Don2 wrote:APynckel wrote:Don2 wrote:APynckel wrote:I switched from vibratory to stainless and I'll never look back.
I can run 100+ rounds of .45 acp through the thumbler for 4 hours and it comes out brand spankin new. The problem is, as I've found, IT'S TOO CLEAN for a progressive press. The carbon residue left over from firing actually acts as a lubricant in the dies. My SS wet tumbled brass will get "stuck" on the case flaring die in my Dillon Square Deal B.
However, for rifle ammunition, where cleanliness sorta matters, and you're going to be lubing it anyways, I prefer to wet tumble, then polish afterwards with a vibratory.
I have also tried ultrasonic, and it leaves much to be asked for compared to SS tumbling, and also vibratory. VERY low qty of brass to clean at a time, and I haven't seen any real benefits over a good SS wet setup.
I have a question, is the 100 rounds a number you picked, or is that how many that tumbler will let you polish at one time?
Yea, I just pulled it out of a hat. I honestly have not counted what "max capacity" is. I just throw everything I have in there, and let it go. I would say max capacity is closer to 300-400 .45 acp rounds.
Just wondering, I never used an actual Thumler's Tumbler.
Myself, I'd hate to get stuck with only being able to polish 100 at a time.
The problem with the average vibrating "tumbler" is that you can't get the amplitude needed to really clean them in a reasonable time. My old RCBS unit took 6+ hours to get the brass the way I wanted it.
Most time I let it go all day or night.
I'm very happy with my Burr-King 150, I got a great deal on it.
It has adjustable amplitude and a large motor and bowl...I can use walnut media and Nu-Finish and have 2000 to 2500+ pcs. of brass very clean in 6 hours. Thats about 80% + shiny inside the brass and primer pockets. I have left it running all day, about 12 hours and had the whole brass very nice inside and out. But I usually do not worry about the inside and pp's much except on rifle.
I can also use various media in my tumbler, ceramic etc. ( suppose to be able to use the SS Pins too?? ) It is a wet/dry tumbler with a drain on the bottom.
Never tried wet tumbling yet.
Maybe the ss pins will come down in price one day and I'll try them. I would have to buy about 4 packs of them for this unit. That costs way too much just to try it.
I hope it all works out for you...!!
I do believe rotary tumblers are required because due to the shape of the SS pin media tumbling is not nearly as effective. The rotation provides the requisite movement.