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is a tumbler the best way to clean cases before reloading? or is chemically just as good?

This is like a whole new world for me.....
 

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It's the easiest for sure. i just dump in my brass turn it on and then shut it off about 3 hours later. Give or take. Then it's just a matter of pulling the brass out of the media. I dig it out because I'm to cheap to buy a seperater. :D
 

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I've never cleaned chemically, but I really like my tumbler. Like BH said...just start it and come back in a few hours....they're clean.....
 

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thanks guys, i gotta get my location in order, then i'll start buying equipment and components.

I'm gonna have a ton of questions.
 

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I use a vibrator tumbler for general cleaning. I use chemical cleaner for really dirty range pickup brass, just to get the dirt off so it doesn't get my corncob media so dirty. Also you can get corncob pet liter at Wally-World for cheap price (like 3.00 for large bag). Works good, lasts long time!

P.S. I cut up used dryer sheets & add them to corncob media to add extra shine.
 

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velvalco said:
thanks guys, i gotta get my location in order, then i'll start buying equipment and components.

I'm gonna have a ton of questions.
Ask away. That's what we're here for. :D
 

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Deadeye said:
P.S. I cut up used dryer sheets & add them to corncob media to add extra shine.
I've never heard fo this. Does it really work? :|
 

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Bountyhunter said:
Deadeye said:
P.S. I cut up used dryer sheets & add them to corncob media to add extra shine.
I've never heard fo this. Does it really work? :|
I put two sheets (torn into 2" strips) in the last couple of loads of brass, and if nothing else, it should make the media last longer...the sheets get real dirty.....
 

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After about 6000 rounds thru the media it starts getting pretty dirty. When I started folks were saying they could get about a year out of their media so I started running the tumbled longer AND LONGER. Finally said to heck with it, this stuff (corncob and walnut shells from wally's) is so cheap I can replace it as needed. Put in a new batch and only needed to run the tumbler for about 1 to 1.5 hours instead of 2.5/3 hours. Keeping the tumbler filled with somewhat clean media ends up costing about 50 centavos a month and probably saves a lot more than that on the electric bill.
 

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After about 6000 rounds thru the media it starts getting pretty dirty. When I started folks were saying they could get about a year out of their media so I started running the tumbled longer AND LONGER. Finally said to heck with it, this stuff (corncob and walnut shells from wally's) is so cheap I can replace it as needed. Put in a new batch and only needed to run the tumbler for about 1 to 1.5 hours instead of 2.5/3 hours. Keeping the tumbler filled with somewhat clean media ends up costing about 50 centavos a month and probably saves a lot more than that on the electric bill.
What is the walnut used for at Wally World? I had heard of the corn cob as pet bedding but didn't know they had Walnut shells as well.
 

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Walnut shell is reptile bedding, There is a lizard on the front of the bag and it looks more like sand it is so fine. I use it for the smaller calibers after having to dig the corn cobs out of 38s and .357s. Works great with a squirt of brasso and takes about an hour or so to clean 200 cases.
 
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