Tumblers or sonic cleaners

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    Of all the places in reloading to reduce costs, tumbling media? I can see using the dryer sheet to reduce dust in a vented vibrator, but really, that big bag of cage bedding goes a long way as is.
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    Harbor freight ultrasonic and hornady brass one shot cleaner. I just recently did about a 1000 9mm. I enjoy knowing my kids and garage do not have lead dust around and the primer pockets come out great! I do deprime before cleaning though, without it is a very dirty process!

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    There are a lot of people that try to re-invent the wheel when they get into re-loading, it's been going on for a longtime just fine the way it is. Tumbler works just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farronwolf View Post
    ...One trick is to put an old dryer sheet or maybe two, depending on the size of your tumbler, to soak up if you will all the dirt and crap that gets the media dirty. A white dryer sheet will come out black by the end of the cycle.
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    Thanks for the dryer sheet tip! I'll try that before replacing the media.
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    ...I have never heard of putting a dryer sheet in the tumbler...
    The two biggest enemies (besides water) of smokeless powder, and of primers in particular, are oils and waxes. They will interfere with the normal burn rates of powder, and sometime prevent primer ignition altogether.

    Guess what a dryer sheet is. It's a piece of paper impregnated with a light wax and some scented oils. I would never in a million years allow a dryer sheet anywhere near my reloading components. Not saying it WILL cause a problem, but it's sure asking for one.
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    What's a decent tumbler to get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilowatt3 View Post
    The two biggest enemies (besides water) of smokeless powder, and of primers in particular, are oils and waxes. They will interfere with the normal burn rates of powder, and sometime prevent primer ignition altogether.

    Guess what a dryer sheet is. It's a piece of paper impregnated with a light wax and some scented oils. I would never in a million years allow a dryer sheet anywhere near my reloading components. Not saying it WILL cause a problem, but it's sure asking for one.
    That is why I use an old dryer sheet. After they have been run through the dryer several times and are limp as a noodle they don't contain much if any harmful substance on them.

    They certainly pick up more crap out of the media than they can possibly deposit on any case.
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    I like the wet type with stainless steel media. you decap your brass and the primer pockets look all minto. The brass looks like its brand new. Easy to inspect. No dust. I used to use the Dillion with a my own combo of media. I Switched over 6 months ago and never looked back. Down side is you clean a bit less at a time but only need a couple hours in the machine. I have a rack to dry them so it takes time to dry the brass so you may have to change your process. I know some guys like to load right away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard58 View Post
    What's a decent tumbler to get.
    I have worn out 2 Lymans, and an RCBS. I got lots of use out of them, but wouldn't rush out to buy them again. The last one I bought was from Berry's Bullets. For $102, you get a great, fast working vibratory tumbler, with a great working media, and a rotary sifter and media container. Overall, it is one of the best working systems I have seen, let alone used.

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