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skdvr
04-25-2009, 06:16
I am going to pick up a tumbler in a week or two and I have a question about what media you use, for those of you that tumble your own tanks.

I have heard quite a few people using Pea Gravel with good success witch is what I am thinking of buying. This will be for personal use (and a few friends) and mainly just for O2 cleaning. I do not have any tanks that I am worried about heavy rust. I know that a media is not REALLY needed for just an O2 cleaning (unless it is rusty) but I like the idea of something in there besides just a detergent to make sure the inside is clean. The past 2 years I have just been going to my LDS and using their tumbler along with Ceramic chips. It is awesome that my LDS will let me use their equipment but I always feel like I am in the way, and I feel like I have always got tanks to be cleaned. I should try to get them on the same schedule but have not done that.

I have also thought about glass beads beacuse I think that they would be easiest to get out of the tanks, but I have not priced them so I have no idea what the cost would be. I think that they would be plenty for an O2 cleaning, maybe not great for getting rust out....

Anyway, your thoughs would be appreciated.

Have a good one...

Phil

skdvr
04-27-2009, 08:28
No one???

Phil

Rileybri
04-27-2009, 08:43
there is an active and current thread on TDS (http://thedecostop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37382) regarding tumbling media. Hope that helps.........

navyhmc
04-27-2009, 14:44
I would post for you skdvr, but I know nothing about tumbler media-I was under the impression that ceramic beads were used a lot, but to be truthful, I have no idea. Now if you were tumbling brass, I would recommend ground walnut shells, but not useful on tanks.

skdvr
04-27-2009, 21:14
there is an active and current thread on TDS (http://thedecostop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37382) regarding tumbling media. Hope that helps.........

I am participating in that one too:smiley20:


I would post for you skdvr, but I know nothing about tumbler media-I was under the impression that ceramic beads were used a lot, but to be truthful, I have no idea. Now if you were tumbling brass, I would recommend ground walnut shells, but not useful on tanks.


Ceramic is used a lot, but for the little bit of tumbling that I will be doing at home and HOPEFULLY without tons of rust I was looking for a cheaper alternative. The ceramic tubes are fairly expensive not crazy expensive but more that I would like to spend for doing mainly just O2 cleaning and not having to worry to much about rust. I have actually heard of some people using Walnut shells with good results for tank tumbling too... I am pretty sure I am going to get some glass beads, and if I coem across a tank with a fair amount of rust I will try the pea gravel, or borrow the ceramic chips from my LDS.

That does bring me to a question though about tumbling brass. How the heck to do you that? I know it is a bit off topic but hey it is my post:smiley2:. I never really thought about it but we do a little bit of reloading (around 3000 rds per year) and have never tumbled anything... So it is not a ton but maybe worth checking out...

Thanks
Phil

navyhmc
04-27-2009, 22:19
there is an active and current thread on TDS (http://thedecostop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37382) regarding tumbling media. Hope that helps.........

I am participating in that one too:smiley20:


I would post for you skdvr, but I know nothing about tumbler media-I was under the impression that ceramic beads were used a lot, but to be truthful, I have no idea. Now if you were tumbling brass, I would recommend ground walnut shells, but not useful on tanks.


That does bring me to a question though about tumbling brass. How the heck to do you that? I know it is a bit off topic but hey it is my post:smiley2:. I never really thought about it but we do a little bit of reloading (around 3000 rds per year) and have never tumbled anything... So it is not a ton but maybe worth checking out...

Thanks
Phil

I have a Lyman 1200 tumbler actually more of a agitator since it's a vibrating bowl and not a true tumbler. Fill the bowl up with media (ground corn cob or ground walnut shells that's treated) and let it go for about and hour or two and when done, your brass is nice a shiny clean. After it's done, you just sift out the media and you're good to go to reload.

http://www.natchezss.com/images/products/LY7631686_small.jpg (http://www.natchezss.com/images/products/LY7631686.jpg)

A lot of places on line sell them: MidwayUSA ( MidwayUSA Shooting Supplies, Reloading, Gunsmithing, Hunting, Ammunition, Gun Parts & Rifle Scopes (http://www.midwayusa.com) ) and Natchez Shooting Sports ( Natchez Shooters Supplies (http://www.natchezss.com) ) both have them.

MSilvia
04-28-2009, 09:47
The DIY tumblers I know mostly use walnut shell.