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    I have been going though jugs of Lyman media like crazy. I am re-arraigning things in my re-loading room and I have some trash cans full of old brass that I have been cleaning up.

    Has anyone ever seen big 20 or 40 pound bags of this stuff?

    I wonder if some sorts of cat litter would work??? Some of this old brass is really dirty.

    Buying media in Homer is a no-go, so it takes a long trip to Anchorage to buy the darn stuff.
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    Around here in Fairbanks I go to a cement products outfit and get raw crushed walnut shell. Its cheap, but it does break down a little faster than the treated stuff, as in it gets a little dusty. Comes in 50lb bags if I remember right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    I have been going though jugs of Lyman media like crazy. I am re-arraigning things in my re-loading room and I have some trash cans full of old brass that I have been cleaning up.

    Has anyone ever seen big 20 or 40 pound bags of this stuff?

    I wonder if some sorts of cat litter would work??? Some of this old brass is really dirty.

    Buying media in Homer is a no-go, so it takes a long trip to Anchorage to buy the darn stuff.
    I bought the Lyman TUFNUT and Corncob Green for my tumbler and had some pretty dirty cases. I went against the instructions of using the course first and then the finer Corn. I mixed em half and half and had a very nice outcome after about 6 or more hours of tumbling. A few of the real nasties I put back in for a couple more hours and they look just fine now. Looks like I can run alot more loads through the same batch too. Seems to hold up pretty well. Two 6 pound jugs should last me my lifetime, but that's cuz I'm 3 days older than dirt myself...............lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunbugs View Post
    Around here in Fairbanks I go to a cement products outfit and get raw crushed walnut shell. Its cheap, but it does break down a little faster than the treated stuff, as in it gets a little dusty. Comes in 50lb bags if I remember right.
    Screen the breakdown particals out ever now and then. You can recycle this stuff alot of batches before adding too much new to it.
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    Go to a pet stuff and buy a 20 pound bag of crushed walnut hulls. Cheap, and works better than anything else I ever tried. Rice works as well and if you buy a big bag at Costco sometimes it is cheaper than the walnut hulls.
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    I'm pretty into my own used brass and at times may get some nasty looking pickup brass at the range. My own brass I take good care of and is easy to clean. Range brass is another story, but worth spending the time to clean at todays brass prices. Dumb as I is, I leave all range brass behind that don't fit my guns. Might be worth picking it all off the ground, clean it up and sell it as used brass. Just a thought.
    Thanks guys, you all just gave me an idea.
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    I use stainless steel media and a couple drops of dish soap. Will last forever if you don't loose it.


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    Checked out SS tumbling media. Large volume dealers for industry, but there are folks selling it for small scale users like jewelers and reloaders.

    OR you could use a size 2 or 3 steel shot for shotguns, but would have to take care to not let it rust too much.

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    If anyone in the Fairbanks area has any dirty brass or range pickups, I would be willing to clean a batch for them to show them how well SS works.

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    Thank you for the info Stid. Never woulda guessed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    I use stainless steel media and a couple drops of dish soap. Will last forever if you don't loose it.


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    Are you getting those results with a rotary or vibrating tumbler?

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    Yeah I'm curious too Steve, seems I remember your having a Rotary Rock Tumbler, and the website suggests that Stainless can't be used in a Vibratory Tumbler,
    Do you know, or has anyone tried it in a Vibratory machine with good results?

    Sure seems like it would work
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    Quote Originally Posted by kodiakrain View Post
    Yeah I'm curious too Steve, seems I remember your having a Rotary Rock Tumbler, and the website suggests that Stainless can't be used in a Vibratory Tumbler,
    Do you know, or has anyone tried it in a Vibratory machine with good results?

    Sure seems like it would work
    I use a tumbler and water. Don't know if it would work in a vibratory machine or not. I still use my vibrator and corncob media to give them a quick shine and to remove the sizing wax, but the media last a long time because the brass is already clean.

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    Zilla Lizard bedding from Petco. Ground english walnut. Add a little mineral spirits and some metal polish. Helps keep dust down and cleans em up good.

    http://www.petco.com/product/102881/...Bedding-102881

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