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 Post subject: Cleaning Hulls
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:03 am 
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I have been reloading STS 20ga. hulls for several months now and they are getting pretty discolored. I've have been cleaning them with a slightly damp cloth but was thinking about tossing them in my case tumbler. Has anyone done this, would there be a problem?
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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Hulls
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:21 am 
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There aren't any problems with tumbling your cases, but I bet you'll find it's not worth the effort.

Unfortunately I can't provide much advice on how to get the hulls bright & shiny--I've heard everything from soapy water to Armor All. But honestly, I simply don't bother--too much effort for something I don't care about.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Hulls
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:48 am 
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I used to clean hulls in a Dillon Vibratory tumbler. I used medium corncob media with a dryer sheet thrown in to cut down on static electricity. Throw about a 100 hulls in an let them tumble all night. They come out nice an clean an shiny.

Just got to be be to much trouble for the amount of shooting that I was doing. I no longer tumble any hulls except for maybe .410's once in a while.

After the hull gets burnt black around the crimps nothing is going to remove that burnt look. However, if you tumble them long enough, 10-12 hrs., the burnt part will turn white looking.

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Hulls
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:12 am 
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One of my friends uses glass cleaner on a rag to wipe dirty hulls with.

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Hulls
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:48 pm 
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Thanks guys, appreciate the info.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Hulls
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 2:11 pm 
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When I scrounged a heap of hulls from the dust bowl at Tunica, I wiped all the hulls with a rag that was damp with Lemon Pledge, because I hated the smell of Cedar Pledge. Made them sparkle like new and got the dirt and dust off also. I wanted to keep that silt dirt out of my guns and I could care less how reloaded hulls shine up. If they function well, they get loaded soot and all.

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Hulls
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:22 pm 
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Hmmmmm? I hadn't thought about Pledge! Good idea!

I too couldn't care less about how nice and shiny my shotgun shells are, just don't want any abrasive crud on them. Now on my fancy rifles, that's another story, and it is far easier to shine up a brass case than a plastic shotgun hull anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Hulls
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:38 pm 
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yellow hulls always look dirty. why aren't you fussin' about your green sts's, gold nitro's, gray handicaps and red aa's? they're just as dirty, you just don't notice it. load 'em up, no cleaning required. good luck with it


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Hulls
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:06 pm 
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I take them in the shower with me :D


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Hulls
PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:25 pm 
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Thats the out side. Don't you take a brush to the inside?



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