? Re: Corn Cob cleaning/polishing media

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by lucznik, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. lucznik

    lucznik New Member

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    So over the years I've done lots of loading with new brass but, not really any REloading because I wanted to stockpile as many components as I could - a decision that is paying off right now as new brass is almost non-existant. So now I'm startung the reloading process.

    My question relates to the corn cob cleaning media that comes with the Cabela's Case Tumbler Kit.

    How do you know when it's time to throw the stuff out and replace it with new?
     
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    I keep mine till it turns brown.
     

  3. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    Just throw it out and use walnut. Corn cob doesn't really clean all that well. You can have clean shiny cases faster with walnut. Plus walnut doesn't plug up primer holes like corn cob.
     
  4. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    I don't care for the red walnut dust. Gets all over everything. All I care about mostly is getting the residue off without dust issues. If I need shiny fine brass I let it go 4 or 5 hours.
     
  5. therewolf

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    I replace the CC media when it stops cleaning the cases.

    New, it cleans them in a couple hours. At one point or another,

    it starts taking almost twice as long. Then I know it's time for a change.

    Also, try Lizard Litter, from the pet shop.
     
  6. nitestalker

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    Lizard Litter? I never knew that existed? Come to think of it? A lizard has to do, what a lizard has to do? :D
     
  7. lucznik

    lucznik New Member

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    Thanks guys. I'll try some of the other stuff you mention as I can but, the tumbler came with a bunch of the corn cob media so; I'm going to use that up first.
     
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I use Lizard Litter from Petco. I also use corn cob. I change it out when it is brown. I am one of the only people I know who cleans his media. I fill old, mismatched socks about 2/3 full and tie them off. HOT water wash in the washing machine and double rinse. Pour on to old cookie sheets and dry in the oven at abou 185 degrees. Collect in 3 pound coffee cans for future use. A can will be about the right amount to fill my tumbler. When I put the cleaned media back in service, I recharge with one of several good polishes (Lyman, Frankford Arsenal, Flitz). I have not had to buy new media in years.

    I agree the LL does clean better and the CC does polish better. I clean, resize, polish, process/inspect and load.
     
  9. therewolf

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    Robo, I have the money to buy new media, but not the

    time to wash the old stuff. There is the cost of power washing, etc.
     
  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I could certainly afford to buy new media. It started as an experiment to see if it could be done. Now it is an experiment to see how long it can be done. I have media that is 15 years old or better and has cleaned literally a quarter million cases.

    Reloaders are some of the original recyclers. I am being environmentally conscious.
     
  11. nitestalker

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    Robo interesting post. I use oil field "Nut Plug" lost circulation material. This is made from a very fine grade of ground pecan hulls. Most companies will give you broken bags of plug. I also experiment with cleaning this free media. Dedicated re-loaders pushing the line over the years are the brains behind reloading. :cool:
     
  12. samnev

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    Corn Cob Media


    Same here, my media is only 10 years old and has cleaned many thousands of cases. An old reloader told me to put some in rice, dryer sheets and a couple of cap fulls of paint thinner every couple of cleanings. I have done that all this time and all my brass comes out nice and shiny after 1 1/2 hours or less.
     
  13. hmh

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    Pet bedding at Wal-Mart is corn cob and a lot cheaper. (Basically echoing robo)