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Old 01-22-2017, 06:40 PM
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Default Cleaning brass - crushed walnut vs. corn cob media

Just wondering, what do you guys use to clean your cartridge brass? I've been using crushed walnut media. While it gets the brass pretty clean, it leaves an ample amount of red dust on the brass and every nearby surface, such as my hands, clothes, and plastic containers. If I switch to corn cob media, will it clean as well while not leaving dust all over the place? Alternatively, is there a way to reduce the amount of dust produced by the walnut media?
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Old 01-22-2017, 06:47 PM
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the residue from the walnut media that sticks to the brass is grease/lube, add a few cleaning patches to the mix, they will absorb the grease, or do like I do use dry white rice, add 1 oz of car polish, 1 oz of alcahol, the smaller cases are a PIA to get the rice out of but they clean up good
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Old 01-22-2017, 07:14 PM
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What cleaning patches would you recommend?
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Old 01-22-2017, 07:24 PM
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doesn't matter, the cloth will absord any oils
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Old 01-22-2017, 11:53 PM
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TN are you using the treated media Like Lymans ?
I use the untreated corn cob and add a little of a car polish called Nu-finish.Some times you may also try putting in a cut up pieces of clothes dryer sheet to collect and hold down the dust but with treated media it may collect your treatment product in the media?
Nu-finish has no ammonia in it.

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Old 01-23-2017, 03:27 AM
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I also use rice just plain old white rice. There is one disadvantage to it well maybe you would say two really. If you tumble before you deprime it will break decapping pins when they hit a kernel in the flash hole. After you deprime some kernels will be caught in the flash hole but a little flat screw driver removes them.




I started with corn cob media and didn't like the dust and it would hang up in 224 and 6mm case mouths.










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Old 01-23-2017, 05:12 AM
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TN are you using the treated media Like Lymans ?
I use the untreated corn cob and add a little of a car polish called Nu-finish.Some times you may also try putting in a cut up pieces of clothes dryer sheet to collect and hold down the dust but with treated media it may collect your treatment product in the media?
Nu-finish has no ammonia in it.
Yes, I use Lymans treated media.
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Old 01-23-2017, 05:16 AM
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Originally Posted by alleyyooper
I also use rice just plain old white rice
Interesting. How well does it clean compared to regular media?
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Old 01-23-2017, 09:26 AM
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TN rice is cheap so just try it and use you own opinion on how well it does.
I've tried it and i don't like how in gets jammed into some cases and it puts a dull shine on your brass unlike the shine from corn cob & some polish!
Get the untreated media it is less costly and add your own polish.
The dust you are getting is jewelers rouge in the media.

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Rice cleans well.

Massive pain in the butt for .17rem and .204ruger, packs the cases full and they're a pain to empty out. Everything else, it's just a matter of clearing your flash holes.
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