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Case Cleaning With Stainless Media?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by .50 cal, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. .50 cal

    .50 cal

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    I'm interested to hear if anyone cleans their cases with stainless steel media and a tumbler, does it work well? would you recommend it? thanks
     
  2. jmorris

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    I'll start off by saying I don't but did look into it. The cost of media and switching to a rotary tumbler didn't scare me away and I could live with the pain of drying them but when it takes as long as it does and you clean so few cases I figured it was not for me. It would take 5 loads in a common rotary tumbler to equal what I can clean in my Dillon. Not to mention how much longer it takes to rinse and dry. If I didn't shoot much or enjoyed taking pictures of empty cases I would use it for sure.
     


  3. ess45

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    It does work.

    I would recommend it if you hate dust, you like the primer pockets clean, don't mind depriming the brass first and don't mind the drying period.

    I did notice that my progressives are spotless clean since I started using it.
     
  4. SilentVectorX

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    I've tumbled .223, 9mm, 45cal, and 308. I usually use a little less than 1 tablespoon of dish soap, a teaspoon of Lemishine, and tumble overnight (tumbler outside on back porch).

    Stretched an old T-shirt over a collander and use that to drain off the dirty water. dump the media/brass into a bucket, rinse and drain again. Sort and shake brass from media. Media goes right back in the tumbler - it won't rust. Brass lies on a towel 'till it's dry. I get hardly any water spotting, and the cases are dry overnight.

    IMO the best things about SS tumbling: hands stay CLEAN when you handle brass (no oils or waxes involved), no dust, and cases get clean inside.

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    Last edited: Apr 13, 2011
  5. .50 cal

    .50 cal

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    awesome, thanks for sharing, I'm glad to hear it works well, I'm going to use this method when I get the eqipment, how many 9mm or .45 can you do at time with a Thumbler model b?
     
  6. SilentVectorX

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    I'd say about a little more than you can stuff into a 1qt ziplock for best results. That's about 500 40cal, not sure how many 9mm or 45 that is (fuzzy math).