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Tumbling brass

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Postby newguy » Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:11 am

So i picked up a tumbler for like 15 bucks and went to petsmart got a huge bag of lizard litter basically crushed Walnut and Got some of that Nufinish car wax and mineral spirits Just wanna make sure i am going about this right way or can someone give me a heads up I am going to let the lizard litter the cap or Nufinish and the cap of Mineral spirits run 20 mins then throw the brass in



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Postby GixerJockey » Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:46 am

Just curiou... How much did you save buying the Lizzard Litter, wax and mineral spirits vs. just buying a box of Lyman red or green polishing media? Seems to me if would just be a heck of a lot easier to use one product instead of three.

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Postby newguy » Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:50 am

Lizard Litter was about 7 bucks for a 10lb bag and Nufinish was 4 bucks and Mineral spirits were like another 4 bucks. So was like 15 bucks total

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Postby JohnFH » Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:39 pm

I would just get the lyman red stuff for 8-9 bucks for a 7lb tub, I get about a years worth per jug and my tumbler runs about 30 hours a week

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Postby Mike-Sid » Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:03 pm

I use walnut and put a cap or two of the blue stuff Dillon sells in. I do not think you want to wax the brass, just clean them. I would guess the mineral spirits would evaporate and leave a petroleum residue behind. That might contaminant the powder or primers.

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Postby newguy » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:31 pm

Brass nice and shiny not greasy at all. I let the Nufinish and mineral spirits mix for like 30 mins till it was basically dry came out real nice

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Postby Mike-Sid » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:38 pm

If it works for you, then use it :) I've been using thishttp://www.dillonprecision.com/#/content/p/9/pid/23664/catid/8/Rapid_Polish_290__8_oz__Bottle_
and walnut media for at least 20 years....... I'm getting old 8O

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Postby newguy » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:40 pm

Ya someone I knew had jug of walnut media and a bag of lizard litter we poured it out on table couldn't tell difference and lizard litter 1/4 of the price

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Postby Mike_Diako » Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:44 pm

I just use the pre-mixed media. When it starts doing a shitty job or takes forever I will pour a cap of nu-finish or Flitz in the tumbler.

I always throw a used dryer sheet that has been cut up in to strips or small pieces in with the media as well. It traps all the fine particles and keeps the media working longer and catches a lot of the nasties from going in to the air.
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Postby newguy » Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:51 pm

Well i figured i pickup a tumbler because this tag sale sorta place that opened in Middletown had a Lyman 2500 Pro Magnum Tumbler for 15 bucks. Was still in box and i don't think anyone every opened it because was still wrapped in plastic. Lucky me i looked up online and Cabelas sells this one for 85 bucks

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Postby GreggAndrews » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:37 pm

I don't even bother tumbling.

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Postby Mike_Diako » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:39 pm

I just tumble enough to clean the brass. Not polish.
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Postby Mopar » Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:51 pm

Nufinish is a common trick, just toss a capful in every couple batches. No need to let it run for 20 minutes before adding the brass, it will work in just fine if you add the nufinish in at the same time as the brass. Never heard of the mineral spirits though.
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Postby GreggAndrews » Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:54 pm

Honestly, I just wash all of my decapped cases in a plastic tray filled with soapy water. Lay all the cases down (orient them so they are all facing the direction the water will flow), and tilt the tray back & forth. Pulls an amazing amount of crud from 2x/3x fired cases, and gets all the crap off of them.

Then do two rinses (first one gets most of it out, second one takes care of it all) & voila, now you can lay it out on a paper towel for a couple hours. I prep my primer pockets at this stage while it's still drying, and the crud is still soft.

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Postby Mopar » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:23 pm

I know some people that swear by something like that to preclean before polishing. They put the brass in a big rubbermaid bowl with a lid. Then the add hot tap water, a squirt of dish soap, and a spoonful of this stuff called "lemi-shine" which appears to be some sort of citrus based dishwasher additive. Anyway, put the lid on, and shake the crap out of the mixture. Let soak for like 8-10hrs shaking every few hours if you can. Then rinse the bras well and lay out to dry. After the brass is dry, then add it to the polisher. Seems like a lot of extra work to me, but I guess the polishing media lasts longer.
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