Tumbling media?


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9453
October 10, 2012, 07:26 PM
So what is everyone using? I see things from corn cobb, walnut hulls, to stainless steal I'm confused, what do you recommend?

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BYJO4
October 10, 2012, 07:34 PM
You can find numerous threads on this topic by searching. As for me, I use Lyman Corn Cob media.

babalu826
October 10, 2012, 07:35 PM
Another one here using corn cob media

hentown
October 10, 2012, 07:38 PM
Get 14-20 corn cob from a vendor that carries blasting media. Grainger comes to mind, also Northern Hydraulics. I mix that 50/50 with pet store ground walnut shells and use a couple of caps of NuFinish car polish. Works great!

jr_roosa
October 10, 2012, 07:46 PM
I just buy the Dillon media by the box and add in some Flitz tumbling media additive. I clean with walnut and then polish off the resizing lube with corncob either after resizing or after rounds are loaded, depending. Comes out very shiny in the end.

The pet store options etc are probably a little cheaper, but the Dillon stuff is cheap enough, lasts long enough, and works well enough that I never bothered looking into the other options.

Stainless is an entirely different business.

-J.

ranger335v
October 10, 2012, 07:53 PM
Cob and nut are dry process media, both are sold because both work fine. Some like one, some the other, some mix 'em just to make sure they aren't too far wrong. A 20/40 grit works quite well and won't clog flash holes. Pick one and go with it. Adding polish for glittery cases is eye candy.

Steel pins are a wet process; it's messy and cases have to dry before use. Does get cases surgically clean tho, that matters if you're going to do surgery with 'em but otherwise it doesn't matter.

Jim Watson
October 10, 2012, 07:55 PM
I use walnut hull in a dry vibratory for smokeless brass.
Ceramic or steel in a wet rotary for black powder cases.

ArchAngelCD
October 10, 2012, 08:18 PM
So what is everyone using? I see things from corn cobb, walnut hulls, to stainless steal I'm confused, what do you recommend?
Corncob media seems to make the brass shine more than other media does.

Crushed Walnut Shells seems to be more abrasive than Corncob so it will clean faster and remove heavy soiling.

I use a 50/50 mix of Corncob and Walnut media in my tumbler and throw a used dryer sheet in the tumbler every 3rd load to keep the media clean.

Stainless media is a totally different way of cleaning. You need a different "tumbler" and the stainless media is used in conjunction with water and cleaning solutions. It's more expensive to setup because everything involved costs more but your brass will look as good as new or better within a very short cleaning time.

I'm happy with dry tumbling and don't mind it takes longer to work. (I'm cheap lol)

Welcome to the forum.

jcwit
October 10, 2012, 08:21 PM
One more time

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

20/40 corn cob, 40 lb bag shipped right to your door, no gas expense on your part, all for less than $35.00. Enough to last for years.

Buy a bottle of liquid auto cleaner/polish to add to it, Nu-Finish is one of the favorites here. A capful or 2 to start than maybe a capful every 5 or 6 or 10 loads later.

45lcshooter
October 10, 2012, 09:05 PM
corn cob, polish, and a dryer sheet. dryer sheet collects alot of the dirt. works pretty good.

9453
October 10, 2012, 10:54 PM
Ok I think I've got now stainless is most definitely out way to messy. I will try some of these mixes that you guys posted. Thanks you so much for all the great info.

awfulkanawful
October 10, 2012, 11:03 PM
I use white rice ! Thats it ! The trick being is DONT use a liquid cleaner or liquid polisher.....turns to goooo if you do. Just white rice.......cheap and does quite good ! WalMart.....1.96 for 2 lb bag ! Oh....a dryer sheet cut into 4 pieces helps keep things clean too

Hondo 60
October 11, 2012, 01:38 AM
I use this tumbler
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/158440/lyman-turbo-1200-pro-sifter-case-tumbler-110-volt

And I use this corn cob media (small enough to not stick in flash holes)
http://www.drillspot.com/products/521055/econoline_526040g-40_40_lbs_blast_media

AABEN
October 11, 2012, 10:59 AM
I use the corn cob but I had some pecan hauls ground up to mix in with it.

bainter1212
October 11, 2012, 11:13 AM
I generally use corn cob, however I recently cleaned a batch of korean war era .06 military brass that looked like it had been dipped in tar. Soaked it in vinegar, then tumbled in a mixture of baking soda and birdseed. Followed it up with the corn cob. Came out really shiny. A lot of work yes, but it was 300 casings I got for free. I am also a cheapskate. :)

"One Fish" Bainter

James2
October 11, 2012, 11:41 AM
I am using walnut shell with a little Nu Finish polish and a dryer sheet.

45Frank
October 11, 2012, 11:50 AM
I use walnut because it harder and more abrasive to start and my brass is usually pretty dirty. I finish it off with Corn and some polish.

Magnum Mike
October 11, 2012, 08:52 PM
Corn cob works very well for me. :)

HOWARD J
October 11, 2012, 09:07 PM
I use Frankford Arsenal ground walnuts from Midway or my local gun shop.
I buy the treated ones & when they get tired I put in a capful of Flitz Or Frankford Arsenal media polish. Shines like crazy in my vibratory tumbler

krmalin221
October 11, 2012, 09:10 PM
Hold on a minute.....Use white rice !
I use white rice ! Thats it ! The trick being is DONT use a liquid cleaner or liquid polisher.....turns to goooo if you do. Just white rice.......cheap and does quite good ! WalMart.....1.96 for 2 lb bag ! Oh....a dryer sheet cut into 4 pieces helps keep things clean too

How clean does it get it? I do not mind having some brass that is not the shiniest in the world but, rice is cheap!!!!!

ColtPythonElite
October 11, 2012, 09:11 PM
Bulk corn cob and a capful of NuFinish works for me. The last box of cob I bought held enough to fill refill a 1200 bowel 20+ times. It cost me about 20 bucks shipped from some eBay vendor.

StretchNM
October 11, 2012, 11:27 PM
Corn cob.

Tophernj
October 12, 2012, 07:33 AM
I use a 40 dollar rock tumbler from Harbor Freight. Fill 1/2-3/4 full with brass that has been rinsed and decapped/deprimed. A squirt of Cascade dishwashing detergent and a small handful of stainless steel pins. Run it for 2-3 hours and it looks great. Cleans the primer pockets like new.

When done, pop the top, dump everything in a strainer in the slop sink, let it dry for a day or so.

It works for me. I like wet tumbling as it has no dust and gets everything really clean. I'm also not in any kind of rush, so a couple of days processing time is no big deal. And, the brass really does look like new.

Good luck.

C

MrCountyCop
October 12, 2012, 09:02 AM
First Cleaning with Walnut...Prep...etc etc
Second Cleaning with Corn Cob, NuFinish, and some cleaning patches made for a 50 BMG or something....too big for my guns

doubleh
October 12, 2012, 10:51 AM
Ground up walnut hulls from the pet store with a dab of polish. It gets cases clean in a hurry. I don't care about shiny.

Steel185
October 12, 2012, 11:05 PM
I use Lyman cob media, got it half price (open box). I add some polish and let it tumble for about 5 days. I figure if the tumbler burns up ill get the harbor freight rock tumbler tophrnj uses. They go on sale once a quarter or so. Its all messy, dry or wet. Comes down to how cheep to can get it dine for and how fast or long does it take. If you only clean and use 250 rounds a week you can let it run for longer. Media that can last more uses and still clean is what you want. That's why stainless steel is being used.

Ive never heard of white rice. Ill look into that, if it works well I might be buying several pounds.

EddieNFL
October 13, 2012, 12:42 PM
http://www.drillspot.com/products/521055/econoline_526040g-40_40_lbs_blast_media

Steel185
October 13, 2012, 01:02 PM
The biggest problem i found with the Lyman Turbo tumble media is its large grains they get compacted and stuck in bottle neck rifle rounds. i had to clean out 200pcs of 223 by hand with a small screw driver. I'm not talking in the primer whole, i'm talking the entire case was full of media and wouldn't come out when you turn it upside down. I'll have to get special smaller grain for rifle rounds.

JSmith
October 13, 2012, 04:03 PM
Im using corn cob, and I have a related question about that. How often do you guys change out your media? I'm still new to reloading and I've only tumbled a couple of hundred cases so far. My brass is once-fired factory brass and wasn't very dirty to start with.

jcwit
October 13, 2012, 04:10 PM
Depending on how dirty your brass is "and it sounds like yours isn't very dirty" mine cleans a few thousand cases before needing to be tossed.

Also you can extend the life and remove alot of the dirt by adding a cut up USED dryer sheet to the media then tossing it after. I do this trick, but not every time, maybe every 3/4 times.

JSmith
October 13, 2012, 04:45 PM
Does it look dirty on visual inspection, or does it need changing before that?

jcwit
October 13, 2012, 05:10 PM
Neh! It'll look dirty, grayish/light black.

It'll be pretty obvious. Plus it will take longer and longer to clean/polish.

JSmith
October 13, 2012, 07:04 PM
Thanks, jcwit. The more I reload, the more I learn...

jcwit
October 13, 2012, 07:25 PM
The more I reload, the more I learn...

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