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mike_556  [Team Member]
10/21/2010 2:59:33 PM
I tried searching but couldn't locate it. I recall people posting about something bought at a pet store versus buying bagged corncob or walnut (unless I dreamt it )....

Anyways, any help would be greatly appreciated.....
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LongEZ85  [Team Member]
10/21/2010 3:06:15 PM
Lizard Litter at PetCo
Cdog  [Member]
10/21/2010 3:12:40 PM
Petsmart. Lizard bedding.
mike_556  [Team Member]
10/21/2010 3:18:37 PM
THAT'S what it was!! THANKS y'all!!!!!!!!!!!!!
951bulldog  [Team Member]
10/21/2010 6:01:16 PM
The best stuff I have found yet is crushed walnut for bird cages.
joedapro  [Member]
10/21/2010 6:51:32 PM
make sure you get the larger size, or you will be poking the flash hole if every case.
dryflash3  [Moderator]
10/21/2010 9:35:31 PM
GrasshopperNOmore  [Member]
10/22/2010 2:40:48 AM
Originally Posted By joedapro:
make sure you get the larger size, or you will be poking the flash hole if every case.


But not too big. The corn cob bird litter at walmart will make poking flash holes seem like a walk in the park.
DanishM1Garand  [Member]
10/22/2010 8:25:07 AM
Originally Posted By Cdog:
Petsmart. Lizard bedding.


I add two tablespoons of Barmans Friend copper polish to the Media to shine the brass as well.
Clicker58  [Member]
10/22/2010 9:59:52 AM
I have a local pet shop order a 50 lb bag of walnut bird litter for my brass cleaning chores.
The stuff is packaged by Energy Savers Unlimited and labeled "ESU Birdlife #00206 Bird Litter, ground walnut shells".
Wholesale dealer cost was under $20 about 2 years ago. With pet industry sales in the toilet I'm betting they'd be willing to special order you a bag for cost plus 25%.
GWhis  [Member]
10/22/2010 11:34:57 AM
Public service announcemnt. Many of us know about the big 40 lb sacks of very fine grit 20/40 Econoline corn cob sold a Graingers. My experience with the stuff has been super. With a cap full of Dillon brass polish, and several 1" cut dryer sheet squares, bright mirrored brass is just a few hours away. Clogged flash holes...never!

The only hangup was shipping, unless you have a local Graingers store close by. (I do) But......

On the Firing Line Forum I was made aware of another cheaper freight free way to buy this stuff. Really! Check this out! Drillspot 3-day Free Shipping

This source actually drop ships from Graingers, but 2 bucks cheaper, plus free shipping to Your Door!. Price $22.01!! for a 40 lb sack. That's $.55/lb! What does the pet shop stuff cost per lb.? $1.30?

One more thing: The 20/40 fine grit, having used it for 6 months or so now, has never clogged one flash hole.
43_North  [Team Member]
10/22/2010 11:52:01 AM
I have only bought "pet" media for my tumbler. I have always bought walnut shell bird bedding. I just bought corn cob bedding at walmart for about $3 for a good size bag, but I have not used it yet....
Dogs_of_War  [Team Member]
10/22/2010 11:56:47 AM
Originally Posted By GWhis:
Public service announcemnt. Many of us know about the big 40 lb sacks of very fine grit 20/40 Econoline corn cob sold a Graingers. My experience with the stuff has been super. With a cap full of Dillon brass polish, and several 1" cut dryer sheet squares, bright mirrored brass is just a few hours away. Clogged flash holes...never!

The only hangup was shipping, unless you have a local Graingers store close by. (I do) But......

On the Firing Line Forum I was made aware of another cheaper freight free way to buy this stuff. Really! Check this out! Drillspot 3-day Free Shipping

This source actually drop ships from Graingers, but 2 bucks cheaper, plus free shipping to Your Door!. Price $22.01!! for a 40 lb sack. That's $.55/lb! What does the pet shop stuff cost per lb.? $1.30?

One more thing: The 20/40 fine grit, having used it for 6 months or so now, has never clogged one flash hole.


Thank You!
JSG  [Member]
10/22/2010 12:41:48 PM
Originally Posted By Dogs_of_War:
Originally Posted By GWhis:
Public service announcemnt. Many of us know about the big 40 lb sacks of very fine grit 20/40 Econoline corn cob sold a Graingers. My experience with the stuff has been super. With a cap full of Dillon brass polish, and several 1" cut dryer sheet squares, bright mirrored brass is just a few hours away. Clogged flash holes...never!

The only hangup was shipping, unless you have a local Graingers store close by. (I do) But......

On the Firing Line Forum I was made aware of another cheaper freight free way to buy this stuff. Really! Check this out! Drillspot 3-day Free Shipping

This source actually drop ships from Graingers, but 2 bucks cheaper, plus free shipping to Your Door!. Price $22.01!! for a 40 lb sack. That's $.55/lb! What does the pet shop stuff cost per lb.? $1.30?

One more thing: The 20/40 fine grit, having used it for 6 months or so now, has never clogged one flash hole.


Thank You!


I use the same thing. Just keep in mind you have to have a place to store that big bag until you go through it. I would love to sell 1/2 my current bag to someone local.
Clicker58  [Member]
10/22/2010 2:16:19 PM
Originally Posted By GWhis:
This source actually drop ships from Graingers, but 2 bucks cheaper, plus free shipping to Your Door!. Price $22.01!! for a 40 lb sack. That's $.55/lb! What does the pet shop stuff cost per lb.? $1.30?


I guess you didn't read my post huh? The last time I bought walnut shell bird litter it came in at 30 cents per pound. Now I doubt too many folks here can get it for that but if they can't talk their local shop into a special order deal at 50 cents per pound then they aren't trying very hard! On top of that you are supporting a neighborhood business.
GWhis  [Member]
10/22/2010 2:55:47 PM
Originally Posted By JSG:
I use the same thing. Just keep in mind you have to have a place to store that big bag until you go through it. I would love to sell 1/2 my current bag to someone local.

A couple of empty 5 gallon laundry detergent pails, rinsed out, worked for me. And you can always go halves with a reloading friend.
Originally Posted By Clicker58:
I guess you didn't read my post huh? The last time I bought walnut shell bird litter it came in at 30 cents per pound. Now I doubt too many folks here can get it for that but if they can't talk their local shop into a special order deal at 50 cents per pound then they aren't trying very hard! On top of that you are supporting a neighborhood business.

Don't know a thing about your local pet store, obviously, but Petsmart doesn't have such a deal. Drillspot is the best source of fine no-clog corn cob I've been able to find. As for walnut, my experience with it is less shine (due to courser scratches in the brass), and the brown dust, neither of which I care for. For really tarnished brass it does cut to the bright brass quicker...you just can't polish as fine.
bfoosh06  [Member]
10/22/2010 4:29:23 PM
Originally Posted By GWhis:
Public service announcemnt. Many of us know about the big 40 lb sacks of very fine grit 20/40 Econoline corn cob sold a Graingers. My experience with the stuff has been super. With a cap full of Dillon brass polish, and several 1" cut dryer sheet squares, bright mirrored brass is just a few hours away. Clogged flash holes...never!

The only hangup was shipping, unless you have a local Graingers store close by. (I do) But......

On the Firing Line Forum I was made aware of another cheaper freight free way to buy this stuff. Really! Check this out! Drillspot 3-day Free Shipping

This source actually drop ships from Graingers, but 2 bucks cheaper, plus free shipping to Your Door!. Price $22.01!! for a 40 lb sack. That's $.55/lb! What does the pet shop stuff cost per lb.? $1.30?

One more thing: The 20/40 fine grit, having used it for 6 months or so now, has never clogged one flash hole.



FYI if you go to your "Local" sandblasting supply house...you can get the same 20/40 walnut shells for about $8.00/50 lb bag


mike_556  [Team Member]
10/22/2010 7:14:10 PM
Originally Posted By GWhis:
Public service announcemnt. Many of us know about the big 40 lb sacks of very fine grit 20/40 Econoline corn cob sold a Graingers. My experience with the stuff has been super. With a cap full of Dillon brass polish, and several 1" cut dryer sheet squares, bright mirrored brass is just a few hours away. Clogged flash holes...never!

The only hangup was shipping, unless you have a local Graingers store close by. (I do) But......

On the Firing Line Forum I was made aware of another cheaper freight free way to buy this stuff. Really! Check this out! Drillspot 3-day Free Shipping

This source actually drop ships from Graingers, but 2 bucks cheaper, plus free shipping to Your Door!. Price $22.01!! for a 40 lb sack. That's $.55/lb! What does the pet shop stuff cost per lb.? $1.30?

One more thing: The 20/40 fine grit, having used it for 6 months or so now, has never clogged one flash hole.


I have a Grainger's nearby....Hmmmm
mike_556  [Team Member]
10/22/2010 7:32:16 PM
Originally Posted By Clicker58:
Originally Posted By GWhis:
This source actually drop ships from Graingers, but 2 bucks cheaper, plus free shipping to Your Door!. Price $22.01!! for a 40 lb sack. That's $.55/lb! What does the pet shop stuff cost per lb.? $1.30?


I guess you didn't read my post huh? The last time I bought walnut shell bird litter it came in at 30 cents per pound. Now I doubt too many folks here can get it for that but if they can't talk their local shop into a special order deal at 50 cents per pound then they aren't trying very hard! On top of that you are supporting a neighborhood business.


Going to check this out too!
imtheflash  [Team Member]
10/22/2010 7:44:50 PM

Originally Posted By mike_556:
I tried searching but couldn't locate it. I recall people posting about something bought at a pet store versus buying bagged corncob or walnut (unless I dreamt it )....

Anyways, any help would be greatly appreciated.....

Some time last year the lizard litter sold near me was reduced in size. I found it to be very dusty compared to the older larger size. I've tossed most of it and gone back to corn cob.
GWhis  [Member]
10/23/2010 12:05:59 AM
Another Public Service Announcement!
Prefer Walnut? Check this out.

For Walnut Lovers
GHPorter  [Team Member]
10/23/2010 9:24:26 AM
Any crushed walnut pet litter/bedding will work fine. And the finer grit is great for scouring in very small spots. I have no documentation on this, but i think that I'm getting cleaner primer pockets because I'm using fine walnut instead of coarser stuff. After I separate the media from the brass, I toss the brass back in the tumbler for a few minutes and most of the media in flash holes vibrates out. But just in case, I have a universal depriming die in the first station of my progressive press.

Dryflash manages to find the fine grit corncob pet bedding, but the pet stores around me see that stuff "very rarely" (I spoke to a manager about - she says they get maybe 5 bags in 6 months). And unfortunately, the only Grainger near me is closed on Saturdays... I may look into the drop ship people for fine enough corn cob media.
REDX  [Team Member]
10/23/2010 11:44:39 AM


what's your recipe as far as the Nu finish and Frankford Arsenal Brass Cleaner mixed with the media?
dryflash3  [Moderator]
10/23/2010 10:18:40 PM
Originally Posted By REDX:


what's your recipe as far as the Nu finish and Frankford Arsenal Brass Cleaner mixed with the media?


New walnut, squirt 2 rings of polish around the tumbler bowl.

Run tumbler for 15 minutes so polish will mix with the walnut, then add cases.

If you add polish and cases together, the polish will "clump" on the cases and not clean, or settle inside the brass.

Two things best to avoid, ask me how I know.
hrt4me  [Team Member]
10/23/2010 11:02:09 PM
Originally Posted By JSG:
I use the same thing. Just keep in mind you have to have a place to store that big bag until you go through it. I would love to sell 1/2 my current bag to someone local


What's local to you? I'd buy some if you're in north Texas...
Matt_Krush  [Member]
10/24/2010 10:03:53 PM
I picked some up at Meijers....only problem is its pretty coarse and would get packed into the caseings...so I only use it after the cases are reloaded for the polishing, I use a crushed fiberglass for sized/de-primed cases....the stuff falls out of it like fine sand and gets all the carbon/grit out.
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