Walnut and comet cleanser in tumbler

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Deacon_Man, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

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    never replace them i suspect though?
  2. Bindernut

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    Deacon,
    While I agree that there is more than one way to skin this cat, I concur 100% with LD. Thus the reason for my post above.

    You don't need to be a full-blown professional metalurgist or chemist to try out new stuff, but please use a bit of due diligence and research (and a bit of "googling" for MSDS sheets or possible reactions doesn't hurt either).
  3. mikld

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    If you choose to use Comet, rinse them real good before further processing. Abrasives and chemicals in the Comet prolly arent any good for brass or dies or gun chambers...

    Personally, I won't go to much more trouble than plain corn cob or walnut for media, and I won't get excited about anybody that does. My brass is clean, somewhat shiny but doesn't shoot 1/10 minute of angle better than dull brass. My dies will last longer than me, prolly. I don't need to impress anybody at the range with my ultra shiny, glossy ammo, I know how good it is and usually I'm the only one to see it. I haven't cleaned a handgun case's primer pocket in nearly 25 years, just ain't necessary, so I have little or no intrest in dropping over $200 to get started cleaning with SS pins.

    I can remember when real shooters' brass was mostly dull (reloaders mostly, before tumblers/shiny brass became a necessity) and usually the only folks using shiny, virgin looking brass were cops and new shooters...:D
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  4. dayooper

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    I have a strong background in chemistry and this advice is well taken. Likewise, you should also avoid ammonia-based products like Brasso which will also weaken the cases. I've used a few squirts of Soft Scrub mixed into 5 lbs of media with good results. The label indicates none of the toxic ingredients mentioned above.

    I also read an article recommending a few tablespoons of Bon Ami mixed into tumbling media with good results. Bon Ami is bio-degradable, contains no toxic ingredients, and is guaranteed not to scratch any surface. I'm going to give it a try.
  5. JLA

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    Im very ceriously trying to justify 250 bucks for a stainless pin kit.. Maybe put my krinker plinker on hold
  6. RustyFN

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    What kills it for me is the extra work with the drying time and all that. Mine come out looking like new on the outside in 1.5 hours with 50/50 walnut/corn cob and half a cap full of Nu Finish car polish and I only have around 4 minutes of hands on time for 600 to 900 cases. When they come out they are ready to load..
  7. RAJBCPA

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    I am a sucker for shiney cases.....

    This is why I like nickle plated brass. It always comes out looking like factory new ammo. All I do is run it in walnut shells for a couple of hours with a cap full of newfinish car wax.
  8. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Ya I agree. I run mine just long enough to clean them up so they function smoothly and that is it.
  9. Airdale

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    Josh,

    My wife has a small tumbler from Harbor Freight for her jewlery work. She uses the steel pins. I gave her a handfull of 9mms to clean and polish after reading this thread as a test. The results were great after only an hour of tumbling. Her little three pound unit would limit capacity. I asked her how many she thought it would do at a time and she guessed about 75. They do have a double drum unit. But hey I can give up capacity if I can save $.

    This unit is on sale for $39.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/3-lb-rotary-rock-tumbler-67631.html

    The double drum is on sale for $49.99.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/dual-drum-rotary-rock-tumbler-67632.html

    I think to get them really pristine an hour and a half would be perfect. The unit is quiet, the media is clean and lasts forever. What's not to like?
  10. howlnmad

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    I've got one of those rotary rock tumblers and was thinking about buying the refill kit for the pins and trying that. I don't know, I'll probably just keep going with the vibratory and have brass that's clean enough and ready right out of the cleaner.
  11. medalguy

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    The SS pins sure do make brass look like new, inside and out. I bought 10 pounds of pins a couple of years ago and I've used them many times. The drawback is the time required to separate pins, brass, and water. So, I decided to only use the pins when I get some really stained brass or tarnished brass. Otherwise I just use cob and NuFinish polish.

    The SS pins are expensive, but they never wear out, and never need replacing. Buy once, cry once, as they say.
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