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Have any of you gun gurus used an ultrasonic machine for cleaning brass? If so, what did you use as for as media? What were your results? How does it compare to tumbling? Thanks in advance. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. :D
 

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Joel Chavez said:
Have any of you gun gurus used an ultrasonic machine for cleaning brass? If so, what did you use as for as media? What were your results? How does it compare to tumbling? Thanks in advance. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. :D
Joel,
Most of the major manufactures of ammo use drum washers instead of sonics. The company I use to Rep CAE Ransohoff built the first drum washers in the industry and sold several large systems to Winchester for there brass. The drums not only wash, rinse and dry but also deburr and polish the brass as they tumble.

These machines are too expensive for the high mix low volume manufactures and thats where sonics would come in. The key with ultra sonics is the fixturing. Since your not going to be tumbling the brass you have to hand load the shells upside down so the sonics can do there thing. If your brass is laying sideways in a basket the sonics will not clean the inside of the casing very well. The best "Juice" that I have used and seen is Citrus. Most are a neutral PH and can be disposed to drain however, you need to check local EPA to check their "heavy Metals" list and make sure brass is not a NO! NO!

The down side of Sonics is it will attack any surface pitting that maybe on the casings and you don't want that, so don't leave your casings in there for too long. A simple test you can perform on ultrasonic's to see the sweep pattern is to take a sheet of aluminum foil and stick it in the tank. When you pull it out there will be thousands of little pin holes that show it's cleaning pattern. Hope this helps!!
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Dallas.
 
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