So I have been using an ultrasonic cleaner to clean my brass (.38 .45 and 9mm).
I am considering getting a tumbler, either to supplement or to replace it.
Presently, I fit about 150 .38s in a tupperware container that I st inside the cleaner. I use a mix of water and ammonia as a cleaning solution. The tupperware makes it easier to move between my bench and the sink.
After two or three 8-minute cycles, I will dump the dirty solution and rinse the brass. Then refill the container with distilled water and run another cycle or two to clean off the cleaner.
I drain and pour them out on a towel, then spread out on a tray and a few minutes in a warm oven (150-175 F) to complete the drying (in the summer I would leave them out in the hot sun to do the same thing). The whole process is rather time consuming and labor intensive.
While they are ready for reloading at this point, they are not very pretty. The insides are usually shinier than the outside.
I am thinking of the tumbler to make them look nicer. Is there any real advantage to this, or am I just getting vain?