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    Just wondering, has anyone ever made Maynard cases out of other metals such as aluminum or stainless steel ? Don't know if this was tried before. Was just wondering if they would hold up. I hate cleaning brass!

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    CharliecHahn makes aluminum Maynard cases to order
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    In my personal opinion, only, if you don't like cleaning Brass cases.....you REALLY won't like keeping Aluminum cases from corroding!

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    Your probably right John. Didn't think of that. I would much rather continue with the plastic cases, they really worked for me. But they are getting hard to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeE View Post
    Your probably right John. Didn't think of that. I would much rather continue with the plastic cases, they really worked for me. But they are getting hard to find.

    I've been shooting the same cases for 15 yrs . After coming off the line I throw them into a can of Dawn detergent. When I get home I rinse them with hot H2o ,throw them into an ultrasonic cleaner .rinse them off an ultrasonic. I then tumble them . Sounds like a lot off messing around but it is very fast. I usually have them 1/2 ultasonic before I have put away my gear from a skirmish . That is merely one way .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeE View Post
    Just wondering, has anyone ever made Maynard cases out of other metals such as aluminum or stainless steel ? Don't know if this was tried before. Was just wondering if they would hold up. I hate cleaning brass!
    I have about 30 cases turned from stainless steel for my 36 caliber 1st model Romano Maynard. These were made by a highly qualified machinist specifically for my gun. I've used them for over 10 years and they clean and perform flawlessly. I think commercially produced stainless steel Maynard brass would be very popular.

    As far as cleaning brass, I've got it down to a science. I wet wash clean my brass using ceramic media in a Thumler's rock tumbler and one of the new Frankfort Arsenal case dryers. My brass gets 2-4 hours in the washer, about 90 minutes in the dryer and it is ready to reload. I use a rotary media separator from Midway to separate things out.

    The ceramic media leaves the brass looking brand new, inside, out and even the primer pockets.

    The media comes from a friend of mine here in Michigan. It costs about $9 a pound and he sells a special case cleaning soap for about $15 a quart. (You only use a capful per batch so it lasts a loooooooong time.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobanderson View Post
    The media comes from a friend of mine here in Michigan. It costs about $9 a pound and he sells a special case cleaning soap for about $15 a quart. (You only use a capful per batch so it lasts a loooooooong time.)
    Here is the contact info to get ceramic case cleaning media and soap,

    Greg Vest
    5864 N. Bollinger Rd.
    Vestaburg, MI 48891

    Gvest67@yahoo.com

    (989)330-5179

    3mm ceramic media is now $10 per pound.
    Soap is $15 a quart.
    Shipping is actual cost.
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    Thanks for the help.

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    I use both brass cases and also some aluminum cases from Charlie Hahn. My aluminum cases do not corrode after properly cleaning them. I run them in a rotary tumbler with steel pins and dawn soap for about an hour. Then I rinse them thoroughly and let dry. They keep from fall to spring with no corrosion. They won't last as long as brass cases because the flash holes burn out sooner. I threw a few out because they cracked in the neck area but that is the only problem I've had.

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    Off the line I put brass tubes in a screw top container full of dawn, simple green and water. They shake on the 2.5 hour ride home. At home I pour out the dirty solution (after using it to clean revolver, Henry/Ballard, rough clean musket, and my hands.) then I rinse the tubes in hot water in the container, dump them out on a towel, let them dry & put them in my bin for reloading. They ?look? dirty, but load & shoot fine - won 4 natl championships. Every year or 2 I tumble them in walnut media with dawn for a few hours, but hate cleaning the media from the flash holes.


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