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Tumbler Media Question

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by RVTECH, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I have been tumbling for over a year now and have run A LOT of cases through my first batch of media (Pet Smart lizard cage walnut shell) and I am wondering how often everyone changes out their media? The cleaning action seems to be getting a little slower and I use 3M water based glazing compound as my polish. Just wondering what to expect out of the media life.
     
  2. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    I cannot speak for other people, but when mine starts looking real dirty and leaving a powder dust over everthing I toss it and replace with fresh media. I also wash all my brass before hand to try and remove as much dirt as possible, which helps extends the life of the media. I have seen on other sights where they claim that they wash it, dry it, and reuse it. Never tried it myself.
     
  3. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    I use the lizard litter as well. It is way cheaper then buying media that is marketed for cleaning brass. When it "looks" dirty or takes longer to get cases shiny, toss it and put some fresh media in.
     
  4. AndyH

    AndyH Keizer, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have never heard of using this... do you use it right out of the box or do you add some type of polishing compound to the media.


    Andy
     
  5. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Right out of the bag and,
     
  6. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    It still works even without adding anything.....just not as well. I use a dab of polishing compound.
     
  7. ruger45blackhawk

    ruger45blackhawk milwaukie Active Member

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    I read on another forum to put a few strips of a laundry dryer sheet into the media and tumble. It really collected a lot of dirt and grime. It was a cheap experiment! Still using media.
    When I first started reloading in the 90's I used to wash my walnut media in a nylon stocking in the clothes washer then dry out on cookie sheet in the oven at 200f. Saving Money?? :nuts:
    What a pain on top of the contamination in the washing machine!! :dunno:
     
  8. Ragingpit

    Ragingpit Rochester,WA Member

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  9. taroman

    taroman Willamette Valley Active Member

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    I add a capful of Nu-Finish car wax to my lizard litter about every other batch.
     
  10. lucky strike

    lucky strike Woodburn Member

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    I use crushed walnut bought from the pet store (i think my stuff is listed as bird cage medium but I'm sure it's all the same stuff) and it's so cheap (like $15 for a 12lb bag) I usually toss it after 4 or so cleanings
     
  11. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    I usually buy #20-40 grit ground corncob from the industrial finishing place. Whenever it starts to turn a solid grey I toss it. I also wash my brass in hot soapy water with a bit of vinegar added, does a great job of cleaning the brass, extends media life, and tends to keep the brass from still feeling dirty after it's spent a fair amount of time in the tumbler.

    As for polish, I still use the dillon polish... it's rather expensive at $10/bottle but it sure works the best, they add a bit of carnauba wax to it that leaves a thin later that keeps the brass from tarnishing as quickly as other polishes do (frankford arsenal is the worst for this). I'm still trying to find a good alternative case polish, most of the car waxes I've tried have worked, but end up being more expensive than the dillon stuff.

    Also, for those using dillon polish, if it's not working as well, try adding a few tablespoons of paint thinner to your media before adding the brass. For those of you who tumble after sizing (with lube) try adding some alcohol or paint thinner as well, helps get all the junk off.
     
  12. madderg

    madderg Salem oregon Member

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    I've always used corn cob and a cap full or 2 of turpentine..when it gets dirty I trow it out and start again.