Who likes nice shiny BRAND NEW looking brass?

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Who likes nice shiny BRAND NEW looking brass?

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Post by APynckel » Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:38 pm

Lemme tell ya, after I made the switch from vibratory tumbling (with corncob) to wet SS media tumbling, I was amazed at the results.

For those of you with an AR15.com account, check out this thread..

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_6_42/34483 ... post_.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Basically, what it entails, is a rotary tumbler designed for tumbling rocks, some SS rod media, a little lemi shine (a 9mm case full), a squirt of Dawn, and a gallon of hot water, then 4 hrs of your time, and you'll have the shiniest brass you've ever laid your eyes on.

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This is no joke, no gimmick. If you have the money to invest, make the jump, you'll never look back.

The tumbler (comes with media)...
http://www.sinclairintl.com/.aspx/pid=4 ... S-Tumbling" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Lemishine (super concentrated) can be had at Walmart.
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Post by george » Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:33 pm

do you have any reservations about leaving a piece of the steel in a case, and getting it in the barrel of your gun?

Really nice shine, though.
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Post by APynckel » Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:37 pm

george wrote:do you have any reservations about leaving a piece of the steel in a case, and getting it in the barrel of your gun?

Really nice shine, though.
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Post by Jumping Frog » Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:17 am

I've seen discussions and pictures of wet tumbling with the SS media using both store-bought and homemade tumblers.

I was concerned that stainless steel is harder than brass and could thus be abrasive to the point of weakening the brass. You've taken the leap. Did you have those concerns, and if so, what did you find?
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Post by OldCannon » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:03 am

The brass will be worn out from repeated firing LONG before this stuff can damage the brass. I've been wanting to do this myself, but I just don't reload enough right now to justify it.

BTW, Sinclair's/Brownells is often out of stock...try these guys (more options and only fractionally more): http://www.stainlesstumblingmedia.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Post by NcongruNt » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:26 pm

Wowza. :shock:

My wife HATES the sound of my vibrtory tumbler. Does this tumbler make much noise?

Also, what's the practical capacity of such a setup, in terms of .223 cases?
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Post by OldCannon » Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:17 pm

_Much_ quieter, and the Thumbler's is lined on the inside with rubber. Here's a nice review of it (and a video link too): http://www.accurateshooter.com/technica ... ess-media/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Post by NcongruNt » Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:34 am

You know how I mentioned how much my wife hates the sound of the vibratory tumbler?

I mentioned this tumbler to her tonight (qualifying that it's a bit expensive), and her first question was "is it quiet?". I answered in the affirmative, and she told me I should order it. immediately.

So, now I've got one on order. :mrgreen:
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Post by longtooth » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:46 am

Says "never needs to be renewed." How does it clean itself? Where does the residue from the dirty brass go??

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Post by OldCannon » Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:11 am

longtooth wrote:Says "never needs to be renewed." How does it clean itself? Where does the residue from the dirty brass go??

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Post by APynckel » Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:44 am

OldCannon wrote:
longtooth wrote:Says "never needs to be renewed." How does it clean itself? Where does the residue from the dirty brass go??

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It's a wet process. It gets suspended in the solution.
This, you dump out all the carbon / whatever else when you pour out the solution. The dishwashing soap holds it in suspension, You're supposed to rinse the brass after you tumble out the media anyways.
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Post by longtooth » Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:23 pm

OK, got it. :tiphat:
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Post by Jumping Frog » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:49 pm

With these kinds of capacities:

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Seems like an awful lot of work.

I've tumbled about 20,000 brass cases in the last month. It would take me forever at those volumes.
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Post by APynckel » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:56 pm

Jumping Frog wrote:With these kinds of capacities:

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Seems like an awful lot of work.

I've tumbled about 20,000 brass cases in the last month. It would take me forever at those volumes.
It's 250 every 4 hours, and 100% perfect sparkly shiny brass, and it's actually not much work. Much less than dealing with all that dry media. You dump your brass in, add the lemi shine and Dawn detergent, a gallon of water and the SS media, set the tumbler in motion, then seperate after 4 hours.

Monumentally better than dry tumbling. I'll never go back...
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Post by Jumping Frog » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:02 pm

APynckel wrote:It's 250 every 4 hours, and 100% perfect sparkly shiny brass, and it's actually not much work. Much less than dealing with all that dry media. You dump your brass in, add the lemi shine and Dawn detergent, a gallon of water and the SS media, set the tumbler in motion, then seperate after 4 hours.
I did 500 pcs of .223. Started the vibratory tumbler on a timer, dumped into the media separator at the end, popped it into a baggy and done. Less than 5 minutes of total work.

No rinsing, no spreading it out on towels, no drying.

I tumbled this on Wednesday evening. I think this is clean enough for my purposes:
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I am sincerely happy that you have found an approach that works for you and you are happy with it. I have yet to be sold for my purposes.

Now, if I ever got around to building one of those home-built tumblers that would do about 15 lbs of brass at a time, I might look this over again.
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