I use a liquid brew that I got from here about two years ago. It is 2 oz RCBS liquid case cleaner, 1 cup Iosso, 1 cup vinegar, mixed in 128 oz water. I use it in my RCBS Sidewinder and even black military junk comes out like new. I even have folks paying me for the "goodies" to make this stuff and tumble/clean their brass. Not a bad deal. Brass that just needs a light cleaning I just put it in the juice and leave it for a couple of minutes and it looks new again. I have no abrasive residue to remove or put into the chamber of my guns, I have no primer pockets to pick media out of, I don't have media falling all over, just put the brass in the tumbler, cover with liquid, tumble about twenty minutes for the real dirty stuff, wash with clean water, put it in my little toaster oven at 150F and in 30 minutes- I'm ready to load. I get about 100- 3006 cases or several hundred pistol cases per round.
Tumbling media drove me nuts when I was shooting a 17 rem. and 17 Tactical, trying to get the stuff out of the case after I had tumbled them. Then I found this "salt and pepper" treated corn media from Arms and Ammo it comes in 1 gal. milk jugs or you can buy pounds of it . Now the smallest caliber I reload is the 20 cals. but I still use the stuff as it pours out of the case so much easier. Just thought I would mention this for the smaller caliber shooters. FWIW.
I used the crushed walnut for years but tried a bucket of treated corncob media a couple of years ago and am sold on the brighter corncob shine. I have a big homemade rotary drum tumbler so it probably works faster than a vibrating tumbler does.
For years I hated picking the large grains of media out of the primer flash hole in each case. I used a small allen wrench to "POKE" the large grains out
of each case. Then one day I found some "fine grind" walnut media....... I have been using that stuff ever since. I can't remember the brand name, but I bought enough to last me a long time. This stuff just pours out, no more poking. By the way, I use my old dirty media to fill my shooting bags......It works great and doesn't have mosture in it like sand will. It is also lighter to carry. Just my .02 cents worth......Don in SC
I use walnut on nasty brass, but corn on just regular cleaning. I don't use any special cleaners, purchase some spray wax from walmart or local car parts store, 4-5 sprays will load the media fast with the wax, and cleans/ polishes as good as any I have seen
I have also been running my cases thru a ultrasonic bath of 1/4 cup vinegar, a touch of lemon juice, and rest water.. Thise clean inside, outside, and primer pocket to like new condition... I run them thru once more with a teaspoon of baking soda to 1 cup of water just to kill any acid left over. I have not found any case tumbling media that will come close to cleaning cases this way
picture worth a thousand words, you can tell the clean from dirty here, used ultrasonic cleaner for this
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