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Old 03-26-2020, 06:15 AM
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Actually, the gods do that on purpose. It is a very rare offering of good luck and should be placed high above the loading bench. You didnít dismantle it did you?
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Old 03-26-2020, 02:30 PM
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Nope.
It goes to the local waste water processing facility -

which is already removing lead from the water.
Okay-some of us are out in the sticks a little farther on a septic tank so yeah, I'll stick with the dry tumble...
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Old 03-26-2020, 02:34 PM
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I remember in the long ago tumbling the whole mixed bag of range pickup together and hitting the quad a few times: a .45 ACP hiding a .40 S&W hiding a 9mm Luger hiding a .25 ACP.
At least the weight of that should have told you something without looking!



You did get on the next plane to Vegas or at least bought a lottery ticket didn't you?
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Old 03-26-2020, 02:42 PM
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That’s one of the smartest things I’ve ever heard!
Never did like the fact that a cartridge was invented because the FBI couldn’t recruit real men!
10mm was invented to give them something that their downloaded .357 Mag snubbies couldn't after that shootout when they were outgunned and then they cut this beautiful, highly effective cartridge in half even though the 9mm and .45ACP already existed.

I'll never get it...
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Old 03-26-2020, 02:56 PM
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Okay-some of us are out in the sticks a little farther on a septic tank so yeah, I'll stick with the dry tumble...
I think when the rainwater soaks up all the powder and primer residue from the ammo you (and everyone else in the county) shoot, you'll end up with just as much in the groundwater as we will... from washing a few cases. Much easier to separate particulates from water than our lungs.

If you want to get down to it,. there are far more more dangerous chemical washed down the drain or down the driveway, than the dust from my wet tumbling.
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Old 03-26-2020, 05:48 PM
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Just gotta be careful and do the dry tumble outside-a little case brite stuff and a used dryer sheet keep the dust down.
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:33 PM
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This whole thread has scrambled my brain but I hope wet cases is the conclusion...
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:47 PM
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This whole thread has scrambled my brain but I hope wet cases is the conclusion...
I am convinced it was, Fish.

But the range closed the say I was going out to test my new clean and dry loads.

IF and when I ever get to shoot them, I'll report back.
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Old 03-27-2020, 06:50 AM
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Aw, címon man.....
Thatís as bad as watching a show and at the end they say ďto be continuedĒ!
I gotta know.........mail em to me.....I blast emí for ya!
Just drive out in the country and shoot some dirt.....We are all waiting!!
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Old 03-27-2020, 08:43 AM
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Dry vs. wet brass!

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I am convinced it was, Fish.

But the range closed the say I was going out to test my new clean and dry loads.

IF and when I ever get to shoot them, I'll report back.
Everybody knows dry brass/powder will shoot jut fine.

You're not going to learn anything unless you moisten the inside of some cases and test your hypothesis!

Sound familiar!
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Old 03-27-2020, 08:49 AM
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Everybody knows dry brass/powder will shoot jut fine.

You're not going to learn anything unless you moisten the inside of some cases and test your hypothesis!

Sound familiar!



Thank you, jj.
I'm more interested in testing the ammo tho.
I'm going to email them to nitro.

To be continued... some day
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Old 03-27-2020, 09:00 AM
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To me, I just wanted to get rid of the dust.
Fill the jug with water, Dawn and Lemi Shine. Turn on and roll for a couple hours.
Strain and dump out the water. Bake at 250.
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and they're done when the toothpick comes out clean?
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Old 03-27-2020, 09:34 AM
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Brass is in the oven at 225.
Toothpicks ready.
(good one!)


I can add this tho.
There were 30 rounds left from that last batch when I quit messing with them.
I took them apart and tested the primers.
I have a Ruger Blackhawk with an optional 9mm "convertible" cylinder.
So I ran a dozen through the Blackhawk.

All fired perfectly normally.

As they normally do, the primers tend to back out when fired this way.
These are unmodified cases without enlarged flash holes.
That causes the cylinder to hang up, but it can be resolved manually.

I'm not going to placate jj.
We already know that wet powder doesn't burn right.
I don't have the lab equipment necessary for administering the tiny
amounts of water that would be needed to determine how MUCH
water causes what kind of failures.
Sorry J.
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Old 05-09-2020, 02:12 PM
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I guess I have the time since I'm retired but my process is to weigh every charge and it goes directly into brass I've picked up from a tray then directly into the press for a bullet. Even when I put that brass in the tray, it's primer up so I know it's empty. It still goes pretty quick. My uniflow is set just below the charge amount and a few flicks on the trickler brings it up. I know alot of guys can push out alot of rounds, I'm sure they shoot alot more than I do but I don't need the extra worry, hell I worry enough as it is LOL
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Old 05-09-2020, 04:46 PM
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So: the charge is within an accepted range, the primers are good, thereís a properly crimped bullet in the case mouth; youíre running out of options for squib causes. The only squib I had was on my new Dillon press. I changed out a case and didnít put it back in the powder drop station. Yes, I look now.
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Old 05-10-2020, 09:20 AM
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AHHH HA! You see, human error!
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Old 05-10-2020, 02:35 PM
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The verdict, in the end, was simply wet cases.
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Old 05-11-2020, 06:27 AM
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Thank you, jj.
I'm more interested in testing the ammo tho.
I'm going to email them to nitro.

To be continued... some day
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Old 05-11-2020, 01:12 PM
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Wet cases? I live in a very damp area and have never dried my cases, on an old bath towel, for more than 24 hours, most of the time I leave them to dry for less than 24 hours. Wet cleaning with pins produces clean primer pockets and flash holes that dry quickly; it’s the residue from the primer that holds the water. I’ll never put my brass in the oven.
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Old 05-11-2020, 03:24 PM
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Old 05-11-2020, 04:02 PM
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I also wet tumble my pistol brass. I fill the two canisters up slightly over half with cases, then add hot water with a quarter teaspoon each of Dawn and Lemishine. I tumble for 20 minutes, dump the dirty water out of canister, then refill with warm water, shake, drain, and repeat the process until little bits of debris quit coming out of the canister. I then dump all the cases into a hand towel, pull to corners together to form a bag, then shake for a minute or two to remove loose water. I then dump the cases into a shoe box that has an attached,hinged lid. In the end of the shoebox, I've cut a hole just large enough for the nozzle of a hairdryer to fit into. I insert the hairdryer nozzle, then turn on low heat for 20 minutes.

It took quite a bit of trial and error to arrive at this process that results in bright, shiny, smooth brass that's ready to reload immediately.

BTW...if you're not sure you're getting your brass dry, once you've put it thru your process, put it in a ziploc bag overnight. If it's not dry, you'll see vapor buildup inside the bag the next morning.
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Old 05-11-2020, 04:44 PM
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How's the moist air supposed to get out of the box??
Does the Hairdryer smooth the brass??
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Old 05-11-2020, 07:01 PM
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Confused about the wet cases. Didn't you say you corncob tumbled after the wet tumble? If so, I doubt that any dampness would remain, more likely assuming you deprimed prior to wet tumble, is it possible corncob may have plugged the flash holes?
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Old 05-12-2020, 06:47 AM
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Here we go again!
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Old 05-12-2020, 09:27 AM
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How's the moist air supposed to get out of the box??
Does the Hairdryer smooth the brass??
The shoebox has a hinged lid with a couple of holes in it (for your fingers when pulling the box off of the shelf). So the hot, moist air easily escapes the box.

The hairdryer has nothing to do with how smooth the cases come out. It's the process. I've tried lots of different amounts of Dawn and Lemishine and different lengths of time for the tumble. I've air dried, oven dried, and sun dried cases. I'm saying that the process I've arrived at produces pretty consistent, great results.
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