How to Clean Bullets

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How to Clean Bullets
You can clean bullets using a special solution. (bullets image by T.Tulic from Fotolia.com)

Cleaning bullets properly is an important aspect of safe gun handling, and can be easy to complete with a few materials. You can quickly and thoroughly clean bullets using a technique of swishing the bullets around in a cleaning solution specially designed for bullets, then wiping the solution off of each bullet. You can find bullet cleaning lube that works for brass and copper at most ammunition stores or sporting goods stores. One bottle should last for several cleanings.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Container
  • Bullet lube
  • White spirit
  • Strainer
  • Dry rag

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Clean out the inside of an old container, like a coffee can or plastic tub. Dry out the inside of the container and set it aside.

  2. 2

    Fill the container with the bullets you want to clean. Pour equal parts white spirit and the cleaning lube over the bullets so that they are completely covered. If you don't want to use white spirit, which are highly flammable, you can use melted animal fat as a substitute.

  3. 3

    Shake the container so that the bullets become fully coated in the solution, then let the container sit for about 20 minutes.

  4. 4

    Pour the contents of the container into a strainer in a sink, and let the solution fully strain out from the bullets.

  5. 5

    Pick up each bullet and wipe it dry with a clean rag and set it aside for later use.

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