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    Tumbling Dissimilar Brass Simultaneously

    So I was setting up to wet tumble, with SS pins, on my decapped 45 ACP cases. They are all LP pockets, and I have a handful of SP cases that I don't dare add in because I would have to sort through them again. I started thinking, dangerous I know, about "stringing" the SP cases together on a thin wire like a necklace. This would keep them in a group easily found and the pins should still be able to get inside to clean them thoroughly.

    Could also be used for keeping 38 Special and .357 cases apart...maybe 9mm and 9 Mak or .380 Auto.

    I didn't try it this time as I was too lazy to look for some fine wire...but maybe an experiment in the future. What do you guys think? ( to jump the shark...the wags will say to shoot more so I have a good batch of each caliber )
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    I tumble .38 Special and .357 Magnum together, as well as .45 ACP and .45 Colt. Sorting them afterwards doesn't bother me. I sort out the small primered .45 ACP and chunk it in another container for tumbling, if and when I ever need it.
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    Anything using .355-.358 bullets goes in the tumbler together, 44-45, 223-30, then the rest of the rifle brass. Nickel plated is sorted the same but tumbled by itself, as it usually takes 1/2 the time.

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    I never used to pay attention to what I tossed in the tumbler.
    Then one day a group of 9's got mixed in with the .45's.
    I'll never do that again.
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    uhh--umm-well you see-ahh I have enough dirty brass of each caliber that I can load the tumbler easily with one caliber.
    many times it may take 2-3 batches to clean all of it as I usually don't clean brass until I am in the several 100's of cases dirty.
    I don't see a real advantage of wiring cases together , I mean you still have to handle them the same number of times as IF you just look at the primer pocket size after cleaning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickenbacher39 View Post
    I never used to pay attention to what I tossed in the tumbler.
    Then one day a group of 9's got mixed in with the .45's.
    I'll never do that again.
    I'm slow but eventually I do learn.
    I personally love the way that 9 MM brass will work itself inside 40 Short and weak cases and lodge in there tight!
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    Quote Originally Posted by olfarhors View Post
    I personally love the way that 9 MM brass will work itself inside 40 Short and weak cases and lodge in there tight!
    And a 40 will fit inside a 45. And a .32acp will fit inside a 9mm.

    Keep with things that won't fit inside of each other and you'll be fine.
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    It has an "Interesting Concept" label printed all over it

    thought the small print says "But why? You have to invest as much, if not more, time and effort into completing the exercise. Why bother?"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash60601 View Post
    It has an "Interesting Concept" label printed all over it

    thought the small print says "But why? You have to invest as much, if not more, time and effort into completing the exercise. Why bother?"
    The genesis was the 5 SP 45 ACP cases with 500 LP vases needing tumbling. I don't collect enough of the former to justify tumbling a dozen or so.
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    As previous posters pointed out, I generally sort by bullet diameter before I tumble them and hold them until I have enough to do a batch. After they're tumbled, I sort by caliber.

    I cut a piece of broken fluorescent light waffle cover to fit in the bottom of a salvaged cake pan. It's about a 1/2" grid, and when I drop a handful of cases on it and shake it, most of the cases wind up base-down. Turn the few that didn't over and it's easy to inspect the cases. Bringing the pan up to eye level makes it easy to distinguish between similar cases of different length, such as 9mm/.380/9mm Mak, or .38/.357, or .45/.45GAP. Lift the waffle grid out, and it's easy to hit the cases with some One Shot spray to lube them for reloading.

    With the .45, before lubing I put a piece of corrugated plastic over them in the tray and flip the pan over. Then it's easy to check primer pockets.

    As far as the .45 SP goes, I hold onto about 500 just in case there's another primer drought. The rest I toss back for my fellow brass rats. For a while, I would take a number of the the SP mixed with .45 GAP to the IDPA matches. There was one guy who was always trying to shark other people's brass, and if I got squadded up with him, I'd toss the GAP and SP cases into his bucket to help him out.
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