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by george
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Reloading Forum
Topic: Tumbler issues
Replies: 17
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Re: Tumbler issues

Never heard of it, but I can worry if I want!
by george
Sun Aug 02, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: Reloading Forum
Topic: Tumbler issues
Replies: 17
Views: 4329

Re: Tumbler issues

My revolver brass never hits the ground, and a vibrator works well for them.

I also have an ultrasonic from work, so have experience with that, too. The problem is that, unless you turn the brass over a few times, the dirt stays in the bottom of the cases.

But, for automatic, range pick-up brass, I have a different technique. I am too cheap to spend $200 for a wet tumbler. And, I worry about having a stainless pin remaining hidden in a case and ruining a barrel. And, my brass has a lot of dirt, mud and grass on it. In a normal wet rotary cleaner, it seems like the dirt will stay in the barrel with the brass.

I do have the rotary media separator from my vibrator. So, I stick my nasty and dirty brass in the rotary cage, and put it in the bucket that came with it. I fill the bucket with some citric acid (LemiShine) and car wash soap, to the top. So, the rotary basket is half submerged in the water. I crank the handle on the cage for 5 or 10 minutes. The dirt falls out of the brass to the bottom of the bucket. The brass gets super shiny bright and clean, but not the primer pockets or the inside.

I suppose you would have to use the pins to get the inside shiny.

I do have to dry the cases. I tried heating them in a small oven, which does dry them quickly, but gives the cases a mottled, old appearance. So, now I just put several thousand spread on a towel to air dry for a few days. They stay shiny like that.

I believe using the car wash with wax keeps the shine longer, and seems to help lubricate them in my dies.

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