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#5723011 - 04/29/15 10:56 PM Tumbler and Media recommendations
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To clean my brass I usually just use steel wool. However, I have about 200 pieces of brass that I need to clean and I do not feel like doing all of them 1 by 1.

I don't need anything very expensive, $75 would probably be my max unless a more expensive one is really that much better. Any recommendations on which tumble to get? Also, how often do I have to change the media?

Thanks!
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#5723022 - 04/29/15 11:06 PM Re: Tumbler and Media recommendations [Re: Gone to Texas]
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A simple vibrating tumbler works well. I like walnut. Corn cob is good; it's faster, but if you leave it in too long, it can turn your brass from a nice shine to a dull, matte finish.
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#5723245 - 04/30/15 07:49 AM Re: Tumbler and Media recommendations [Re: Gone to Texas]
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I got my tumbler from harbor freight. It was right at $60 out the door. It works really good. I am using some corn cob media that I picked up from Walmart. It is for the bottom of bird cages and small animals like that. For larger rifle and pistol cases it works fine. But smaller rifle cases it's horrible. I ran a bunch of 5.56 cases and the media filled up in the cases and was a pain to get out because of the small case opening.

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#5723332 - 04/30/15 08:36 AM Re: Tumbler and Media recommendations [Re: Gone to Texas]
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I got my vibrating tumbler fro Harbor Freight also, so far still running. I use "lizard cage" walnut shells that I picked up at my pet store. Cheap and last for a long time.
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#5723354 - 04/30/15 08:47 AM Re: Tumbler and Media recommendations [Re: Gone to Texas]
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I have also used the pet store walnut media. The problems with using this is 2 things. The walnut is generally larger in size, and the perfect size to clog up the flash holes. (I also use this to clean off the lube instead of wiping it off) It is also a lower quality and is very dusty, and does not clean as good.
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#5723396 - 04/30/15 09:10 AM Re: Tumbler and Media recommendations [Re: Gone to Texas]
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while on the topic of tumblers and media...

Do ya'll use any additives for polishing? I've heard Flitz is good. But more importantly, is it worth it?

Also, how many times do you use a batch of media before trowing it out?

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#5723462 - 04/30/15 09:57 AM Re: Tumbler and Media recommendations [Re: Gone to Texas]
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I like to add a polishing compound as it helps shine up the brass. I use the media til it gets too dirty to clean well and then throw it out.
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#5724107 - 04/30/15 04:59 PM Re: Tumbler and Media recommendations [Re: Gone to Texas]
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I just bought earlier this month a RCBS tumbler that was +/- $100 bux everywhere, but on sale for $75 at Natchez & ordered a bottle of another co's Walnut w/rouge in it, shipped, and the whole thing came out ToMyDoor for $108 as I recall...and RCBS has a $10 Bux Back Rebate right now thru ummm the end of June - ck on that end date though - on purchase's over $50.

The RCBS tumbler will hold 180 '06 cases it sez in the 'structions, with a 2 year warranty. Quiet too and does not shake so bad it "walks" off the table either.

All the corncob and now walnut media I've used over the years gets into the primer pocket. My old RCBS Sidewinder was no better than this vibrator about that...but the new vibrator seems to work faster than the Sidewinder did...mebbe the new media helps too...duoh!
Ron
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#5724265 - 04/30/15 06:53 PM Re: Tumbler and Media recommendations [Re: Gone to Texas]
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You'd be better of going with stainless media and a thumbler's rock tumbler.
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#5724403 - 04/30/15 08:55 PM Re: Tumbler and Media recommendations [Re: Gone to Texas]
flopez236 Offline
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I like tumbling with stainless media, process the brass, and then polish it.

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#5724467 - 04/30/15 09:28 PM Re: Tumbler and Media recommendations [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Can't do the Thumblers and SS Media in the OP's stated budget of $100..I tried with a lot more budget than the OP as that was I intended to get and got real mixed reviews of the tumbler as well...look at Amazon and read the Reviews.
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#5724495 - 04/30/15 09:49 PM Re: Tumbler and Media recommendations [Re: Gone to Texas]
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SOT of DALLAS - 40 LB. BAG OF CORN COB, 14-20 size = ~$20.00

BRASSO is Good.

Small bottle of TURTLE WAX at Wal-Mart is good. DO NOT use in Plaastic Vibratory Polisher. It will eat the plastic.

Mother's carnuba wax is good too.

Harbor Freight Vibratory Polishers are good. Or the cheap cement mixer works well.
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#5724571 - 04/30/15 11:16 PM Re: Tumbler and Media recommendations [Re: Gone to Texas]
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So y'all deprime your brass before you tumble?

Do you use a universal deprimer?
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#5724630 - 05/01/15 02:57 AM Re: Tumbler and Media recommendations [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Registered: 08/30/14
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With straight wall pistol I will deprime before tumbling by running the decapping stem out, so that the die does not size the case. Bottleneck rifle gets tumbled before anything else is done to it, and again after sizing/decapping to remove the lube.
I tumble first to clean any dirt that might scratch the dies.
I have heard good things about the universal deprimer but have never used one.

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#5724749 - 05/01/15 07:45 AM Re: Tumbler and Media recommendations [Re: Wildphilhickup]
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Originally Posted By: Wildphilhickup

SOT of DALLAS - 40 LB. BAG OF CORN COB, 14-20 size = ~$20.00

BRASSO is Good.

Small bottle of TURTLE WAX at Wal-Mart is good. DO NOT use in Plaastic Vibratory Polisher. It will eat the plastic.

Mother's carnuba wax is good too.

Harbor Freight Vibratory Polishers are good. Or the cheap cement mixer works well.


Brasso has ammonia in it. Bad for your brass. For media use 40 grit corn cob found by the bag at local blasting media distributor. Split a bag with a buddy, media for life. Cheap too. I remember 14 bucks a bag.

Start saving for thumbler's rock tumbler and ss media. I started like you but didn't like the corn cob filling my primer pocket and it takes a really long time to get brass clean. The ss media does not fill primer pockets, it cleans it and polishes the flash holes too. Main thing is how good it cleans and how quickly it gets it done. From nasty range pickup brass to perfectly fine shiny brass in 4 hours.
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