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Post by JKR 2/25/2020, 3:50 pm

I’ve been thinking about buying a rotary brass tumbler. Any recommendations? What’s everyone using?

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Post by zanemoseley 2/25/2020, 4:12 pm

Wet or dry tumbling? 

I've got the Frankford Arsenal Platinum tumbler which comes with everything you need for wet tumbling with SS pins and all, its worked for 4 years with no issues. Would buy it again.

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Post by messenger 2/25/2020, 4:55 pm

zanemoseley wrote:Wet or dry tumbling? 

I've got the Frankford Arsenal Platinum tumbler which comes with everything you need for wet tumbling with SS pins and all, its worked for 4 years with no issues. Would buy it again.

 Same here.

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Post by James Hensler 2/25/2020, 4:56 pm

I got and use one as well! Love it
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Post by Multiracer 2/25/2020, 6:03 pm

Look up Lortone

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Post by rburk 2/25/2020, 11:11 pm

I've got the small Frankford Arsenal wet tumbler, it will do about 300 to 400 45 cases at a time.  I deprime them, then wet tumble them for about 3 hours.  I don't have any steel pins, so the primer pockets don't get completely clean, but overall the cases look decent and work well in the loader.

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Post by cdrt 2/25/2020, 11:38 pm

I bought a Lortone QT-12 from Gil Hebard's in 1975 and it is still going strong.  It works with dry or wet media.
https://lortone.com/products/model-qt12
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Post by John B Fowler 2/26/2020, 8:28 am

Same experience with the Lortone from Gil Hebard in 1979.  A little pricier now but it is a professional tumbler company that makes them for industrial users and rock hounds so if you ever need a part, they will have it.  Have to say I miss Gil Hebard's what a great man and company for pistol shooters.

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Post by chopper 2/26/2020, 8:42 am

+1 for Lortone. I bought used one for $100 from a gunsmith that used it when he was a rock hound out west. I'd say check out their forums and ebay for some good deals.
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Post by Vociferous 2/26/2020, 10:13 am

Dillon vibrator with walnut shells.  Add a little car polish to make 'em shiny.
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Post by mikld 2/26/2020, 1:01 pm

FWIW; the Harbor Freight rotary is a copy of the Lortone rotary tumbler (I believe). I had a single drum HF rotary for approx. 18 years and it worked well until I "improved" it. I now have a HF dual drum tumbler and I use custom drums (plastic jugs of about 36-48 oz.). I have used this tumbler both wet and dry for at least the last 15 years just keeping it clean and oiled...

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Post by BE Mike 2/26/2020, 3:50 pm

Lortone QT 12 here. I also bought mine from Gil Hebard Guns way back when.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lortone-Model-QT12-Rock-Tumbler-Collecting-Jewelry-Polishing-Stone-Tumbling-NEW/171182282047?hash=item27db42553f:g:iXgAAOxyLN9Sk68D
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Post by zanemoseley 2/26/2020, 4:09 pm

That Lortone looks way smaller than the Frankford Arsenal tumbler. Just keep that in mind if you shoot a lot.

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Post by Multiracer 2/26/2020, 4:21 pm

zanemoseley wrote:That Lortone looks way smaller than the Frankford Arsenal tumbler. Just keep that in mind if you shoot a lot.
They make units from one pint to huge commercial units ?

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Post by messenger 2/26/2020, 4:46 pm

If I had tried the Lyman tumbling media I probably wouldn't have gone to wet tumbling. A friend of mine uses it and his brass is at least 90% as clean as my wet tumbled. He doesn't deprime before cleaning so I can't comment as far as how clean it would get the primer pockets. 

https://www.cabelas.com/product/Lyman-Turbo-Tufnut-Plus-Case-Cleaning-Media-lb-Easy-Pour-Container/727258.uts

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Post by zanemoseley 2/26/2020, 5:08 pm

Multiracer wrote:
zanemoseley wrote:That Lortone looks way smaller than the Frankford Arsenal tumbler. Just keep that in mind if you shoot a lot.
They make units from one pint to huge commercial units ?
Yeah but the $200 QT12 everyone is linking too is very small, just pointing that out. The inside of the drum is only 7.5" deep x 6.75" Diameter, that's less than half what the Frankford unit is.

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Post by blindshooter 2/26/2020, 5:10 pm

I'm too lazy for wet tumbling. Just run my tumblers outside with the lids off, and use a Dillon separator with a fan at my back to keep from breathing the dust. Not looking to get them "like new" as I feel like the squeaky clean brass causes loading issues.
YMMV

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Post by james r chapman 2/26/2020, 8:45 pm

wet tumbling with dawn and liquid wax
no loading issues
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Post by BE Mike 2/27/2020, 10:13 am

I dry tumble with ground walnut shells and a little liquid Flitz, but here is a video of someone wet tumbling brass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIpNcj5f9s4
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Post by messenger 2/27/2020, 12:37 pm

james r chapman wrote:wet tumbling with dawn and liquid wax
no loading issues
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What brand liquid wax?

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Post by valbern67 2/27/2020, 7:42 pm

zanemoseley wrote:Wet or dry tumbling? 

I've got the Frankford Arsenal Platinum tumbler which comes with everything you need for wet tumbling with SS pins and all, its worked for 4 years with no issues. Would buy it again.

Me too!
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Post by james r chapman 2/27/2020, 8:52 pm

messenger wrote:
james r chapman wrote:wet tumbling with dawn and liquid wax
no loading issues
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What brand liquid wax?

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Post by messenger 2/29/2020, 8:59 am

Here is a pretty good article about brass cleaning from Accurate Shooter.

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https://www.accurateshooter.com/technical-articles/reloading/brass-cleaning-with-stainless-media/
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