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Old 04-05-2013, 09:45 PM   #11
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Thanks to all for your advice.

Did 3 - 8 minute in the ultrasonic, then 2 hours in the vibrating tumbler with fine walnut hulls.

Unbelievable looking - much shinier than even factory ammo brass.
That is how I like to do mine and if you use good clean burning powder, the next time you need to clean them usually the ultrasonic will do just fine on them without having to tumble again for a while. But like I said, the way you did yours is how i do mine and they are amazingly clean and shiny. Glad to hear it worked out well for you, I have always had great luck this way.
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Oh and sorry I forgot to answer your question, no I don't waste time standing mine up, I just toss them into the basket and put them in the ultrasonic and mine have always come out just fine.

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Oh and sorry I forgot to answer your question, no I don't waste time standing mine up, I just toss them into the basket and put them in the ultrasonic and mine have always come out just fine.
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I did some .380 and just dumped them in.

I also did some .45 and stood them up.

Right, no difference.

Only thing i did was move the .380 around a little between each 8 minute run.


How long can fine walnut hulls last - how many approximate hours before i should change out.

I'm guessing when they don't feel abrasive any more ?
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I did some .380 and just dumped them in.

I also did some .45 and stood them up.

Right, no difference.

Only thing i did was move the .380 around a little between each 8 minute run.


How long can fine walnut hulls last - how many approximate hours before i should change out.

I'm guessing when they don't feel abrasive any more ?
Yeah pretty much, you will notice it taking longer and longer for them to properly polish the brass as they wear out, when it gets to the point where it is taking too long and is unacceptable to you, change em out.
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Good advice - thanks.

Another thing I realized is do not tumble different caliber brass at the same time. The smaller ones like to live inside the larger ones.

Learning by doing.

Thanks again to all - this is working out perfectly.

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Yeah, only do one caliber at a time for that very reason. Other than that I think you pretty much got it all covered now and are good to go. Good luck and I hope you enjoy reloading. I have been into it for many many many years and it is one of my most favorite hobbies and it feels good to go to the range and shoot your own ammo that you made.

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