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Thread: Tumbling Media

  1. #21
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    I've been using corn cob media from Lyman with their green additive already in it for years, and only change the media every couple or three years or so, because it looks dirty, but still cleans.

    I usually let it run for four hours, but it's probably clean sooner than that.

    I'm still using the Lyman Turbo 1200 tumbler that I bought used for $15.00 over 25 years ago.

    The liquid cleaning, then drying, is more than I'd want to fool with.

    I normally go through 500 rounds per month, more if I'm function testing a new or modified gun, and 1500 rounds whenever I attend a weekend training class. I usually do 2-3 classes per year, so that averages out to some 10,000 + rounds loaded and shot per year.
    "Sights are for the unenlightened."

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    I have been using stainless steel pins for over 5 years now. Dawn dish soap and lime shine. Primmer pockets and inside of brass is totally clean.

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    I use the stainless pins and nothing cleans as well as they do. Deprime before cleaning.


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    Been using stainless steel media for several years now, my vibratory tumbler has been sitting unused all this time. Brass comes out shining like new, inside and out. I first started using ceramic media for black powder rounds, but they had the tendency to wedge in the cases and stick, the SS media just slides rite out and gets the primer pockets as well. Also keeps crud from the primer pockets out of my progressive's priming system as well.

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    Stages of cleaning 10mm brass.jpg

    Picture from above - not from Photobucket !
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    will52100 (20th August 2017)


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    I used to load .38 SPL without cleaning anything on a Lee loader. It seemed to work. When I started loading .45 Auto, I acquired a Lyman tumbler and some walnut shell media. It does clean them up, but they don't look "like new." I figured having cases cleaned up was a plus, but having reloaded dirty cases without having problems, I have never felt a need for "like new." I usually run them for two hours, which gets most of the crud off and out, and lets me evaluate the condition of the brass, which is the reason for cleaning the brass in the first place.

    Wade

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    Obviously, many millions of cases have been reloaded without any cleaning at all, so it isn't absolutely necessary. There are a few benefits such as being able to examine a case more thoroughly, running thru the reloading process more easily and looking better loaded.

    But it's like washing your car, probably won't go faster or last longer, but there sure are a lot of car washes in the country.
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    Walnut and a small amount of rouge.

    I have wax loaded rouge sticks.

    Grate a small amount into the walnut and it makes very shiny cases.

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    One advantage to SS wet tumbling is punching the primers out before tumbling, this aids in running through a progressive press. I run a Lee Loadmaster and have very little trouble with the priming system. Used to use a Lee Pro-1000 and had some issues till I started hand depriming and wet tumbling. Seems the priming system doesn't like crud.

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