While browsing on a Reloading group on Facebook someone suggested to try out Rice and Lentils as a dry tumble media. They also mentioned using a Clorox wipe to help with getting the carbon. All of these items can be purchased at the dollar store and costs about $4 for everything. So, we figured why not.
For this test, we used
- crushed walnut
- 2x bags of rice
- 1 bag of lentils
- Clorox wipes
- Dillion dry tumbler
Doing this test worked out great since I was loading for a local match. To have a comparison we tumbled half the brass in crushed walnut. I had about 400 rounds of brass to clean so about 200 in each test. The brass I was using was for 40sw and was picked up from the local ranges.
After running 2 hours in the crushed walnut (I forgot about it but normally do less time) it came out like you would think. The outside was clean, little bit of the inside cleaned. Acceptable for reloading pistol.
Next, were the rice and lentils with the Clorox wipe thrown in. While I was reloading the first half of the brass, I let the second half run. It ended up being close to 2 hours on the second load as well. And from the photos, they really look about the same. I did notice that the inside of the brass seamed cleaner but not by a ton.
From the comparison, they clean about the same amount with the rice being a little cheaper depending on what crushed walnut you get. We will follow up with how long this media lasts vs crushed walnut.