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Old 07-06-2011, 02:14 PM   #1
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What do you use??? I read a lot about walnut and corn cob... anybody use others like glass beads etc.? .... what about polish? Thanks

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Old 07-06-2011, 02:32 PM   #2
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crushed walnut shells is the best, but I have also used dry white rice. It takes a lot longer with rice, but will get the job done.
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Pecan shells work nicely also.
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do the shells, either walnut or pecan leave a powder residue making cleanup an additional chore... I am looking for a quick and easy media, rice was an interesting idea... seems cleanup would be easy... I had heard small glass beads with polish was good... anybody heard the same?
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NU FINISH WITH WALNUT

or just use some media activator , i have some glass beads but have not tried them yet

picked up some cheep stuff at harbor fright i put a dryer sheet in with the brass a few times to pick up some of the dust
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Been hearing a lot of talk about the Sonic cleaner now, see Lyman and some other have them out,checking on them now, said cleaning faster then a NEW YORK SECOND and super clean, the person I know that use's one he got and said he likes it for the cleaning and then he runs them in a thumber to put a little shine on them
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thanks Chevelle, I picked up my tumbler from there....great price if it lasts.... I will give the media a thought and the dryer sheet is a good idea.... Thanks also H2o and E3rulz, I appreciate the info....
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Thanks Bob, I have a little sonic cleaner but cleanup would seem to be a mess...
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I use corn cobb, always have. It's shines the brass to the extreme so you know it's clean. I also use the brass polish from Midway USA. It puts some kind of coating on the brass so it won't tarnish as quickly. Walnut seems to leave a powdery residue in the tumbler and I'm guessing on the brass too.

The biggest problem I see with the corn cobb, or at least the big bag I bought years ago is it sometimes lodges in the flash hole and needs to be picked out before priming. I'm sure this is just because the big bag I got wasn't as finely ground as I'd like but it still works great.

I tumble my rifle brass twice before loading it. First time just as it comes from the range and a second time after it's been lubed, sized, trimmed, deburred, the primer pocket cleaned and the flash hole uniformed and deburred.

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