Two things. I think I got some different brass along the line somewhere and they got mixed in in with my stuff. In my inexperience, I didn't catch it. Also I needed to tighten up on the crimp a little. I'm crimping just lightly (not a full crimp like on long guns) so the rounds dont back out during recoil in the mag. I ran the bad ones back through the bullet seating die and crimp die and they were okey dokey. I also began using my barrel (removed of coarse) as a case gauge instead of the one I got from dillon and it is the best way I have found to make sure they are right. .
If you are looking for cheap tumbler media, the pet stores sell bulk ground walnut shells for lizard cages. It works great and comes in up to 50 lb bags. If you really want them to shine, put a tablespoon of liquid car polish like nu-finish in the media, tumble to mix and then your brass.
You were right about both those tips. Saved a few bucks on media and it works great. Put the polish in like you suggested and it works great too. A couple of the guys at my gun club said the exact same thing on both counts as well. thanks for the tip.
I learned this the hard way last year. If you're hunting in an area with lots of bear activity, it's a great idea to stash your food and water up in a tree. I like to wrap everything in a tarp and tie it between two trees. Don't just tie it up in one tree but tie it in between two trees at least 15 feet in the air. I thought I had my backpacking camp's food supply stashed pretty well last year. I returned to camp during the first weekend of archery to find all my food destroyed. Make sure...