Rock tumbler?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by jwjessup, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. jwjessup

    jwjessup New Member

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    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.
     
  2. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yes. Just use the proper media like walnut shell which is very cheap at pet stores.
     

  3. 25-5

    25-5 New Member

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    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.
     
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    A rotary tumbler will polish just fine, it just takes longer than a vibratory one.
     
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    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.
     
  6. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    That is what everyone had to use before the vibratory ones came on the market.
     
  7. fupuk

    fupuk New Member

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    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.
     
  8. jwjessup

    jwjessup New Member

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    Thank you for all the great responses.
     
  9. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Your drive belt is probably stretched. I have found that the larger plumbers O-rings make good drive belts. mine uses a 3.5".
     
  10. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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

    Much faster then regular media. (20 minutes)
     
  11. jwjessup

    jwjessup New Member

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    Thanks for that info that might possible be my next purchase.
     
  12. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The Thumler's model b is large and can be used with either wash water or corncob/walnut media.

    I have that and a large Lyman1200 vibratory. I use the rotary for 90 percent of my case cleaning.
     
  13. jwjessup

    jwjessup New Member

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    Thanks for the information, not only on this post but my other questions.