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Old 04-05-2011, 06:27 PM
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Brass polishing adice

I'm new to reloading and need a method to polish my brass. I've heard of several options such as tumblers with corn cobb media, stainless steel media, vibratory tumblers, etc. Can anyone tell me the basics of one of these devices and what I'd need for my purposes and what the differences are between these set-ups?

I'm reloading .308 and .223 mostly for precision. I'll do pistol ammo in the future but I want a good quality system that's going to last. Thanks!
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:56 PM
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Re: Brass polishing adice

I built a rolling tumbler out of a coffee can and a electric motor. I bolted an offset plate on the can bottom so it rotates in an elliptical pattern. I use corn or walnut media.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:35 PM
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Re: Brass polishing adice

We all have different ideas about how clean we want our brass.

Regardless of which one you think cleans best, people have been using tumblers for many years with great success.

Vibratory isn't too far different and equally effective.

I like the ultrasonic system because it cleans places that the others can't get to. But, it has its pros and cons as well.

It usually comes down to personal preference.

The biggest difference often amounts to how many/how fast you want to clean and whether the drying time for ultrasonic bothers you.

Hope this helps,
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:15 PM
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Re: Brass polishing adice

Since I'm reloading for precision, I'm not going for mass quantity of brass. So I'd prefer a more thorough polish over speed and/or amount of brass it would clean. What are some of the pros and cons of the ultrasonic cleaners?
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:03 PM
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Re: Brass polishing adice

Ultrasonic


pros:
  • With proper chemicals (e.g. Hornady) they clean well including inside case necks and primer pockets
  • Reasonably quick cleaning
  • Non-abrasive
  • Will make your brass shine like new
cons:
  • small batches
  • Drying time or hassle
  • Mess/disposal of cleaning solution
  • Wrong chemicals or cleaning too long can deteriorate brass
  • Cases too slick may result in excessive bolt thrust
  • Cost
I bought mine from Harbor Freight. Looks to be identical to Hornady and saved a few $'s. I still use Hornady's solution.
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:16 AM
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Re: Brass polishing adice

Thanks for the info on ultrasonic.

Anyone have comments on stainless steel media?
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Old 04-06-2011, 05:11 PM
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Re: Brass polishing adice

I have vibratory tumbler, ultrasonic, and just received and tried my first SS media in a tumbler, and by far the cleanest is the SS media.
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