new tumbler


January 30, 2013, 03:19 PM
ok guys I just got a new tumbler from Frankford arsenal so what do you all use in your tumbler. I am thinking crushed walnut and NU Finish the car wax what do you say.

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January 30, 2013, 03:22 PM
Walnut works.

I add a little polish when the walnut by itself stops cleaning as well as it did when new.

Just a little though.

January 30, 2013, 03:30 PM
k thank you for the tip

January 30, 2013, 03:33 PM
how much walnut should I add and for how long should I tumble?

January 30, 2013, 03:36 PM
Fill 3/4 ups with walnut, and check about 2 hours. Depends on how shinny you want it.

Put dryer sheets in with the media, it cleans the media and attaches the dirt and tarnish from cases. Extends life of media. Change dryer sheets after a tumble session.

January 30, 2013, 07:22 PM
Corn cob ( and polish. Works just fine.

January 30, 2013, 07:27 PM
Corncob and nufinish.

Want to see some results ? Both Walkalong and Myself have good pics here :

Walnut is great for removing really nasty stuff.

CC does a great job too, but wears out faster than walnut while doing it.

Walnut cannot polish like CC.

I would recommend having at least two batches of media : One for really dirty brass, one for cleaner brass ( if you just wanna remove case lube, or for cleaning dies), and perhaps a third for finished round tumbling if you want to do that.

Your really dirty batch will need to be replaced the most often due to wear and accumulated crap.

I "fund" my dirty cases batch by using the media that is being retired from "clean" batch use.

January 30, 2013, 07:35 PM
Don't buy the high dollar name brand stuff, if you go with walnut try Petsmart and get lizard litter. Think I paid like $10 for 20 pounds.

January 30, 2013, 11:41 PM
Can I just add polish and use it alone?

January 31, 2013, 05:48 PM
Won't work without the corn cob. It needs a carrier.

twice barrel
January 31, 2013, 07:41 PM
Get the lizard bedding walnut from the pet store. Its the right grind and a little car polish even on the first use. Just let the tumbler run about 10 minutes with the polish before adding your cases. Add cases in small batches until you see some no longer being carried around by the media then dip them out by hand until all are being carried around in the media. Cover and let them run about 3 hours. BTW, I tried the dryer sheet thing and decided its not worth the trouble.

You'll like the results.


Red Six Bravo
January 31, 2013, 07:58 PM
Lizard Bedding at Petsmart or some Walnut bird litter brand name Kaytee 25# for $22.00. It isa a little courser then lizard liter, I have a 2/3 Bird litter to 1/3 lizard bedding. a little nu finish and 2 hours in the tumbler. I recently added a Utilitech dusk to dawn timer from Lowes. This is a plug in timer that will allow 1-8 hour intervals. Just a piece of black tape over the sensor

January 31, 2013, 08:29 PM
Here :

It will last you forever.

They ship it for free.

If you order it today, you will have it on monday.

Its perfect, will not get stuck in flash holes or most hollowpoints unless you force it.

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