Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Southerner up North, Dec 5, 2021.
Thanks. I have not tried wet tumbling.
I don't tumble rifle brass at all most of the time.
I wet wash brass 1st in Hot water, LemiShine and dish soap, then I de-prime with rifle brass, then size, trim and uniform primer pockets then run it in the vibrator with corn cob. The corn cob removes the sizing wax and any left over brass from trimming and uniforming.
Thanks for the replies. Sounds like I need to investigate wet tumbling.
I use a universal decapper so I am not resizing while decapping.
This prevents you from having to poke out pieces of walnut or corn cob from the primer holes, and IMO tumbling (dont know about wet tumbling) does not clean the primer pocket anyway.
Are you reloading rifle, pistol, or both?
I made the mistake with a lot of 556 brass. I got loaded one night...got it in my head it was a good time to prep brass...so I resized and primed 1000 556 brass.
Woke up (with hangover) next morning and kicked myself in the butt. I went against standards...vibrated the brass (it was littoral cover think with case lube)..then trimmed and loaded...ass backwards from normal.
I expected some duds....as I vibrated/polished with the new primer in...but was relieved to find...all worked just fine...at least the 500 I shot so far anyway..
Still not a good practice to polish with new primers in....dumb dumb move on my part...but got lucky..
Lesson...dont drink EVER when doing any step in reloading!
Pistol brass - Deprime, wet tumble, load
At times I'll also dry tumble to polish them up if they are for longer storage.
Deprime > ultrasonic clean > size > trim > chamfer/deburr > brush neck > [ream primer crimp here when applicable] > brush pocket > ultrasonic clean again. I fill out a 3x5 card outlining steps taken as I go, then place the card in a bag with the brass for storage. I didn't include "inspect" in my sequence of operation because I do that during handling at every step along the way.
Normally both but question was more from pistol aspect
Tumble in dry media (crushed walnut with liquid case polish added)
Flare case mouth
Seat bullet and crimp (taper for semi-auto, roll for straight wall)
For hunting rounds, I’ll clean the primer pockets with a primer pocket uniformer before priming step. For plinking rounds, I don’t bother.
Lube then resize and deprime in one step wipe the Lube off with a paper towel and inspect the case for wear note any indication of case head separation, check all the case measurements to ensure correct sizing, clean the primer pockets follow with trim when needed then chamfer and de burr case mouth wipe down any lube again , ensure all cases chamber freely than prime cases.
I tumble, size, expand, prime. I generally clean primer pockets a handful at a time before I prime, so it don't get monotonous. Or I might use the drill if I'm feeling frisky.
Because I use a progressive, I will:
expand (if called for)
If the cases are fouled with dirt or mud or if I'm not using the progressive, then I will decap and clean first and then clean again to remove the lube. Cleaning is wet tumbling in hot water with SS pins, dish soap, and Lemishine for 5 minutes.
2. seperate media from brass
3. anneal brass
4. size and deprime brass
5. clean and debur primer pocket and flash hole
6. remove primer crimp
This is my sequence except I prime on the machine
range pickup get's tumbled for 15 minutes or so first with mineral spirits and old walnut media. Then decapped, primer pocket swaged (if needed) and cleaned, Trimmed if needed, back into the tumbler with corn and nu finish for an hour or so.......then cleaned with air, lubed........and loading starts.
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