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.
If you want to properly preserve velvet antlers, you will have to inject & brush them with formaldehyde or some of the new less toxic chemicals (4 in 1 solution works great as does Knobloch's antler in velvet tan) as its easier to use however, both will work.
First, using rubber gloves take a razor blade and make small incisions at the tips of all points about 1/8". Next hang the antlers upside down, allowing the blood to drain. Starting at the bases inject the solution into the...