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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by crimeguy7, Apr 23, 2009.

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  1. crimeguy7

    crimeguy7 Member

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    How long do you tumble your brass to get it clean?:confused:
     
  2. PO2Hammer

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    Clean? An hour is plenty.

    Shiny? The sky's the limit. I gave up on shiny.
     
  3. crimeguy7

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    Clean Brass

    :eek:Many thanks:eek:
     
  4. dat2

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    clean, not long, I usually leave mine in overnight 'till the next afternoon though, just to shine up more
     
  5. edelbrock

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    Shiny takes a while. Car polish helps.
     
  6. tjj

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    Clean is fine. Heck, I reload at the range sometimes so I don't tumble out there of course.
    My usual routine is unload my gear and throw the empty brass in the tumbler when I get back from the range. I usually leave them overnight just cuz I'm too tired to go back out to the shop to turn off the tumbler after supper.:p
     
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    Tumbling ain't rocket science, it's results oriented and there are too many variables to set any specific time marks.

    Clean is all it needs, so tumble until it's clean.
     
  8. Furncliff

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    5 min. in a solution of vingar and water. Air dry. This could be a problem on the Gulf Coast.:p
     
  9. Randy1911

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    I run mine 2 hours and they come out clean and shinny. I use corn cob and a dash of Brasso.
     
  10. edelbrock

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    I have heard that the ammonia in Brasso will weaken the brass.
     
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    I have heard the same thing. I don't have any personal experience or proof but IMO there are too many good products on the market to take the chance. I tumble for two hours in walnut with 1/2 cap full of Nu Finish car polish and a paper towel tore into 8 pieces. After two hours they come out clean and shiny.
    Rusty
     
  12. BLJimmy

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    I just throw mine in and shut it off next time I'm down there.
     
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    I just let it hum overnight and take care of it when I wake up, whenever that is. Man I like being retired.
     
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    Especially if you have a great hobby such as shooting firearms.

    I would love to just practice my martial art, surf and shoot. I would try to fit handloading somewhere in there as well.

    LGB
     
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    I forgot I had some brass in the tumbler the other day and it ran for about 8 hours, man those cases shined.

    I normally only let them run for an hour or so.
     
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  17. edelbrock

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    It is made for brass. Not brass that is subjected to high pressure. People have reported that they have noticed no short term effects. When the ammo is loaded and stored a few years the problems start.
     
  18. ar10

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    Any tumbling is variable. It just depends on how clean you want it.
    I've used Nu-Finish but switched to fine rubbing compound and bird litter. I don't know about brasso because I've not used it. There's enough doubt in my mind after reading about it not to use it.
     
  19. Walkalong

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    That all?. I have forgotten about the tumbler in the shed out back for days..:eek:
     
  20. 30Cal

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    I go 15 minutes. Longer if I want shiny.
     
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