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    I Got A NewTumbler!

    I just got a tumbler yesterday,ran it some and it worked great with the media that came with it.I also picked up some ground corn cob media and put a little of that in with some automotive polishing compound,seemed to work even better.What does everyone else prefer to use for their media in tumblers? morayman...........
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    I use ground corn cob and NuFinish auto polish.

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    I used the corn cob that came with my Frankford Tumbler with their polish which was also included. I have since switched to walnut that I bought at a pet store and need to get some NuFinish as I am almost out of polish. I believe that the general consensus is that corn cob polishes better and walnut cuts the crud quicker. Some also toss in a thimble of mineral spirits to assist with cleaning.

    Toss in some used dryer sheets cut in strips to collect the carbon and give your media a longer life.
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    I used to use corncob, but now I use the untreated ground walnut shells that you can get as bedding material at the pet stores. The walnut shell media they sell to reloaders is treated with some kind of rouge polish that I don't care for. I do add some Lyman brass polish, or Nu Finish car wax.

    I've found the corncob doesn't last as long, for me.
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    I use Zilla Litter. It's a cushed walnut media that I can pick up at the pet store for about $6/bag, throw in a dollop of polish while the tumbler's running to get it good and mixed in and a couple cut up used dryer sheets. Lasts forever.


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    I like the walnut shell for good cleaning and softer corn cob / sawdist for pollishing with a little tin oxide lapidary polish added. My tumbler is an old Viking vibratory rock tumbler that I can set the amount of vibration on. On high, it'll wear out cases in about 4 hours, on the lower settings it will polish nice within an hour.

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    Walnut or Corn cob.
    Works well for me. Just toss some in there together and let tumble for about 2-4 hours.
    Gets them nice and clean. In case you want a ratio, I try go to go for 40% brass and 60% media.

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    This with Nufinish and used dryer sheets:

    Econoline 526020G-40 Blast Media, 40 Lbs, Corn Cob, 14/20 Grit

    It's cheap and it comes to your door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf1477 View Post
    I use Zilla Litter. It's a cushed walnut media that I can pick up at the pet store for about $6/bag, throw in a dollop of polish while the tumbler's running to get it good and mixed in and a couple cut up used dryer sheets. Lasts forever.
    Yep - I'm using the same (meant to simulate sand to the little critters) with dryer sheets - no polish. Most brass is good after 2 hours and very good overnight. I use a Harbor Freight rock tumbler - they come in two sizes and are affordable with 20% off coupons available all over. I bought the small one (this) for $20-ish and change with discount. Waterproof too, though I've never tried that option.
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    I bought a Harbor Freight dual drum model and a couple
    pounds of stainless steel pins. I put about 125 .40 S&W
    cases in each drum, a pound of pins, water to cover, a teaspoon
    of "Lemi-Shine", a shot of Rain-X car wash with carnuba
    wax, turn it on and let it run for four hours.

    The results are really amazing. Inside, outside, primer pockets,
    all clean like new. Yeah, dealing with the wet stuff is a bit of a pain
    but well worth the effort. With corn cob and walnut media you
    get the dust, and the plugged primer holes. Both methods
    have trade offs.

    The cases in the picture were actually brown with what looked
    like rust on them. Questioned if they were usable. After
    cleaning they all look great.

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    All the Best,
    D. White
    Last edited by dwhite; 11-18-2012 at 05:24 PM.
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