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Lyman Tumbling Media

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by viking499, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

    What is the difference in the Lyman tumbling media? What color or name is best for what particular use?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    The green is walnut for removing gunk & corrosion fairly quickly.

    The Red is red rouge treated softer corn-cob for final finish.

    The Brown is untreated corn-cob and you add your own polishing compound to it.

    I bought the green a couple of years ago, and I really don't like it much.
    It is too course and gets in flash-holes at about a 90% rate.

  3. GW Staar

    GW Staar Well-Known Member

    Nothing to add to RC's post except that there are cheaper and better options for media. I use Corn Cob bought in bulk from Graingers. the 20-40 grind is small enough to never stop up flash holes. I split an order with a friend, and cost was $12.50 a piece. This is 40 lbs worth...so 20 lbs a piece. Hard to beat that price, especially if you have a Graingers close enough to drive to. If you order it "will call" there is no shipping. (I use Dillon's polish, or just Blue Magic at Auto Zone for compound.) Left for 12 hours I have mirror brass. I use Lyman's 2500 tumbler.
  4. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

  5. Gryffydd

    Gryffydd Well-Known Member

    Yup. It's like those things have flash-hole homing systems. It also doesn't do a terribly good job.
    I was actually just googling for cheap tumbling media and came across a thread on the 1911 forums for that same deal and ordered some. $22 for 40# with free shipping is a pretty good deal. Quite a bit cheaper than buying it from Grainger even.
  6. Muttt

    Muttt Well-Known Member

    I really like the red stuff in the plastic jugs. It makes the brass nice and shiny and it feels slick when you handle it.
  7. ave8er

    ave8er New Member


    ok stupid question number 1.... brand new to reloading (so new all I have is brass) would it be better to tumble your brass before you knock the primers out so the media you are using to clean the brass would not get into the primer pockets? Don't flame me.... I am just asking and I know very little...
  8. DANNY-L

    DANNY-L Well-Known Member

    I tumble my brass before resizing for that reason and I dont like putting dirty cases in my dies.
  9. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    I use the finest grit blasting corn cob I could find to clean my cases, no polish. I just can't get excited about plasticky looking glittery brass.

    I decap with a universal depriming die, tumble, lube, size, in that order. Any bits stuck in the flash holes gets punched out during sizing but the fine grit stuff I use rarely sticks anyway.

    I don't think there's enough difference ineffect between cob and nut to make a difference but some folks use a 50:50 mix of the two. Guess they want to make sure they get it right?
  10. tac_driver

    tac_driver Well-Known Member

    lizard litter (fine crushed walnut) from petsmart I tumble 20 minutes before i size cases then punch out the primers and tumble 20 minutes again to clean the primer pockets. Never have a problem with clogged primer pockets. also use used dryer sheets cut into 1" strips to keep the media lasting longer. I change it about every 6 months.
  11. Gryffydd

    Gryffydd Well-Known Member

    The important bit is missing. How much do you shoot in a month?

    Maybe I'm alone here, but I've never seen glittery plastic before.
  12. GW Staar

    GW Staar Well-Known Member

    Drillspot isn't Graingers, but they obviously sell the same product (Econoline) and for a few bucks cheaper, even!

    The other nice thing is you obviously don't need a Grainger Store nearby to be free shipping....that's a plus too.

    Thanks for the link!

    Point is do you want 6# for $14.80 (Lyman plain corncob) or 40# for $22? ($2.46/lb. vs. $.55/lb) and it works better, if you choose to remove primers first.
  13. Gryffydd

    Gryffydd Well-Known Member

    One user on 1911forum.com said his Drillspot order was drop shipped by Grainger.
  14. Iron Sight

    Iron Sight Well-Known Member

  15. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    While drill spot & Grainger may not be the same, when I ordered, via drillspot.com, the invoice did say Grainger on it.
  16. tac_driver

    tac_driver Well-Known Member

    Between 800 t0 1000 rounds a month.
  17. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    "Maybe I'm alone here, but I've never seen glittery plastic before."

    Yeah, you have. A bunch of it. Just glittery plastic, imitation stuff tho.

    Lots of automotive trim "chrome" is just plated plastic, lots of kids toys and electonic stuff too, etc. I don't need that look on my ammo.
  18. Tilos

    Tilos Well-Known Member

    For me:
    Shiny brass is easier to see when picking range mushrooms:D
    If it ain't shiny...it ain't mine:)
  19. noylj

    noylj Well-Known Member

    Every one has to decide just how clean they need their brass to be.
    I used walnut and found that it produced a LOT of dust (great for making a walnut stain) and the dust packed into the brass—meaning I had to pick it all out by hand.
    I use 20/40 corn cob and the brass comes out shinier than I need. Since I decap first, there is an occasional fleck of media (sort of a sliver/straw stalk) that is easily knocked out, blown out, or left in for the decapping pin to knock it out.
    The primer pockets come out cleaner, though I don't really care about that.
    I am completely content and just wonder about the time and money some people spend getting shiny brass.
  20. Maj Dad

    Maj Dad Well-Known Member

    I like the 20/40 versus the 14/20 - doesn't get stuck in the flash holes. I add polish (either Dillon or Midway) to some if I want that glittery plasticky look :rolleyes: but mostly I leave it as is. Walnut is a little better for cleaning up dirty stuff and I tend to use it for first tumble, then polish if the mood strikes me. I have bought two 40 lb bags from Drillspot and both were drop shipped from Grainger: marked as sold to Drillspot, delivery address was mine. $22 for 40 lbs, free shipping and got here in 2 days (yep - 2 days) from order to delivery. Hard to beat... :cool:

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