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Old 02-11-2006, 02:46 PM
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Do you religiously tumble your brass?????? If so what media are you using and what is the approximate time that you tumble them????? I'm using treated walnut in a Midway 1292 and it seems to be taking longer (60 to 90 minutes) than normal (30 to 45 minutes) to get them done satisfactorily. I have re-treated the media but it didn't seem to reduce the required time by much if any......
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Old 02-11-2006, 03:39 PM
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You know that's something I haven't got into yet, although I do have boxes of casings.
What were you using before that was working better?
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I was using the exact same set up, but it wasn't taking as long to clean the cases as it does now. I know that periodically the media must be changed and re-treated because it will eventually "wear out". I have changed the media and re-treated as before but it is taking much longer now than it used to. and, NO the cases aren't any dirtier than before. I tumble (clean) the cases before every reloading. I just don't understand why, if everything is the same, it's taking longer to achieve the same results??????? Could my cosmic moons out of alignment?????
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Bailey.... Could it be that the motor is losing RPM's? Have not done any reloading in years(except for my checking acoount for the boat). Don't know how old your machine is but check the site below.

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HOLY CRAP NJ MAN!!!!!!! I didn't know a thing about that !!!!! Mine is the same model number, but the label is different. I don't recall when I bought it, seems like I've had it forever. I have ceased using it as of NOW and will be on the phone to Midway first thing Monday morning!!!!!

This darned THT never ceases to amaze me with the shared knowledge....... My hat is off to you Ron.... Thanks a ton!!!!! (if we had a "hug" emoticon I'd give you a few of those also)...
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Bill... You are quite welcome. THT is not just boats, as we all find out eventually. As for the hugs, we may meet someday and I'll settle for a beer. Something to do with that Brokeback fountain thread.

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Bailey I have been using corncob with some brasso thrown in I tumble once fired then they are for just shooting and practice so I will only do them every other time there shot your time doesn't seem excessive to me I will tumble for 2hrs or more if I want a 'new' looking case
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I just put mine in and let it run over night.

I do not clean it every time just when I get the urge to
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One of the reasons I tumble every time is to clean the cases well so as to reduce wear and tear on my dies (which are getting more and more expensive) and I guess I'm just in the habit of doing so. I do 90% of my handgun shooting outdoors so I'm picking the brass up from the ground.

I stopped the tumbler immediately after the reply from NJ Ron (thanks again Ron) and I'll either get a new one from Midway or I'll buy a new RCBS model next week and see if there is a difference in the time required. I'll let you know the outcome......

What kinda chaps my butt is the fact that there was a recall from Midway and I wasn't notified???? I have been buying from Midway for over 30 years, and I shoot 300 to 400 rounds per month, every month so they know who I am, and they know I bought one of their tumblers that was recalled, yet I wasn't notified. Something like this could ruin a loyal customer..... quickly..........
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I use treated walnut and add the Midway brand additive.....works well....not sure how long it's taking...I just plug it in and check back later.
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Well, I spoke with Midway today and even though it is not believed (based on the numbers) that my tumbler falls into the recalled lot, I was asked to return it to them (postage due) for a new replacement, TO BE SENT via overnight delivery. I knew that Midway would stand behind this, that's the kind of company they are !!!!!!!!! They are shipping my new tumbler TODAY, even before I send the old one back in.... WHAT SERVICE!!!!!! LET'S HEAR IT FOR MIDWAY....
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Bailey Boat - 2/11/2006 1:46 PM

Do you religiously tumble your brass?????? If so what media are you using and what is the approximate time that you tumble them????? I'm using treated walnut in a Midway 1292 and it seems to be taking longer (60 to 90 minutes) than normal (30 to 45 minutes) to get them done satisfactorily. I have re-treated the media but it didn't seem to reduce the required time by much if any......
When I was shooting (45 and 38/357 mainly, a bit of 32, as well) I always tumbled brass. Clean brass reduces wear on the dies and on the chamber.

Walnut works well; I always preferred corn cob. Add a bit of jeweler's rouge, or a tablespoon or two of Brasso for a good shine (rouge will make a mess - be warned.)

Media does have to be changed every so often, as the corners of the stuff wear off.

I've now got a line on a supplier of ceramic beads, but haven't been shooting enough to pull out all the stuff...

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Old 02-17-2006, 01:38 PM
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Tumbling brass is one of my least favorite reloading chores. For me, it ranks right up there with uniforming primer pockets and de-burring flash holes. I have the large Dillon tumbler, so I usually procrastinate and save up my fired empties and do large batches.

I prefer corn cob to walnut media, but I usually add a little of Dillon's blue case cleaning goop to the media each time. I replace the media when the cases start coming out dusty instead of clean.
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It must have been the recalled tumbler causing the problem. I used the new one yesterday and the time required is back to "normal". The new one seems to be a little faster "sounding" so maybe the old one was not running at the same RPM's...... Anyway, Midway treated me right on this one........
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