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Rock Tumbler

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    Okay, I know some of you use a rock tumbler to clean your stainless baffles.
    Think it would be easiest way to clean mine.
    What kind is best? The drum kind or the bowl kind? What media do you use?

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    Budget friendly: Harbor Freight 3lb tumbler $45. 2.5lbs steel pins $20.
    Works great!

    The best, depends on how much you want to spend.

    Also get a media separator to separate the pins form baffles/cases/etc. I use the Frankford Arsenal platinum series, it makes life easier.
     
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    I went this route and works fine for me. I have 1 with aluminum baffles so I picked up the wall nuts for it.
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    I’ve got the double drum from Chicago electric , love it. I can tumble ss and aluminum at the same time
     
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    I never thought of it that way! I use silicone grease, not oil, on my aluminum baffles, and just spend 20 minutes wiping them off with a paper towel. I haven't tried tumbling with softer media.

    After about 750 rounds and one paper towel:

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    Coat with dot 5 brake fluid first and you might not need to clean with a tool just a brush
     
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    Make sure the stainless pins are the .047 dia, because the .041 pins will get stuck in the primer pocket.

    just a simple suggestion to strongly consider...
     
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    This is the best method . My spectre 22 was filthy from thousands of rimfire rounds. After a few hours they are clean
     
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    After about 200 rounds in my new Rugged Occulus decided to go ahead and clean it.
    Thanks to you guys info, I got a rock tumbler from Amazon, identical except name to HF and Stainless Steel Tumbling Media Pins - 0.047" Diameter, 0.255" Length.

    Not terrible but still dirty. Made mistake first time and did not put enough media in and some of the baffles stuck inside of the others. Ran again with enough media to keep them separated.

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    Baffles After
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    Words of advice, if/when you oil the rollers on your tumbler, do not get oil under that sleeve, it will cause frustration.
     
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