I recently shot someone else's .45 reloads that were softer and flatter than my shitty factory Freedom 115 gr 9mm and this plus my credit card bill has inspired me to actually maybe make some damn ammo on the peasant 550B that's been waiting patiently for me for months now. Stories of blowing up my face will probably ensue, but first, a question:
I have read all the threads on Doodie about how to clean brass. Cement mixers, rock tumblers, corncob, stainless steel pins, food dehydrators, outside vs. inside, Lemishine, Dawn, Armor-All, etc. Yes, yes, all of this is beautiful and I'm sure I'll wind up doing it someday. But right now I just want to produce some small-batch non-automated artisan ammo that doesn't blow my face up.
So the question I have is this:
Do I have to clean my brass?
80% of the internet seems to say "YOU SHOULD OR YOU'RE A BAD PERSON," 10% says "YOU HAVE TO OR YOU'LL BLOW YOUR FACE OFF," and 10% says "No you don't have to because people managed to not blow their faces off for a long time prior to the advent of mass case cleaning solutions, but it's prettier if you do."
Doodie seems to accept unquestioningly, as a group, that brass must be cleaned, but let's be real: Doodie, as a group, likes shiny things, is OCD, and has mostly automated to the point where cleaning makes the automation run more smoothly. I'm asking about non-automated peasant mode on a 550B.