Ford vs. Chevy type question

ttuttle

An old guy who like to shoot
Apr 17, 2015
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I need to get a new brass cleaner. I have a vibratory cleaner that needs replacing. The question is which is better....a vibratory cleaner or a roller rock polisher type? I'm open for suggestions.
 
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dee

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Personal preference imo. Stainless media in a wet/rock will get the cleanest but I prefer the dry with corn cob or walnut media.

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ttuttle

An old guy who like to shoot
Apr 17, 2015
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Personal preference imo. Stainless media in a wet/rock will get the cleanest but I prefer the dry with corn cob or walnut media.

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I tried stainless steel but all it did was turn the cases dirty gray, but what kind of machine did you use?
 

ttuttle

An old guy who like to shoot
Apr 17, 2015
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Did you use any cleaning agent? That's far from the results I've seen.

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No cleaning/polishing agent was used. Do you have a suggestion. The gray crap won't rub off!
 

EZ-E

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PIN TUMBLER is the only way to go.
Pin tumbler with half a .45 case of Lemi Shine & few drops of Dawn work well.
Depending on the size of your tumbler you may need to adjust the recipe of lemi shine & dawn ratio.

I started with the harbor freight double rock tumbler. Then my neighbor built a bad ass tumbler for about $250... a motor, belts, rollers & a 6" piece of PVC about 24" long ... ive been borrowing his tumbler ever since.
 

Brains

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I don't need my cases overly pretty, so I just throw 'em in a vibratory with walnut or corn cob and run it overnight. They come out pretty darned clean, and I finish up by putting 'em in a mesh bag that I blast a few times with a blow gun until no more dust comes out.
 

Lonesome Dove

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I use an old Lyman tumbler with cob media. It works great though Not a fan of pretty brass. I only clean enough for inspection of cracks or other.
 

Younggun

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I used a vibratory tumbler for a long time.

Pro: Cases come out dry and basically ready to go. They are plenty clean for use.

Cons: Dust. I hated the dust created and didn’t like changing the media for whatever reason. It was also very loud.

I now use stainless media in a rotary tumbler.

Pros: Cases come out clean. No dust. Much quieter than a vibratory tumbler. Inside of cases seem cleaner (if that matters to you)

Cons: Cases must be separated from the media afterwards and rinsed. I do this in the bath tub. Using hot water and a 5 gallon bucket to rinse brass and separate the pins. A magnet makes collecting the pins much easier. Then the cases have to dry. There are a few ways to speed up the process and I tend to either set them in a cake pan in front of a small heater or put them on a window screen above the fan on the central AC unit in the summer.

Overall I much prefer stainless media. I’m really lazy so I just throw in a dishwasher pack with them, but I’ve also used liquid dish detergent with lemishine and a few other concoctions. Overall the packet is easiest since I just toss it in.

I think which is “better” depends on which factors are more important to you. I also like to deprime my brass before tumbling and the pins seem to do a much better job cleaning primer pockets.


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