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Old 08-06-2010, 15:41   #1
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know any homemade case media??

Anyone know what would work outside of the regular media you buy at the gun store? That seems to stop doing the job very fast. I was thinking something that wouldn't cost that much and could be reused time after time
Has anyone tried something like Silica Sand or maybe a real fine Aquarium Gravel?I know that something has to be out their that would work
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Old 08-06-2010, 16:06   #2
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DOn't use grit like sand or carbodium. Cheap media can be had from places like Harbor Freight or pet store litter. It lasts quite a long time, 10s of 1000s of cases.
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Old 08-06-2010, 16:20   #3
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Walnut shell lizard bedding from a pet store. Same exact thing as "weapon grade" cleaning media, for a fraction of the price.
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Old 08-06-2010, 16:21   #4
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Grangers also sells corn cob media... there's links around here somewhere..

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Old 08-06-2010, 16:59   #5
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I get that big bag of crushed Walnut from Petsmart.
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Old 08-06-2010, 17:23   #6
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Robin:

Where you been... you get recalled and now they got you cleaning rotor blades with a toothbrush?


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Old 08-06-2010, 18:52   #7
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Where you been... you get recalled and now they got you cleaning rotor blades with a toothbrush?


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I'm still around Jack. The CO sent me off to get a 100' of flight line, 5 gal of rotor wash and some grid squares for those ground pounders. Every supply depot I go to don't have them in stock.

Still reloading and used my super secret pet reloads for the first time on my last pistol match but I still miss the targets just as well as factory ones.
Hope your doing OK and keeping Steve in line.
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Old 08-06-2010, 19:52   #8
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rice!

It works great. Dont deprime the brass cuz it gets stuck in the flash hole. Very cheap, very available.
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Old 08-07-2010, 09:10   #9
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know any homemade case media??
I have tried almost everything.

[x]commercial gun brass cleaning media (corn and walnut)
[x] corn
[x] lizard bedding (walnut)
[x] rice
[x] sand bast media
[x] chemical cleaners
[ ] walnuts from the tree in the back yard

It all works. Its just a matter of how long it takes and whether you want clean brass, shiny brass or both.

commercial gun brass cleaning media works it is just pricey.

Lizard bedding is what I use most.

Chicken scratch is the cheapest but very dusty.

Rice works very good for pistol cases but take a long time. (I use this second most. It is good for cleaning brass that has found its way into mud.

sand bast media is expensive and i don't like getting those little beads everywhere.

walnuts from the tree in the back yard. Well I do have a walnut tree in the back yard and some hammers. I just haven't got to it yet.
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Old 08-07-2010, 11:28   #10
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Sand blast media could leave some nasty residue that would be hard on your dies.
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Old 08-07-2010, 13:05   #11
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I just graduated from rice to lizard bedding (crushed walnut) from Petco. There were several reasons I ended up not liking the rice, but I really love the walnut so far. You can get about an 8 lb. bag for less than $10 too. That is much cheaper than the actual "cleaning media" that you can buy from gun shops. One big advantage of the walnut is that if you mix in a little liquid car polish, is that it gets the brass nice and shiney. The problem I was having with rice is that after just a few times of using it, it would leave the brass very dull and flat with a weird texture on the outside of the case. I now use cheap ripped up fabric softener sheets to collect dust as they tumble.
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is there a brand name you use for the Lizard bedding? I was trying to find it on Petco's website and couldn't find it.

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is there a brand name you use for the Lizard bedding? I was trying to find it on Petco's website and couldn't find it.

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I just checked for you. The brand name is "Zilla" and it is called "Desert Blend Lizard Bedding."

I hope this helps.
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Old 08-08-2010, 12:59   #14
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I have tried just about everything and use corncob the most. With the costs of every other component what they are media price is insignificant. I stopped wasting my time trying to save $10 a year as it seems about as dumb as taking the windshield wipers off my 1 ton truck so I will get better mileage.
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Old 08-08-2010, 14:11   #15
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A friend of mine says he uses sawdust. How the cases turn out I do not know.
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Old 08-08-2010, 16:13   #16
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A friend of mine says he uses sawdust. How the cases turn out I do not know.
I wouldn't think sawdust would have enough grit prop that it would do anything. The exterior of the rice breaks down & leaves a film on the brass. I discraded that one way back when. It last forever, just go w/ the walnut or corn cob or both mixed.
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Old 08-08-2010, 16:18   #17
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I wouldn't think sawdust would have enough grit prop that it would do anything. The exterior of the rice breaks down & leaves a film on the brass. I discraded that one way back when. It last forever, just go w/ the walnut or corn cob or both mixed.
I didn't either but he says it works great. But like I said I have not see his brass.
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Old 08-08-2010, 19:59   #18
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Just get some corncob media from drill spot its about $22 shipped for 40lbs. I use the 20/40 because it is small enough to not get stuck in flash holes.
20/40 Grit http://www.drillspot.com/products/52...bs_blast_media
14/20 Grit http://www.drillspot.com/products/49...bs_blast_media
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Just get some corncob media from drill spot its about $22 shipped for 40lbs. I use the 20/40 because it is small enough to not get stuck in flash holes.
20/40 Grit http://www.drillspot.com/products/52...bs_blast_media
14/20 Grit http://www.drillspot.com/products/49...bs_blast_media
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Old 10-05-2010, 17:00   #20
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I picked up some Kaytee walnut pet bird litter from petsmart and it works great add some NuFinish car polish and mineral spirits and you are good to go. Not as good a deal as 40lbs for 22$ but damm where are you going to put 40lbs of corncob. this is a 7lb bag for 9$.
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