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When Should I Change my Tumbling Media?

Kory in Texas sends in today’s Q&A voicemail asking about when to change his tumbling media.

In my scenario, I use a Harbor Freight vibratory tumbler, and some crushed walnut pet bedding from the local pet store, and a little squirt of some random liquid car polish to keep the dust down when sifting.

I generally change my media out when it gets a lot of dirt and other garbage in it, well before it’s actually not working. I’ve found this is especially true if I get a lot of brass from an indoor range with staples, and cardboard and stuff in it, or if I pick up brass covered in a lot of mud and don’t do a great job cleaning it all off.

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