Tumbling Brass Shells

Tumbling brass shells is a process used to clean and polish them. Here are the steps to tumble brass shells:

  1. Gather your materials: You will need a tumbler, a tumbling media, and a brass cleaning solution. The tumbler can be either a vibratory tumbler or a rotary tumbler. The tumbling media can be either stainless steel pins, corn cob media, or walnut shell media. The brass cleaning solution can be either a specialized brass cleaner or a mixture of dish soap and water.
  2. Disassemble the brass shells: Before tumbling, you should disassemble the brass shells by removing the primer and separating the casing from the bullet. This will ensure that each component is properly cleaned and polished.
  3. Load the tumbler: Place the brass shells and the tumbling media in the tumbler. The general rule of thumb is to use about 1 pound of media for every 100 pieces of brass shells.
  4. Add the cleaning solution: Add the brass cleaning solution to the tumbler. The amount of solution you use will depend on the size of your tumbler, but usually, you'll need about a tablespoon of cleaner for every pound of brass.
  5. Tumble: Turn on the tumbler and let it run for several hours. The duration will depend on how dirty the brass shells are, but usually, you'll need to tumble for 4-6 hours.
  6. Rinse and dry: After tumbling, remove the brass shells from the tumbler and rinse them thoroughly with water to remove any residue. Then, dry them completely using a towel or air dryer.
  7. Reassemble: Once the brass shells are completely dry, you can reassemble them by replacing the primer and bullet.