Is stainless steel media better for tumbling brass?

why you should switch to stainless tumbling mediaAre you someone who has been thinking about switching to a new, more effective brass tumbling media… like stainless steel media?

Searching for a suitable tumbling process that will save your time, efforts and also give the best result at the same time?

Then you are in the right place. Let’s get you introduced with exactly the thing you are looking for. This will surely make your reloading experience even better.

If you are going to reload, then you are going to end up getting acquainted stainless steel media for tumbling sooner or later. Might as well start now. This is hands down the best way to clean those rusty brass bullets and case in no time. This will save you some money & time.

Stainless Steel Media doesn’t cost much. Click here to check the latest price.

So Let’s start.


How to clean the brass with stainless media tumbler:

Just invest in a good stainless tumbler set. It comes with a drum with nuts, washer, gasket, and lid to contain the bullets, stainless media like pins, tumbler itself.

First set the tumbler. Open the drum by opening the nut and washer. Put the stainless media into it. Then load your dirty brass bullets or cases. Add 1 tablespoon liquid dishwashing detergent and ½ tablespoon of LemiShine.  Add a proper amount of warm water. Now close the drum carefully with the gasket and lid. Don’t overload the drum.

The set the drum on the tumbler for an hour or more. But time may vary with different brass quality.

Adjust the tumbler on a proper surface so it doesn’t move while working.

Keep the drum on the tumbler until you get your desired result. This will make those dirty brass clean and shiny as new then you will get satisfaction just looking at them afterward.

You can use a dehydrator to dry your brass without effort and in less time.

Now let’s talk about why you should switch to stainless media for tumbling:

High Effectiveness

The pin-like stainless media is so effective that it fits all the holes and make the brass shine and polished like gold. You can’t get this same result with anything else. Just talk about the satisfaction after cleaning them with stainless media.

Thorough cleaning

The design of the stainless media makes it possible to clean the brass inside out thoroughly and perfectly. This clean interior will ensure better powder burn in future.

This also cleans the prime pockets thoroughly.

Time efficient

Not to mention this process is time efficient. All you need to is load the brass in the drum and add the detergents. Just set the drum on the tumbler and do your other jobs for the next few hours. The tumbler will do the rest for you.

This process it faster than any other regular brass cleaning process out there.

Less Messy

This process is way less messy than other usual processes of cleaning the brass. We can simply put away the used water after one use and dry the media. That’s it. The drum doesn’t accumulate gunk, so you don’t have to invest much time in cleaning the tumbling system itself.

Less Or almost no damage

Stainless still doesn’t damage the brass. So you can use them without any second thoughts. This won’t create splits or crack on the brass bullets or cases.

Long life

Stainless media lasts forever. So you won’t have to buy them quite often. This will save you quite a lot of money. Isn’t it a great deal?


Cons of stainless media:

Despite the numerous amount advantages stainless media


Now when it comes to the price of the stainless media, it’s a bummer. Cause stainless steel is going to cases you more than any other method.

But since they last a lifetime, so the high price can be quite justified.

Extra Steps

There are quite a few extra steps when it comes to the polishing part. This will consume some extra time and effort than the other regular process. But when you look at the finished result, you can hardly find the extra steps troublesome. So why not give this a try and see for yourself?


Tips for shopping for the tumbler:

You will need some other stuff to get that polished look.

Buy a liquid dish soap and add some Lemi Shine in it. This Lemi Shine is the main ingredient behind that shiny look.

Now here is the rough measurement of ingredient per drum. So just take note.

  • 1 pound of brass;
  • 1 pound of media;
  • Water to cover the brass;
  • 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap;
  • 1 pinch of lemishine

Drying after-washing

Now that you have cleaned the brass, it’s time to dry them.

There are several ways to dry the brass.

Simple air dry

You can simply put them to air dry in a well-ventilated place like a yard or so. But this will take quite a few hours to dry them out completely.

You can also put them on a dry towel and wrap it with it. The towel will dry them in a couple of hours.

These methods will cost you time but at the same time, they are free of cost.


On the other hand, if you want to save yourself some time, get a dehydrator. This will dry your brass in the minimum time possible.


Maintenance of the tumbler:

  • When you are not using the tumbler, make time to take care of it.
  • Take the metal shaft that has a belt on it to prevent further stretching of the belt.
  • Lube the shaft and roller with synthetic motor oil to expand the lifespan. Use oil when the bushings feel dry.
  • Dry the drum completely after each use. Wash the stainless media as well.


Final word:

Now you know all the advantages of using stainless media for tumbling. So why hesitate? Order some stainless steel media today.

Just get yourself the stainless media as early as possible. So you can enjoy the luxury of the finely polished brass without much efforts in less time. This will make your reloading journey even more enjoyable.

Joseph Fox

Joseph Fox

Joseph Fox writes on a variety of topics ranging from reloading ammunition to gun cleaning. He has been featured on various publications like thetruthaboutguns, Sofrep & many more. Joseph is also the founder of Gunloading, where he reviews different types of reloading & firearm products available on the market.