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tumbleing polish

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Ex, Jan 19, 2013.

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  1. Ex

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    Tried different product the other night and I just had to share it!

    Have tumbled my brass for years in fine walnut from Harbour Freight and done it dry, with dryer sheets, with drop of Lemishine, Dillons case polish, etc.

    Most of the the time I use just a half "pat of butter" of Mothers mag wheel polish. Tumble for 3 hours and it gets everything but the nastiest of range brass look real nice.

    Yesterday I decided to pick up (I was at the auto store anyway) some Turtle Wax Chrome & Metal polish. Dumped in about 250 rds of .45 brass, some of which was desert pickup and checked it an hour later. ONE HOUR and very tarnished brass looks like new factory!

    This metal polish is about the consistency of mustard and squeezes out of the bottle. I put in a couple tablespoons in the walnut and ran for 20 mins to mix, prior to adding brass. Since addition of Turtle wax product, I have run an additional ~500 rds of other sorted brass and the media is retaining its cleaning ability very well.

    Cut my run time on cleaning brass by more than half!
     
  2. nosmr2

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    Thanks for the tip. I will try it when I finish my McGuirres(sp)
     
  3. 788Ham

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    YEP, and now that you've got them all cleaned up, you won't need to lube the cases "IF" you have carbide dies! If no carbide dies, you will need to lube first!
     
  4. Ex

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    :) All Dillon dies are carbide!
     
  5. greybeard57

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    I think I'm gonna try this. I have all sorts of liquid, paste, and you name it type polish's and a few different chrome and metal polish's my BIL gave me. ;)
     
  6. jcwit

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    Then again if you use the NuFinish or other liquid auto cleaner wax you not only get the polished cases but also a coating of wax/poly on the brass inhibiting tarnish.

    BTW, whats the issue with how long one has to tumble the cases? Does that stop all activity till their are done? I normally sleep at night while the tumbler runes.
     
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    I wonder abot this as well. I don't care about the run time. My tumbler sees a lot of range pickups that get the overnight treatment.



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  8. Gonzofam

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    Sounds great. I also just found a new product that works outstanding. Its called Arrow. This stuff is amazing. Comes in liquid form. Mix six to one with water. Grabbed one of my wifes mixing bowls. Threw a hunderd dirty deprimed and resized shells in with a small water bottle size amount of the solution. Hot water. But i dont think it matters. Swished around for ten or fifteen seconds . Pour it back in the bottle cause u can save it. Rinsed with hot water and put them in a towl to dry. Inside and out are 90% done in seconds. I tumbled for 20min and they r shiny as new. I love this stuff. Every one should be using this to cut our reloading time down on the polishing/ cleaning side by more than half the time .
     
  9. jcwit

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    Please elaborate as to just how this would cut down my reloading time.

    I dump my cases to be cleaned/polished into tumbler and turn it on, later perhaps the next morning I turn off the tumbler and dump cases and media into the wire colander to separate the media from the cases. Time spent? Maybe a minute at the most, more likely 30 seconds.
     
  10. Gonzofam

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    If you have time to reload and did not proactively have brass ready. You dont have to wait for polished brass. Have a cup of coffee and keep the process moving. I guess from your perspective it might not save anything. I dont proactively do brass anymore cause the noise wont let the kids sleep. Office is too close. There it is i guess.
     
  11. jcwit

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    HMmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Here's a tip you might try to quiet thing down. Get one of the 12 inch square concrete stepping blocks available at most any home improvement store and set the tumbler on it. Sure quieted mine down but mine is a Cabelas made by Berry, they aren't very loud anyway.
     
  12. Ex

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    Firstly, never said it would cut on reloading time, only cleaning time.

    If I come home from the range with a mix of spent calibers, I can now get them done much faster. No more waiting 3 hours for that batch. No more letting the tumbler run un-necessarily over night.

    Does waiting stop all progress? Obviously not if you already have brass ready. I usually have brass ready, but not always.

    And, I'll save the wear on the tumbler... JMHO
     
  13. MR835

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    Tumbler media additive

    About a year ago I was throwing out some very ugly brass form the 1967 era.
    when a friend of mine came over. He ask if I was loosing my mind. Throwing away very good Brass 44mag, 44spl and 357, 38 and 9mm all of which was R P, REMINGTON PETERS, and PETERS. We went to the trash heap
    and picked out about 1500 rounds.

    The next day he bought me a jug of a product called FLITZ THUMBLER MEDIA
    ADDITIVE. We added it to the walnut shells in the tumblers and let them run
    30 min then added the brass. After 6hrs that Ugly BRASS Was NEWER THAN
    NEW.

    I now use FLITZ in both walnut shells and corn cob. The brass is so slick it will not take a fingerprint.

    Info you might use. Just my 2 cents.

    SAFE SHOOTING ALWAYS.

    MR835 IS GONE
     
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    I'm Blessed with plenty of brass in all 40 some calibers I reload for. No waiting for the tumbler. Fifty plus years of collecting brass.

    As far as the tumbler goes, its from Cabelas, lifetime satisfaction quarantee. It quits, they give me a new one. Hey, its made in the U.S.A. too.
     
  15. GLOOB

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    I typically come home with 2-3 tumbler's full of brass from a shooting session. And I don't want to run my tumbler all night for 3 nights in a row every time I go shooting. I just want to get it over with, put the brass and tumbler away, and be done with it.

    So far, I've settled on prewashing the brass in a bucket and adding Nufinish and mineral spirits to the tumbler. Unless the brass is badly tarnished, it only takes 45 min to get them clean and bright. Since my own brass is never tarnished, I don't usually have to worry about tumbling any longer than that. Just went through this same routine last night through 2 batches and used my watch. 45 min and done, for sure!

    Wet media cleans a heck a lot faster, and it dries out quite fast, too. (Not that you'd be worried about it, if you tumbled overnight.) And it's FREE. Just dip your media separator into a bucket of water with a drop of dish soap and swish it around a bit. Thoroughly shake out the excess, and put the wet brass right in the tumbler.

    If you have a second load on deck, go ahead and wash that now. And set it out to dry a little. The core of the media will retain some moisture for quite a while, and you don't want to overload it with water on your subsequent batches.

    The prewash gets off a lot of the powder, dirt, and dust, instantly. This leaves the tumbler to do just the final cleaning and polishing, applying of the wax, and streak-free drying... which corncob is really good at.
     
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