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Old October 16, 2002, 10:50 PM   #1
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media ?

OK, now I have my vibratory cleaner, I need to know what media and cleaners/additives to use.

Some people say to use sawdust and alcohol, others sawdust and sSmple Green. Neither of those sound ideal to me

I'm looking for the most cost effective solution here fellas. What works well and costs little ?
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Old October 16, 2002, 11:03 PM   #2
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I use crushed corn cob that I get from a pet store and add a little Iosso brass cleaner. Brass comes out nice and clean and shiny as a new penny.
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Old October 16, 2002, 11:07 PM   #3
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i use corn cob and whatever that stuff is that cabela's sells for that purpose (i think it is little more than liquid car wax).

i used to use walnut, and i really liked how well that stuff worked, but if you deprime and then go to the tumbler, your picking kernels out of the flash holes; it is a rare occurence w/ corn cob.
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Old October 16, 2002, 11:56 PM   #4
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Corncob and walnut media work well treated with a polishing agent if that is important to you. If you're thinking "clean" and don't really care about "shiny" they both work very well plain.
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Old October 17, 2002, 12:31 AM   #5
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Steve in PA:

Did you check to see if that brass cleaner has any ammonia in it?
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Old October 17, 2002, 12:39 AM   #6
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Sounds like corn cob is the stuff then - any ideas on how much I should pay for this ?

I'm not too worried about shiny - clean will do fine
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Old October 17, 2002, 10:10 AM   #7
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Lyman markets both treated walnut and treated corncob. It runs around $1 a pound.
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Old October 17, 2002, 11:25 PM   #8
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Yeah.......no ammonia.....ammonia weakens the brass
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Old October 18, 2002, 06:43 AM   #9
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http://www.mcmaster.com/cgi/loadpage...10&descid=8367

$25 for 50lbs of walnut hulls, $23.47 for 50lbs of corn cob. Get the finest grain available (higher the number the finer it is).

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Old October 18, 2002, 07:07 AM   #10
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I use plain corn cob media and it works well. i used to use a polishing compund in it but all it did was make the brass a bit shinier, not cleaner, and it caused the media to load up quick and need replacement sooner.
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Old October 18, 2002, 02:14 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the info fellas, I'll chase up rocko's link - do you think I need both walnut & corn, or can I get by with just one ?
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Old October 18, 2002, 07:02 PM   #12
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Corncobs and Turtle Wax works just fine.
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Old October 18, 2002, 09:26 PM   #13
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Go to Wal-Mart and you can get a big bag of corn cob media, It's called pet bedding and is in the dog food/pet section. the last bag I got was $2.99 plus tax. I use Armorall Car wax in it because its non ammonia.
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Old October 19, 2002, 11:18 AM   #14
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couldn't get rocko link to work. Visited site, but didn't find the media ?
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Old October 19, 2002, 04:48 PM   #15
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Yeah, the link doesn't work for some reason. Just go to their main site, and search for "corn cob". I tried the Walmart stuff as well, but it was too large. Some of the local pet stores carry the finer grain corn cob and walnut hulls, but only in 5lb bags so you don't get any sort of volume discount.

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Old October 19, 2002, 04:55 PM   #16
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I find that large Wal-Mart sutff works fine, It is less likely to get stuck in the flash hole.
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Old October 20, 2002, 01:00 AM   #17
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corn cob and cap full of turtle wax will do the ticket, when I'm doing up nickle cases for my wifes CAS belt I do Walnut to clean, then corn cob with the capfull of TW to get that Lone Ranger shine...
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Old October 20, 2002, 06:46 AM   #18
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I find that large Wal-Mart sutff works fine, It is less likely to get stuck in the flash hole.
Yeah, but it is just the right size to get stuck in the primer pocket or neck of a .223 case. Not to mention it is too big to actually clean the primer pocket at all, and seems to take much longer to clean since there is actually less contact between the media and the cases (larger irregular grains means more "air pockets" in tumbler).

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Old October 20, 2002, 08:53 AM   #19
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This must not be the same stuff I have been using. I do not load 223's but do use it on the 22-250 and had no problems with it...........maybe a different brand.........I have also found that the Lyman Corn Cob media does not (as small as it it ) get a primer pocket.........I use the RCBS primer pocket brush to get those.
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