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Interesting Tumbler Result

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by robhic, Sep 2, 2017.

  1. robhic

    robhic I'm your huckleberry.... Platinum Member Silver Member

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    I use a mix of corn-cob and crushed walnut shells in my vibratory tumbler. I've had no complaints as this has resulted in 99.8% of all cases coming out clean and shiny. A bit of scorching or powder burn but all-in-all a good result. Primer pockets don't seem to be touched.

    OK, so nothing so good that a tiny bit more cleaning couldn't hurt. So I added some granular brass polishing powder to my mix. My first run of .45acp cases turned out clean, but had a matte finish instead of shiny. OK, not a big deal. But .... after looking at my results I noticed the primer pockets were seemingly a bit cleaner. This is all right!

    Then I started to process and load some cases. After re-sizing the cases, the matte finish turned into a VERY bright, shiny finish coming out of the carbide die. So the matte finish was temporary and a good shine PLUS primer pocket a bit cleaner makes this really neat. I think I'm gonna like this new process. Has anyone tried something like this and what result did you get?
     
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    I toss in about a hand full of steel BB's in my media and it works great and fast even on brass that others won't pick up .
    If I need to change the media I use a magnet to pick out the BB's , put in new media and dump the BB's back in .
     
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    Exactly what I do
     
  4. Hoser

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    I add in brass shavings from when I trim cases. About a handful to a large Dillon large tumbler bowl. The sharpness of the shavings seems to scrub away the grime in a hurry.
     
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    I use the walnut shells and add a mix of paint thinner and liquid car wax. Brass is very clean and stays clean.......
     
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    Walnut to clean; corncob to polish.

    Pin Wash to make them look like new.
     
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    I tumble my auto loading pistol brass just long enough to clean them and well short of making them shiny.

    A guy that taught me a lot about reloading and action pistol always had tarnished cases. I asked him one day why he didn't polish them a little longer, he said he found people were less likely to pickup a well tarnished case than one that was bright and shiny.

    I took that to heart and over the years found he was right. :)
     
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  8. robhic

    robhic I'm your huckleberry.... Platinum Member Silver Member

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    Uncle Bob seemed pretty pleased with his results using BBs, also. I may keep that in mind for the future. I got the BBs, I just don't know if I want to fool with them....

    The biggest deal was with the primer pockets. I could swear they looked just a tad cleaner than previous batches had. Either way, I guess a bit of extra clean in that area can't hurt.
     
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    Dillon warns of over cleaning. A small amount of remaining carbon they claim acts as a lube and reduces sticking as the expander die as it is withdrawn from the case.
     
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    Given how sticky new Starline is, I can believe they are right about that. :)
     
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    OTOH, I've found it easier to spot my shiny cases among the tarnished ones!
     
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    I tumble with 50/50 walnut/cob with 1/2 cap full of Nu Finish car polish for 1 to 1.5 hours. They look like new on the outside.
     
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    This is a great idea. I'm going to use it.
     
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    Nobody picks up my brass! :D I'm known as the brass hoarder on the range. They all know they better surrender theirs too.

    Stainless steel pins and wet tumbling for the cleaning, corncob and NuFinish for the final polish.

    Dirty brass or ammo drives me nuts!

    You get bonus points if you can guess this caliber:

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    Welcome back, long time no see.

    Hard to tell with no visual cue to size.

    How's it going with the weather?
     
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    Thanks, but I'm not sure yet that I'll stay. I actually got off the internet for the most part. You won't believe what I got done in those months. Right now I'm just stuck inside the house for 2 days because of the hurricane.

    That's a .32 S&W Long. Most accurate caliber I shoot.

    I'm expecting winds between CAT 3 and 4. House "should" be good. Build in 2014, based on current building code. Have metal shutters up, garage door braced and anchored, generator ready with plenty of fuel, Reverse Osmosis water system with 100 gallon, bottled drinking water and food good for over 6 weeks.

    My neighbor rattle canned "You loot, we shoot!" on his shutters. I think that accounts for the entire community. Won't get any more conservative around here.

    Right now gusts are up to 80 mph.
     
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    Best of luck, sounds like you are pretty prepared.
     
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