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Old 04-03-2020, 07:53 PM   #1
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wet tumbler liquid ???

Just gettin started in the reloading journey. Got a Lyman tumbler.
I like things that give me a good service life, so I went with this and some SS pins.

Looks like the liquid gets too dirty to be re-used.

Is Distilled water really neccessary?

Seems like LEMI SHINE is used by most. What LEMI SHINE? There seems to be 5 or 6 different ones.


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Old 04-09-2020, 10:16 PM   #2
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I bought a Frankfort Arsenal about 4 years ago. I only reload straight wall pistol cartridges (mostly 9mm and 44 mag). I stopped using the ss pins mainly because they're a PITA to deal with. I use Hornady case cleaner mixed with a tablespoon or so of borax powder and a teaspoon or so of dishwasher detergent. I turn the tumbler on and let it go for about 3 hours. Probably don't need to use all of that mix of cleaner/detergent but it works for me. The outside of the cases endup extremely clean and they shine as good or better than new never fired ones. The primer pockets are very clean but not as much shine and the inside of the cases are clean but with little or no shine.

The above may not work with cases that have a shoulder and a neck and are usually longer ta boot. That narrower opening and longer length may impede getting the inside of those cases clean without using the ss pins... but that's just a guess on my part since I don't clean bottle neck cases.
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Old 07-22-2020, 02:40 PM   #3
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I use a large handmade tumbler it's a 4' piece of 4" heavy wall PVC. I use about 2tbsp to 3tbsp of Dawn dish soap to about 1/2tbsp of the LEMI SHINE & regular tap water will work fine. I fill my tumbler 1/2 to 3/4 full of brass cases, fill with water, add the dawn & Lemi Shine, close it up, shake it a couple of times to get the cases filled, then put it on the rollers to tumble for about 1 to 2 hrs. I take it off, open the tumbler pour it out in a roaster pan & use the garden hose to rinse, after rinsing put in a separator basket to remove most of the water & spread on old towels to dry(putting out in the sun help a lot. I can do about 700 to 800 .223/5.56 or 1200 9mm cases at a time.
I don't use the SS pins unless I absolutely have to they are not necessary to get the needed part of the cases clean.

This is the LEMI SHINE you want to get.

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