Stainless Steel tumbling media

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by thumbs, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. thumbs

    thumbs Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone used this media to clean .223 brass. Tonight was the first time I tried it and it worked fine but each case was packed with the media to the point where it took quite some time to clear each casing. Am I doing something wrong here or is this normal?

    thanks for the help
     
  2. TBuckus

    TBuckus Well-Known Member

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    You're not doing anything wrong. I noticed the same thing. It just takes a little more time getting them out.
     

  3. thumbs

    thumbs Well-Known Member

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    I guess it's pretty easy to do stuff like 9mm where the walls are straight. I really didn't expect it would take so long just to get the media out of the casing. I do like the way it cleans. I wonder if an ultrasound would clean as well and be less labor intensive? Have you tried ultrasonic cleaning?
     
  4. ZSteinle

    ZSteinle Well-Known Member

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    Have the hornady ultrasonic and stainless tumbling. As far as I'm concerned the ultra sonic is garbage! Get the media separator and you'll be done in 30 seconds

    stainlesstumblingmedia.com/media-separator-deluxe.html
     
  5. thumbs

    thumbs Well-Known Member

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    Ok let me get this straight. This "tumbling type" media separator will get the stainless pins out of a necked down case such as a .223 casing right? The pins get into the case and get stuck because they can't get though the neck of the case. Now they are in there pretty well. They seem to come out better if I shake the case under water rather than shaking them and tapping them on the side of the bucket. I see in the instructions for the media separator they suggest for stainless steel media to have the bottom separator in water. Don't mind spending the money but want it to get the pins out of the smaller necked casings.

    thanks for the help
     
  6. JMUPT

    JMUPT Well-Known Member

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    I have the RCBS media separator RCBS Rotary Case Media Separator and fill the bottom tub up with water and give it about 10-15 spins and it gets all the pins out of the cases except for a few that get stuck in the flash hole.
     
  7. ZSteinle

    ZSteinle Well-Known Member

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    Never used it for 223 but with my 22-243 it works amazing. Still a good idea to check every case. Tried it once with no tumbler and it's a pain! You won't be disappointed.