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Corncob vs walnut media #12480162 12/19/17
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I need new cleaning media and am wondering if there is a difference between walnut and corncob in usage? Looking at the packaging it seems walnut is dustier than I recall corncob being but that may be a faulty memory. I've always used corncob but the local shop has only walnut on hand.

I use my tumbler for general cleaning if the brass is dirty. I'll toss the dirty brass in the tumbler and turn it on for a couple of hours to clean. Lately I have been using Hornady One Shot as a lube and I have used the tumbler for cleaning after sizing.

So, is there any reason to use the one over the other or is there no difference? I don't need to make a decision immediately but I'll be putting in an order soon and would add corncob media to the order if necessary.

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Walnut cleans quicker, but won't put as high a shine on the brass as corn cob. I don't polish, I clean, so I use walnut.




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Thanks for the explanation. I think I'm going to stick with corncob as the walnut appears to be "dirtier" based on how the bag looks. It's probably the stain in the shells and I can see me leaving finger prints all over.

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I've had good results using walnut media with Frankford Arsenal Brass Polish for vibratory case tumblers. I add 2 or 3 teaspoons of the brass polish to the tumbler bowl each time I clean a batch of cases. Don't mean to sound like a commercial, but the polish does not contain ammonia or other additives that can be harmful to the brass. It also shortens the tumbling time needed to get a good shine. Works great for me.


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I LIKE THE WALNUT WITH THE RED ROUGE IN IT FOR THROUGH CLEANING. IT DOES LEAVE A FILM THOUGH. THEN I FOLLOW UP WITH CORN COB FOR FINAL CLEANING.

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I bought some of that Lyman walnut with the red rouge once. It left a mess of rouge residue all over the brass inside and out. So like you, I had to tumble again in clean media to remove the rouge. Why do twice what should take once? I washed all the rouge off the walnut so I could use it up.

Are you cleaning brass or making jewelry? I want the dirt and loose carbon removed and an hour in walnut will do that and polish some. I haven't found the walnut any more dusty than corn cob and it holds up better.


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I used the crushed walnut litter folks use for their reptile pets. It's cheaper than the reloading media and fine enough not to get jammed in primer holes. I usually add a squirt of liquid car wax. My brass comes out nice and shiny.

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+1 on the lizzard bedding, I got tired of digging media out of flash holes. If I add anything it is Mother's Mag Wheel Polish and then only a pea size lump. Lately I have been using my wet tumbler with just Dawn and Lemi-shine no SS pins, it gets the cases nice and clean and no media mess or pins stuck sideways in primer pockets.

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Lots of things work but For bright shiney brass I like corn cob media with a few capfulls of Cabelas brass polish.......This combo makes for some beautiful brass indeed....Good luck....Hb

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I would use stainless steel pins then corn cob with either Iosso or car polish added. Much faster.


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Originally Posted by woodmaster81
I need new cleaning media and am wondering if there is a difference between walnut and corncob in usage? Looking at the packaging it seems walnut is dustier than I recall corncob being but that may be a faulty memory. I've always used corncob but the local shop has only walnut on hand.

I use my tumbler for general cleaning if the brass is dirty. I'll toss the dirty brass in the tumbler and turn it on for a couple of hours to clean. Lately I have been using Hornady One Shot as a lube and I have used the tumbler for cleaning after sizing.

So, is there any reason to use the one over the other or is there no difference? I don't need to make a decision immediately but I'll be putting in an order soon and would add corncob media to the order if necessary.



I use corn cob as it is lighter than walnut and agitates easier.


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I just bought a tumbler. Never used it before. I have both corncob (lyman) and walnut (frankford).

Just wondering how the Lyman stuff works if you dont had any brass polish or other cleaner ?


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Originally Posted by Owl
I just bought a tumbler. Never used it before. I have both corncob (lyman) and walnut (frankford).

Just wondering how the Lyman stuff works if you dont had any brass polish or other cleaner ?

I use lizard litter from pet smart for a fraction of what they charge for gun specific media, I add a cap full of New Finish car polish. Works great.

Re: Corncob vs walnut media [Re: woodmaster81] #13351201 12/11/18
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I already had the corn cob media. Got it free from work. 4 OF THE 6lb bottles.

I just finished up a bunch of .223 brass. Looks pretty good. I got rid of my ski boat in a divorce, and had a bunch of Meguiar's Marine wax that I added to the4 media, so I used that.


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Originally Posted by Owl
I already had the corn cob media. Got it free from work. 4 OF THE 6lb bottles.

I just finished up a bunch of .223 brass. Looks pretty good. I got rid of my ski boat in a divorce, and had a bunch of Meguiar's Marine wax that I added to the4 media, so I used that.



Excuse me...why on Earth would you be adding a wax to cleaning compound?


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+1 on the lizard bedding, finer particles don't get stuck in the flash holes and it does just as good a job cleaning.

Re: Corncob vs walnut media [Re: NVhntr] #13388716 12/24/18
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Originally Posted by NVhntr
I bought some of that Lyman walnut with the red rouge once. It left a mess of rouge residue all over the brass inside and out. So like you, I had to tumble again in clean media to remove the rouge. Why do twice what should take once? I washed all the rouge off the walnut so I could use it up.

Are you cleaning brass or making jewelry? I want the dirt and loose carbon removed and an hour in walnut will do that and polish some. I haven't found the walnut any more dusty than corn cob and it holds up better.


The trick with that stuff is to mix it with walnut media. Go 30-40% Lyman tuff nut next time. You won't get that red dust on the cases anymore and your brass turns out very clean and polished..
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Use lizard litter from the pet store. Cheaper and works better with just a little McGuire car polish and wax from car parts store.


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Originally Posted by gunswizard
+1 on the lizzard bedding, I got tired of digging media out of flash holes. If I add anything it is Mother's Mag Wheel Polish and then only a pea size lump. Lately I have been using my wet tumbler with just Dawn and Lemi-shine no SS pins, it gets the cases nice and clean and no media mess or pins stuck sideways in primer pockets.


Do your primer pockets come out clean using wet tumbler and no ss pins? I hate messing with the pins, but always have carbon in the primer pockets when I don't use them.


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Using the wet tumbler without ss pins the primer pockets come out looking not a whole lot different than when they went in. I use a primer pocket brush in a cordless screwdriver to clean the primer pockets every other time if they have significant carbon deposit.

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