POLL!! Dry Tumblers Clean Brass Better When...

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by George Kaplan, Sep 16, 2020.

  1. There Is LESS Brass In Tumbler

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  2. There is MORE Brass In Tumbler

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  3. Makes No Difference

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  4. Other (Please Specify)

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  1. Tordon

    Tordon

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    Redding comp dies are non-carbide and pricey so i make sure the brass is completely free of any abrasive residue. SS media cuts too aggressively and leaves a matte finish, so I choose to use porcelain instead (I skip the Lemi Shine too).
    For pistol, I just throw the brass into a mesh bag, dunk it in a bucket with some Dawn, let it soak for 10 minutes, rinse / drain and call it good. I can do a 1000 pieces of 9's in no time.

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  2. fredj338

    fredj338

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    My issue is unless you have a long dry time, the primer pockets can be wet. Never really cared about clean primer pockets. They only get so dirty, but for PR, i still clean them by hand, habit. I might load 50 at a pop, no big deal.
     

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    fredj338

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    Thumblers are not cheap but well worth it. Mine is over 25y old, runs once a week, every week, still going strong.
     
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  4. George Kaplan

    George Kaplan emeritus

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    Well, another fruitless poll in reloading. It seems we all make ammunition but never agree on how to do it.

    I mix 50/50 walnut and corn with a dab of Dillon's case polish. Run for three hours. Comes out like new. Can't make up my mind if they come out cleaner with more or less brass. One or a hundred, they come out looking new. On the outside, at least.

    Edited to add: I too have a Thumbler and it's barely warm to the touch after three hours.
     
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    PEC-Memphis Scottish Member

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    I use a food dehydrator, 45 mins, reverse order of trays, another 45 mins - cases and primers are dry
     
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    fredj338

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    When I tried wet cleaning I used the oven. Its just a pita to me vs dry. I just want clean brass, dont really care if it shines like new.
     
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    PEC-Memphis Scottish Member

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    I tried the oven first, it really didn’t work that well, the moving air from the dehydrator really made the difference.

    Most of my brass is collected outdoors, where wet cleaning is needed to make sure debris (mud, gravel, etc) is not left in the case.
     
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    fredj338

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    Yeah I get mine off outdoor ranges too. I just leave the ugly ones behind.:cheers:
     
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  9. 9x45

    9x45 Millennium Member

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    We don't really have allot of mud in SoCal...
     
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    Pretty much true, but I manage to shoot quit a few matches in rain or the day after, including idpa nationals & worlds.
     
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    SARDG Florida's Left Coast

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    Nonetheless... I think my way is better than yours... :p
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  12. xTerpx

    xTerpx Preferred Pronouns: (It, Ya'll, Bruh)

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    I thought the earthquakes triggered the mudslides that put out your gender-reversal party fires or is that in NoCal?
     
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    9x45 Millennium Member

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    ^^^^ Actually we have 4 seasons, fires, floods, earthquakes and riots. The gender reveal party was 5 miles from me, the El Dorado, burned 25.000 acres but is almost done. DA is going to charge the couple with arson, and possibly murder since a fire fighter died. The August complex fire up in NorCal burned 360,000 acres with 26 deaths. Another big one we have down here is the Bobcat at 99,000 acres. Plus a ton of other active fires up and down the state.

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    Thanks. Actually that fire is about 250 miles north of us.
     
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    9x45 Millennium Member

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    Yea, if someone's deck slips in Malibu, it's all over the news.
     
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    We move around. I think we got that video of us from a ground firefighter in early August. We have covered most every fire from San Diego to central Oregon.
     
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    You guys are doing a Super job!
     
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    unclebob DFC, MSM, 12 Air Medals.

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    Got to love the C-130 does everything from hauling trash,(cargo) fire fighting, to gunships and things in between.
     
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