suggested by j0e_bl0ggs, I put about a tablespoon of sodium hydroxide (lye) in the tumbler and added about a cup of water or so. I added 20 cases of .308 Win brass, sealed the tumbler, and 'let fly'.

It was late - 2345 - and I was going to let it run all night and check it in the morning, but there was some small concern about both the tumbler and the brass, so after 45 minutes or so, I checked. Very interesting!

Pretty interesting to me!

Cleaned the tumbler of all the resin "residue" too.

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