How long do you use your tumbling media?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by wstanton, May 23, 2013.

  1. wstanton

    wstanton Well-Known Member

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    Hello all,

    I searched the forum search, and found nothing on how long anyone uses their corncob or walnut media before replacing it? Especially if anyone noticed that their dirty cases affected their accuracy. I've seen the stainless media stuff and it looks awesome, however 200-300 bucks is not an option right now. and 10$ /lb of media change every here and there is do-able. Thanks in advance for your answers!
     
  2. MachV

    MachV Well-Known Member

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    Really depends.....What I've been noticing is that if I wash/dry the range brass before it goes into the tumbler the media will last longer. Clean brass will help the media last for thousands of rounds but one batch of dirty brass can/will ruin the media.
    Sand and dust can be a little hard on the dies but generally nice shiny brass may make you feel better but do nothing for accuracy....specially with a factory barrel.
     
  3. Viking

    Viking Active Member

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    I change when I start to see a ring of buildup around the sides of the tumbler after cleaning. This ring can be easily cleaned out with a little 409, but it indicates to me that my media is no longer able to contain the polish/ crud residue. Corncob, in my system, does this much more quickly than walnut.


    Corncob usually lasts 5-10 cleanings. Walnut has gone for 20-30 runs before needing a change.
     
  4. Truc

    Truc Well-Known Member

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    stopped tumbling brass yrs ago, I just wipe w/ Crazy cloth or Nevr Dull just before sizing. The only thing I use the tumbler for now is coating bullets w/ Danzac. I do this to both competition and hunting brass
     
  5. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I also sonic clean and let my brass dry overnight before tumbling. I often have found that for me tumbling for 8-10 hours gets them brand new looking inside and out. Your media also lasts longer if you thoroughly clean and dry them first.

    I reload and clean brass alot (some months on a weekly basis) and shoot at the range alot (usually 2-3 times a month, sometimes every weekend), and I change my media about every 6 months.
     
  6. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

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    I use Walnut and have rarely changed it. Every once in awhile I'll hit it with some activator, other than that maybe twice a year i change it out completely
     
  7. rmorgan9718

    rmorgan9718 Well-Known Member

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    About twice a year, I tumble brass with a dryer sheet in with the brass. It'll clean a lot of the gunk from the tumbler bowl, brass, and the media. I ultrasonic most range brass, let it dry for 2-3 days, then tumble 6-8 hours. Brass looks new.
     
  8. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Long time....till it seems like it wont scrub cases clean...I'll add some things to freshen it some but eventually it all gets pitched
     
  9. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Since I switched to the STM stainless tumbling media it lasts forever. But then so does my corn cob media now because I will never use it again.:)

    jeff
     
  10. madman

    madman Well-Known Member

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    I'll echo that. Thanks Jeff!!! :D
     
  11. X-man

    X-man Well-Known Member

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    It really is the only way to go.
    I was skeptical when I first got it...It works so well I have never even looked at my old tumbler again.

    No Fuss no Muss and no Dust!


    and clean primer pockets:)
     
  12. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    The stainless media sounds very interesting, that said I usually use walnut and it usually lasts maybe several hundred rounds give or take. I've also noticed that if you use Imperial sizing wax or something similar it does a good job cleaning brass walls and a few twists of a scotch brite pad cleans necks very well.
     
  13. X-man

    X-man Well-Known Member

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    Yup!
    I still use 0000 steel wool if I am in a hurry to reload some cases...Works very well.

    You really do owe it to yourself to try the SS media!
    In case you haven't noticed I am very particular about my reloading process ( :) ). I am very slow to change and both analytical and methodical about the smallest things...This stuff won me over pretty much right away...Unreal.
     
  14. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Mark, bring up some of your brass. We will toss it in and go shoot for a while. Then you will see the entire process for yourself. The icing on the cake is primer pockets and inside of the cases as clean as the out side.

    Jeff