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Case tumblers. Who uses them and why?

 
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:07 PM
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Case tumblers. Who uses them and why?

I just recently starting putting my reloading setup put together and thought I should have someone teach me before I started messing with stuff. So I got ahold of a friend that's been reloading 40+ years and he is now retired and reloads for people on a daily basis. He tought me everything I should need to know but I realized in his setup he had no case tumbler? So I asked and he said he thinks they are pointless and he re uses brass 5-6 times on average. Are they worth the extra money and if so why? And which would be the best to get?
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:49 PM
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Re: Case tumblers. Who uses them and why?

Reloading: Using a Tumbler to Clean Brass Cartridge Cases
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:02 PM
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Re: Case tumblers. Who uses them and why?

In my opinion it is worth every penny! I use a combination of media with a little bit of the Dillon Rapid Polish and when the brass is done tumbling not only do they look brand new, but reload much easier.

Especially if you are going to reload .223 or .308 that is shot from assault rifles
they always seem to get extra dirty. I can't imagine reloading without tumbling first, though I have only been reloading for a little over 20 years, I typically reload over 20,000 rounds per year (10,000 seems to be .223 lately).

My Dillon press just seems to hum better for some reason. And maybe it's just me, but I think a clean round just looks better and performs better loading/extracting. Besides they are super cheap to by and use hardly any electricity (just "set it and forget it")

Anyone else?
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Re: Case tumblers. Who uses them and why?

All of the above.

If you want clean consistent ignition in your reloads you need clean cases.

If you want your reloading equipment to function properly you need clean cases.

If you want ammo that feeds and seats consistently you need clean cases.
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Re: Case tumblers. Who uses them and why?

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All of the above.

If you want clean consistent ignition in your reloads you need clean cases.

If you want your reloading equipment to function properly you need clean cases.

If you want ammo that feeds and seats consistently you need clean cases.
This.

I used to wash all my brass and then dry them. being able to drop them in my tumbler, go watch TV, and come back to brass that is cleaner than I ever got it, and with way less work, is priceless
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:10 AM
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Re: Case tumblers. Who uses them and why?

Without a doubt, tumble your cases. I use walnut media and Flitz polish.I have not tried the stainless media, don't know that I will.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:18 AM
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Re: Case tumblers. Who uses them and why?

I have an RCBS sidwinder with three drums. I clean my brass after every firing with corn cob grit in one drum. I Moly my bullets with the second, and wax the bullets with the third. I no longer wax my moly bullets anymore.
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