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First batch of wet tumbled brass
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Just wet tumbled my brass for the first time. Used stainless steel pins, Dawn, Lemishine, water and a rock tumbler from Harbor Freight.



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Wow nice shine going on there. I'm impressed.
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csmith;105038 Wrote:Wow nice shine going on there. I'm impressed.

what's interesting is that this brass was previously dry tumbled. the water after wet tumbling was BLACK! That's how much crap is left behind.

Personally I don't care about really shiny cases. But I realized that dry tumbling is putting lead and other crap into the air. I don't need my 9 month old getting lung problems. So I'm not going to wet tumble my brass.

It takes more prep time but I think it's worth it. And I was able to do it much cheaper than some of the other wet tumbling options out there.

I've also heard that there is some difference in velocity when using bras that is as clean as the day it was made... don't have 100% proof of that, but it makes sense.
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WTH is Lemiahine? Nothing came up on google.....Id like to give this a shot....
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bigdawgbeav;105069 Wrote:what's interesting is that this brass was previously dry tumbled. the water after wet tumbling was BLACK! That's how much crap is left behind.

I worked in a sheet metal shop for a few years. No matter the material all the water came out black. We used water, Dawn and different grit/shaped stones.

Do I see a solitary chrome piece? Or is that just the lighting?
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bigdawgbeav;105069 Wrote:what's interesting is that this brass was previously dry tumbled. the water after wet tumbling was BLACK! That's how much crap is left behind.

Personally I don't care about really shiny cases. But I realized that dry tumbling is putting lead and other crap into the air. I don't need my 9 month old getting lung problems. So I'm not going to wet tumble my brass.

It takes more prep time but I think it's worth it. And I was able to do it much cheaper than some of the other wet tumbling options out there.

I've also heard that there is some difference in velocity when using bras that is as clean as the day it was made... don't have 100% proof of that, but it makes sense.

I always tumble mine outside because of the kids. Both the dust and the noise becomes an issue even if I do it in the basement. For my pistol brass I'm right there with you and generally don't care much about shiny, for rifles though your results really have my attention.
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csmith;105074 Wrote:I always tumble mine outside because of the kids. Both the dust and the noise becomes an issue even if I do it in the basement. For my pistol brass I'm right there with you and generally don't care much about shiny, for rifles though your results really have my attention.

Harbor Freight Dual Rock Tumbler - $40 w/ 20% coupon
Stainless media - 2lb "refresh kit" - $20
Lemi-Shine - $8 (will last a really long time)
Dawn detergent - already had
Water - duh

tumble for 3 hours and voila!

Drying in the sun left me with some water spots... next I'm gonna put the brass in a mesh bag and stick it on the sneaker rack for the dryer and dry on the low cycle for 30-40 minutes... that should work.
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bigdawgbeav;105077 Wrote:Drying in the sun left me with some water spots... next I'm gonna put the brass in a mesh bag and stick it on the sneaker rack for the dryer and dry on the low cycle for 30-40 minutes... that should work.

Cabelas media separator to get cases and pins sorted out and then run the brass through a salad spinner ... no water spots Smile

It may leave a little water in the primer pockets but I leave them air dry for a day or 2 as I have plenty of brass ready to go
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Spacemanvic;105071 Wrote:WTH is Lemiahine? Nothing came up on google.....Id like to give this a shot....

Lemishine is a dishwashing "detergent" made with citric acid being a prevalant part of the ingredients. It is the citric acid that makes the wet tumble method work so well.
I do not use the wet tumble method. I simply acid wash my brass using two to three teaspoons of citric acid per gallon of hot water. Stir the acid in until dissolved and add brass. You can see the color change in 30 seconds or so. For extremely dirty brass, I will use an overnight soak. Drain off the acid solution and rinse 2 or three times with hot water. Dry thoroughly and tumble if you wish. Brass prepped this way will not tarnish nearly as fast as brass that is just tumbled. It's even easier to clean the primer pockets, especially after letting the brass soak overnight.
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Spacemanvic;105071 Wrote:WTH is Lemiahine? Nothing came up on google.....Id like to give this a shot....

Lemi-Shine... my bad

kadar;105073 Wrote:
bigdawgbeav;105069 Wrote:what's interesting is that this brass was previously dry tumbled. the water after wet tumbling was BLACK! That's how much crap is left behind.

I worked in a sheet metal shop for a few years. No matter the material all the water came out black. We used water, Dawn and different grit/shaped stones.

Do I see a solitary chrome piece? Or is that just the lighting?

There might have been a nickel case in there, don't remember. I have a few pieces of nickle and I don't usually separate that from the brass.
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