difference between solid and liquid cleaning medium

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by okieboy, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. okieboy

    okieboy New Member

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    So I'm tired of wiping down each individual piece of brass and have decided its time to get a tumbler. I see there are solid and liquid mediums I can use and I have to ask. What's the difference? Liquid seems easier because you don't have to worry about it getting stuck inside the case. But I've also heard solid can be reused a few times. Thoughts on tumblers are welcome too.
     
  2. okieboy

    okieboy New Member

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    Also I'm using a Lyman bullet seating die and can't seem to get it where I need it. I always seat the bullet too deep. Advice would be great
     

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    if you are talking about using a tumbler with something like corn cob or walnut shell media vs. a sonic cleaner. the solid media tumblers have been around fr many years and they do a great job. the sonic cleaners from wht i have read work pretty good as well, bu are still fairly new to the reloading game. and as prices come down on the sonic cleaners, i think more people will start using them.

    i have a solid media tumbler and that's what works for me.
     
  4. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have a Lyman 1200 Vibratory tumbler that uses only solid media. I use it very little.

    My main tumbler is a Thumler's Model B rotary. It can use corncob/walnut media or water. 90 percent of my cleaning is done with warm (NOT HOT) water and liquid Tide.

    20 minutes usually cleans anything. Of course, they must be dried. I put them on a cookie sheet and leave them in a 200 degree oven for two hours. In the summer, you can sun dry them, but it takes a bit longer.