Ultasonic vs Wet Media...Which is better?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Professor, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. Professor

    Professor New Member

    New to reloading and I currently use a dry media tumbler. I'm thinking of upgrading to either an ultrasonic or a "wet" tumbler. I only reload small batches and time is not an issue. What I don't like about the dry tumbler is the need to keep buying media, which is not available locally and has to be ordered/shipped. If my understanding is correct, the wet media (stainless steel pins) can be re-used, and the only cost is a little bit of soap and water softener. The ultasonic cleaner (which is supposed to do the best cleaning job) requires the cost of some chemical solution, and I DON'T know if it's reusable or how long it lasts. Initial cost of the device seems comparable....any advice for a newcomer? Thank you.
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    if your doing small batches corn cob should last years. i do a lot of brass cleaning thousands of cases i last replaced my media two years ago.

    you can find corncob and walnut as various forms of pet litter media.

    if i could run steel pins dry i would be interested in that. not a fan of liquids in case cleaning drying is a pain. just my opinion

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

    ultra sonic cleaners will clean the brass, but it won't polish it like a dry tumbler and media will. the dry media is cheap and lasts a long time. i have an 8 lb. sack of corn cob media that is still about 2/3's full that i bought over two years ago.
  4. Professor

    Professor New Member

    Based on the information I've received, I do believe I prefer the rotary (wet) tumbler with the stainless steel pins over the ultrasonic type. Of course, the rotary tumbler is on back order.
    I should mention that my own reasons for reloading include the fun of it. I don't know much (yet) but I do have some technical experience in my background (I was an apprentice toolmaker for a while when I was a kid). I used to work on old cars....but am downsizing away from that. Reloading seems to satisfy that mechanical "itch". I HAVE noticed that I've got my bxlls busted for being new, but EVERYBODY starts out not knowing what they're doing and perhaps some (knowledgable) people forgot where they came from. On the other hand, others have been very helpful and willing to give away the knowledge that was given to them. Just sayin'...
    Regarding the stainless steel pins, I have noticed that they are available in different sizes and I could use some guidance regarding that.