Not liking my tumbler


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planetmobius
November 19, 2008, 09:01 PM
I've been reloading on and off for decades. Mostly pistol but a fair amount of rifle. Lately I have stepped up the pace and in the processof reloading many thousand of rounds. My case timbler is a Lee Turbo Tumbler that uses the solid media. After wrestling with this thing for a long time, I have decided that there has to be a better way. Anyone aware of any device or process that can handle a much greater capacity with more efficiency. Maybe something with a liquid media. At the rate I'm going now, it will be a month of Sundays and a truckload of nut shells before I am done. I'm not crazy about the results anyways.

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tribbles
November 19, 2008, 09:06 PM
How about a concrete mixer with the vanes removed and a bag of lizard litter?

planetmobius
November 19, 2008, 09:15 PM
Tribbles, I don't know if you were kidding or not but that just might work I never thought about a cement mixer. I wonder if they make a plastic one.

RustyFN
November 19, 2008, 09:20 PM
You would be surprised to find out how many people use one like this. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=90123
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Rusty

planetmobius
November 19, 2008, 09:25 PM
Not bad. I'll have to look at one of these and see if there is a way to adjust the rpm. I just looked and most of them seem to be arond 30 rpm. Brass cases and lizard litter might be a bit lighter than cement. I don;t know if that would be a problem. Any one out there use one of these? With what results?

offthepaper
November 19, 2008, 10:25 PM
I'll have to look at one of these and see if there is a way to adjust the rpm.

Where's Tim The Tool Guy when you need him? :neener:

D. Manley
November 19, 2008, 10:34 PM
There's a lot of clubs, etc. that use concrete mixers...do a bit of "Googling" and you'll find all the information you want. Bottom line, its a trial & error thing to get the ratio of brass to media and then setting the optimum tilt. Only caveat I've seen is those with metal blades tend to round the case mouths if the angle is off.

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