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Old 05-27-2011, 01:23 PM   #11
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If you have brass that's not really dirty then they come out looking like new, I had found some that sat outside all winter and those are clean but look kind of dirty. I guess the only downside is you dont get the high polished look of the tumbler on really dirty brass.
But if you put them into the tumbler AFTER they've had the ultrasonic bath, boy do they shine. Two downsides to that: (1) it's another step; and (2) now your diggin' media out of the flash holes because you deprimed the cases before they went into the bath. I HATE that.

Or, another option would be to put the loaded cartridges into the tumbler for ten minutes after they're done.....but there is much debate around here about how dangerous that could be.

To me, that's all about aesthetics at that point and I don't really care what they look like before they go into the chamber!
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I have thought about getting a cheap tumbler for the really dirty cases..

Like you said Lon , as long as they function I really dont care. But a loaded box of 230gr XPT's sure do look nice when they are all bright and shiny

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I decided to get a tumbler. Has anyone used the Cabelas 400? Does the motor last on them or should I look for something a little more $pendy?

Also, how long does it take to just clean brass? Are we talking 20 min.? 2 hrs.? 12 hrs.?
Clean brass is subjective and as such, if you ask 10 people (reloaders) you will get 10 different answers.

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I like the walnut better. It works better with polish and doesn't clump up like corncob. Also I tumbled in corncob for 8 hours and it still wasn't as clean as walnut gets it in 30 minutes. I can't help you with that tumbler tho I use a dillon that is 22 years old and still going strong. So I guess if you divide the cost by the number of years it is not expensive at all.

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