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using White Rice as tumbling medium?

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Howdy All!

 

I saw a thread on the internet - Facebook - that using white rice in
a tumbler would clean the brass well!.

 

The interesting point to me is that the folks using the rice

said it was literally dust free.

 

I can buy 50 lbs of white rice at Sams Club for 17.00. You could

probably fill the large Dillon tumbler 10 times for 17 bucks.....

 

i can't remember if the folks who use rice add some type

polish.....

 

Any one use rice for tumbling media?

 

Thanks

 

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I tried it with a mix of pistol and rifle brass (.303,etc)
Never again...picking rice out of flash holes is not enjoyable.

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Well.  Other than that.  How'd it work?? (don't decap first)

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Add 2 cups boiling water, 2tbs butter, salt and pepper to taste....clean brass AND supper.

 

Would it be faster with Minute Rice ?

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Go to the pet store and get a bag of ground walnut shell for lizard bedding. It's at least half the cost of tumbling media. 

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I tried it with a mix of pistol and rifle brass (.303,etc)
Never again...picking rice out of flash holes is not enjoyable.

What Coffinmaker said - I'd like to know. 

 

Given the kernel size, seems it wouldn't clean the insides as well as walnut media?

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Hendo,

 

i use lizard litter now adding Mineral Spirits and Nu-finish car wax.....

i would like to get the dust down....

 

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Works great but takes forever to get it out of flash holes and it sticks in almost every one.

 

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Well.  Other than that.  How'd it work?? (don't decap first)

 

 

What Coffinmaker said - I'd like to know. 

 

Given the kernel size, seems it wouldn't clean the insides as well as walnut media?

 

 

 

 

 

I didnt notice anything amazing...lizard litter does better

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i use lizard litter now adding Mineral Spirits and Nu-finish car wax.....

 

 

Yep, that's what I use.  Run tumbler for 4 hours, and my brass comes out looking like jewelry.  Helps the brass pickers find my brass.

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The Nu-finish or other wax should help keep the dust down.

To help more. cut up dryer sheets and put them in with the media as well.

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I use good old corn cob media and add a dash of polish. The money I save on reloading I'm not going to fool around with trying to save a couple bucks!

 

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The Nu-finish or other wax should help keep the dust down.

To help more. cut up dryer sheets and put them in with the media as well.

 

I also use the Lizard Litter and it works fine.  I add some Lyman tumbling polish to help keep the dust down. 

 

I tried the dryer sheets, but they just wadded up in the media.  I did not know I was supposed to cut them into strips.

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I like grit-o-cob $20.00 for a 50# bag It is the same as what there have in all the sporting goods store.

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The Nu-finish or other wax should help keep the dust down.

To help more. cut up dryer sheets and put them in with the media as well.

 

Used dryer sheets

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Did you use pearl or long grain rice. Pearl is fatter.

 

It was 30 years ago but most likely cheap long grain since it was the most common.

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I got tired of the dust, so I switched to a wet tumbler. I think that it does a much better job and is dust free using the Stainless Steel pellets. When I was using the vibratory cleaners, I used two of them. One with treated Walnut shell for heavy soiled brass and the other with treated Corn cob for lightly soiled brass or as a second treatment to put a higher shine on the brass that had been cleaned in the Walnut shell. I would think that rice would break down rather quickly, and would take longer to get it the job done. JMO

 

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If you use Minute Rice, does it make the process faster?

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Cypress, give us a minute to think about that.  :D

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I use used dryer sheets cut into quarters and turtle wax polish in my corn cob media. Tumble for about 1 1/2 hours. I put a mask on when I dump the tumbler as there is still some dust. I prewash my brass in 50-50 mix of Simple green first and dry on an old food dehydrator for about an hour before tumbling. The dryer sheets come out gray.

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You all make it sound like a tumbler with stainless steel pins is the only way to go...

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If you use Minute Rice, does it make the process faster?


Actually it does, Minute Rice has a rough surface and when fresh is does polish brass faster than regular rice. It only lasts one or two tumblings though. As I said upthread I played with it 30 years ago .

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You all make it sound like a tumbler with stainless steel pins is the only way to go...

 

 

Even better is a tumbler WITHOUT the pins.  Whatever liquid soap suits your fancy, Lemishine and a teaspoon of Strat-O-Sheen has my brass looking factory new without the pain of separating the pins after tumbling. 

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You all make it sound like a tumbler with stainless steel pins is the only way to go...

 

I like ceramic media way more than those pins. 

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Oh my! What did I start?  Not trying to hijack...

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No pins, but wet tumbling works much better for me!

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I used rice once because I read about it on the internet.  It worked well but it ticked my wife off so bad I threw it away and went to lizard litter.  She had stopped cooking rice years ago because carbs are the devil and the stuff I used had been in the cabinet since before that time.  But apparently those were survival rations or some such. 

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I tried it with a mix of pistol and rifle brass (.303,etc)
Never again...picking rice out of flash holes is not enjoyable.

Polish before decapping.

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and a teaspoon of Strat-O-Sheen

Where can one buy Strat-O-Sheen?

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