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Old 05-27-2005, 09:06 PM   #1
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How to clean sealer off Demilled surplus bullets!!!

I was shown this trick by Brian at Pats reloading in Canton.

Take corn cob media and add a little paint thinner or laquer thinner to it. You do not need too much either, just about two shot glasses of it.
Throw your pulled bullets with the sealer on them in and tumble them for a hour and they will come out looking better than new every time. They tumble bullets up there by the thousands in a cement mixer. I was there today and he was tumbling (6000) 50 bmg 700 gr API bullet in it. Now thats tumbling!!!!!

My buddies are always bugging me about how I get the sealer off them and get them to look like new. This is how and there is very little work envolved!!! Hope this helps some of you out.

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Old 05-28-2005, 05:23 AM   #2
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Lot of effort just to shoot a "clean" bullet. I load them as is and don't worry about it.
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Old 05-28-2005, 06:20 AM   #3
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Jeremy:

The cleaner I keep my components the less I beat up my dies. Plus, I am anal about my reloads. If you call dumping your bullets into a tumbler and adding some thinner "EFFORT", boy you must me lazy.

Just kidding!!!! Everyone has their little corks and mine is keeping my stuff clean. I used to load them as is too, until Brian up at PAT"S showed me a lot of the tricks they use to clean up the demilled products that they sell. Plus, I use the Lee Factory crimp die on my 223 ammo and it really eliminates the need to keep cleaing my dies with solvent or brake cleaner. I save my time on the front end.

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Old 05-28-2005, 06:40 AM   #4
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That's what Pat's Reloading told me. Works great if you use the cheap, untreated corn cob, and tumble it in the garage. Also works great for cleaning the sealant on the brass, even the once fired stuff, military stuff!
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For cleaning the sealer out of the necks of 50bmg brass ---Go to harware store and buy a $2.00 1/2" copper pipe cleaning brush(like a small copper/brass bottle brush) then cut off the handle and use it in a drill. Makes fast work
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Old 05-28-2005, 10:49 AM   #6
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That and the stainless steel 50 brushes I buy for .75cents at the gun shows.

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Old 05-28-2005, 05:15 PM   #7
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You are lucky--I do not remember seeing them that cheap out here. Then I do not go to many gun shows here as everything is usually way overpriced. IE--Yugo SKS for $275-395 when I can get all I want at the gun shop for $180
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Cheap Solvent

Some of the demills I have bought had a black sealant on them. I found that if you place the bullets in a cut-off plastic bottle and cover them in gasoline, it will all dissolve over night and you have a very clean bullet. No smoking though!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Turpentine works too.

Add a couple of OZ's to a jar with a tight fitting lid,

fill with projectiles to almost the top and shake.

Sealant melts right off.

Spread out on a cloth in the sun to let dry.
Not as clean and shiny as tumbling them in media but clean enough for me.
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