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Old March 18th, 2012, 10:38 PM #11
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The dryer sheet really only helps keep dust down, with its anti-static properties. It doesn't do much for polishing.
I've never had too many dust issues though, but I always run mine with the lid locked down.

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I used the treated walnut stuff and it worked okay. Still had to take the time to clean out the flash holes and the primer pockets were not very clean, and the insides were not clean at all, so I started looking around. I ended up getting a Hornady magnum Ultrasonic cleaner after debating between that and the stainless steel media.

I am happy with my choice. The brass comes out very clean, although maybe not as clean as the stainless steel method, but it takes about one fifth the time and there really was no mess with it.

I still have the tumbler and for really dirty brass I would run it through that first, and then de-cap before using the ultrasonic, but so far I have not had any brass that was that dirty.

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The walnut i got from Harbor Freight was un-treated

well...i went to bass pro yesterday and picked up some of the Lyman Cleaning additive, used less brass and ran for about 4hrs, was better but not quite what i wanted, added a touch more Lyman and ran for about another 2-3hr and it was VERY nice looking

I'm going to actually get a rough count on the amount of brass i'm dumping in and work that angle, i did load it up pretty heavy in the first two runs as you can see in the photo so that may have been part of the issue all along
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I've got two Lyman Turbo Tumblers (1200) and use crushed walnut hulls in one to knock the crud off, and will either go to the press for pistol, or, switch to corncob media to polish rifle brass.

After lubing/sizing rifle brass, they go into the second tumbler, with 'pelletized' red jeweler's rouge, to remove the case lube, and put a final shine on brass.

Brass comes out of the jeweler's rouge, looking like new!!!
(Even old LC 69 M2 Ball cases look new!)
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I use the large Dillon vibratory case cleaner. I use Walnut for a first run for about 3 hours, then I run it again with corn cob media for another 1-2 hours. It comes out pretty clean. I also use the Dillon case polish in the corn cob media.
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Dropped my round count from an eyeballed 300+ to exactly 200 and the results are MUCH better, ordered some Flitz Tumbler/Media additive and we'll get to cleaning, just need to get to de-priming this 5gal bucket full of rounds....sounds like a night or two drinking a beer, listening to the kerchunk of the press and the hum of the tumbler....good times
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I'm using a Frankford Arsenal tumbler, with corncob media treated with the flitz.

For pistol, I'll do around 150-200 cases at a time, intial cleaning is usually overnight. Dryer sheets work to soak up dust and dirt, but the cases are cleaned the same that I can see.

For rifle (currently only doing .223), the same initial cleaning as above prior to lubing/resizing/decapping, then I'll do a quick 1-2hr tumble in different media (I have a different jug of corncob media just for removing lube) and that seems to work well. I find it easier to trim/chamfer/deburr clean brass, and of course it looks nice in the box when they are all finished and shiny.

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unfortunately that requires a rotary tumbler, i have two vibratory type
If you have a treadmill (maybe being used as a laundry rack right now?), and one of those Homer Home Depot buckets for $3, you've got yourself a rotary tumbler!
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If you have a treadmill (maybe being used as a laundry rack right now?), and one of those Homer Home Depot buckets for $3, you've got yourself a rotary tumbler!
According to what i read about stainless pins, it requires a "hex shaped" or other multi sided drum, simply because the pins would just roll in place and not provide any abrasion. I do like the idea of the media and it appears to work very well but i'm trying to work with the investment i already have made
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I find that if I sonic clean (Lock n Load) with Hornady brass cleaner (3 cycles) then dry and tumble with Lyman treated corncob the brass always comes out clean and bright. the sonic cleaner get most of the crud off and the corncob polishes to a bright shine, looks like new brass.


   
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