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

    May 8, 2012
    never replace them i suspect though?
  2. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    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

    mikld Active Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    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
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2012
  4. dayooper

    dayooper New Member

    Sep 22, 2012
    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

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Im very ceriously trying to justify 250 bucks for a stainless pin kit.. Maybe put my krinker plinker on hold
  6. RustyFN

    RustyFN New Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    West Virginia
    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..

    RAJBCPA Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    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

    Jan 1, 2012

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

    Airdale Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    N.W. Arkansas

    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.

    The double drum is on sale for $49.99.

    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

    howlnmad Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    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

    medalguy Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    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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