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Corn or nuts?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by psfive, Jul 27, 2011.

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  1. psfive

    psfive Member

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    OT. OK it's way off topic. But I still want to know. When you you run brass in your tumbler. What do you prefer corn cob or nut shell media? Why? Paul in Nebraska.
     
  2. oskerspap12

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    Cornnuts................Sorry,I'm a wiseass

    D.P.Reynolds
     
  3. Straight99

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    Walnut seems to work faster for me. But I know there are different sizes and different polish they add. That might make a differance.
     
  4. Mike Michalski

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    Nuts; and no clue why. Someone said they were better (maybe 50 years ago) and that's all I've ever used.
     
  5. GrubbyJack

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    Nuts from a sandblasting supply company, very cheap....Grubby
     
  6. Leo

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    If the brass is heavily discolored, The Walnut shell will clean it faster. It also tends to make a little more dust. Corn cob will end up with a better shine. It really does not matter, the firearm does not care. Either media form really needs treated with a polish to get the best results. Dillon Precision sells a polish additive that really works and makes brass shiney. Frankford arsonal brass polish (from midwayUSA) works fine also, clean but not as shiney. I have used several other brands but they didn't work any better and were a lot more expensive.

    Don't let anyone talk you into kitty litter. Yes, it clean the cases, but you never get that fine clay dust out of everything.
     
  7. psfive

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    I have both, never used the nut shells before only corn media. I think in order to use kitty litter I would need to be nuts. I was just wondering what the thought were out there. Paul in Nebraska.
     
  8. TC

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    Walnut hull to clean, cob to polish. Have always used both.
     
  9. Brian in Oregon

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    Walnut. Corncob left too much dust for my liking, unless you change it more often, negating any savings in price.
     
  10. shadow

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    Walnut hulls with a capfull of Nu-Finish auto polish.
     
  11. psfive

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    I have always used Brasso in my media. Never heard of Nu-Finish. Paul in Nebraska.
     
  12. Leo

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    I have never used Brasso, but some warn that anything with ammonia attacks the brass and causes cracks. In my mind, I cannot see how the tiny bit that would even touch the case could hurt anything, but people seem to think it is important.

    I remember the 60's and 70's when hardly anyone cleaned their cases. Those old target pistol shooters shot that filthy old Hercules Bullseye powder, with bees wax lubed cast lead bullets. The pistols would be filthy, their hands would be filthy and the cases were stained almost black. They seemed to shoot a lot of really impressive small groups on their targets too. I can remember them openly laughing at guys who cleaned their brass. Now if you see a man without shiney cases, he is considered below par. Times change.
     
  13. sliverbulletexpress

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    I have a fairly large vibrating case cleaner, walnut hulls get dusty quick in it, cob with some polish mixed in works for me.
     
  14. Ralph1100

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    Walnut. Buy it from the local pet supply store.

    I like to add a little paste car wax to it. It's the fine abrasives in the wax that really polish the brass.

    I'm thinking about adding a little rubbing compound to the tumbler next time. Wonder how that will do?
     
  15. shot410ga

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    Cob with a squirt of brass polish. Works for me, I like them shiny. Once in a while I have to pick out some cob stuck in the primer pocket.
     
  16. Ifitfliesitdies

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    Do they make a tumbler big enough for 4-500 12 ga hulls?
     
  17. oskerspap12

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    Yea...........a small concrete mixer.....YUKYUK
     
  18. porky

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    When you put abrasives in the cleaning media, you are thinning the cases as well as cleaning them.
     
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