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Old 02-24-2011, 04:14 PM   #11
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It was more about being bored and if I could succeed. My four year old keeps bringing home rocks and I wanted to do something for her and it was a nice little project we did together and that was part of the fun too.

It was at least half the cost since I got the polisher for $5 and the speed reducer was $15. I could have bought one and figured it would be close. The vibratory tumblers I was looking at cost close to $100 which work like what I made.

I'd probably recommend people just buy one for $50 and depending on how long it last I might actually upgrade and buy the next one, but this will do what I want it to for now.
I get it, well done!
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I went at Harbor Freight last week picking up a couple things. I spent a little extra time walking around seeing if there was anything I absolutely couldn't live without, and found that they actually sell a tumbler (who knew?), but theirs is $70.
Note that they have 20% off almost regularly too. I get email from them almost weekly for new 20% off coupons this month (odd).
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Awesome project!

I went at Harbor Freight last week picking up a couple things. I spent a little extra time walking around seeing if there was anything I absolutely couldn't live without, and found that they actually sell a tumbler (who knew?), but theirs is $70.
Thank you!!

Their in store price was $100 on that one and their single rotary tumbler is $50. I debated on how well the single rotary would work. $40 after the 20% coupon I had. Maybe for Christmas. The In-laws are always having a hard time getting me something.
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Note that they have 20% off almost regularly too. I get email from them almost weekly for new 20% off coupons this month (odd).
The problem I always have is that when I have a 20% coupon the item I want is on sale and the coupon(which would be a better price) can't be used with a item on sale.
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You can do what I did when I first started loading and didn't have a tumbler yet.

1. Wait for the wife to leave for a while.
2. fill a pillow case full of media and brass, tie open end into a knot.
3. Fill dryer with towels, blankets or similar
4. Add pillow case
5. turn dryer in air only for an hour or so
6. Remove pillow case and clean lint filter
7. wash whatever was in with the pillow case and dry prior to wife's return.

You now have clean brass.

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The problem I always have is that when I have a 20% coupon the item I want is on sale and the coupon(which would be a better price) can't be used with a item on sale.
Depends on the sale. If it is a coupon sale, you are right. But if it marked down sale...the 20% coupon still works. At least in my experience.
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Who annealed that brass because the first case on the left has been annealed way too much. It should look like #3 or a little less.

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You can do what I did when I first started loading and didn't have a tumbler yet.

1. Wait for the wife to leave for a while.
2. fill a pillow case full of media and brass, tie open end into a knot.
3. Fill dryer with towels, blankets or similar
4. Add pillow case
5. turn dryer in air only for an hour or so
6. Remove pillow case and clean lint filter
7. wash whatever was in with the pillow case and dry prior to wife's return.

You now have clean brass.
I do the same, and it's a great way to explain away the skidmarks on my whitey-tighteys!
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Who annealed that brass because the first case on the left has been annealed way too much. It should look like #3 or a little less.
Those were Remington UMC 55grn fmj.

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You can do what I did when I first started loading and didn't have a tumbler yet.

1. Wait for the wife to leave for a while.
2. fill a pillow case full of media and brass, tie open end into a knot.
3. Fill dryer with towels, blankets or similar
4. Add pillow case
5. turn dryer in air only for an hour or so
6. Remove pillow case and clean lint filter
7. wash whatever was in with the pillow case and dry prior to wife's return.

You now have clean brass.
Funny, that reminds me an aweful lot of my rabbit hide tanning method. Especially #1.
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