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My View of Stainless Media Cleaning

 
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:17 PM
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Nice review Jeff.

My only concern is the need to tumble / clean for multiple hours (this is the single biggest down side that I can see), then rinse before drying. Two questions:

How many 338LM cases or Edge cases can you clean at one time?

What was your rinse and then separation procedure?

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Hi Jeff, I don't understand the concern for a 4 hr clean? I do them a few days prior to brass prep anyway?

This load was 50 338 LM cases. I feel that is about right but it might do more in one cleaning.


To rinse, I set the tub in the sink and started over filling it with water from the tap. Once all the soap was gone I would reach in and grab a few cases and swish them mouth down. Then rinse them a little under he tap and put them in one of my wifes spaghetti collanders. The let water run on them to rinse and dumped them on a couple paper towls. From there they went mouth down into a franklin arsenal case block. They sit at an angle allowing water to get out and air to circulate. They were completely dry the next day. But being the way I am, I will rotate them and wait a few more days to trim, anneal and size.

I have about gotten to the point where I anneal every firing. It just makes sense to me to keep them all the same for neck tension. Plus it is a breeze with the bench source annealer anyway. In the rare event there was and moisture or dampness the annealing process will dry them 100%.

The frankfort arsenal bucket / media seperator would make seperating the media a breeze. My process works well, but I can see one of these in my future.

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Jeff, Thanks for the link. I've never been satisfied with any of the drum, vibratory, or ultrasonic cleaners. I'm going to try this in an RCBS sidewinder. I expect it will damage the inside of the plastic drum, so I've got an idea on how to rubberline it. I've got a lot of .30 x .378, .338 x .378, and .460 brass that is good, but crappy looking, particularly inside.

Thanks again, Tom
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Jeff, Thanks for the link. I've never been satisfied with any of the drum, vibratory, or ultrasonic cleaners. I'm going to try this in an RCBS sidewinder. I expect it will damage the inside of the plastic drum, so I've got an idea on how to rubberline it. I've got a lot of .30 x .378, .338 x .378, and .460 brass that is good, but crappy looking, particularly inside.

Thanks again, Tom
I believe the Thumlers will be less expensive than the RCBS and probably better. I'd peruse some lapidary (rock polishing) websites to ascertain who is the least expensive conerning rotary tumblers. I know Cabelas has them and I also know, well, surmise... that they can be gotten substantially cheaper elsewhere.

I'm wondering if stainless ball bearings would work as well as the rods, so long as the diameter is small enough to slip in and out of the primer pocket?? Those are easy to get and pretty cheap too.
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Re: My View of Stainless Media Cleaning

If you want to try this idea inexpensively, you can pick up a small tumbler at Harbor Freight.

one drum:
Rock Tumbler, 3 Lb. - Save on this Rotary Rock Tumbler

two drum:
Dual Drum Rotary Rock Tumbler

Like most of you I've used a vibratory tumbler for years (mostly to clean old car parts but also rifle brass) as well as an ultrasonic cleaner. I wasn't keen on $180 for the Thumlers and have it sit around unused so I picked up the one drum unit from HF a week ago when driving by. I'd purchased SS media from the seller on the classifieds here a couple of weeks ago. While it's a case of "you get what you pay for" it's probably enough for an occasional reloader, and my brass looks like new. The HF one drum unit is a 3 pound rating vs 15 pound for the Thumlers so I cut all measurements to 20% of what was recommended for the larger unit. Other than the fact that the SS pins get stuck in Winchester brand cases it's worked great. For 20 to 30 cases at a time (size dependent) I've had no major issues. So far I've done 223, 25-06, 270 and 300 Weatherby cases.

I am just getting into reloading, and if I do much reloading as time goes on I suspect the Thumler's unit will go on a Christmas list. If I do just the occasional then this unit will probably work for a while.
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Re: My View of Stainless Media Cleaning

Keep your eyes out. Cheap deals can be had. I scored a Thumblers for $65 on Ebay.

I also got some media from the seller here.

Now all I have to do is go dirty up some brass.
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Re: My View of Stainless Media Cleaning

We should note the Tumbler I purchased from SSM is indeed the "Thumlers Tumbler" Model "B" and is the High Speed unit. I was told this is the best choice for stainless Media cleaning of brass and I would imagine the high speed has something to do with it.

Also, I was impressed how easy all the pins fall out of the cases when swished in water neck down. It is very easy to remove the pins and it happens quickly.

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Re: My View of Stainless Media Cleaning

Jeff....

I believe the only difference between the Thumler regular speed and the high speed is the drive pulley diameter. The motors are all 1725 rpm shaded pole 60 Hz units. Nothing to wear out except the end pivots on the axle shafts and the motor bearings.

I'm still wondering if small spherical stainless ball bearings would do the same job as the pins. I'm gonna have to try them I guess. I'd think they would, so long as the diameter is less that the primer pocket od.

Guess I'm gonna have to get some (and a tumbler and give it a try. You said you were using Dawn dishwashing liquid and something else? What is the other stuff??
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