Learning the hard way.


PDA






strat81
January 28, 2008, 12:23 PM
My wife and I went to the range Saturday and blew through a few hundred rounds of ammo, some .22, 9mm, and 45ACP.

I just dumped all of it (sans 22) into the tumbler. :banghead::banghead:

A few hours later I had to pull the 9mm cases out of the 45 ACP cases. Of course, the media managed to wedge itself in between the two, requiring pliers on a few of them.

I also managed to spill media all over the floor too. What a mess.

So what did I learn?
1) Do not mix 9mm and 45 ACP cases in the tumbler.

2) Use BOTH hands when handling a bucket full of media.

On the plus side, I came back with about 100 more pieces of brass than I went with.

If you enjoyed reading about "Learning the hard way." here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
ReloaderFred
January 28, 2008, 12:27 PM
They can be tumbled together, but it requires separating them beforehand and putting all the .45 brass in the tumbler first. Once they've tumbled a minute or two and filled with media, then you can put in the 9mm and tumble as usual. You'll have very few become entangled that way.

Hope this helps.

Fred

Galil5.56
January 28, 2008, 01:06 PM
Depends... I use an actual "tumbler" that has a rotating drum, and you can not mix 9mm and 45 auto without having them wedge together in my experience. May get a vibratory "tumbler" someday, but for now the one I have, has been doing great for over 30 years.

dpart77
January 28, 2008, 01:07 PM
Ha

Makes me laugh. Before I knew better I just threw all the brass I had into my shiny new tumbler. After tumbling for a few hours I had a look. Oh the brass was shiny but about a third of it was stuck in various other caliber brass. It took hours and a set of pliers the get them apart. What a pain. I get a good laugh about it though. Yes the reloading learning curve can be steep.:banghead:

jfh
January 28, 2008, 01:14 PM
try tumbling 38/357 and .40/10mm at the same time for some real fun....

Jim H..

wworker
January 28, 2008, 01:15 PM
I was finding a 9mm stuck inside a 40 S&W stuck inside a 45 ACP.

Now I tend to clean the cases separately or mix calibers with the same neck sizes together, like 38 special and 357 or 40 S&W with 10mm or 9mm with 380 ACP.

presspuller
January 28, 2008, 01:51 PM
I think anybody with a tumbler has had this DUH moment.:o

At least you know now that it will NOT happen again.:cuss:

Quigley
January 28, 2008, 01:56 PM
22 Hornet fits rather snuggly inside 44 Mag as well.. I won't do that again...

Snapping Twig
January 28, 2008, 02:37 PM
I usually put the large bore stuff in first and let it cycle for a minute, then while their cases are full of media, I dump in the smaller stuff. Usually works.

Of course it isn't foolproof, but it works well enough.

K3
January 28, 2008, 03:01 PM
I think anybody with a tumbler has had this DUH moment.

Well, I haven't.

Yet.

I'm sure I will, as my list of 'what-not-to-dos' needs a little expansion. :o

Terminus
January 28, 2008, 04:26 PM
Been there and done that. But as a PITA, it pales in comparison to cleaning stuck Wal-Mart corn cob media out of .223 cases with a dental pick,:banghead:

308win
January 28, 2008, 04:43 PM
I am gratified to learn of one bone-headed move I have avoided; glad I read this as it would be just a matter of time before I came up with this time saving idea. Thanks

345 DeSoto
January 28, 2008, 05:26 PM
What TERMINUS said...only with 22-250 cases...

Wedge
January 28, 2008, 05:39 PM
I've had .22LR (didn't get them all) inside 9mm inside .45 Colt.

fun...

CU74
January 29, 2008, 06:39 PM
Wedge - do you actually reload .22LR? How, (besides CAREFULLY)?

Marlin 45 carbine
January 29, 2008, 07:15 PM
sometime back I (accidentally)fired a .32acp round in my .380 - I don't know how it fired the extractor must have held it steady enough for the pin-strike. you oughta see the case, really swelled up I keep it at my bench.

Stinger
January 29, 2008, 11:23 PM
Nothing screws up a Loadmaster more than a 9mm stuck in a 45acp and a gorilla yanking on the handle trying to get it to work. Or so I've heard ;)

evan price
January 30, 2008, 01:33 AM
Ugh.. had a.25 in a .32 in a 9mm in a 40 in a 45...Now I carefully sort my brass BEFORE cleaning them...I thought it would be easier to sort clean brass.... d'oh.
.38 spl in a .45 is bad too- leaves a ring of gouged brass around the .38 cartridge that never polishes out.
.223 in .44 mag... there's lots of ways to make this mistake.

Try accidentally dumping a handful of spent primers into the wrong bucket and then breaking your decapping pin because that .45 casing had an extra spent primer inside it...

And then doing it again 30 minutes later.

joneb
January 30, 2008, 01:41 AM
I think anybody with a tumbler has had this DUH moment.
Yup, ben there done that :D

kir_kenix
January 30, 2008, 01:46 AM
i think everybody has done this. i hate seperating 9mm and .40 before it goes into the tumbler, but its pretty easy to pick out the .45 and revolver rounds.

lee n. field
January 30, 2008, 09:45 AM
A few hours later I had to pull the 9mm cases out of the 45 ACP cases. Of course, the media managed to wedge itself in between the two, requiring pliers on a few of them.


He he he.

Yes I've done this.

On the plus side, I came back with about 100 more pieces of brass than I went with.


Then it was a good day.

jenrob
January 30, 2008, 02:01 PM
40 and 223 stuck in 45 and 9mm stuck in 40 and 45
the 9mm comes out of the 45 pretty easy and the 223 you can get enough grip leverage to wiggle it out of a 45 but man 357 in 40 or 40 in 45 never again on purpose.

If you enjoyed reading about "Learning the hard way." here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!