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Old 07-29-2009, 11:18 PM
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Alternative to tumbling

My tumbler crapped out today. Are there any other good alternatives to cleaning brass?

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Old 07-29-2009, 11:58 PM
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Re: Alternative to tumbling

0000 Steel Wool if you aren't doing a bunch of them.
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Old 08-01-2009, 10:46 PM
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Re: Alternative to tumbling

Have someone take a rod that will chuck up in you drill motor and turn a taper on the other end so that it will slide into you case neck.

With the steel wool mentioned above you'll get every thing except the inside of the case.

Works for me.....
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:38 AM
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Re: Alternative to tumbling

Over the years I've used various media in a tumbler and have used ISSO liquid for soaking quite some time ago.

Now I just use 0000 steel wool on the outside of the necks for a better and faster cleaning. I use a worn brass bore brush with a little steel wool on it to clean the inside of the necks. I chuck the brush up in a hand drill and just lay it on its side. Then I manually push the cases over the spinning brush. Every now and then you need to add a bit more steel wool.

The inside of the case bodies never get cleaned any more. If there is a down side to this, I haven't seen it. I would be interested in anyone else s opinion of NOT cleaning the inside of the case body.
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:44 AM
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Re: Alternative to tumbling

Hey buckbrush

After resizing, I trim, chamfer, clean the outside of the case body, clean the inside of the case neck, and apply mica to the inside neck at one station. The brass can either be shiny or matte.

This is the finished product



I can do 50 cases in about 45 minutes



I use a Zip Trim attached to a piece of 2x4 and mounted in a vise

trim using the Lee case length attached to a ball cutter


apply Flitz using one of those sponges that come in the top of TSX boxes


hold a rag against it and spin to take the Flitz off


and clean the inside necks with steel wool around a 22 caliber brush



Gives me very consistant results and a protective coating on the shells.
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Re: Alternative to tumbling

I love to reload, but if I had to do what woods does I think I would go crazy. I do run a nylon brush in and out of the necks and I might try some mica though.

A couple of $35 tumblers from Midway do the trick for me. If I want the cases more shiney I run the tumbler longer. Tumblers and media are cheap. One of my tumblers has probably run 12 hours a week for the last 5 years.
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Re: Alternative to tumbling

I use my tumblers to clean brass that I've shot and dropped on the ground (40sw etc.). But I rarely tumble my LR brass, I keep them segregated by runout (so if the same brass has poor runout a couple times in a row, I know it's the brass).

I will typically wipe them clean, lube, resize and wipe clean again. They aren't sparkling beauty like some I see here, but I don't think they shoot any worse because of it

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