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    Boolit Bub

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    case tumbler

    Is anyone but me using a case tumbler to apply PC.
    I started using mine about a year ago, with a few airlift BBs and it has really improved my PC bullets.

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    Boolit Master

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    I'm 'sorta' using a case tumbler. Rather than aggravate my carpal tunnel shaking a #5 container of ASBBs and powder by hand, I fabricated a spare drum for my Thumbler rotary from a 1-gallon paint can and then made an insert for the paint-can drum to hold the #5 container of ASBBs, powder, and raw boolits. 5-6 minutes 'tumble time' provides a nice, even coating. Doesn't add any extra time to the process because I normally use two #5 containers: while one is tumbling, I'm picking coated boolits out of the other and standing them on a silicon-lined oven tray.

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    Boolit Man

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    I use an old Hornady tumbler I picked for $5 at a yard sale to powder coat. I don't use the airsoft BB's in it though. I just add powder and bullets and let it run for about 5 minutes a batch.

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    So switching to a tumbler improved your coating over what? What method had you tried before?

    And what sort of "improvements" are we talking about? Actual, practical improvements, where the bullets are more accurate or lead less? Or cosmetic improvements. I don't mean to belittle the cosmetics - if I'm going to spend time working on something I like my work to look good.

    I coat using a #5 tupper-ware and airsoft BBs. Dump it into an ice-cream pale with holes drilled in it to act as a sieve. Then dump bullets onto a tray lined with non-stick aluminum foil. Shake the tray a bit so the bullets are all one-layer, then in the toaster they go. I use Harbor Freight red.

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    Boolit Man

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    Quote Originally Posted by C-dubb View Post
    Is anyone but me using a case tumbler to apply PC.
    I started using mine about a year ago, with a few airlift BBs and it has really improved my PC bullets.
    Oh heck yeah! My old, lopsided, turbo 1200 was too good to toss out when I bought a bigger FA tumbler. Now I use it for applying hBN coatings to all of my lead bullets and even some jacketed rifle stuff. I just swapped out the tuffnut media for some steel ball burnishing media and in 30-60 minutes I get the slickest, dark, dark-grey, lead slugs I've ever shot. I love it!
    Because freedom isn't free....

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    Boolit Master

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    I don’t have a tumbler, but if I did, I sure would be trying it.

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    Boolit Master
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    I found a tumbler to be too aggressive, so I modified a small tumbler. The straps holding the bucket in place alloy me to adjust the tension on the bucket and the amount of vibration. I tumble coat approximately 6 pounds of bullets at a time, with no effort. If the humidity is high I can preheat the bullets and drop in the running tumbler. The bucket lid keeps the powder confined.
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    I have used just an HF case vibrator, I've used it with #5 containers in it and I've used it with the boolits in plastic ziplock bags.

    20 - 30 seconds swirling by hand gets it done, haven't used my case vibrator for some time

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