Duty is the sublimest word in the English language. Every man should desire to do his duty, no man should desire to do less. Robert E. Lee
Marlinitis Symptoms: More daily.
Active rescuer of Marlin Rifles, S&W revolvers, 1911's, Mil/Surplus rifles, shotguns.........
Jonesy, try some of the walnut lizard bedding from the pet store and a teaspoon of turbo brite Polish. Run the range brass separate and throw away the media when you're done.
Got new media the other day and ran that brass in it for about an hour. It cleaned right up, good as new
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I use a Frankfort Arsenal on-off magnet to pull the pins from the RCBS media separator and the buckets (if any) and put them back in the tumbler drum. By that time they are pretty clean anyway and I leave them in the drum (with the lid off) until next time.
I use a dash of Dawn dishwash detergent and a dash of Lemishine. Just a little bit.
I also went on Flea Bay and bought some jewelers mix which are little balls and cone shaped things in stainless that I added to the pins. My pockets and flash holes get squeaky clean as does the inside of the cases. It's a bit tedious but worth the time because I always do a large quantity. One word of caution though, like with dry media, you cannot run different calibers together because the cases will nest. Not really an issue with bottlenecks but with straightwall cases can be an issue.
And for the wash in the tumbler, I use hot water from the tap. Just rinse in rainwater. I happen to have 2 350 gallon IBC totes plumbed into my rain gutters on the shop. I use rainwater for equipment washdown.
How I do it.
'You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool mom....
It looks to me like you tumbling media is worn out.......change it!