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ceramic tumbling media?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by cdet69, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. cdet69

    cdet69 Member

    Feb 10, 2009
    Central Hudson Valley, New York
    has anyone used ceramic tumbling media to clean 30-06, 223 and other similar calibers? does it work better than walnut/corncob and any precautions that should be considered?
  2. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Senior Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    I've used the Ceramic porcelain media in a tumbler, requires water and works very well. Material lasts forever, can't see much difference in cleaning time with it-vs-vibratory w/walnut media.

  3. RustyFN

    RustyFN Senior Member

    Jul 5, 2006
    West Virginia
    The major difference to me is the drying time. I can take brass out of my tumbler with walnut media and put it right into the press. The brass will have to be dried if you use the ceramic media.
  4. showclear

    showclear New Member

    Jun 30, 2008
    I have used wet ceramic quite a bit!
    Assuming you have a rotary tumbler that is rated for wet use it is a very effective way to clean brass.
    I have found that you have to leave a lot of room in the tumbler to work properly.
    I would run a third of brass or projectiles to two thirds media and the tumbler
    no more than two thirds full (any more and the media would come out gummy from the inside of the barrel).
    I tried this set up out of desperation, I bought out the entire inventory of a long time high power shooters stash of components that were not stored properly,(tarnished really bad)
    The corncob in the Dillon vibratory did not touch the tarnish on the projectiles.
    I already had a Thumlers tumbler and decided to get the ceramic from Cabela's along with the solution they sell with it.
    The results were great, the projectiles came out looking brand new!
    However the extra work involved dealing with the liquid and having to dry it all just makes for a long day.
    I just use corncob in the Dillon for 95% of my cleaning projects it is much faster and way easier.
  5. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    I'd be concerned about pellet size vs bottleneck brass.

    I only use it on the .38-55 and .40-65 brass I load with black powder. It is worth the tumble, rinse, and dry labor to get cases with even the primer pockets clean after black. I would not, do not bother with smokeless brass; dry walnut is enough for that.

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