Homemade media.....WOW


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gaudio5
July 23, 2007, 03:22 PM
im new to reloading and dont have my tumbler yet i wanted to load some brass but it was dirty....heres what i did.....

1. take a box of brown miniute rice place in the blender on CHOP
2. add a SMALL ammount of corn meal
3. place mixture and brass in a tupper ware container and shake for 20 mins

brass looks brand new!

thought this might help some reloaders without tumblers!

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SiG Lady
July 23, 2007, 03:39 PM
God, that sounds right-on!! Neat idea!! Just make sure you can come by these products economically... (buy in bulk?). But that hand-shaking method will get old after a while. Invest in at least a small tumbler. There are used ones out there......

gaudio5
July 23, 2007, 03:56 PM
yea a tumbler is in line i figured the brown rice was semi course so it would take off all the thick dirt and the corm meal was very soft so it would polish the case and yea it works!

JDGray
July 23, 2007, 05:13 PM
Good cardiovascular workout :D

trickyasafox
July 23, 2007, 05:21 PM
throw it in your trunk for a day that might do the trick too. the bouncing around in a car will probably clean it right up :)

rhubarb
July 23, 2007, 06:24 PM
I've tried the "throw it in the back of the car" tumbler. First with brass and corncob in a quart container under the back seat of my truck for a couple of weeks. I couldn't tell that it did anything. Then I filled a coffee can up with brass and media and threw it in the bed of my truck for a week. It didn't roll around as much as I'd expected. I couldn't tell that the brass was any cleaner or shinier.

I don't see manual tumbling as a viable option. I'm gonna make or buy a real tumbler. Thanks for the rice recipe, though, gaudio5.

LWS32
July 23, 2007, 06:30 PM
Harbor Freight has a tumbler on sale for 39.99 lot #93252.

GP100man
July 23, 2007, 08:14 PM
fellers the rice will get gummy on ya !!!
dont ask how i know!!!

GP100man

gaudio5
July 23, 2007, 09:59 PM
to bad says 60 now :(

The_Antibubba
July 24, 2007, 01:30 AM
You could strap the tupperware to the dog and head to the park with a frisbee! :p

The Bushmaster
July 24, 2007, 11:50 AM
Or tape the tupper ware shut (well rapped) and throw it into the drier with the clothes and let'er rip...Be sure you check the clothes before your wife does though...

.41 magnum man
July 24, 2007, 12:57 PM
Hey, I'm a taxidermist and I just wonder if I could throw it into my big hide tumbler and let 'er spin in the corn cob grit? :) I'll have to try it sometime.

11c2v
July 24, 2007, 01:20 PM
I know the music industry has used corn cob media to polish brass keys after they were coined.
I have heard cat litter works also. I would use the clean stuff:D

IMHO get a tumbler. Don't try to reinvent the wheel. Been there, done that.

Navy_Guns
July 24, 2007, 03:30 PM
Yeah, but you can't eat the cat litter when you're done with it... :scrutiny:

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