trailboss
trailboss
3 posts
Joined January 2016

9mm cases sticking in funnel

When I started reloading I wanted a Dillon press, but I decided to go the single stage route as a beginner to allow me to go slower and one step at a time while learning. As far as equipment goes, I decided to go the better route right away and buy what I felt I would not want to be replacing after little use. (I do not know of anyone that reloads on a progressive that does not have a single stage press as well.) After much research, I decided to go the Thumler's tumbler with stainless media route for cleaning brass. It has amazed me how clean the brass including the primer pockets has been getting when I tumble deprimed brass. All worked well and life was good.
I finally decided that I have done single stage long enough and made myself some room and picked up a 550B. I loaded some 45ACP and all went well. Then I bought a brand new 9mm conversion kit and started loading. In short while, I started feeling more and more resistance and sticking when trying to remove the case from the powder funnel. I did a search and found that new or stainless tumbled brass is TOO clean and that I should either lube each case before running through press, or switch to corncob or walnut media.
Since I already have 2000 or more rounds of brass already cleaned via stainless, I cleaned my powder funnel and loaded 50 rounds after spraying straight down across them with some Hornady One Shot case lube. No more cases sticking, and smooth loading. I shot them the next day and all seemed well. I then moved on to 380 with no lube and had no issues.

I feel I finally gave enough background to ask for some suggestions on how to go about the rest of my cleaned brass and subsequent reloads.

1) continue with one shot
2) tumble already cleaned and deprimed brass in corn cob then load
3) if so, will using media separator alone be OK with decapping pin taking care of media in primer holes, or do I need to blow each case out
4) use Redding Imperial dry neck lube - more time consuming
5) use Dillon lube (rather not on pistol cases as don't want to clean off) I use it on 223
6) begin tumbling dirty brass in walnut or corncob media with dirty primer intact.

not asking for answer to individual numbers, just separated as not to confuse. Since i like how clean I get the brass using wet tumbling and I have the extra time required to do so, I am hoping I can continue wet tumbling as I have been and simply run my tapered 9mm cases through vibratory tumbler for brief period prior to reloading. The One Shot spray method just seemed wrong to me, but I suppose it is supposed to not hurt primer/powder. The trouble with it is that powder may stick to the lube.
dillon
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dillon
2,867 posts
Joined July 2007

RE: 9mm cases sticking in funnel

Other than cosmetics, there is no advantage to brass that is wet-cleaned over the traditional dry-media cleaning. Current priming compounds won't deposit enough residue to prevent proper seating of the new primer.
If you really want to wet-clean your cases, use a liquid car wash with the car wax in it. This will add a bit of lubricity to inside of the case.
trailboss
trailboss
3 posts
Joined January 2016

RE: 9mm cases sticking in funnel

My desire to wet clean is due to the fact that is the equipment I first purchased and first used and have had great results up until now. I have been using dawn or ivory dish soap and lemishine to clean and after rinsing blow each case dry inside and out with compressed air, which gives me another step in which I have been inspecting my brass. I know this method is clean. I have not used dry media or vibratory tumbler yet to see how dirty or messy (or loud) it is in comparison. I do not want to switch back and forth from wet to dry in the Thumler's tumbler, and am limited on space to place an additional vibratory model that would need to be used in the garage in the desert heat.

I have been using plated bullets with a light crimp and want to be sure that I do not get setback. Is pretty much any car wax safe to use on the brass? Any particular recommendations? I ask as I grabbed the wrong bottle of dish soap once and my brass turned a brownish green. Found out it had an extra ingredient that should be avoided.

As far as primer pockets goes...When i first started I was under impression that it is a critical step, but have since heard clean every so often. I thought it was for contamination or weak or delayed spark from primer as opposed to seating. I realize many billions of rounds have been loaded on Dillon presses, but I am new to the procedure and still in the mindset of it must be perfect to be safe.
lwgreer
lwgreer
12 posts
Joined December 2016

RE: 9mm cases sticking in funnel

I too have been wet cleaning my brass using dish soap and a bit of vineger. Let them soak and slosh around few hours, rinse well, then air dry in the sun. Spray with case lube and seem to work and look good. Also cheap and easy.

PS: I also pop the primer out first so get more circulation in the wash phase.