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#476878 - 11/01/07 11:22 AM Tumbling brass
Hillbilly Hunter
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Do you tumble before or after you resize and deprime brass? I have always tumbled after resizing, and I always have to pic tumbling media out of the primer pocket.
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#476891 - 11/01/07 11:30 AM Re: Tumbling brass [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
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That will go away if you use crushed walnut instead of corn cob.

Corn cobs have a much more useful purpose in life........ ;\)
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#476908 - 11/01/07 11:36 AM Re: Tumbling brass [Re: TiminTN]
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I use Lyman walnut media. Do you tumble after you resize?
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#476923 - 11/01/07 11:44 AM Re: Tumbling brass [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
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Usually clean the necks before sizing with 0000 steel wool, resize, wipe off the excess case lube (Hornady Unique) and tumble if they are hunting cases, I do not tumble match brass. I may or may not tumble my own stuff, but always on hired jobs.

Tumbling with the treated Lyman (red) and then sizing can cause serious trouble.
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#476937 - 11/01/07 11:50 AM Re: Tumbling brass [Re: TiminTN]
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I do it after also.
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#477521 - 11/01/07 06:37 PM Re: Tumbling brass [Re: smstone22]
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What kind of trouble???

I tumble before resizing. I use the Lyman walnut. Haven't had any problems yet.... but will stop and tumble after resizing from now on.
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#477556 - 11/01/07 07:15 PM Re: Tumbling brass [Re: Model70Man]
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The red compound if it is even a trace on the cases after tumbling goes into the die will embed itself and cause the die to scratch the heyal out of the brass after a few go though the die.
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#477614 - 11/01/07 07:58 PM Re: Tumbling brass [Re: TiminTN]
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Go to a pet shop and buy the walnut media. It is a lot cheaper
and does not have any cleaners in it. That is where I got
what I am using now and it does a good job.

I resize then polish also.

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#477753 - 11/01/07 09:21 PM Re: Tumbling brass [Re: cdw338]
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I've never used a tumbler. I've loaded for years for probably a dozen calibers but always took time to hand clean my cases. Like Tim said I use a lot of 0000 Steel wool and CLR, rags, and elbow grease. It takes time but I don't shoot enough volume to make it unattractive. It's a hobby and a labor of love and I make the time. I never liked them jumbling around on each other in a tumbler. If I were going to use one though I would use it with plain media before sizing to help prevent all the gunk from going though my sizing die.
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