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    Still use a vibratory tumbler myself and add a cap-full of Nu-Finish. One of the most important reasons for cleaning cases is to protect the resizing die from foreign matter. Then if I do forget for a few hours that I have cases in the VT, or even an extra day, I ain't much concerned since they'll only be brighter.

    We do have a local dealer who is also a LE officer in this city who has been using some new liquid product that he feels will make tumbling obsolete: we'll see. About the only complaint I have with my old Frankford Arsenal VT, is that it could use a muffler! 95% of the time, however, it's running while I'm not even in the lab.

    If you have a method you like better, I'm all for it! But considering how many cases I can dump into a VT, where the only additional labor time is separating the media from the cases . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by 57K View Post
    Still use a vibratory tumbler myself and add a cap-full of Nu-Finish. One of the most important reasons for cleaning cases is to protect the resizing die from foreign matter. Then if I do forget for a few hours that I have cases in the VT, or even an extra day, I ain't much concerned since they'll only be brighter.

    We do have a local dealer who is also a LE officer in this city who has been using some new liquid product that he feels will make tumbling obsolete: we'll see. About the only complaint I have with my old Frankford Arsenal VT, is that it could use a muffler! 95% of the time, however, it's running while I'm not even in the lab.

    If you have a method you like better, I'm all for it! But considering how many cases I can dump into a VT, where the only additional labor time is separating the media from the cases . . .

    I completely agree I shoot 12k-16k rds. a year just in 45acp, plus other calibers. I want as few steps as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 57K View Post
    Still use a vibratory tumbler myself and add a cap-full of Nu-Finish. One of the most important reasons for cleaning cases is to protect the resizing die from foreign matter. Then if I do forget for a few hours that I have cases in the VT, or even an extra day, I ain't much concerned since they'll only be brighter.

    We do have a local dealer who is also a LE officer in this city who has been using some new liquid product that he feels will make tumbling obsolete: we'll see. About the only complaint I have with my old Frankford Arsenal VT, is that it could use a muffler! 95% of the time, however, it's running while I'm not even in the lab.

    If you have a method you like better, I'm all for it! But considering how many cases I can dump into a VT, where the only additional labor time is separating the media from the cases . . . <img src="https://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/images/smilies/gr_wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
    Do you have a fear of the lead dust from the fired brass when sifting threw it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xiholdtruex View Post
    Do you have a fear of the lead dust from the fired brass when sifting threw it?
    Not really, as that should get absorbed into the treated media while they're cleaning. Good question, however.

    The most exposure I've had to lead comes from handling cast bullets. Had an old saw-bones dig into my back in 1997 to remove what supposed to be a melanoma. That's why I've never got into casting.

    Keep plenty of rubber gloves around, but I don't enjoy wearing them while handloading. So consider me a bad example on that score, but chalk up more points for poly-coated bullets that reduce your exposure from handling, as well as shooting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xiholdtruex View Post
    Do you have a fear of the lead dust from the fired brass when sifting threw it?
    you could always wear a surgical mask if it made you feel better, I am not so sure lead would be the problem as much as say graphite or carbon?
    I don't load all lead projectiles myself.
    honestly as much crap as I was exposed to in 32 years of firefighting I don't worry about it, now I am not going to intentionally get into a hazardous /toxic material but lets face it with all the crap we are around every day in just regular life I don't sweat he dust from a tumbler myself.
    I grew up eating lead paint chips from window sills, playing outside in full sun, and smoking and being around smokers so I may have a built in immunity to toxins??
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    Quote Originally Posted by 57K View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by xiholdtruex View Post
    Do you have a fear of the lead dust from the fired brass when sifting threw it?
    Not really, as that should get absorbed into the treated media while they're cleaning. Good question, however.

    The most exposure I've had to lead comes from handling cast bullets. Had an old saw-bones dig into my back in 1997 to remove what supposed to be a melanoma. That's why I've never got into casting.

    Keep plenty of rubber gloves around, but I don't enjoy wearing them while handloading. So consider me a bad example on that score, but chalk up more points for poly-coated bullets that reduce your exposure from handling, as well as shooting. <img src="https://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/images/smilies/gr_wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
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    Quote Originally Posted by xiholdtruex View Post
    Do you have a fear of the lead dust from the fired brass when sifting threw it?
    you could always wear a surgical mask if it made you feel better, I am not so sure lead would be the problem as much as say graphite or carbon?
    I don't load all lead projectiles myself.
    honestly as much crap as I was exposed to in 32 years of firefighting I don't worry about it, now I am not going to intentionally get into a hazardous /toxic material but lets face it with all the crap we are around every day in just regular life I don't sweat he dust from a tumbler myself.
    I grew up eating lead paint chips from window sills, playing outside in full sun, and smoking and being around smokers so I may have a built in immunity to toxins??
    Lol yep. Do you think that if left to soak the citri. Acid in lemi shine or acid in general like vinegar affect the brass negatively?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oso View Post
    I don't even resize before tumbling. I size and deprime on turret press, also prime, I don't worry about primer pockets there is no effect if they are clean or not. Huh I also have 45acp cases in the tumbler right now
    After I quit wet tumbling with the shaker method I bought an FA vibratory tumbler with corncob at first and then walnut when that was gone. I was only loading 45 ACP and 38 Special/357 at the time and would only tumble with NuFinish and then deprime/prime on the turret while loading. Simple and effective and they all went bang..even to point of aim (where ever that was ).

    I put a dryer sheet in the media, torn in half to increase exposure and the brass came out Springtime fresh! The used dryer sheet collects a lot of nasty black stuff and keeps the media cleaner/longer. Those VT's are a lot noisier than either my HF rock tumbler or the FA Platinum drum tumbler.
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    Before I built my first tumbler, I would put the decapped brass in a sealable container with hot water, vinegar a 1/2 teaspoon of aquarium salt and a squirt of dawn. Seal it up and shake it ever 5-10 minutes or so until I was bored. I'd then rinse the brass with hot water twice and dump onto a screen and let them air dry. Then never looked polished but they always were clean. I used aquarium salt because I was buying it in 6 gallon buckets at the time.
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    One item not elaborated on is decapping prior to soaking. It not only permits the primer cup to get cleaned but also lessens the chance that moisture could be retained in the old primer/flash hole.
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    Decapped, resized and expanded brass I had that was grungy awaiting to be loaded. This is after 30 mins and rolling it on the table with my niece.
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