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Old January 25th, 2017, 03:52 PM   #1
 
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Dry tumbling brass

I am considering switching from cleaning my brass in a ultrasonic cleaner to dry tumbling with a case tumbler such as the Frankford Arsenal. My question is, once the brass has been tumbled in the dry media is it done, clean and ready to be primed or does it have to be washed to remove any dust?



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Old January 25th, 2017, 04:37 PM   #2
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I have the Frankord Arsenal tumbler. Came as a kit with a rotary type media separator that sits on top a bucket. Dust can be kept down by adding a few drops of polish. Never much of an issue until the media gets old and starts to break down.

Edit to add: Whenever I empty the dry tumbler I do it outside.

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rojasj, I guess it all depends on how anal you want to be. In my case .... being retired with way more free time than brains, I like to have my brass super clean and shiny. Dry tumbling with polish will make your cases shine but they won't be very clean. An ultrasonic cleaner with any one of several media formulas (ie 50-50 water and white vinegar, Lemi shine, citric acid, etc) will clean your brass inside and out and will remove any corrosion or dark spots. Cases come out very clean but no shine. So what I normally do is .... deprime first then run the cases through my ultrasonic cleaner with a 50-50 water and white vinegar solution. I then rinse the cases and dry them. Finally, I run them in my vibratory case cleaner for an hour with a capful of Dillon's rapid polish. The cases come out looking much better than new .... very shiny and super clean.

Do you need to clean cases? No, I have loaded handgun range brass with absolutely no cleaning at all. They shoot just fine .... you just don't have braggin' rights because your ammo will look like crap. Before carbide sizer dies became popular, dirty cases were known to scratch conventional steel sizer dies but that is no longer the case. Carbide is some pretty hard stuff so you don't have to worry about scratching it with dirty cases. Rifle dies are a different story .... there are only a few available in carbide .... Dillon makes them in 308, 30-06, and 223 Rem .... expensive too.
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I too use a Lyman vibratory tumbler. With the right medium [I prefer mine with a little jewler's rouge] it will do as good of a job as the expensive wet tumblers IMHO. Throw in a used dryer sheet and there will be no dust at all. Deprime then vibrate clean. You are good to go. Shiny clean brass for those formal affairs at the gun range.
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I've always used a vibratory tumbler. Recently I bought wet once fired 45acp brass that was discolored for 1 cent apiece. I prepped the brass by soaking it in Dawn and lemon juice. I dried the brass on a cookie sheet in the oven for 1/2 hr. I then put it in my vibratory tumbler for a couple of hours. The brass came out like new.
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Using a Lyman Turbo Tumbler with either corn cob or walnut media with a bit of Nu Finish polish. They come out looking really nice... shiny and clean.

I generally use the corn cob media but if the cases are really dirty I will use the Walnut.

Take them out of the tumbler, separate the media from the brass and start reloading.
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I use my Lyman Turbo II, then on to deprime, trim if needed, then the rest of the reloading process.
I don't wash after media.

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I dry tumble with corn cob media and a dash of Nu-Finish car polish. I recently started adding strips of dryer sheets to cut down the dust.

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I am considering switching from cleaning my brass in a ultrasonic cleaner to dry tumbling with a case tumbler such as the Frankford Arsenal. My question is, once the brass has been tumbled in the dry media is it done, clean and ready to be primed or does it have to be washed to remove any dust?
I just bought the Frankford tumbler and have processed about 500 rounds of various brass works good. The corn cob media seems to be the best but the ground walnut shells is a close second. I just read an article that I found that the author uses white rice with a dash of car polish. He said it works great and is very very very inexpensive.

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I have the Frankord Arsenal tumbler. Came as a kit with a rotary type media separator that sits on top a bucket. Dust can be kept down by adding a few drops of polish. Never much of an issue until the media gets old and starts to break down.

Edit to add: Whenever I empty the dry tumbler I do it outside.
The media seperator by Frankford works pretty dand good. After about 10-15 cranks I pull out the cases and tip just to make sure all media is gone. Of the 500 rounds I have done since buying it I literally have maybe 3-4 particles of media left. It really does a good job and quickly as well.
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I use a vibratory unit, its old but it works.

Years ago I was into having my cases look new, but 28 years later its not high on my list. My only concern now is getting to crud off prior to resizing.

I only use walnut media now.



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After I run them through the vibrating tumbler I just wipe the dust off and continue with the reloading process.
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I guess I'm about as far from anal as to my brass as you can get...for hand gun, and only for those auto cases that hit the ground, I tumble for an hour in walnut media, with a few drops of NuCar to get the big dirt off and a dryer anti-static sheet to keep the dust and dirt down. I change the dryer sheet each time and I've used the same media for several years now. This cleans any sand and grit from them...all I'm interested in really.

This is all done before sizing/de-capping. For handgun rounds, I don't clean primer pockets, EVER. And I've never had a round fail to fire due to primer seating issues.

For rifle, I wipe the brass down again to remove grit and protect my dies, but I do not tumble them. I used to but found media that had stuck to the inside of the case below the neck, effectively reducing the internal volume and thereby increasing pressures. I'd rather wipe 'em down than risk that. This was my procedure even when I was shooting a lot of CMP, National Match courses of fire.

I guess it's all in how you see it...I want accurate, very accurate, reliable ammuntion...and don't care a hoot for pretty brass.
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Well, I think I can top you Rod for handgun ammo . I only vibrate tumble my brass when I think it needs it . My brass never is laying on the ground (even the .45 Auto brass which is only shot in the six-shooter). When I do clean them, I just use straight walnut (Lizard bedding) plus used dryer sheet... no polish added. Come out looking fine to me. This is also before resize/primer remove step. I very rarely clean primer pockets also. Oh no need to clean the dust off after. Cases go right to the press. Sure cases aren't bright enough to shave by, ... but the guns don't seem to care .


As for rifle, I have tumbled the brass. Wipe off as well before lubing. But it has been 'years' since I have loaded any rifle cartridges. A 100 30-30 rounds has lasted me 15 years or more...
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Does NuFinish get dark tarnish to come off of brass? When I tumble in corncob medium and use the non-ammonia brass polish that's intended for vibrating tumblers, brass gets shiny, but the dark spots don't go away. A little Brasso makes them look like new, but polishing cases one at a time takes a long time.
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