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Discussion in 'Reloading' started by robin303, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. robin303

    robin303 Helicopter Nut

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    Which ones do you guys like and which one should I not get.
    Thanks
     
  2. grenadier

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  3. Murphy's Law

    Murphy's Law

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    I picked up a used Dillon 500 for just over $60. Been working like a champ for over 3 years now. A little Nu-Finish added to the mix and the brass looks better then new (i.e. shinny).
     
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    Midway's now sold as Frankford arsenal.
     
  5. rhino673

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    I got a tumbler kit from Midway many moons ago. It's been great and was very inexpensive compared with some of the name brands.
     
  6. unclebob

    unclebob DFC, MSM, 13 Air Medals.

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  7. IndyGunFreak

    IndyGunFreak

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    When my FA takes a dump, I really think I'm gonna get a Model B. The ability to use liquid media is a big plus IMO...

    IGF
     
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    The Cabela's tumbler is the same as the Berry's. In the last year, mine has done a ton of brass and is still going strong.
     
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    +1 on the UV-18 for about 27 years.
     
  10. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Being the pack rat that I am I have three tumblers, two of them are Thumlers and one Lyman.

    The Thumlers are both the drum rotary type, one a black rubber drum I bought back in the 60's and a red metal drum I got in the 80's. The newest one is the Turbo Flow-Through model.

    While the Lyman holds more brass and cleans them in about 3/4 of the time it's at least 4 times as noisy... drives me crazy... although it is admittedly a very short drive.

    Jack
     
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    I bought the 5 lb tumbler that Harbor Freight sells. I've been using it for over a year now with no problems. If you get it on sale it's around $30.
     
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    21 shooter

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    I've been using a Dillon for a decade or three. Good tumbler and good folks to deal with.
     
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    How much are they??
     
  14. kshutt

    kshutt

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    $194.99 at Cabela's. Google it first. You might be able to beat the price, but here's the link. Great tumbler, though. They last forever.

    http://www.cabelas.com/p-0003101.shtml
     
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    I have been using one of the Lyman pro models, around 65 bucks, for about 20 years now. A little noisy but I only run it about 2 hours and it's enough to clean most stuff. They have tumblers in all price ranges to fit your budget.

    http://www.lymanproducts.com/lyman/tumblers/

    Get yourself some fine ground walnut media from the bird section of the pet store and you won't have to deal with the dust from cleaning media either, and it's cheaper.
     
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    I've been using my Lyman 1200 for about a year or so. It works great so far.
     
  17. Brian Lee

    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

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    But how noisy are the vibrating kind of tumbler? I was wanting to get an old fashioned one that actually "tumbles" instead of vibrating because I figured it would be a lot quieter, but all I can find these days are vibrating models.

    When I was a kid a "tumbler" was a little barrel shaped container that rotated, and they were very quiet. Does anyone still make them like that, or have the vibrating ones been proven to work better, or what? I'd like to know the story on that.
     
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  18. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Google "Thumler tumblers'. I have 2 of those and 1 vibrator type. There is no comparison in noise between the two but the barrel design takes a little bit longer to get the same results... without the noise.

    Jack
     
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    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

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    I don't find my vibratory tumbler to be very noisy if the lid is one and screwed down tight. If the lid is off, it is quite loud. I live in a small place and run mine in the living rooms. I've slept with it running on multiple occasions, and it doesn't bother me while I'm doing other things around the house.