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Drillspot! Media King no more.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by GW Staar, Apr 29, 2013.

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  1. GW Staar

    GW Staar Member

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    Drillspot used to sell corncob freight-free 40#/$25. A great deal for reloaders. That's history. Now it's $35 and add another $34 freight charge! You can save the freight by buying it from a local Grainger store, but no store, no deal.

    Found another more palatable source: Ordered some today from Zorro Products, for $28. including their $5.00 freight charge. Same Econoline product.
     
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  2. 1KPerDay

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    That sucks... I'll have to stop recommending them.
     
  3. dragon813gt

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    Harbor Freight still sells 25# boxes of crushed walnut for $25.


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  4. howlnmad

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    Yeah but crushed walnut can be found in just about any pet store.
     
  5. ReloaderFred

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    I've been buying mine from Zoro Tools for some time now. The 40 pound bag is cheaper than Grainger's, and any order over $50.00 ships free. They also ship very quickly. I've never had a problem finding something else I needed to make $50.00. The current price for 14-20 corn cob is $21.99 for 40 pounds. They also send you coupons for dollars off your next order. The last ones I got were for $15.00 off a $75.00 order, or $25.00 off a $125.00 order, plus the free shipping.

    Here's the link: http://www.zorotools.com/g/Blast Media/00054305/

    I've very satisfied with their products, prices and service.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  6. dragon813gt

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    Not at that cost and at the correct size so as not to plug flash holes. I never understand why people don't buy the right tool for the job.


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  7. Rule3

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    The media sold by drill spot was just the drop shipped Grainger product.

    Just a useless piece of info:)

    I do not know I will ever use up my 2, 40 lb bags.

    That shipping is insane! I never knew how they did ship it free anyway but it's as much as the product!

    Thanks for the link to the Zoro products!
     
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  8. jcwit

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    Looks like DrillSpot lost their old supplier and went with another that costs much more to say the least.

    I see Zorro Products has also lowered their price to $2195 and $2295 depending on grit size.
     
  9. howlnmad

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    Enlighten me. What exactly is the right tool fot the job?
     
  10. jfrey

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    If any of you know someone in the oilfield mud business, they always have broken sacks of walnut hull "lost circulation material" that works great and it won't cost you much to get it.
     
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    The "right tool" is media sized small enough so it doesn't get plugged in the flash holes. Corn cob in the 20-40 size will just fall out of the flash holes. Walnut bought from the pet store usually gets stuck, sometimes pretty hard to remove.
     
  12. Rule3

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    If you clean the brass before de-priming it matters not.;)
     
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    I don't think I can afford over $2200 for corncob media! ;) Wow, everything is going up these days... :neener:

    Yeah, I was very surprised at how much the prices went up at DrillSpot and the additional cost for shipping are way high. I'm glad there are still reasonable alternatives but just in case, I just ordered a 40# bag of 20/40 because my luck is the price will double by the time I'm out and need a restock!
     
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    Dang, missed the dot, didn't I.
     
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    Walmart has corncob media in the pet section where you find rabbit cage stuff. It was pretty cheap last time I was in.
     
  16. jcwit

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    And way to big! Try digging that stuff out of a .223 case!
     
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    I found 2 different ground walnut bedding media at Petco yesterday. The first was in the Bird section, was coarse ground and $11.99 for 7 pounds. The second was in the Reptile section and finer ground. 12.99 for 10 quart bag. It is about 12 pounds. The lizard bedding seems to be small enough.

    I think this tool will work without fouling flash holes.
     
  18. GW Staar

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    To put this into perspective....a 40 lb. sack of 20/40 from Zorro is a big feed store gunny sack full......that's a lot of corncob for $28. You won't easily find that deal at any pet shop I can find. I'm sure somebody's going to tell us about the exception. But that won't do me any good in NW New Mexico.:)
     
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    If it is made of cast iron, there is a good chance I have more than one, ground up corm media"? I have a commercial Fairbanks and Morris coffee grinder from the 1870s, I have a bone meal grinder, I also have a Little Giant ice crusher/grinder, all hand operated, then there are the electric models. Then there are corn cobs, unless the cob is ground up with the corn it is not easy to get a farm animal to eat them. Any one willing to follow a combine around the field can have all the cob they can haul.

    Then, for the old timers, corn cobs still come in two basic colors, red and white.

    F. Guffey
     
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    I have found there are more than one available at pet stores. My first purchase was at Petsmart, and the lizard litter was dark, walnut colored and kinda course. I worked very well. My second purchase was a couple months age and was a "Desert Blend", which was lighter in color (tan, sandy color) and finer in texture. I doesn't clean nearly as well as the original Petsmart lizard litter. Cleans about the same as corn cob from Drillspot.
     
  21. GW Staar

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    My preference is corncob. It makes like-new bling. Walnut cleans faster but scratches....no bling just clean. If that's your preference great. (I don't think the prices are anything to write home about, from what I've seen.)

    If I have really bad brass that's tarnished beyond corncob's polishing ability, but yet still sound, I go the Thumler's/stainless steel media route. (or if I just want to feel extra good looking at eye blinding bling inside the cases and out.:rolleyes:) Yes, I can be as compulsive, obsessive as the next guy, some days.:)
     
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    10 lbs of corn cob is a heck of a lot more material than 10 lbs of walnut shells. Not to hard to understand, try comparing downy feathers with lead bullets, that is 10 lbs of each.
     
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    Just looked at the Zorro website. Good prices, but they will not ship to a PO box. That leaves me out.

    So far, the best deal for media with shipping to Alaska, has been through Cabela's, when they offer $5 shipping.
     
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    And both colors can be burnt for a little heat in the winter. Used them to keep stock tanks from freezing. Didn't even think of saving some for tumbling. :D
     
  25. hang fire

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    Just go to local pet shop like PetSmart, much cheaper there.
     
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