Case tumblers. Who uses them and why?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by supercrossbmx69, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. supercrossbmx69

    supercrossbmx69 Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    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?

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2008
  3. PantherCreekFarms

    PantherCreekFarms Active Member

    Nov 17, 2012
    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
    gun)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?
  4. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2011
    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.
  5. emn83

    emn83 Well-Known Member

    Feb 11, 2012

    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
  6. Md reloader

    Md reloader Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2012
    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.
  7. 4xforfun

    4xforfun Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2007
    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.
  8. SavageShtr

    SavageShtr Well-Known Member

    Jan 25, 2009
    I use the stainless tumbling media and love it. The brass comes out looking brand new inside and out and in less time than the dry media!!
  9. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    I have a couple comments. First off, I hope your friend has good insurance. reloading for anyone other than yourself is an exercise in bankruptcy due to being sued or worse if someone gets hurt. Thats why ammo costs what it does, in part to the insurance issues.....Thats a big no-no

    Secondly, as th charge butns in the case, it always leaves residue. That residue taks up space inside the case and can cause sporadic ignition, thy need to be clean inside and out plus the flash hols need to be burr free and unobstructed.

    Finally, tumblers as well as media are a personal choice. Some like the vibrating bowl types, some like rotary. I have both. Rotaries like the RCBS Sidewinder and the Thumler Rock Tumblers are more noisy than a vibrator but can be run wet. Vibrators just humm. I have both and I actually like both so it's personal prefrence, like stainless tumbling media is a personal preference. You can buy enough cob, or walnur shll media to last a lifetime for the cost of one batch of stainless pins....
  10. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    I tumble my brass for many reasons.

    1= Clean cases are easier to inspect for cracks or defects before loading.
    2= Clean cases show potential problems before they become major problems.
    3= Clean cases don't wear dies as bad and size easier (Less effort).
    4= clean cases chamber and extract better/easier after firing.
    5= clean cases also retain there volumes better because of less powder residue build up.
    6= And clean cases just look better.

    Dirty cases ?= none of the above.