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  1. ttuttle

    ttuttle An old guy who like to shoot

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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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  2. 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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  3. ttuttle

    ttuttle An old guy who like to shoot

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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?
     
  4. dee

    dee Well-Known

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    Did you use any cleaning agent? That's far from the results I've seen.

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  5. sanspeu1r

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    Citric acid/water drops of Dawn in a vibrator.. My fav
     
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  6. ttuttle

    ttuttle An old guy who like to shoot

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

    EZ-E Freedom vs Tyranny 2020 TGT Supporter

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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.
     
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  8. 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.
     
  9. Lonesome Dove

    Lonesome Dove Active Member TGT Supporter

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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.
     
  10. Younggun

    Younggun Ginger Avenger TGT Supporter Admin

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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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