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Who here uses a wet tumbler?

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Who here uses a wet tumbler?

#1 Post by BCR#1 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:58 pm

I switched to a wet tumbler w/ the SS pins as the dry media tumblers couldn't clean to my satisfaction any longer. I now have "new" looking brass and no more airborne dust to deal with.

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#2 Post by luigi » Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:15 pm

I have had one since last Christmas. I got a universal de-capper to first remove the primers so the pins will clean the primer pockets. I still use my corncob dry to remove the "pam" lube after I size my cases. Maybe a little more work but IMHO it does a better job cleaning the brass.!

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#3 Post by Rapidrob » Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:17 pm

I have been wet tumbling for over 30 years now. I will never go back.
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#4 Post by m47dragon » Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:54 am

I wet tumble the bulk brass that I pick up from our local range. Rinse,dry and tumble with walnut shell and a bit of Flitz or Brasso.

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#5 Post by BCR#1 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:28 am

luigi wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:15 pm
I have had one since last Christmas. I got a universal de-capper to first remove the primers so the pins will clean the primer pockets. I still use my corncob dry to remove the "pam" lube after I size my cases. Maybe a little more work but IMHO it does a better job cleaning the brass.!
I do the same. A Lee de-capping die for the primers and my dry tumbler to remove the lube from rifle cases.

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#6 Post by AMraider » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:31 pm

For several years I just tossed my brass in old socks and ran it through the clothes washer. Then a sock ripped open sending brass all over the washer and some were stuck behind the door seal. I decided it was time to do something different. My sonic cleaner did ok but never made the brass really shine. Not wanting to invest in an expensive tumbler for a trial I bought this at a Harbor freight with a 25% off coupon then ordered the pins and cleaner online. $75 total. This was just 20 min of tumbling for this batch of 327 Fed Mag.

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#7 Post by BCR#1 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:33 am

I run my Frankford Arsenal model for the full three hour cycle and it even cleans the primer pockets to like new condition. The drum is large enough that I can clean 4-500 pcs of .45ACP at a time.

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#8 Post by AMraider » Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:30 pm

I am going to order a Universal de-capper from Grafs and start doing what you do. I am not a high volume reloader so this should work for the time being. I wish that I had started this a few years ago.

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#9 Post by Stew15948 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:53 pm

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#10 Post by vonalt » Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:56 pm

I used the HF tumbler/rock polisher for a couple of years as well. Instead of using some expensive cleaning media I found that water a couple of drops of Dawn dish liquid and cap full of Real Lemon Juice Concentrate made for clean and shiny brass.

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#11 Post by professrh » Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:39 pm

That's what I've done: Harbor Freight rock tumbler, rifle brass and hot water with just a few drops of Dawn and a bit of citric acid powder from the canning section at Walmart. No pins. Haven't needed them.

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Re: Who here uses a wet tumbler?

#12 Post by vonalt » Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:09 pm

Wonder if white vinegar would work as well? May have to get out the old HF tumbler and try it out.

I have some old Yugo Berdan primed 8mm brass I could try it on.

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