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Thread: Cracked corn for casecleaning ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom View Post
    I notice that the cracked corn cleans out the chickens & turkeys quite well.
    Straight walled brass with the primer still in might do OK.

    I figure it'll do like the one and only time I used rice on a batch of .223s.
    It more nearly constipated them.
    But I did get to spend some quality time picking it all out with a flash hole de-burring tool that would reach up into them.
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    I will stick with a teaspoon of lemeshine and ss pins with a teaspoon of dawn dish soap, in water and tumble,
    cleans and polishes, wash and dry >

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    If you do decide to try or use cracked corn do NOT let it get wet. it will swell up and cause problems. I know this sound crazy but soybeans are 10 times more abrasive than corn in any form. I have replaced soybean pipe and elbow liners 5 times more than corn pipes and elbows. Have worked in grain elevators for the last 26 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rancher1913 View Post
    grain dust is explosive, not sure how explosive corn dust is but wheat dust is extremely explosive.
    Cracked corn is several magnitudes of size larger than corn dust. Depending on the device used, it will be 1/2 kernel size and smaller.
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    I use ground up walnuts for clean the brass at first before I do anything to the brass and then after sized and deprimed I use ground up corn cobs that I had a farmer do for me some years ago from the cobs that when my brother had grew some pop corn , and run the brass in that and takes the case lube off and shine up the brass , the thing is with for how the cobs was ground up in the feed mill , need to clean out the cases of bottlenecks. but works for me and yes I am cheap also. I got the ground up walnut hulls many years ago and lasting me all this time .
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    I also use the ground walnut shells from the pet store with a bit of new finish car polish. Lots cheaper than buying the commercial tumbling media and likely the same stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom View Post
    Not sure exactly where to post this question.. But , has any one ever used cracked corn , as in chicken feed, to tumble or vibrate their brass? Since it is readily available here for $7.63 per 50 lb bag. Are there any negatives about using this for case cleaning?
    Sounds good... I've used rice. Works great.

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    I bought a double rock timber from harbor freight for around $40 a few years back and bought some stainless tumbling pins. Don’t ever have to buy pins again unless you loose them. They even clean inside the cases and primer pockets. Picked up another double tumbler NIB from a thrift store for $12 so I have 2 running at the same time if needed. I use to use a vibratory tumbler. Also made a big mess and dust everywhere. I also had media packed in all my primer pockets! What a pain.

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    old dry coffee grounds work also. they take awhile, and the caes are dusty, but it does work

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    Hmmm … I prefer to use cracked corn to feed wild birds. They must like it. Never had a complaint.

    I too find that ground corn cobs (i.e. hamster bedding) is both cheap and very effective at polishing brass.

    To be more exact, I use it as the first step in brass polishing, especially for really tarnished brass. A buddy once gave me some rescued 1X-fired 45 brass that had lain in desert sand long enough to tarnish to a distinct tobacco brown. Looked like “H” but was otherwise in excellent shape. I wore out a batch of corn-cob media to bring those to a decent appearance. Worth it!

    Then, a session in commercial tumbling media with polish additive put a beautiful shine on them. Not as pretty as new, unfired brass but great looking nonetheless. Often, particularly with just-fired brass, the hamster bedding gives a very sufficient treatment all by itself.

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    Wet wash with SS pins, dry, then into the corncobs, I still check all flash holes.

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