Cleaning media

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by nate, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. nate

    nate New Member

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    So I got some brass from a buddy that was pretty nasty looking. I'm using corn cob media and it took a good wile to get the brass decent looking. I was wondering if anyone ever used sand or glass bead like you would use in a bead blaster. Was just a random thought I had. My biggest concern would be it generating too much heat.
     
  2. jeepcreep927

    jeepcreep927 New Member

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    Generally, walnut media is more aggressive than corn cob. Walnut for cleaning cruddy cases corn cob for polishing.

    You may want to try some of the additives that are available for the media as well.

    Lyman Turbo Charger Media Reactivator 4 oz - MidwayUSA

    The other alternative I have see is stainless steel pins, but you've got to foot the bill for a new tumbler...

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  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    walnut is superb for cleaning very dirty brass but it is extremely dusty
     
  4. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Walnut, nuff said.
     
  5. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Another member said he uses rice (uncooked). I tried it and it works really well. It's cheap, too.
     
  6. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    I use Walnut for preliminary cleaning of really dirty brass, Tip I got a while back was to mix in some of the red rubbing compound paste found at your auto parts store. Cuts down on the dust and helps clean the brass a bit. I'll then run it through a second time with treated corncob to get them to really shine
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    Have quite a few buddies that swear by "Lizard Litter" from their local pet stores. Cheaper than "case cleaning media" and supposedly just as effective
     
  7. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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    The Lyman red colored "Tufnut" is ground nut shell impregnated with red jeweler's rouge. I keep one of my two tumblers loded with the red stuff to clean really discolored brass (mainly range pick-ups). It is a bit messy as it will leave a coating of fine red dust in the tumbler's work area and on your hands when you separate the brass, but it does a really fine job of shining up very ugly tarnished brass.
     
  8. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    On the nasty dirty range pick up I use walnut to blow the chunks off. then switch to Corn cob to give it a nice shine. I use either Midwayusa brass polish or Nu Finish in the cobb.