Where to get tumbling meda?


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Wildbillz
September 30, 2012, 01:40 PM
Hi All
I need to pickup some meda for tumbling. Where is a good place to get it?

Thanks
WB

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mdi
September 30, 2012, 01:45 PM
http://www.drillspot.com/products/499763/econoline_526020g-40_40_lbs_blast_media Best buy I've found. Others will surely suggest pet stores and for crushed walnut shells (lizzard litter) can be a pretty good deal, but most of the corn cob litter/media I've seen in pet stores is the "flake" type which doesn't work in a tumbler...

LAL357
September 30, 2012, 01:48 PM
i just get the lizard litter from the pet store alot cheaper and treat it myself

rcmodel
September 30, 2012, 01:57 PM
+1

Zilla Lizard Litter Ground English Walnut Shells from the pet store.
http://www.petco.com/product/102881/Zilla-Ground-English-Walnut-Shells-Reptile-Bedding.aspx

Works as well or better then any commercial tumbler media I have ever used.

It is small enough it doesn't clog flash holes.

rc

223man
September 30, 2012, 03:26 PM
Tnx for the source. :)

Hondo 60
September 30, 2012, 06:33 PM
http://www.drillspot.com/products/521055/econoline_526040g-40_40_lbs_blast_media

Smaller pieces than post #2.
No flash hole issues.

I bought a bag 2 yrs ago & still have over 1/2 of it.
It's cheap ($33.66 for a 40#bag) & shipping is free.

skywalkrNCSU
September 30, 2012, 06:38 PM
There are a few gun stores in my area that say they sell reloading supplies and they have some. I just ordered from midway.

Thompsoncustom
September 30, 2012, 06:42 PM
where you live? Here in iowa you can get a 50lb bag of corn cob for 14 bucks.

thomis
September 30, 2012, 07:41 PM
Here (http://www.ebay.com/itm/9-Lb-Walnut-Corn-Cob-Tumbler-Media-Treated-For-A-High-Polish-On-All-Your-Brass-/320942463943?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab9a95bc7) is a mix of both corn cob and walnut with other good stuff added.

340PD
September 30, 2012, 08:07 PM
Pet Smart

Lizard litter + shot glass mineral spirits + capfull of Nu Finish auto wax.

GP100man
September 30, 2012, 08:32 PM
Here`s the brand of corn cob to get from the pet stores it`s the same size as reg. tumblin media .Note the size on the bag .

http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx110/GP100man/tumblermedia.jpg

joecil
September 30, 2012, 09:25 PM
If you have a local Harbor Freight then that is where I get mine even cheaper than petco.

rcmodel
September 30, 2012, 09:28 PM
Keep in mind that Walnut media is for cleaning cases.

Corn cob is for bringing it to a high polish it after it is cleaned first.

rc

jcwit
September 30, 2012, 09:41 PM
I dump my dirty cases in my 20/40 corn cob media that has a teaspoon of liquid auto polish added and they come out clean and polished. Never have used the walnut, it may clean faster but I fail to see how it could clean better. Only way to clean better that I can see is by going to wet S/S pin tumbling. And at my age I'm not going to invest in another complete different way of tumbling.

wrench
September 30, 2012, 10:26 PM
If you've got a Grainger near you, they'll have the corncob media as well, at very good prices.

kutter
September 30, 2012, 10:56 PM
Like many of you I have used both corncob and walnut. While I admit that corncob does get the brass 'prettier' walnut is faster and I have not noticed that the paper cares how pretty my brass is when I punch holes in it, so I use walnut from Harbor Freight.

1SOW
September 30, 2012, 11:15 PM
For corncob: http://www.drillspot.com/products/52...bs_blast_media

Hondo60 + the same two years with many thousands of 9mm cases cleaned.

Graingers you have to drive to get it. Here they only sell to tax exempt companies/businesses , but also to military--ret and active.

evan price
October 1, 2012, 06:53 AM
The amazon.com Petco link, they have the 25 qt bag on sale. $13.99 and shipping is $5.99- for as many bags as you order. I ordered three and shipping was $5.99 total.
About $.50 per pound to your door, and the Zilla stuff is fine enough I have no trouble at all with clumping and blocking flash holes or getting stuck in 223 bottlenecks.

I like it way better than stainless steel pins, and after building a couple wet SS pin tumblers, I'd much rather use the walnut + NuFinish + odorless mineral spirits + torn dryer sheets- any day.

The SS pins get stuck in the cases and in the flash holes, and then you have to rinse and dry and hope all the pins came out... Built a rack to let the pins rinse out. Still had pins stuck, two SS pins together wedge nicely in a flash hole. Lots of work for no real gain IMHO. I am junking my SS tumblers and pins. What a bad idea.

Taurus 617 CCW
October 1, 2012, 09:16 AM
My local Walmart happens to carry the lizzard walnut shells in the pet section. I don't remember the exact price but it was around $5-$7 for a pretty good size bag.

blarby
October 1, 2012, 09:20 AM
drillspot.

Drillspot.

One last time....

Drillspot.

tglazie
October 1, 2012, 11:29 AM
+1 to GP100's post.

I use those products 50-50 and use a capful of NuFinish and a few scraps of old dryer sheets. 45-60 minutes of tumbling and I have nice clean cases with some shine. If I wanted them spotless I could go for much longer but that is more than enough time for them to be functional.

mdemetz
October 1, 2012, 05:59 PM
drillspot.

Drillspot.

One last time....

Drillspot.

The Drillspot stuff is dropped shipped from Grainger!
Our local Grainger does not keep it in stock.

zxcvbob
October 1, 2012, 06:02 PM
I got mine at Grainger, cheap. It works a lot better than the pet store stuff I tried because that was too coarse.

sigep749
October 1, 2012, 06:31 PM
I noticed a couple of the previous posts mentioned walnut+nu-finish+mineral spirits. What do the mineral spirits do? I understand the nu-finish.

Thanks in advance.

ApplePie
October 1, 2012, 08:23 PM
I recently got a bag of Hartz corn cob small animal bedding litter at Walmart in the pet section. It cost less than $4 for a bag that weighed between 8 and 10 pounds; I don't remember exactly.

They clean fine, especially since I mixed some auto scratch remover in with them. This corn cob litter is ground pretty big. It works great for straight-walled cases. However, I just cleaned a batch of 30/06 brass, and the media packed very tightly into the cases and would not pour out. I had to use a small screwdriver in almost every case to loosen up the jammed media, then tap it out. Took a long time. I learned that I have to use media that is ground finer for bottle-necked cases.

jcwit
October 1, 2012, 10:20 PM
I recently got a bag of Hartz corn cob small animal bedding litter at Walmart in the pet section. It cost less than $4 for a bag that weighed between 8 and 10 pounds; I don't remember exactly.

They clean fine, especially since I mixed some auto scratch remover in with them. This corn cob litter is ground pretty big. It works great for straight-walled cases. However, I just cleaned a batch of 30/06 brass, and the media packed very tightly into the cases and would not pour out. I had to use a small screwdriver in almost every case to loosen up the jammed media, then tap it out. Took a long time. I learned that I have to use media that is ground finer for bottle-necked cases.

So do what most of us suggest and go to drillspot and purchase 20/40 grit, its small enough it will not even clog up your flash holes. Its cost is similar to the stuff you bought at the pet store, plus you save your gas money as they ship it to your door with no added charges.

Here's your link

http://www.drillspot.com/products/521055/econoline_526040g-40_40_lbs_blast_media

quartermaster
October 1, 2012, 10:44 PM
I have never tried the lizard litter, but reading the posts tells me I'll have to get some and give it a shot

As for the stuff from Drill Spot, I have been using it for 2 years from the advise of a poster in THR. I have been very satisfied with it. I paid just under $40.00, shipping included, for the bag which filled up 2 1/4 5 gallon pails, that I store it in. It seems to be as durable, if not a bit more, than the media such as Lyman and the others that I used to buy. As mentioned before, it rarely gets stuck in flash holes. It does get stuck to a point in the lapua flash holes more than I would like but for the price it's bearable.

The only gripe that I have with it is, it is quite staticy, making it a bit messy at times. I haven't had much luck curing that situation, even with the dryer sheets.

My 2 cents QM

evan price
October 2, 2012, 06:46 AM
@ Sigep:

The NuFinish uses a mineral spirits base to carry the polish and additives. It will dry out and by just adding a dollop of mineral spirits it rewets the media and it does a better job of cleaning. I find that it removes carbon much faster with mineral spirits. You don't need a lot, just enough the media looks moist but isn't really wet.

hentown
October 2, 2012, 08:24 AM
Evan, where did you get the info that NuFinish uses a minieral spirits base? You sure about that?

mgmorden
October 2, 2012, 10:58 AM
I recently got a bag of Hartz corn cob small animal bedding litter at Walmart in the pet section. It cost less than $4 for a bag that weighed between 8 and 10 pounds; I don't remember exactly.

They clean fine, especially since I mixed some auto scratch remover in with them. This corn cob litter is ground pretty big. It works great for straight-walled cases. However, I just cleaned a batch of 30/06 brass, and the media packed very tightly into the cases and would not pour out. I had to use a small screwdriver in almost every case to loosen up the jammed media, then tap it out. Took a long time. I learned that I have to use media that is ground finer for bottle-necked cases.

I just ran into the same thing. Had been using the same crushed walnut hulls I had bought from a pet store for years, but that media was getting REALLY dirty (to the point where the cases had a powder residue left on them when they came out). Got this corn cob stuff and had the same trouble - though mine was with 9mm cases. Seems that on about half of them just enough got stuck in the case that I had to pick it back out.

I'm wondering if the media will work against itself after a while and not get stuck, but I'm not sure I have the patience to wait and see - I'm going to try and find another bag of crushed walnut.

blarby
October 2, 2012, 07:11 PM
Nufinish does indeed have an odor- reduced mineral spirit base.

Check the MSDS.

On media that has been coated with nufinish, but isnt doing what it used to- an ounce of mineral spirits per load does the trick for helping to remove stubborn stuff.

evan price
October 2, 2012, 07:22 PM
Like blarby said, its on the MSDS.

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