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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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#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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Re: Who here uses a wet tumbler?

#13 Post by Rapidrob » Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:56 am

There is no need for an acid cleaner. Use a good,properly sized Stainless Steel tumbling media ( last forever) and a few drops of Dawn dish washing detergent.
I have taken brass that looks so bad you'd throw it out and brought it back to looking new. 99% of all brass to polished to a bright shiny condition in ONE hour. The really bad brass takes two hours max.
NO damage is ever done,nor the brass thinned in any manner. After trimming the case mouths the tumbled cases will be polished smooth and concentric.
I had the "before" photo but cannot find it. Here are 6.5 Sweded,the really nasy corroded brass you could buy a few years ago all cleaned up:
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Re: Who here uses a wet tumbler?

#14 Post by abunaitoo » Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:35 pm

Instead of Dawn, I use car wash liquid.
The little bit of wax keeps the brass from tarnishing when dried.
Wet tumbling works great, but it does seem to take more steps to do.

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