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Stainless Steel Media

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by chagasrod, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. chagasrod

    chagasrod Well-Known Member

    I'm contemplating to use this media (Stainless) but the only videos i can find show someone using it with water, soap and a rock tumbler;

    I wonder if it will work as dry media inside a regular vibratory Tumbler.

    Anyone has tried that yet?
  2. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    No, stainless steel media must be used wet in rotary "drum" tumbler, not dry vibratory tumbler (although some models do have wet vibratory option).

    For cleaning fouling off spent cases, I use dry walnut media (about 30 minutes for range brass). For polishing cases, I use corn cob media with brass polish from Dillon/MidwayUSA or NuFinish liquid car polish (about 1 hour for mirror finish).
  3. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    I believe bds nailed it.

    Would like to know of a good source for it tho. I've seen what it is capable of and it really does make brass look like new inside and out.
  4. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    I did a quick google search & found several sources like Amazon.com & eBay
  5. Xfire68

    Xfire68 Well-Known Member

    I just started using Stainless media a few weeks ago and it is fantastic!

    Yes you need a rotatory tumbler and water to use the type of media.

    The best source to buy in quantities likes we need is http://www.pelletsllc.com/ !!!!

    No one else sells it cheaper or in smaller amounts! $4 per pound with a minimum order of $25. You normally need 5lbs of media.

    Thumbler's Tumbler model B is a great buy and idea for this kind of work. Mine holds 5lbs of the SS media and 1k of 9mm at a time. It takes maybe a hour to totally clean the brass inside and out. Good idea to decap the brass first to get all of the dirt out of the brass.
  6. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    I do not deal with Amazon as I understand they deal in pedophile merchandise, books as I understand, therefore, well I think you might get my point.

    Thanks anyway.
  7. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    I checked the stainless media out some time back; and the results are truly impressive.

    I shoot pistol. The only problem I saw was I could buy a decent gun and a good supply of ammo for the cost of the media and tumbler.

    I take pride in my cartridges' appearance, but stainless goes beyond my needs.
  8. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Going to try the rock tumbler from Harbor Freight.
  9. Tim the student

    Tim the student Well-Known Member

    Actually, I believe they were just in the news for removing that crap, not for currently having it.
  10. Fatelvis

    Fatelvis Well-Known Member

  11. Xfire68

    Xfire68 Well-Known Member

    The price is really not as bad as some of you are claiming.

    First of all the media is $25 for 6lbs + shipping and you never have to replace it like you do with corn or walnut media.

    The tumbler can be bought used on sites like Ebay or Crigslist for much less then full price. This is what I did and got a Model B for $96 shipped. The cost of a vibratory tumbler is $40-$65 and are loud and don't last nearly as long.

    All in all there is more work that goes into cleaning your cases with SS but, it does that much better of a job.

    In total I paid $150 for media and tumbler but, I got 10lbs of media thinking I would need it for a second unit later. I will never need a second unit as this does a ton of brass per batch and cleans it beyond that of any vibratory tumbler can.

    Is this for everyone? No but, heck there are some that don't clean their cases at all!:what::eek:
  12. jfremder

    jfremder Well-Known Member

    I've got two of them. They work great. Just switching over to the Stainless media from http://www.pelletsllc.com/ look out shiny brass, here I come!
  13. Ruger GP100 fan

    Ruger GP100 fan Well-Known Member

    I'll second that. I load it up and let it run all night in the garage,using just walnut shells. Brass looks brand new. If funds are tight I discovered that a heavy rubber band works great when the 2 belts provided fail.
  14. HOWARD J

    HOWARD J Well-Known Member

    I'm retired--got lots of time on my hands.
    I make a mandrel from 3/8" steel rod---I cut down the end so a case will stick to the end of the mandrel & run it on a drill press---I only use my rifle cases.
    As it spins -- I hold steel wool around it & the case shines like crazy.
    This is the last step in my case prep.


  15. billybob44

    billybob44 Well-Known Member

    That's the thing, jc. I can never get the inside of my cases THAT clean. They(with stainless) look like new brass..
  16. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    I'm retired also, have been for 10 years now. I enjoy shooting and all aspects of reloading, but with that said I don't believe I'd enjoy sitting or standing at a drill press polishing brass with steel wool. Much rather be at the range shooting. Also this does not clean the inside of the case or primer pocket at all. Once polished "using a tumbler" close to 5,000 cases of .223 brass, I can just see myself doing that with steel wool. OOOOOHHH yea, dream on.

    Nope, I'll keep my tumbler and look into the steel media idea.
  17. HOWARD J

    HOWARD J Well-Known Member

    I clean the primer pocket after trimming the case.
    I don't have 1000 cases to do.
    I don't care about the inside of the case as it is covered with gun powder.
    To each his own...............
  18. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    This is the main point with steel media, it cleans the inside as well as the outside. Achieving perfection is whats its all about.
  19. Xfire68

    Xfire68 Well-Known Member

    There is a study that was done about using dirty brass and barrel erosion. I can't remember where I read it right now but, when I find it I will post it.

    It says that those bits and pieces of old gun powder get super hard over time and when you fire the rounds the bits go down your barrel causing premature barrel erosion.

    Cleaning the inside of the brass serves a purpose as well.:what:
  20. HOWARD J

    HOWARD J Well-Known Member

    Most of my guns are 35/60 years old.
    I clean them everyime I use them.
    I don't have barrel erosion---belive it or not.
    Whatever floats your boat.

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