Southern Shine Media

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Stainless steel tumbling media for brass.  This is the media that I personally use for cleaning brass in a wet tumbler.  I believe it is far superior to the pins I started with.  It's a little more abrasive, so it cleans and shines the brass in less than half the time of pins.  It's shape also lends itself to not get stuck in flash holes or wedged sideways in case necks like the pins do.

When it's new, it may contain a few pieces of carbon steel that will rust.  This is only temporary, and doesn't negatively affect it's performance on the first uses.  Over the course of several weeks to months, depending on how often it's used, the rusty pieces will disintegrate and disappear, leaving only the stainless bits remaining.

It will last forever as long as you are careful about not losing it.  It's also magnetic, so picking up stray pieces is easy with a magnet.  A strong neodymium magnet works best for this.

It's recommended to pre-wash the media by itself for 30 minutes to an hour with a good degreaser like purple power or gojo to remove manufacturing oils.  This step isn't mandatory, but some people find it helpful.

5 pounds is enough for a standard rock tumbler such as a Thumler's Model B or Frankford Arsenal brass tumbler.

Any questions can be directed at me via the contact page or calling me, or you can contact Southern Shine directly at

5-20 pound orders are shipped directly from my shop.  60 pound orders may be drop shipped to you directly from the manufacturer.


Here is a write up from the manufacturer about how to separate the media from the cases.  This is a little different than how I do it.  If you are having trouble with this, you can call me at 541-409-5527 and I can explain my method, as I'm not great at explaining it with text:

The easiest way to separate your cleaned brass from your Southern Shine Media is to use a product from Frankfort Arsenal.  The Quick-n-EZ™ Rotary Sifter Kit with Bucket (SKU: 507565) will remove 99.999% of the chips from your brass mixture.  Dump as much of the water out of your tumbler as possible without any of the chips sneaking out. Next, fill the bucket that came with your Frankfort sifter up all the way to the top with cold water. (cold water reduces tarnishing on the brass) Now dump the Southern shine media and brass mixture into the rotary sifter. Some of the water will overflow so make sure you are in the sink or outside doing this.  Lock the sifter closed and start rotating it in the water.  I normally do 10 rotations one direction, and 10 rotations the other direction.  Once you think that the media has all fallen out, take the sifter out of the bucket and dump the contents into a bucket of water to do a final rinse on them.  I prefer to do a final rinse just to get any residual soap and lemon shine out of the cases.  At this point, all that is left is to separate the cases from the water.  The easiest way to do this is dump as much of the water as you can out of the bucket with the media in it.  Put the sifter back in the bucket and pour the brass/water back in and make a few revolutions and most all the water should come out.  All that’s left now is to lay the brass out on a towel and let it dry!

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  • 5
    Stainless steal media

    Posted by Brett Chesshir on Nov 10th 2021

    Great product. Shipped quickly

  • 5

    Posted by Donnie on Nov 7th 2021

    Great product, the customer service is the best. Will be back again when needed. Highly recommend their media the best out there.

  • 5
    Better than pins

    Posted by Bob on Oct 28th 2021

    The Southern Shine Media stainless chips have cut my tumbling time in half AND clean the primer pockets better.

  • 5
    Stainless media

    Posted by Grady on Oct 27th 2021

    This media does a much better job of cleaning brass than stainless pins but is harder to separate from the brass once done. Still looking for a process that will work. I do recommend this media.

  • 5

    Posted by Doc K on Sep 27th 2021

    Left my brass shiny and much easier to remove than pins!

  • 5
    Southern Shine Media

    Posted by James Clayton on Aug 18th 2021

    This media is fantastic. Shortened my tumbling time with better results. It took my wet tumbling to whole other level.

  • 5
    Southern Shine Media

    Posted by James Clauton on Aug 8th 2021

    Works much better than the stainless pins media that my Franklin Arsenal came with. Took my brass prep to a whole new level..