Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ctgrizzly2hunt2, Apr 19, 2021.
BTW, because this is in an isolated shop, I let it run overnight. Retrieve brass from media, dump out surplus, wipe it down and off you go.
Funny thing is I was scrounging through the shop and I found 2 ziploc bags full of corn cob media. as infrequently as I tumble or change media this should be a lifetime supply.
dryer sheets. They clean your media, stuff sticks to them like a magnet. I add torn strips to my 50/50 mix walnut/corn cob and use the media forever. Brass is beautiful and I never add polish or anything else.
I clean newly fired brass about 30 minutes, then decap on a universal decapping die. Then I can use my caliber die to size (no decapping station required) without cruding them up. I run through vibrator again about 30 min to an hour to clean the flash hole and remove lube. I inspect every piece of brass when I hand prime and punch out any media in the primer pocket (1 or 2 every hundred shells). The advantages to this are 1) Although media is cheap, dryer sheets are the easy way to get rid of crud (they turn black - not the media), 2) I don't get crud on my caliber dies, 3) don't use any additives (which may have ammonia). 4) Keeps my loading bench cleaner.
While this may not be for everyone, it works for me. On the rare occasion, I get range brass, I use some old media I keep separate just for that purpose.
I follow pretty much the same routine but use paper towels wet with MEK instead of dryer sheets. I kind of like the smell of MEK. It works just fine for cleaning and my tumbling area is well ventilated so the fumes aren't a problem. I also tumble after decapping in just corn, no polish, then finish tumble after resizing in walnut with polish.
I use corn cob blast media with a scant amount of auto wax in my rotary tumbler. Blast media because it is better quality then pet bedding (blast media is made to clean metal, pet litter is made to contain pee), is harder, relatively inexpensive and lasts. I add a little auto wax to leave a very thin film on the brass to retard tarnish...
Adding a cap full of nu finish every other time and used dryer sheets to pick up the dust a little. When it takes a long time to clean is all dependent on brass condition and the person. Best thing is dont let brass get dirty clean them when you get home from shooting.
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