Ultrasonic Case Cleaners Vs The Stainless Steel Pin


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Tamitch
April 28, 2013, 07:15 PM
What are the pros and cons to each method. I'l be cleaning 100/200 cases at a time.

Terry Mitchell
Danville, IL.

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jb27
April 28, 2013, 07:54 PM
Buy the Thumbler Tumbler with SS media. I just got mine and will probably never use my ultrasonic cleaner again. The SS media does everything that would be accomplished by using the ultrasonic cleaner AND a vibratory tumbler and does it better. If you want clean primer pockets, the ultrasonic does mediocre job. I always had to use a brush afterwards. The SS media gets them very clean (even .223 cases). The ultrasonic is faster but that is the only plus IMO

thump_rrr
April 28, 2013, 08:01 PM
I have both.
SS pins will not disappoint and can do the volume you want and then some.
You will need to spend hundreds to get a big enough ultrasonic to that many.

The other advantage of the SS pins method is all you need is soap and a bit of Lemishine.

444
April 28, 2013, 09:01 PM
Please explain this stainless steel pin thing to me. I never heard of it until yesterday.

tabealer
April 28, 2013, 10:49 PM
I have a question too.. Can you run SS pins in a vibrator? Mine is wet/dry capable.

geist262
April 28, 2013, 10:57 PM
I have a question too.. Can you run SS pins in a vibrator? Mine is wet/dry capable.

No, you need a rotary style tumbler. SS does not work in a vibratory style tumbler.


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Otto
April 28, 2013, 10:59 PM
"Can you run SS pins in a vibrator? Mine is wet/dry capable."

No, at least not for the Thumlers vibratory tumblers. What brand and model do you have?

geist262
April 28, 2013, 11:01 PM
Please explain this stainless steel pin thing to me. I never heard of it until yesterday.

The SS pins and brass are loaded into a rotary style tumbler with water, soap and some water softener like lemi shine. If you have your brass decapped, the primer pockets will even be cleaned if ran for about 3-4 hours. You then separate and dry the brass.


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Katitmail
April 28, 2013, 11:03 PM
What if I want to clean pistol brass with spent primers in it? Will SS media do work nicely? I plan to de-prime when I load on progressive press.

I wonder what is the process? First tumbe with SS, then inspect/sort brass making sure there is no pins left in cases?

Otto
April 28, 2013, 11:05 PM
yes, you can wet tumble without decapping but most deprime first

thump_rrr
April 28, 2013, 11:13 PM
I also run a progressive press with an automatic case feeder but I do spend the time to decap and size first. once they are clean i use a universal decaping die in station 1 when I load.
I use the RCBS media separator filled with water to separate the SS pins.
I have virtually no pins stuck in the primer holes.
If there happens to be one the universal decapping die takes care of it.

jb27
April 29, 2013, 12:09 AM
Please explain this stainless steel pin thing to me. I never heard of it until yesterday.
Here's the place I got my setup. They have a few videos showing the process.

http://www.stainlesstumblingmedia.com/tutorials/

tabealer
April 29, 2013, 01:14 PM
"Can you run SS pins in a vibrator? Mine is wet/dry capable."

No, at least not for the Thumlers vibratory tumblers. What brand and model do you have?
I have the Harbor Freight 18 lb model.

Rangemaster
April 29, 2013, 09:09 PM
Pins are the best, but I use corn cob over all three methods.
I have all three, and find the corn cob gets the job done with out all the work.

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