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    powder coating with rotary tumbler

    Has anyone tried to get a static charge with a rotary wet tumbler like the vibrating tumbler method would a rotary work better for static like clothes in a dryer
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    Why? It's not that hard or time consuming to use a #2 plastic container.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zthomps View Post
    Has anyone tried to get a static charge with a rotary wet tumbler like the vibrating tumbler method would a rotary work better for static like clothes in a dryer
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    I tried that not to long ago, the results were rather disappointing. I just went back to the container method and like it better..
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    Since my homebuilt vibrator works so well, I can't see any advantage to tumbling the bullets. All I can think of is disadvantages like possible damage to the bullets and a more time consuming process, but its good to think outside the box, no pun intended.

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    I just thought I might of had more of a static cling for the powder to the bullet currently I use a harbor freight vibrating tumbler but I have a home made wet tumbler that uses 4in pvc tubes for the drums

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    If you are really lazy you could throw a sealed tub into your rotary tumbler. I did it out of curiosity and the results were uniformly poor. A vibratory tumbler or hand shaking works much better and faster.

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    I have 2 tumblers so using one for PC is not an issue. But I did not see any better results using a tumbler vs 30 seconds in a plastic tub. If anything the tub works better as I can put the lid on and put it away for next time. The tumbler is not really something you can 'seal' to keep out the humidity. And takes up alot more space. I can also have multiple tubs for different colors vs cleaning out the tumbler each time. I also do not make piles of bullets at a time, where I need that much capacity.

    And your lack of results may depend on your powder. I bought the harbor freight stuff, some colors worked ok, some sucked. I went thru the page of stuff to use, and found 2 colors that give such great results in a plastic tub. I had considered buying a gun, but whats the need if a tub and the right powder works? Its $60 I can spend on lead to make more bullets.

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    Yeah right now I just have the harbor freight red

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    Why differ from what we all have proven to be fool-proof? A rotary tumbler will knock the powder off like crazy. Even the vibrator (for me) yields extremely poor uncacceptable coatings becuase of the unevenness of the appplication. And it takes waaaaaaay too long!

    BBDT with #5 bowl or ESPC (the BEST) and 30 seconds will give you excellent results. The VERY LITTLE work it takes to shake & roll a bowl should not bother anyone physically. If you cannnot do that simple motion, how do you shoot a gun over and over at the range??????

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    I guess I'd say the simple fact of just experimentation and knowing it could be done you never tried something just for fun I don't see how your vibrating tumbler knocks the powder off mine makes it cling to it pretty well and not knock any powder off

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    But I also set it and walk away and go do other stuff like cast more bullets or whatever
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zthomps View Post
    Yeah right now I just have the harbor freight red
    I got garbage results with the HF red, no matter how I did it. I switched to powder by the pound, and works great.

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    I haven't looked there yet still getting into it I like how the powder coat doesn't clog the dies and isn't sticky how much is powder by the pound prices

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    I say give it a try, power by the pound has some good powders.
    Quote Originally Posted by Zthomps View Post
    Has anyone tried to get a static charge with a rotary wet tumbler like the vibrating tumbler method would a rotary work better for static like clothes in a dryer
    -zach

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    What colors are recommended or r they already posted in this forum somewhere

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    There is a thread that lists powder that have been tested. Smoke tests all his powders B4 he sells them on here.

    So some reading in the stickies......worth your time!

    As far as "walking away" from a tumbler......total waste of my time! I can swirl and coat 75 or more boolits in 30 seconds using a #5 Coolwhip bowl!!!!! Why walk away?!?!?!?!?!?

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    I guess could be a waste I'm still trying to see what works best for me I guess I've only had luck with handgun bullets atm I tried 230gr 300blk outs but they didn't really take the powder like the pistol rounds

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    The cal and weight of your boolits should make absolutely no difference at all with BBDT. I coat everything from 223 55gn to 45 300gn with excellent results using my trusty #5 Ziplok or coolwhip bowls and HF or Smoke's powders. And black ASBB's. 30 seconds = perfect coats....every time.

    Just keep tryin'. You will get there. It took me several months of trial & error to get the BBDT thing to work perfectly. Once you figure out how to "hold yer mouth jes right", all will become perfectly clear!

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    Smoke has his powders up on the front page of the Selling area right now, You can also click on his name and you should be able to find more info on his powders with a little homework. For the most part all his powders work good excluding FLAT BLACK, from what I have seen.
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    first: nothing wrong with trying a new way--after all 5 years ago no one was PC bullets (that I know of)

    I bought some #5 containers with screw on lids and tried them in my vibrating tumbler--three would fit in; tried with and without the lid to the bowl. It took longer and as mentioned above results were poor.

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