walnut media: how long does it last?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by JWagner, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. JWagner

    JWagner New Member

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    I am just getting started and got a vibratory cleaner a couple days ago. It is loaded with walnut from the pet store as recommended in another thread. Just how long does this media last? And is there an obvious sign that it is worn out?
     
  2. 1hole

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    "And is there an obvious sign that it is worn out?"

    Media rarely 'wears out', it works by rubbing and we can't wear it down enough to stop that.

    Most people seem to add far more metal polish than the media needs so the kernels eventually get a dirty gray look that's really just a thick coat of dried polish. Adding a couple of ounces of mineral spirits softens the dried cake and allows it to work better.
     

  3. Staestc

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    Have to agree with 1hole. My tumbler came with corn, not walnut, but when I replace it I will probably use lizard litter (ground English walnut) from the pet shop. I put polish in the first time I used it, and a tiny bit once since then. I have probably cleaned up 800 bits of brass I have accumulated, and best I can tell it looks just like it did when I put it in. I am not really even convinced that it needs polish, although that might make it faster.
     
  4. JWagner

    JWagner New Member

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    I have cleaned about 600 pieces of .45 in the last 2 days and I see no change in the appearance of the media. Thanks for helping a newbie. I will be back with more questions, for sure.
     
  5. Dan308

    Dan308 New Member

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    I use motion lotion in mine and it's been working fine for 4 years now.
     
  6. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    I haven't started reloading yet... soon I hope :)

    Read in one forum about using a mix of walnut and corn cobs, as i understood it, getting the benefits of both media types.

    Anybody here try a combo mix?
     
  7. 1hole

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    "Anybody here try a combo mix? "

    There is no meaningful difference between nut and cob; both are sold, both work, both make their users happy. Some people mix it just to be sure they are getting it right I suppose.
     
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I will take many, many hours and many thousands of cases to render the media so dirty as to be inneffective. When mine does not clean pretty well after a couple of hours, I wash it. I put the media in old gym socks, tie off the top and run it through a good, long, hot cycle in the washing machine (double rinse). I then pour it into old pie pans and heat it in the oven on low heat til dry. I add some sort of chemical additive like Flitz, Midway, IOSSO, Lyman turbo charger, etc. It lasts for many years when you clean it periodocally.
     
  9. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Just a note. I assume you guys already know but worth saying. Make damn well sure you are wearing a mask during this process. Without one ingestion of high levels of lead is unavoidable.
     
  10. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    If you happen to live in an area where oil drilling is done you can get it free. NutPlug lost circulation plug is made from ground nut shells. They always have broken bags. Just wash and add your cleaner.:)
     
  11. 1hole

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    "...wearing a mask during this process. Without one ingestion of high levels of lead is unavoidable."

    I used to be an industrial safety offier and believe everyone should do what it takes to be comfortable but I doubt that "ingestion of high levels of lead" is a valid concern durng tumbling; IF it were true, the professional EPA/OSHA nannies would be demanding we wear a gas mask, helmet and steel toe shoes to tumble and then shower afterwards!

    The only potential source of lead in tumbling is from the primer pellet; the pellets are quite small, there's very little lead in them to start with and most of what there is gets blown out the muzzle, not much stays in the cases to get into tumbling. We may see a gray, dusty powder in our tumbler bowls but ain't lead, it's dried excess polish and harmless so long as we don't eat it. And, even if a mask helped, it would have to be a true chemical respirator mask, not one of the paper cheapos used by painters.
     
  12. budman46

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    i use mineral spirits, liquid car polish and used fabric softener sheets as needed with my "lizard litter" media; the solvent and polish help clean and the softener sheet helps keep the media clean.