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Thread: Recommended Loading of FA Wet Tumbler

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    Boolit Master

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    Recommended Loading of FA Wet Tumbler

    I acquired a Frankfort Arsenal wet tumbling apparatus last fall. At that time I had read somewhere what the estimated loading for various cartridge brass was. I didn't use it over the winter and now I don't remember the est capacity. Does anyone remember where it was posted or have an estimate of that capacity?

    I am primarily wanting to clean 9mm, .38 Spec and .45 ACP.

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    Boolit Bub

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    Reduce the issue, ignore the drama

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    Boolit Master
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    OKC , Oklahoma
    I load by the coffee can 1lb8oz for 9mm and smaller and 2lb 5oz for 40 and up , add pins and water a few inches over the cases the large FA tumbler , been doing this a couple of years now . I have no idea what this weighs.
    So far so good

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    Boolit Bub Norcal707's Avatar
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    Jun 2019
    Northern Kalifornistan
    With the large F.A.R.T., I basically weigh 7lbs of 9mm, 223, etc., add 5lbs of SS pins, a short squirt of Dawn, a couple capfulls of Armor All Wash n Wax, two 40S&W casings of citric acid powder, and fill about 3 inches from full with hot H20. With the 3lb tumbler Drum, total weight is about 24lbs - 6lbs less than the rated maximum load. I think it's probably best not to max the thing out in order to extend the life of the motor, gears, etc.
    Last edited by Norcal707; 04-23-2021 at 11:22 PM.

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    Boolit Buddy
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    I’m with one light, coffee can of brass! I add lemishine with armorall car wash and wax.
    Brass look bright an clean, after a tumble in the F.A.R.T.

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