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  • Case neck brushes?

    Hello reloaders,

    My first post is a question... I’m just getting started and familiarizing myself with terms, tools, parts etc.

    Is there any difference between a case neck brush and a barrel cleaning brush?

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    Case neck brushes have nylon bristles while rifle bore brushes are some alloy of brass or bronze, usually. Nylon case neck brushes used for brushing carbon and fouling from inside the case necks and also used to apply case lube to the inside of necks. I roll my RCBS case neck brush on my lube pad to pick up lube and then apply lube to inside of rifle case necks with the brush before sizing. As with bore brushes the case neck brushes come in different sizes for different calibers. There are exceptions such as Hornady's bronze case neck brushes and for instance some stainless steel bore brushes. I'd recommend nylon bristle case neck brushes and only brass-bronze bore brushes. Bore brushes will be to tight in case necks and may scratch brass case necks while Hornady's bronze case neck brushes are too small diameter for a bore as I have read?
    Last edited by rg1; 08-15-2019, 00:49.

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    • #3
      I use both nylon and bronze bore brushes for case neck cleaning. I don't hardly use bore brushes for cleaning rifle bores.
      I use the bore brush directly on the case neck. If a worn down smaller bore brush, I wrap some 0000 steel wool and clean inside the case neck.
      Outside the case neck I use 0000 steel wool.
      Lube on inside case neck is via q-tips.
      Many ways to clean case necks and they are all good.
      When I use a bore brush to clean case necks, will not use them to clean bore.
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      • #4
        Yup, I am with DesertMarine on this. Many ways to do this. I got myself a .38 cal nylon bore brush for pistol, attach it to my cordless drill and run it in and out of the case neck. The outside of the case I wipe down with a bit of Hoppe's then lube the inside with a Q-tip before resizing. Then off to the tumbler before reloading.

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        • #5
          I use a nylon bore brush to clean the inside of my case necks. I use Motor Mica on a RCBS nylon case brush for lubrication inside the neck for resizing.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by igotta40 View Post
            Hello reloaders,

            My first post is a question... I’m just getting started and familiarizing myself with terms, tools, parts etc.

            Is there any difference between a case neck brush and a barrel cleaning brush?
            Yes.

            Typically a case neck brush will be short (around an inch), a bore brush long (often 2 inches or so).

            While MOST bore brushes are bronze/brass alloy, SOME are nylon.

            I have chamber brushes (and bore brushes) of both materials.

            You DO NOT want to use a good, expensive, brass-alloy bore brush with de-coppering bore solvents, they dissolve the brush as well.

            I do not clean case necks (inside) any more than I clean cases inside (which is "i do not").
            I have an old nylon neck brush that is "contaminated" with Unique Case Lube, which I use to lube case necks at sizing. This technically "brushes" the case neck inside, but it ONLY gets 1 pass, not scrubbed to clean. All "cleaning" is incidental when I use it.

            There is no Written Rule that says you cannot clean a bore with a case neck brush or that you cannot clean a case neck with a bore brush.

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