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I have used corn and walnut. Both are good. Walnut is cheaper at the pet store. Make sure you buy the dustless walnut. I finally combined the two 50/50. I have also thought of using sawdust??? Been using paint thinner for polish. Seem to do just fine.
 

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Walnut "cleans" better, corn "polishes" better. Since most of my brass is range pickup from an indoor range or once fired police brass, also freshly picked up, I use corn. Just does a nicer job of making the brass bright, not that it makes any difference at all in use.
 

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I've just been putting my empties in a mesh container and placing them in the dish washer and then setting the cases in the sun to dry. This has been working great for me. Isn't the main thing to make sure the brass is clean to insure the dies and chamber doesn't get scratched up? Isn't the result from tumblng strictly cosmetic?

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WyoBob said:
I've just been putting my empties in a mesh container and placing them in the dish washer and then setting the cases in the sun to dry. This has been working great for me. Isn't the main thing to make sure the brass is clean to insure the dies and chamber doesn't get scratched up? Isn't the result from tumblng strictly cosmetic?

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I don't think so. Your primer may not seat all the way if there is gunk in the primer pocket. You also want to make sure you get as much burned powder out of the casing as possible.
 

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Walnut is best. I get it at the local Animal Food warehouse. 25lb bag for about 8$. Fine ground just like the treated stuff they sell for 14$ per lb. Then I add some Lyman media recharger and it is just like I bought the treated stuff.
 

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I don't reload anymore, but I still have the equipment incase I want to again. I use a tumbler with walnut media and Dillion's polish in the blue bottle works fast and the results are very good.
 

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I don't think so. Your primer may not seat all the way if there is gunk in the primer pocket. You also want to make sure you get as much burned powder out of the casing as possible.
The dish washer seems to do OK on interior gunk. As far as the primer pockets go, I'm reloading on a progressive so don't want to interrupt the procedure to tumble & then re-insert in the the loader.
I used to reload quite a lot 25-30 years ago on my single stage and never clean & polished brass. I don't know why not. I'm a "gear whore" (trying to reform) and should have had a tumbler. I used to lube cases, re-size and just wipe the lube off. For handgun ammo, I used carbide dies. I never had any problem seating primers. Saying that, I'll probably get around to tumbling some brass one of these days. They do look nicer and it would be easier to spot defects I think. But, if I do tumble, I'd still want to do it with the primer in so I can load in the progressive without slowing things down.

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i use walnut and flitz comes out clean and shiny in less time than corncob.

when i frist started tumbeling i used rice and barely with flitz, i got the prettiest brass on the block lol very shiney better than i ever got with
corncob and flitz

only problem is rice and barley pack up in the case and in the flash hole.
 

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I stopped reloading a few years back (wish I hadn't :oops: ). But, I used to clean my brass in walnut first and finish it off with corn.
 

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Well, I'm ging to buy a vibrating tumbler. I borrowed a buddy's the other day and did a bunch of 40 cal. cases. It did a very nice job cleaning up both the inside and outside of the cases. Better than the dishwasher. Although the dishwasher will accomplish the main task of making sure the brass is clean so it won't scratch dies or chambers, the polished, reloaded ammo sure looks better. It all has to do with craftmanship. As pop said, if you're going to take time to do a job, do it right. I got a good feeling looking at a plastic bin full of new, brite reloads.

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Since your poll asked for the best polishing media I chose corn but that is not how I clean the brass just the end result.

I start out with fine ground walnut from the pet store to which I add some odorless mineral spirits & leave in the vibrating cleaner for an hour. Then I dump that out & go to fine ground corn again from a pet store with some Nu Finish car polish for another hour. This gives me brass that is shinier than new & easier to deprime however I still spray Hornaday One Shot on 9MM cases prior to depriming.
 

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I pop all the primers and then walnut tumble.
Then a Birchwood Case Cleaner wash and dry.
Then a corn tumble,
Then resize and trim, debur and tumble once more in corn.
The walnut leaves a residue on the case which I find is not suitable for sizing.
The washing removes all residue and the corn, which stays pretty clean really shines the cases up with no residue. The corn will also absorb any residue of water in the cases.
The final resize punches out any corn in the primer hole.
The last tumble in corn helps remove any slivers or particles of brass from the mouth.

It sounds like alot of work, but while the tumbler is going I'm doing something else.
 

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Holy cow :lol:
Maybe I should just keep buying cleaned nickle :shock:
My tumbler and sifter should be here buy friday and I need to place an order for bullets so I am going to try corn first.
I just picked up a dillon cv-500 with a bottle of brass polish on ebay for 75 bucks shipped. 8)
 

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You guys are just anal. :)

I tumble for a couple hours in a rock polisher with some walnut media in it, and then load them up. That's all.
 

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Cheap Rice from Sam's.


Sounds like you other guys are doing wayyyyy too much work.

I don't deprime , chamfer, and trim even my match ammo when i clean it. I use One shot before it goes to my Dillons for lube.

I case guage with my guage and barrel....
 

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White rice.....get the gluten free....works well, cheaper that corn, less messy than walnut.

These guys that are cleaning their primer holds, reaming out the flash hole, trimming their pistol brass are crazy......way too much work.

Rifle, match grade, or bullseye pistol competition....ok i could see it.

I have yet to find any difference in accuracy in my pistol reloads.
 
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