Lyman 2500 magnum auto flo 110v


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beachjumper
January 6, 2008, 07:45 PM
Natchez has this on sale for $89 plus shipping. I have about 10,000 once fired .45 acp rounds to clean plus hundreds of .38's and .357's. Worth the price?
Thanks for your input.
Procrastinating in Fl.

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Roccobro
January 7, 2008, 02:40 AM
I bought the non- autoflo model on sale from Midsouth (for $69?) and love it. I have tumbled 10k .45, 35k 9mm, and ~4k .223 in the last 2 months. I use "10 dry quarts" of the 11 DQ sized lizard bedding Walnut bag from petstore in every load of tumbling. I fit 1k .45, 1300-1400 9mm, or 7-800 .233 in each load with good effect. Rarely use corncob.

Only modifications I did was replace the inner wing nut with a regular nut (catches pieces or dryer sheet or paper towel if not), and minimize the threads poking out of lid for easy on/off of top wing nut. If it sounds loud, add more media. Some have sleeved the exposed threads inside bowl with a straw to good effect.

Hope this helps.

Justin

beachjumper
January 7, 2008, 09:35 AM
Thanks for your reply Roccobro. I wonder if the "auto flo" part is worth the extra money? Some of the customers' reviews on MidwayUSA are mixed; some hate, some love it.

Roccobro
January 7, 2008, 03:31 PM
I read the same things. Almost sounded like a gimmick. I bought what was cheaper.

I will say a bowl full of brass and no media is LOUD. I sometimes finish my tumbling right before bed and I don't want to disturb those who live inside my house or outside it. I wouldn't want to make a lot of noise using the autoflo every batch f I didn't have to. :D

Justin

beachjumper
January 7, 2008, 06:52 PM
Noise will not be a problem for me; I have a fairly isolated area I can use. What made you select a walnut medium over the corncob?
The wing nut tip sounds like a good idea;thanks.
Joe

bhawkeye
January 7, 2008, 08:03 PM
I got the non-autoflow version, then bought the autoflow upgrade. I think the tumbler is great, but it was difficult to empty into my RCBS media seperator without spilling. The autoflow doesn't really remove all the media, but it dumps enough so I can pour the rest into the seperator without spilling. I would recommend the autoflow version for this reason. Just a minor improvement though - but the tumbler seems very good so far.

Roccobro
January 7, 2008, 08:11 PM
The treated corncob first left a greasy residue then went away- good. When brass tumbled long enough to make them "Clean",they were also really shiny- bad.

I used to think really shiny brass was what I wanted, but now I realize I like the reloads to look just cleaned off, like fresh from the factory looking brass. Walnut does that for me quicker than the corncob did to just make them "clean enough" for loading. Shiny hurts nothing at all, and will be nice for a few pieces of brass to be used for load testing.

On the topic of using the autoflo for easier dumping, I finished media and brass into a large mouthed bucket from the tumbler. I didn't think about those that don't dump into a small garbage can and accidentally spilling over the edges. :D Good point Bhawkeye!

Justin

beachjumper
January 8, 2008, 11:57 AM
Thanks for your input and tips. I think I'll go for the auto flo model.
The only thing that bothers me is that Lyman has a one year warranty on the motor; I would have liked at least two years.
Joe

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