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#3237477 - 05/02/13 07:53 PM Re: what tumbler & media are you using? [Re: KPH]
Model70Man
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Lyman tumbler and walnut media with Lyman polish.
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#3237481 - 05/02/13 07:55 PM Re: what tumbler & media are you using? [Re: KPH]
matt_brown
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 Originally Posted By: KPH
 Originally Posted By: mr.big
rcbs walnut hulls and liberal amounts of polishing compound

While I agree walnut does a real good job of shining the cases, it always left a dust inside the cases. I don't know if it hurt anything I just didn't like it.


I totally agree. I'm not sure if hurts anything I just didn't like the red dust all over my brass I switched to corn cob but I'm looking to get a stainless tumbler

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#3237483 - 05/02/13 07:59 PM Re: what tumbler & media are you using? [Re: matt_brown]
rdl65
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 Originally Posted By: matt_brown
 Originally Posted By: KPH
 Originally Posted By: mr.big
rcbs walnut hulls and liberal amounts of polishing compound

While I agree walnut does a real good job of shining the cases, it always left a dust inside the cases. I don't know if it hurt anything I just didn't like it.


I totally agree. I'm not sure if hurts anything I just didn't like the red dust all over my brass I switched to corn cob but I'm looking to get a stainless tumbler


If the dust bothers you try throwing some dryer sheets in the tumbler. Every time I change my media I run a few dryer sheets through it before ever putting in the brass.
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#3237484 - 05/02/13 08:02 PM Re: what tumbler & media are you using? [Re: rdl65]
Jcalder
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^^ this. I have the woman save the dryer sheets and pull them into strips. It helps with the dust issue
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#3237530 - 05/02/13 08:55 PM Re: what tumbler & media are you using? [Re: Jcalder]
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I have a lyman 2400 and a smart reloader just for 223. I am wishing and hoping the 2400 dies really soon so I can justify a stainless steel setup.

If you use walnut media you must remember to clean your FL sizing die. The red dust builds up and you will scratch the brass. I wiped out more 243 cases than I want to admit.

Also, start laying aside some coin for a sonic cleaner. I initially used it for brass but the real value is in cleaning your trigger assembly, bolt, dies, Wife's jewelry, messy knives, you name it. Citric acid and teaspoon of dawn is the key.

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#3237705 - 05/03/13 06:00 AM Re: what tumbler & media are you using? [Re: Jcalder]
KPH
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 Originally Posted By: Jcalder
^^ this. I have the woman save the dryer sheets and pull them into strips. It helps with the dust issue


Never heard of doing that, but I have already solved the problem by going corncob then to stainless. Thinks for the idea if I ever try it again.
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#3237812 - 05/03/13 08:10 AM Re: what tumbler & media are you using? [Re: KPH]
BirdDog123
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Is there any media that can clean the primer pockets in a normal tumbler (for bottle neck cases)? that sure would be nice!
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#3237948 - 05/03/13 09:54 AM Re: what tumbler & media are you using? [Re: BirdDog123]
KPH
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 Originally Posted By: BirdDog123
Is there any media that can clean the primer pockets in a normal tumbler (for bottle neck cases)? that sure would be nice!


Stainless will for sure, I don't know of any other.
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#3238102 - 05/03/13 12:46 PM Re: what tumbler & media are you using? [Re: KPH]
HuntingDicksonDTC
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thanks for all the good information, going to check around on prices & order something this weekend
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#3238258 - 05/03/13 04:23 PM Re: what tumbler & media are you using? [Re: HuntingDicksonDTC]
DaveB
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I've tried walnut, corncob, dog bedding stuff, pistachio hulls, nothing cleans the primer pocket like stainless. Now, a Sonic cleaner does a bang up job on cleaning inside and out but the cases are dull. Stainless will cause you to break out the shades indoors. If you buy once fired 223/308 you really need th stainless setup. Sonic works, just adds steps.

More tumbler dust-reduction tricks: Paper towel strips, orange peels, dryer sheets (dollar store stuff works good) and of course, keep the lid on tight.

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