Tumbler/Polish

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    Tumbler/Polish

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    Ok my tumbler comes in tomorrow and im new to reloading plan on running mainly just range firing loads I have nobody to impress. I was reading Kazza thread on the goo on his brass and it got me thinking to polish or not to polish and run dry ? and I didnt want to steal his thread so started this one. ordered the Cabelas tumbler and it comes with polish plan on getting the Walnuts next trip to petsmart. But what do you guys do?
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    I tumble to clean the brass prior to sizing. I am currently using a mixture of walnut and corn cob dry with no added liquid polish.
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    I started out just using dry media walnut hulls. Then I've used the Midway brass polish. Whatever polish you use, I should be ammonia free. I have some corn cob media that I haven't used yet. Interesting about mixing the corn cob and walnut though.
    I've seen 6-15lbs of tumbling media for sale here lately on EBay just FYI.

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    Polishing wont effect your ammo either way other than its shininess.
    If you happen to have some, might as well use it, if not, I probably wouldn’t bother buying it. I see no need yet no detriment
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    Actually tumbling does help the reloading process. It can remove impurities such as sizing lube and helps clean the primer pocket. When I first started reloading, I used a rock polishing tumbler in which I placed very small ball bearings, water and dish soap. In about 15 minutes the brass looked factory new and was super clean.
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    Thanks all it should come in today will let ya know how it works..
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    I polish before depriming. Prevents media from getting in the primer pocket.
    Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boscobeans View Post
    I polish before depriming. Prevents media from getting in the primer pocket.
    Just a thought.

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    Now Ive heard 2 schools of thought on that alot of people ive talked to say to deprime before you tumble to clean the pocket?
    What have you guys found out?
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    I deprime after polishing as part of the loading step, since I have a progressive 4-stage press. Since the depriming die is also the resizing die, I don't want to run dirty brass in my die and get it gunked up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kazzaerexys View Post
    I deprime after polishing as part of the loading step, since I have a progressive 4-stage press. Since the depriming die is also the resizing die, I don't want to run dirty brass in my die and get it gunked up.
    Same here! I will also sometimes throw my brass back in the tumbler after depending on how well I had wiped off the sizing lube. If I do, I will run them through the neck sizing die before reloading and after the second trip to the tumbler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomEgun View Post
    Now Ive heard 2 schools of thought on that alot of people ive talked to say to deprime before you tumble to clean the pocket?
    What have you guys found out?

    I find that if the primer pocket is empty, often pieces of media will get stuck in it. The stuck piece prevents the media from cleaning out the pocket.

    I load single stage and am not pushed for time so I check each case before repriming to make sure the flash hole is clear. If I see a dirty pocket I clean it out with a pocket cleaner.

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    I tumble my brass and then deprime it. I don't know how much petsmart charges but if there's a Harbor Freight near you check them out. Down here they sell 24/25(can't remember which) pounds for $25ish bucks. Combine that with the 20% coupon that harbor freight puts out once a month in the sunday paper or just use one that comes in almost every american rifleman/first freedom magazine in recent times.

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    Question: How long is the media good for? Does adding polish change that at all?

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    I tumble with walnut media, a capful of Nu-Finish and a used dryer sheet cut into four pieces. The brass comes out sparking clean and the dryer sheets keep the dust down and seem to make the media stay cleaner longer. I deprime after I tumble to keep media out of the flash hole. I clean the primer pockets with a hand tool once every three or four times reloading if they get grungy.

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    I tumble first. The biggest reason is to remove dirt/grit that can damage dies. The primer pocket is so small that tumbling doesn't effectively clean it--the media packs into it and doesn't scrub, just like the inside of the cases.

    Use an RCBS pocket brush or hand scraper to clean it if you think you need to. I usually don't bother cleaning the pockets. They tend to be self-cleaning with the next shot.
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