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Old October 27, 2011, 04:43 PM   #1
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Uncooked rice for tumbling media

Saw a post somewhere where a person used uncooked rice for tumbling media. Does anyone here have any exp. with this? How does it work for you
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Old October 27, 2011, 04:51 PM   #2
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I tried it for a while. It seemed to take longer than walnut to get the same results.
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Old October 27, 2011, 05:10 PM   #3
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Don't waste your time. It works, but not as good as the cob or walnut. I am sure it is more expensive than the 20/40 cob from drillspot.com ($26 for 40 pounds, shipped.) But if you get that you better have something to put it in. Needed 3 plastic 5 gal. buckets. It comes in a paper bag, and I am sure the mice would be into it almost immediately.
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Old October 27, 2011, 05:12 PM   #4
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has anyone ever tried pecan shells?
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Old October 27, 2011, 07:21 PM   #5
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Uncooked rice for tumbling media
Do not use!!!

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Old October 27, 2011, 10:22 PM   #6
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Uncooked rice ????

The best place for your uncooked rice, is in a hitachi rice steamer!!!

Been married to a french-speaking cajun for the past 31 years & we still have the rice steamer we received as a wedding present in 1980.

Crushed walnut, pecan, cashew, or brasil nut shell would all work for tumbling. The walnut however, is the easiest to obtain for this purpose.

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Old October 27, 2011, 10:35 PM   #7
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Isn't there a cheaper alternative

available at a pet supply store?

I think it is crushed walnut shells, used as bedding for hamster cages, or something like that?

Cheaper, IIRC?
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Old October 27, 2011, 10:55 PM   #8
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Uncooked rice at the nearest Mexican market usually runs right around 3 or 4 pounds to the dollar.
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Old October 28, 2011, 04:00 AM   #9
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I once tried cooked rice and it made a huge mess. I will try cooked walnut shell
media next.
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Old October 28, 2011, 08:40 AM   #10
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I think it is crushed walnut shells, used as bedding for hamster cages, or something like that?

It's called Zilla Reptile Bedding (crushed walnut)

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Old October 28, 2011, 11:02 AM   #11
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Brown rice or white?

This distinction will make a big difference since most brown rice is not enriched. White rice is enriched by adding finely powdered nutrients that cling to rice grains. Using white rice for case cleaning will result in enriched cases that have a bit of nutritional value.

Otherwise, use crushed walnut shell for good results.
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Old October 28, 2011, 11:49 AM   #12
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i have seen an ad for stainless steel as tumbling media-how would that work?
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Old October 28, 2011, 12:01 PM   #13
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Thanks for filling in the blanks for me. I've been meaning to go buy some, but didn't know exactly what it was called.
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Old October 28, 2011, 04:58 PM   #14
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I once tried cooked rice and it made a huge mess.
Now that is just funny!
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Old October 28, 2011, 05:01 PM   #15
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"I once tried cooked rice and it made a huge mess."

Geezsh, didn't you guys' Moms teach you how to deal with this?

You obviously forgot to add the cream, the beaten egg, the raisins, the vanilla, sugar, and the nutmeg.

Did you really think you were going to get a Brassy Raisin Rice Pudding with just... rice?
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Old October 28, 2011, 05:26 PM   #16
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We don't need no steenkin' pudding! Gravy, man, gravy!
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Old October 28, 2011, 10:23 PM   #17
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i have seen an ad for stainless steel as tumbling media-how would that work?
The wet tumbling using ss works great. I've never used it myself, but have seen the results, they're impressive to say the least, the brass is super clean and shiny. It's a lot more expensive to get the equipment to get started compared to regular tumbling.
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Old October 28, 2011, 10:44 PM   #18
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If you keep your media clean, it lasts for a very long time.

I'm still trying to finish off some corn cob that was purchased in 2007 (10 lbs, and I just got into the second half of it). With another 10 lbs sitting on the shelves... I won't have to buy corn cob media again, until 2020.

I'm still using rouged walnut I bought in 2008. The 3 lbs in the tumbler still has at least two years' worth of use in it, and there's another 6 lbs in the jug. Like the corn cob media, that should last me beyond 2020.

I only tumbled about 7k dirty cases, last year. By all accounts, that's pretty low (and doesn't include loaded rounds going through to remove case lube). By keeping the media clean, it just keeps chugging along...
At this rate, I'll be HAPPY to spend $1/lb on "premium" corn cob media and $2/lb for rouged walnut, when the time comes.

Besides... Most of the media marketed to reloaders doesn't have all the dust and chaff in it, that you get with the alternatives.
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Old November 7, 2011, 02:46 PM   #19
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tumbler media

Hi, I have been reloading for about 50yrs. I have found out that the best
polishing media is rice, right out of the feilds. In 2 hours the load is done
and the brass is like new. If you are not around where rice is grown, try
to buy rice seed. Here in AR we grow rice, so it is easy to find it, Thanks, Bill
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Old November 7, 2011, 04:24 PM   #20
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What's the best way to keep your media clean? I've gone through my whole first bath of ground corn cob media from pet store in less than 6months.


Tapatalk ya
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Old November 7, 2011, 04:30 PM   #21
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Used it for valves in an engine after a chemical soak, worked pretty well after sitting over night in cleaner. I've also done this on carb parts and it took a lot of the varnish off, which impressed me, and got rid of the turpentine smell from old carbs.

It took longer than the normal media, which I believe someone else said as well, but it did work.
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Old November 7, 2011, 05:22 PM   #22
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What's the best way to keep your media clean? I've gone through my whole first bath of ground corn cob media from pet store in less than 6months.


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You are not trying to keep your media clean--you are trying to clean your brass. Most of the discoloration of the media comes from the polish cleaning the brass. Just keep on using it. If it is not cleaning quite as well, add a little more polish.
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Old November 8, 2011, 11:15 AM   #23
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Anyone ever try BB's? I can testify firsthand how effective they are in a rusted metal gas tank with a slosh of carb cleaner.

I guess a flammable solvent and an electric motor powered trimmer might not be a good idea?
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Old November 8, 2011, 09:23 PM   #24
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Sometimes I wonder if you can simply hose off the used walnut shell media to 'refresh' it a bit. My pick-up brass has so much dirt on it.
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Old November 9, 2011, 01:19 AM   #25
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The reason the media works is because it has fine sharp edges that actually scratch the brass clean.
As the media is used it rounds off those edges, meaning it takes longer & longer to clean the brass.

So trying to "clean" used media just doesn't work.
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