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Old March 20, 2000, 11:18 PM   #1
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How long should tumbling media last? I use corn cob media with a splash of Dillon brass polish. It has become VERY dirty looking after about 10 loads of 45acp brass but still seems to be doing fine. Will it last forever I bought some extra when I got my tumbler, when should I change it? Thanks.
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Old March 21, 2000, 09:54 AM   #2
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Trust me, you'll know.

I do the same, and it will clean long after it looks like sh*t.

Then, it won't clean any more!

Corn lasts a long long time. Dillon polish is still the best; just add a dab each cycle.

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Old March 21, 2000, 12:14 PM   #3
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I will last a very long time, but it does lose effectiveness as the granuals become rounded and smooth.

I change my media often. My wife buys it very inexpensively at the pet store. Both corncob and crushed walnut are sold as birdy litter. I add a couple of squirts of bore cleaner each time I start it up.

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Old March 22, 2000, 07:32 PM   #4
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Joe, this may well be one of those old tales but bore cleaner and your brass might not be happy together. Just a thought.
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Old March 22, 2000, 10:17 PM   #5
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Yes.... but I bet hism cases are sparkling bright !!

Maybe try a teaspoon of jeweller's rouge or lapidary tin oxide in a small measure to just to coat the media in a small batch as an experiment. Yes ...you do lose some case thickness, but you do that anyway!

Probably best to use the propietry stuff or leave it out all together?

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Old March 23, 2000, 07:49 AM   #6
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Tried many, Dillon Rapid Polish seems best..........and works for me.

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Old March 24, 2000, 11:13 AM   #7
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HankL, I think you may be thinking of bore cleaners ment to remove copper fouling. They many times contain ammonia, which will weaken brass. I use Pro-Shot, which is citric acid based. It doesn't seem to have caused any problems yet.

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Old March 25, 2000, 04:15 PM   #8
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Yep, ammonia will weaken brass, but citric acid is safe and effective for cleaning. Only problem is, the darn brass tarnishes if you look at it. The Dillon brass polish leaves a tarnish resistant coating on the brass. Walt
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