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.
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....