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Old 02-09-2014, 01:49 AM   #61
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I would guess it's the weight. Water is heavy and then stainless steel and brass are added.
I tumble, empty the media, and reload. I don't dry dishes, and my wife won't dry brass, so there ya go!

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Dry media with tumbler? How much weighed media? length of time tumbling? Very interesting prospect.

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When I started, thumler's was the best choice. It was meant for polishing rocks. I never changed my ways. I don't weigh anything for cleaning brass. Usually a couple hundred pistol or 100 or so large rifle. 45 ACP & 45 Colt together, but keep the others separate. Cover it all with Lyman easy pour media so drum is about 2/3 full, add a few strips of used fabric soft sheets and tumble for 3 hours. I use the media over and over. No matter it's price it's cheap. The sheets keep it clean. The brass comes out nice and shiny, and even more so if you add a few blobs of polish.
I don't understand the advantage to the wet process. Sounds like a lot more work.

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The only wet tumbler I've ever used is the Thumler's Model B high-speed. Here is a description of the RPMs taken from the STM website:

"This is the High Speed heavy-duty version of the Model B Thumler's Tumbler, using the 1/30 horsepower 3000rpm motor to clean your brass fast when using stainless steel!"

An earlier post by 25-5 says the speed of the older Thumler's is 1550 RPMs. Having never used an older Thumler's, I can't compare the two in terms of tumbling time and results.

The description from the STM website infers tumbling time is faster with the hi-speed tumbler over the older model but I would be interested in hearing from those with personal experiences in both models for a statement of comparison.
I'll check for labels but my tumbler was made inthe 70's I think. I going to count the rpms of the barrel. I am not capable of counting the motor rpms. Perhaps when I was younger, but not now. I need a barrel rpm comparison.
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When I started, thumler's was the best choice. It was meant for polishing rocks. I never changed my ways. I don't weigh anything for cleaning brass. Usually a couple hundred pistol or 100 or so large rifle. 45 ACP & 45 Colt together, but keep the others separate. Cover it all with Lyman easy pour media so drum is about 2/3 full, add a few strips of used fabric soft sheets and tumble for 3 hours. I use the media over and over. No matter it's price it's cheap. The sheets keep it clean. The brass comes out nice and shiny, and even more so if you add a few blobs of polish.
I don't understand the advantage to the wet process. Sounds like a lot more work.
So you do not need to rinse off the brass when finished?
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Nope! Just shake out the dry media and toss into the right bin.

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I replaced the motor with one of the same specs. I was not aware of a high speed option. I have no need for it anyway. I tumble with dry media and a few fabric softener strips with a timer set for three hours. They come out clean and shiny. If I want real shiny I add brass cleaner. Since I shoot them and don't photograph them, I skip that bit.
Have you ever used corn or walnut?
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I have tried all the dry methods of tumbling. I like the method I now use, but there are many other ways, as you can see. I got the dryer sheet idea from this forum, and it was a big help in keeping the media clean and reusable.
Same method for 4 pistol and 4 rifle calibers.
I have no experience with popular vibratory or wet methods.

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I have tried all the dry methods of tumbling. I like the method I now use, but there are many other ways, as you can see. I got the dryer sheet idea from this forum, and it was a big help in keeping the media clean and reusable.
Same method for 4 pistol and 4 rifle calibers.
I have no experience with popular vibratory or wet methods.
I'm a wet tumbler only.

When dry tumbling, do you decap first, or tumble with the primer in the pocket?
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I size and decap at the same time. So no. I do not put dirty brass in my dies. I clean the pocket for pistol as I see the need, but always with rifle brass.
Bayou, I was informed by your posts. Thanks! The wet process sounds like the ticket to sparkling brass inside and out.
I am sticking to my dry method. No problems with 100K+ reloads. I am also told I am really, really set in my ways.

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