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Do you clean after you tumble?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by TH237, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. I normally use untreated walnut hull, however... The Lyman tufnut treated with polishing compound was all they had. I used it as normal but when I checked the cases I saw a lot of the compound on the cases. I know I can wipe it off the outside but what about the inside? Do any of you wash the cases with soap and water to remove it? Perhaps there is a better way. If so please share.

  2. JBnTX

    JBnTX Bible Thumper

    Aug 28, 2008
    Fort Worth Texas
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012

  3. There is definitely red residue inside the cases. I mean the cases are obviously open and immersed in the media.
  4. twag4


    Feb 28, 2010
    I have some of thst media as well. It only leaves the residue on the first batch or two. After that its ok. I just load them. Never had a problem.
  5. alwaysshootin


    Nov 14, 2005
    Used some of the treated years ago, never again! Plain crushed walnut, from here on out, for me, thanks!
  6. Kentguy


    Nov 22, 2010
    Kent, OH
    TH237... "Do any of you wash the cases with soap and water to remove it? Perhaps there is a better way. If so please share."

    Like "Alwaysshootin", I also tried that product years ago and like him I agree... Never again.

    My process is a bit more cumbersome than most. Bottom line reloading is a Hobby for me, not a job, so I don't mind putting in the time to get the results that I want.

    Short & sweet version, after you have de-primed your casings;

    1st. put them in bucket with warm water & "Birchwood Casey Brass Cartridge Case Cleaner" (just follow the directions).
    2nd. next spread them out on a towel, than I take a "Q-Tip" and swab out the primer pocket and the interior of the case itself.
    3rd. Dump em in the tumbler (with corn media mix) & and squirt of "Nu-Finish" car/metal polish... 3 hrs later they come out like a brand new shinny penny both inside & out.

    Makes inspection extremely through. Like I said my process in not for everyone but this is the way I conduct it for my standards.

    Good luck & have fun
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012
  7. W.E.G.


    Sep 20, 2005
    all over Virginia
    I use plain ground walnut shells.

    Never any polish, solvent or goo in the mix.

    After cases come out of tumbler, they go on a towel on the floor for the one or two that still have walnut hiding in them to dump their load.

    Cases are then ready for resizing.
  8. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    I run 2 tumblers at a time, buy 40# bags of corncob. Tumble 3-4 hours with Nu-Finish cut with a little paint thinner and toss in a cut up dryer sheet.
    I keep a little walnut on standby in case I come upon a lot of really dirty brass, I never treat it with anything though. Tumble for 2 hours and toss it in the corncob to final clean.
    I like really shiny brass, makes it easier to find cracks particularly on rifle case necks.
    I'm hoping to get a wet SS media tumbler for Christmas to process my Lapua brass for my bolt gun.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2012
  9. Kwesi


    Sep 23, 2006
    I only load pistol and do not deprive prior to tumbling. Nu-Finish works great and acts as a lubricant. I find 2-3 hours in the tumbler is all it takes. I believe boxer is referring to used dryer sheets.
  10. stevelyn

    stevelyn NRA Life Member

    I use the Lyman TuffNut. I only use it if the cases are extremely dirty or stained and on all range pick-up brass the first time.

    I toss them in corn cob media afterwards with a little Frankford Arsenal case polish and it cleans the jewelers rouge out of the cases.
  11. SigFTW


    Nov 4, 2010
    I use corncob also, and a dryer sheet to keep it clean. Works great for what I need.
  12. dkf


    Aug 6, 2010
    I bought some of that Red Lyman tuffnut stuff due to lack of options when I bought the tumbler. I have used it many times and it still leaves the red from rouge all over the cases. To remove it tumble in untreated media. I just keep the red stuff for really dirty brass since I have it. It is really not worth the trouble.
  13. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    If I had some of the red stuff I would reduce it with some regular. Sounds like it just has way to much polishing media in it.
  14. ejs54

    ejs54 Member

    Nov 16, 2008
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    I've been using walnut sold as pet litter. Recently I have been accumulating a lot of brass in different conditions and adding Flitz media polisher into the mix. This works well for cleaning and polishing but it does leave an annoying dust behind.

    Right now I'm recycling the media well over 10 times and running all the bulk brass with it. Eventually will dump it out and use plain walnuts without any chemicals on my spent casings which don't need much cleaning.
  15. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    The Lyman Tufnut really does a great job at cleaning up the cases, but you've already discovered the down side - all the rouge everywhere.

    I just mix it about 5:1 corncob:walnut and make sure to put in some cut up dryer sheets and it minimizes the dust / rouge everywhere.
  16. I soak my cases in Purple Power for about a hour and rinse and dry. Then I tumble in corn cob media and then I resize and deprime and process.
  17. EKUJustice


    Apr 18, 2007
    I use corncob media from the walmart pet section and a capfull or so of nufinish from automotive every few cycles. I put a dryer sheet or 2 in every cycle. the brass comes out shining and no residue
  18. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

    Aug 11, 2010
    San Diego
    I second Boxer, I run two tumblers, lyman 1200 and the huge one from Harbor Freight. I buy cheap corn cop media use a dap of new finish and cheap dryer sheets, They come out looking brand new. I do however have the brand new Hornady ultrasonic cleaner coming, the one you can fit your whole AR upper in, can't wait to see how that works for both rifle and precision rifle brass.

  19. MtnBiker

    MtnBiker NRA Member Millennium Member

    Jun 19, 1999
    I've never had residue stay on the brass like that. After tumbling, I just put the brass in a mesh bag and shake it up so any remaining walnut shell media falls out.
  20. MannyA


    Dec 30, 2007
    Miami, Florida
    Well hell ya
    My back gets all dusty!

    Crushed walnut and nu finish and call it good