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How long to tumble?

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    Posted: 08 February 2016 at 15:44
I am getting out my "stuff" as I want to load up some .38 Sp and .270 Winnie (I am going to CA and it has to be lead-less and hard to find, at a decent price in my area).

For standard (cleanliness wise) brass how long should it be tumbled?
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I use crushed walnut hulls for tumbling media. I have noticed it makes a difference how old the media is.

If it's new 4 or 5 hours cleans it up real good. If I haven't changed the media in a while I tumble brass longer.

I just check on it every once in a while. When it shines like a new penny it's done.

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Just to clean I use a "green" colored corncob media and it
cleans in my vibrating machine pretty well in a couple of
hours...dull clean...need the "red" colored stuff for
really shiny brass. Think it is Lyman stuff.
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I use the Zilla brand desert sand lizard bedding, it's crushed walnut shell the right size, to not stick in flash holes. It does much better job than corn, add a couple squares of used dryer sheet, to catch the dust and a bit if nu-polish if desired.
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I use walnut shells with some small amount of red rouge.

The minimum time depends upon how dirty/oxidized the cases are. 4 hours is about the least time.

You can't over tumble using walnut; I often tumbel them over night 10-14 hours.
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