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  1. #21
    Boolit Bub
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    Dec 2017

    Is this made with what looks to me as being an ice cream maker motor?
    I like it

  2. #22
    Boolit Master Bazoo's Avatar
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    Dec 2013
    Cecilia, Kentucky
    I'll be dogged, that is an icecream churn motor! Beats the cobbled together thing I was working on.

  3. #23
    Boolit Master
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    Sep 2016
    Hot water, car wash and wax and citric acid. No pins, primers in. Tumble in a FART for 90 minutes, several water rinses, spin in the media separator to knock out most of the water, towel hammock to dry the exteriors and onto a wire screen to air dry in the sun if there is any; the screen goes over a floor vent in my house in the winter.

    Just got a Lee APP along with the universal decapper, so maybe I'll try cleaning deprimed cases, not so much to get the pockets clean as to see if the cases drain water and dry faster.

  4. #24
    Boolit Master
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    Oct 2014
    Approx. 1 1/2 gal water, 1 teaspoon Armor-all Wash & wax, 1 teaspoon citric acid. 10 #pins. Will do 8-900 .40 S&W or 300 -06. Tumble 2 hrs, dump water in a colander and pins in a Dillon separator filled with water. Turn for a couple of minutes to remove pins. Then dump in a towel and roll back and forth a few times. then lay on a cookie sheet and let dry in the sun for a couple of hours.

  5. #25
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    Oct 2007
    SW Oregon
    I tumble in a Lyman Cyclone.
    Brass goes in.
    Water filled in to near the top.
    1/2 Tsp. of citric acid.
    A few drops of Dawn detergent.
    Tumble until clean and shiny.
    Separate pins.
    Rinse 3-4 times in clean water.
    Dried in dehydrator in the winter.
    Dried on a dark colored towel in the sun on the sidewalk in the summer...dale

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    Boolit Master redhawk0's Avatar
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    Apr 2016
    North East, USA
    I bought an old tumbler motor assembly without a tub. I just went to Home Depot and picked up a 1 gallon metal paint can with a lid. Ground off the handle "knobs" from the side of the can, added a piece of angle iron on the inside and waterproofed with JB weld on the outside rivets. Then add water/pins/brass and let it roll. I put two large rubber bands on the outside of the can to assist with some grip on the tumbler rollers.

    To dry...I use an old Midway separator colander...shake, shake, shake...pins fall into a bucket. Rinse in clean water then layout my brass to air-dry. put the SS pins on paper towels and let them air-dry. Store the dried pins back in the paint can until the next time.


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  7. #27

    HF Rock Tumbler

    I too use the double tumbler from HF like tankgunner (were you really?) thats cool. But I couldn't leave well enough alone. I got a 4"id piece of PVC and cut it to length. Glued a cap on one end and bought the Oatey gripper cap for the open end. Applied a piece of stair tread tape to help it rotate. 2# of SS pins, Dawn soap, Citric Acid and fill it full of brass. I usually leave it tumbling overnight so I don't have to listen to it. Then as i referred in a previous post I lay the brass out on a towel with the hairdryer at one end. Then fold over to make a "tunnel" Rotate brass once or twice and in less than 5 min you got hot dry brass. It has to cool before I can can bag it up. Also Ill dry the SS pins this way too.

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  8. #28
    Boolit Buddy
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    Sep 2010
    Media separation is MUCH easier if the cases are full of water. If the cases are not under water, the media clings inside them and it is a pain checking each case, especially when you do big loads. I use the big Dillon separator but fill the tub with water. When you spin the basket, the pins all fall out, even out of flash holes. That surface tension of the water really hangs onto the pins because their surface is quite large.

    To dry them, I dump them out onto large towels and toss another towel over them and just rub them out. You might want to move to another towel when the first ones get wet. If it's sunny outside, the go onto the outside table on the deck and it takes even less effort. Towels help prevent water spots left by drops of water. Rubbing them on the towels remove all of the external water. On cold days, I've been known to toss them on cookie sheets in the oven set as low as it will go.

    My main goal is to find a method to do the greatest number of cases with the least amount of handling individual cases as possible.

    I use a big Lortone tumbler and do batches of about 25 pounds at a time and it's all straight walled pistol brass, no rifle brass.

  9. #29
    Boolit Master

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    Feb 2018
    Quote Originally Posted by Conditor22 View Post
    2 Gal DIY system: Wash with 1/2 tsp lemishine 2 tsp dawn 7# pins.

    when done rinse well remove pins in dry media separator

    dunk in of water -w- carwash/wax -- lightly rinse

    dry media separator al excess water

    dump on a towel, make "hammock and shake them back and forth to dry outside

    put in cheap food dehydrator from a thrift store

    That looks like you are loading a Lewis gun.

  10. #30
    Boolit Buddy
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    Jul 2011
    I use warm water, a little bit of laundry detergent, some baking soda and a handful of cloth strips. I used to dry cases on a towel in the sun, but recently got a Lyman case dryer. It's much faster with the dryer.

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    Jul 2005
    Webster MN
    I bought my citric acid on eBay for photo develeoping . Before that if I wasn't selling brass i didnt worry about dullness unless I was selling brass then just.used a bit of lemon coolaide from the packages (No sugar). Lots.of.ciric.acid.in coolaide.

  12. #32
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    Dec 2013
    Mesa, AZ
    I run 2 Thumbler tumblers to clean, I use Dawn Ultra dish soap, Citric acid (my brother used to work at a nursery and got me a 20# bag of the stuff for near nothing). I use an old small Dillon media separator to get most the pins out, quick swish in clean water and into a small Dillon tumbler with corn cob and polish/carnuba wax for 20-30 mins.

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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