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tumble brass in dryer
« on: May 03, 2010, 11:48:50 am »
I read a blog of some old fart on line that he put brass in a pillow case with corn cob media and tumbled it in his dryer. I'd picked up a lot of dirty brass at the saturday def. pistol shoot and was desperate to give it a try. All I had was some unpopped popcorn. So on the no heat setting I let 'er fly. I'll be damn, it worked. I don't have to buy a tumbler. The brass was not beautiful but it did shine a little and clean up great. Just thought you guys could use that bit of info...
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    Re: tumble brass in dryer
    « Reply #1 on: May 03, 2010, 12:09:22 pm »
    If you really need to tumble a bunch of brass:



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    Re: tumble brass in dryer
    « Reply #2 on: May 03, 2010, 12:39:20 pm »
    I wouldn't do that.  it's just asking to contaminate your clothes dryer with lead dust.

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    Re: tumble brass in dryer
    « Reply #3 on: May 03, 2010, 12:46:49 pm »
    If you really need to tumble a bunch of brass:



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    I wish I got to shoot enough to have enough brass to need that.

    I wouldn't do that.  it's just asking to contaminate your clothes dryer with lead dust.

    I'll second this. The stuff that comes out of tumbled brass is pretty nasty. Being organic lead compounds from the primers rather than just straight metallic lead it's more readily absorbed by your body.
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    Re: tumble brass in dryer
    « Reply #4 on: May 03, 2010, 12:57:15 pm »
    I didn't think of that. I guess I will have to get a tumbler.
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    Re: tumble brass in dryer
    « Reply #5 on: May 03, 2010, 01:09:32 pm »
    I wish I got to shoot enough to have enough brass to need that.


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    Re: tumble brass in dryer
    « Reply #6 on: May 05, 2010, 08:28:05 pm »
    If your married it's the same as putting brass in a mesh bag and throwing it in the washer.

    You'll only do it once. :D

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    Re: tumble brass in dryer
    « Reply #7 on: May 05, 2010, 10:29:21 pm »
    If your married it's the same as putting brass in a mesh bag and throwing it in the washer.

    You'll only do it once. :D

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    Re: tumble brass in dryer
    « Reply #8 on: May 05, 2010, 10:54:45 pm »
    I wouldn't do that.  it's just asking to contaminate your clothes dryer with lead dust.

    +1!

     I think you're asking for trouble by doing it. Among other things, you'll have to deal with lead, lead styphnate and azide, tetrazine, and god knows what else.

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     What really stinks is that I still can't use it yet and start reloading. My "area" is no longer available to me.
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    Re: tumble brass in dryer
    « Reply #9 on: May 10, 2010, 10:51:16 pm »
    Also-  A great thing to do is cut used dryer sheets that have been cut into in 1 inch squares in when you tumble brass.  They're a huge help in keeping the dust down and greatly extend the life of your media.
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    Re: tumble brass in dryer
    « Reply #10 on: May 18, 2010, 08:25:24 am »
    Also-  A great thing to do is cut used dryer sheets that have been cut into in 1 inch squares in when you tumble brass.  They're a huge help in keeping the dust down and greatly extend the life of your media.

    I cut regular paper towels into 1" strips. It seemed to work just as well as dryer sheets for me.
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    Re: tumble brass in dryer
    « Reply #11 on: May 18, 2010, 09:16:45 am »
    Also-  A great thing to do is cut used dryer sheets that have been cut into in 1 inch squares in when you tumble brass.  They're a huge help in keeping the dust down and greatly extend the life of your media.

    Amen to that.  For the first 6 months I reloaded, I used to have to replace my tumbler media every 1-2 months because it quit cleaning.  Since doing the dryer sheet thing (almost 3 years ago) I've only had to replace my tumbler media once or twice.  The pieces of dryer sheet come out FILTHY with dust dirt that would otherwise be screwing up my media.

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