thumlers tumbler how much media

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by rootie3, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. rootie3

    rootie3 Active Member

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    my used ar-12 tumbler arrived today 95% full of media. this is my first brass cleaner and i don't know how much media is typically used.... thx, larry
     
  2. kc0pph

    kc0pph Well-Known Member

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    Not famaliar with that tumbler, i have a lyman vibrator. On the vibrators you want them to be at least 3;/4 i would say with media and then put in brass. If it is not "Flowing" real nice then take some out.

    I find green corn cob media works the best, (No clean up either). Add some water to your media as well (scant 1/4 cup) and you will be amazed at how nice they look.
     

  3. rootie3

    rootie3 Active Member

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    thx keith..... don't know what the red media is but will do as you say (h2o) and dump in some 45 auto. have a good day... larry
     
  4. kc0pph

    kc0pph Well-Known Member

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    red media is walnut shells with jewlers rouge. Not sure about the water in that one. I used to use the red media but switched over to green when my old stuff wore out. And i got tired of cleaning brass a second time.

    IMO you would be the best to run down to your local Big 5, or gun shop and pick up a 10# (i think) pack of green and throwing the old away.

    Another thing with the water, leave the lid off when you store it for a few days to let it dry. Othewise it can mold. I use mine every other day and actually never use the lid for it. (Run it in a detached 2 story shed so i dont have to listen to it).

    Also man there can be problems with lead, so pour them out outside. They are really making a big point about lead now adays. There is a lot of lead in the interior of the case after being fired.
     
  5. rootie3

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    thx, again, for all the info, i really appreciate it. can be tough starting out with anything new but the members here are eager to help... great forum!
     
  6. kc0pph

    kc0pph Well-Known Member

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    np you will learn.
     
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    If you have a Thumblers thats the expensive part, I would take a hard look at Stainless media (depending on your model). You can use it thousands of times and it cleans better than anything I have used and polishes unlike an ultrasonic. Use the 1/4 of media, 1/2 -3/4 full of water and a drop of soap and lemishine. It will even clean the primer pockets spotless. I will not use anything else now.