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Stainless Pin Tumbler vs Ultrasonic Cleaning

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  1. EZ-E

    EZ-E Infidel Patriot III%er

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    Since I'm new to reloading I did an experiment to see if my new pin tumbler or my Ultrasonic cleaner would work better. I've had the Ultrasonic for several years to clean fishing reel parts & it works better than scrubbing them with dawn.
    I had the pin tumbler going for a while then started the Ultrasonic. I ran the pins for 3hrs & the Ultrasonic for 40 minutes @ 150deg.
    I used a few squirts of dawn & a little bit of lemioshine in both. I think the pin tumbler works a little better even though it runs longer. The pins just seem to polish a little better.

    1st row pin tumbler & normal amount of lemishine & dawn

    2nd row pin tumbler & a little too much lemishine...notice the gold color

    3rd row Ultrasonic with normal lemishine & dawn ratios. Notice finger prints & scratches.


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  2. baboon

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    How do you dry your brass once it's out of the pin tumbler?
     
  3. EZ-E

    EZ-E Infidel Patriot III%er

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    I use a Frankford Arsenal magnet to remove the pins, then lay the brass on a towel to remove most water & rub them around to try to remove any remaining pins. Then put the brass in my food dehydrator @150 for 3hrs.
    Then use the magnet to pick up the remaining pins
     
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  4. Younggun

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    I like to lay a window screen over the fan on the A/C unit. The hot hair drys them pretty quick. Thinking about building a tray so they can’t rattle off the sides as easily, haven’t lost any though.


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  5. SQLGeek

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    That's a good idea, Younggun. Might need to try that if I end up wet tumbling.
     
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    ED48C7C7-5B4D-42DD-9872-8097C91B2C42.jpeg I mostly use the pins. Makes brass look like new.
     
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  7. pbratton

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    I switched to wet tumbling with pins this year and do the exact same routine.
     
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  8. Younggun

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    Just throw the brass in the clothes dryer. Wives really appreciate that.


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  9. baboon

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    I ended up with my chef buddies commercial dehydrator that he used 2 months.
     
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  10. EZ-E

    EZ-E Infidel Patriot III%er

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    Sweet...nice score

    I got my dehydrator Xmas 17', it sat in the cabinet for over a year before I used it... & didnt even make Jerky...lol. Hhhmmm ... now I want jerky. I guess I should use it right if I'm gunna use it.
     


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