Rock tumbler?
You are Unregistered, please register to use all of the features of FirearmsTalk.com!    
Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Gear & Accessories > Ammunition & Reloading > Rock tumbler?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-12-2013, 10:38 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jwjessup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Copperas Cove
Posts: 37
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default Rock tumbler?

My question is can I use a rock tumbler to clean brass like a brass spin tumbler, without damaging the brass? The brass that will be cleaned is 40 S&W, 45 ACP, 30-06 SPR, and 30-30 Win.
jwjessup is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 03-12-2013, 10:48 PM   #2
JTJ
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
JTJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Lake Havasu,Arizona
Posts: 7,141
Liked 2749 Times on 1500 Posts
Likes Given: 788

Default

Yes. Just use the proper media like walnut shell which is very cheap at pet stores.
__________________
Patron Member NRA
"I would not be an old man if I had not been an armed young man." JTJ
I was taught to respect my elders but they are getting harder to find.
JTJ is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2013, 11:12 PM   #3
Supporting Member
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
25-5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 2,658
Liked 955 Times on 677 Posts
Likes Given: 277

Default

I have been using a Thumbler's Tumbler for 35+ years for pistol and rifle brass. The media I use is Lyman Turbo Tumbler Media in Corncob Green. I cut a fabric softner sheet in four and the media lasts a long time with nice polished brass.
__________________
"...from my cold dead hands" Charlton Heston & NRA
"He which hath no stomach to this fight,/ Let him depart." Henry V
25-5 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2013, 12:02 AM   #4
Moderator
FTF_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
robocop10mm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Austin,Texas, by God!!
Posts: 10,554
Liked 3179 Times on 1652 Posts
Likes Given: 322

Default

A rotary tumbler will polish just fine, it just takes longer than a vibratory one.
__________________
In life, strive to take the high road....It offers a better field of fire.
"Robo is right" Fuzzball
robocop10mm is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2013, 12:43 AM   #5
Moderator
FTF_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
c3shooter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Third bunker on the right,Central Virginia
Posts: 17,776
Liked 10278 Times on 4434 Posts
Likes Given: 1630

Default

Picked up a little rotary tumbler, no container, at thrift shop, $2. Use a coffee can with snap on plastic lid, fill 1/3 full of brass and walnut shell media. Works well. Too much weight, will not turn. Plug it in in the shop, let run overnight.
__________________
What we have here is... failure- to communicate.
c3shooter is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2013, 01:16 AM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
hiwall's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Cleator,AZ
Posts: 3,507
Liked 811 Times on 520 Posts
Likes Given: 249

Default

That is what everyone had to use before the vibratory ones came on the market.
__________________
Just walking on the edge of of my grave.
hiwall is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2013, 05:57 AM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
fupuk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Grand Rapids,Michigan
Posts: 1,672
Liked 285 Times on 206 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I bought mine at harbor freight about four months ago and its worked great for me. Ive cleaned probally 2000 pieces and its still going strong. I believe for the tumbler and the media it was a little over $50.
fupuk is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2013, 01:16 PM   #8
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
jwjessup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Copperas Cove
Posts: 37
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Thank you for all the great responses.
jwjessup is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2013, 01:45 PM   #9
JTJ
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
JTJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Lake Havasu,Arizona
Posts: 7,141
Liked 2749 Times on 1500 Posts
Likes Given: 788

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by c3shooter View Post
Picked up a little rotary tumbler, no container, at thrift shop, $2. Use a coffee can with snap on plastic lid, fill 1/3 full of brass and walnut shell media. Works well. Too much weight, will not turn. Plug it in in the shop, let run overnight.
Your drive belt is probably stretched. I have found that the larger plumbers O-rings make good drive belts. mine uses a 3.5".
__________________
Patron Member NRA
"I would not be an old man if I had not been an armed young man." JTJ
I was taught to respect my elders but they are getting harder to find.
JTJ is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2013, 11:06 PM   #10
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
locutus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 10,868
Liked 7207 Times on 3989 Posts
Likes Given: 6957

Default

I use a Thumler's model B with warm water and Tide.

Much faster then regular media. (20 minutes)
__________________
For those who have fought for it, freedom has a taste the protected will never know

“There aren't any great men. There are just great challenges that ordinary men like you and me are forced by circumstances to meet.”http://thinkexist.com/i/sq/as0.gif Admiral William Frederick Halsey Jr. (Bull) quote

locutus is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone use the Cabela's Tumbler 400? Jesse17 Ammunition & Reloading 13 05-27-2011 08:09 PM
Tumbler died robocop10mm Ammunition & Reloading 11 03-22-2011 06:56 PM
DIY tumbler Tworr DIY Projects 21 02-24-2011 08:49 PM
Re-loading tumbler doctherock Ammunition & Reloading 5 09-27-2010 11:24 AM
New tumbler FMtango The Club House 13 09-11-2010 02:59 PM