media case cleaner

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by hydehunter, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. hydehunter

    hydehunter Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2008
    my RCBS dry media cleaner bit the dust motor burned up,so thinking about a Frankfort Arsenal any thought on this? thanks Jim
  2. cohunt

    cohunt Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2016
    How bout a FART? That's what I use (f.a.rotary.tumbler.)-- wet tumbler
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    DUSTY NOGGIN Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2015
    im still using the walnut media now but it seems the walnuts shells are getting a little worn out, but if i was in your position id probably go with a wet tumbler too, they re getting cheaper

    who wants to clean walnuts out of theirs flash holes anyway
  4. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    A very convenient way to clean cases is the sonic cleaners. like the stainless pin tumblers, they clean the inside of the case as well as the outside. they are also very good for cleaning small parts using a different liquid.

    I use the stainless pin cleaning for realy rough cases and the sonic cleaner for normal cleaning.
    Here is the one I have.

    I have found that the abrasive media leaves abrasive material in the case that MUST be remove if you don't want to shoot it down your barrel so I rarely use mine any more and the other two processes clean the primer pockets also.

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  5. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    First things first, I decap all my brass with my Mighty Armory Magnum decapping die, so the primer pockets get cleaned at the same time. Then I put them in the ultrasonic cleaner with the Hornady sonic brass solution, then I dry them in my Frankford Arsenal brass dryer, and then tumble-polish in an RCBS tumbler with #2 corn cob media and a small amount of Frankford brass polish.

    Unless the brass had been sitting out in the weather for a long time, they typically turn out as good or better than new.
  6. vonb

    vonb Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    I have both a Frankford tumbler and a stainless media tumbler. I use the Frankford tumber 10x more than the stainless media tumbler. The reason for this is that I don't need my cases "that clean" and the burden or removing the pins and water from the cases is a PITA. I also have to do this outdoors as it's a mess.

    I reserve the stainless tumbler for range pickup brass or brass that was of unknown history that's really dirty. It does a great job for this.
  7. jbs2014

    jbs2014 Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2015
    I have had the Frankfort Arsenal for about several years now and it works just fine still. I have not had to change out the media yet. I just treat it with the polish solution ever so often. I do have a stainless steel pin tumbler from Frankford and it cleans well (except for .50 BMG primer pockets). It does have some drawbacks such as decreasing the neck internal diameter (with .50 brass) at the top. And then there is the mess of cleaning it afterward. I also have an RCBS sonic cleaner as well. It cleans well enough. But many that I know do NOT advocate cleaning the inside neck of the cartridge, they say that that residue of carbon inside of the neck aids in maintaining consistent neck tension. I personally have not tried that method.

    Hope this helps some