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This is a discussion on Really rice? within the Reloading forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Sitting at lunch looking for alternative tumbler media and i stumbled upon a posting by someone who uses white rice. Does anyone use this?...


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Old January 25th, 2017, 02:20 PM   #1
 
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Really rice?

Sitting at lunch looking for alternative tumbler media and i stumbled upon a posting by someone who uses white rice.

Does anyone use this?



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rmichael63, Basically, any material that is in a "fluid state" will clean or polish from friction and will work in a tumbler or vibratory case cleaner. Fine river sand does an excellent job of cleaning .... but leaves the cases dull. Other materials such as unpopped popcorn, rice, uncooked beans, and other similar "eatable" products will work. The coarser the texture of the media, the faster it will clean. The finer the texture (such as rice) the longer it takes to tumble but it will come out nice and shiny.

The two most popular forms of media are crushed walnut shells and ground corn cobs. Coarse ground walnut shell media will clean pretty fast it but doesn't make the cases shine much. Finely ground walnut shell media is the best compromise ... it cleans fairly fast and makes the cases shine pretty well. Ground up corncob media will put a fantastic shine on your cases .... but it takes longer in the tumbler. Adding some Dillon's "Rapid Polish" to corn cob media produces very shiny brass cases as does using a few spoonful's of Brasso or liquid car wax in your tumbler. Many people refuse to use Brasso because it contains ammonia. Amonia will attack brass and cause it to weaken but Brasso is far from pure ammonia so it will clean and polish the brass then evaporate without causing any damage. Now if you dunked your brass cases in liquid Brasso, I would expect it to weaken or damage the cases.

There's no magic here .... just good ol' friction from media movement.
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Im certainly not the most knowledgeable,

but for some reason I'm not surprised that rice works,

with that said, why not just use crushed walnut shells like lowegan said, thats what I use and if it works, why mess with it?
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rmichael63, Basically, any material that is in a "fluid state" will clean or polish from friction and will work in a tumbler or vibratory case cleaner. Fine river sand does an excellent job of cleaning .... but leaves the cases dull. Other materials such as unpopped popcorn, rice, uncooked beans, and other similar "eatable" products will work. The coarser the texture of the media, the faster it will clean. The finer the texture (such as rice) the longer it takes to tumble but it will come out nice and shiny.

The two most popular forms of media are crushed walnut shells and ground corn cobs. Coarse ground walnut shell media will clean pretty fast it but doesn't make the cases shine much. Finely ground walnut shell media is the best compromise ... it cleans fairly fast and makes the cases shine pretty well. Ground up corncob media will put a fantastic shine on your cases .... but it takes longer in the tumbler. Adding some Dillon's "Rapid Polish" to corn cob media produces very shiny brass cases as does using a few spoonful's of Brasso or liquid car wax in your tumbler. Many people refuse to use Brasso because it contains ammonia. Amonia will attack brass and cause it to weaken but Brasso is far from pure ammonia so it will clean and polish the brass then evaporate without causing any damage. Now if you dunked your brass cases in liquid Brasso, I would expect it to weaken or damage the cases.

There's no magic here .... just good ol' friction from media movement.
Iowegan ... I've been using corn cob and it does a fine job. I've tried putting the car polish in but it just seems to clump up with no visible sign of extra shine. Thanks for the info ...
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Im certainly not the most knowledgeable,

but for some reason I'm not surprised that rice works,

with that said, why not just use crushed walnut shells like lowegan said, thats what I use and if it works, why mess with it?
I agree ... was just web searching ...
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I agree ... was just web searching ...
You certainly found something interesting!
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I agree ... was just web searching ...
Check out lizard bedding from places like petsmart while you're searching. (ground walnut but cheaper) Works wonders with a little Nufinish car polish. Whenever I add the polish I start the tumbler with no brass in it then put a few drops in at a time. If it starts to clump up I just break it up with my finger tips.
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Check out lizard bedding from places like petsmart while you're searching. (ground walnut but cheaper) Works wonders with a little Nufinish car polish. Whenever I add the polish I start the tumbler with no brass in it then put a few drops in at a time. If it starts to clump up I just break it up with my finger tips.
I stopped and picked some lizard bedding tonight ...
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I use sand blast media in a rotary tumbler. Comes out clean with a matte finish.
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Just don't cook it first.
Well you could but i don't think the results will be what you want ...
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I stopped and picked some lizard bedding tonight ...
Good move on this.

I used to use the crushed walnut pet/bird bedding until I got a .223/5.56 rifle. I tumbled a batch and spent about an hour cleaning out all the nuggets out of the brass! The lizard litter dumps right out.

I use a couple capsules of Cabela's tumbling polish.

I think it was the folks here that turned me onto lizard litter...

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I hear folks say they love TUFFNUT media (the red stuff that stains your hands) it works good BUT if you vibrate to long it gives the brass a red tint ...
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Brown rice has harder hulls I believe. I use rice to remove moisture, not seeing where it would be wrong to use it for casing prep. Might give it a whirl myself.
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