Can I tumble too much?


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saskboy
November 2, 2008, 09:36 AM
I finally bought a tumbler and I tumbled my .308 brass for an hour, then full length resized and deprimed them. Then I ran them in the tumbler overnight. I was wondering if there is such a thing as overdoing it? Should they be resized again incase they got out of shape some how in the tumbler. Man are they shiny though!

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Remo-99
November 2, 2008, 09:49 AM
Never over-tumble your cases, for risk that you may offend another avid reloader at the range, with your over shiny brass.
Lol. I couldn't help myself.
They should be fine, just make sure it doesn't happen again.

ReloaderFred
November 2, 2008, 10:27 AM
Over night isn't a problem at all. In fact, sometimes I purposely put on a couple of batches of particularly tarnished brass and let my tumblers run over night.

The only time it would be a problem is if the brass were nickel plated, as the long term tumbling will wear the nickel off and you'll then have "brass" brass, with traces of nickel left on them. Ask me how I know?........

Hope this helps.

Fred

lgbloader
November 2, 2008, 11:34 AM
The only time it would be a problem is if the brass were nickel plated, as the long term tumbling will wear the nickel off and you'll then have "brass" brass, with traces of nickel left on them. Ask me how I know?........


Been there, done that - LOL

LGB

Walkalong
November 2, 2008, 01:20 PM
Been there, done that - LOLYep. :D

I have forgotten a tumbler for 4 or 5 days before. It's out back in the shed. :uhoh:

ranger335v
November 2, 2008, 01:20 PM
A couple of weeks may be overdoing it.

Win52D
November 2, 2008, 04:07 PM
I like my brass clean and shiny. Nope...it desn't shoot any better but since I take pride in doing quality handloads it makes me feel better :-)

I routinely polish mine for 4-18 hours. When I run the tumbler overnight I usually set it on the concrete floor for safety's sake.

karnaaj
November 2, 2008, 08:42 PM
I set mine up to run while I am at work that way I don't hear it. My Lyman is a bit on the loud side.

Floppy_D
November 2, 2008, 08:46 PM
I'm like a raccoon when it comes to shiny things. I proudly overtumble.

Samgotit
November 2, 2008, 08:51 PM
I more of an anal retentive magpie. Tumble till it looks like pirate's booty.

D. Manley
November 2, 2008, 08:58 PM
I guess its sort of like driving your just washed truck...you know it doesn't really run any better but it sure seems like it. :)

Flash!
November 2, 2008, 09:03 PM
I like my brass to be as shiny as it possibly can be..... it makes it SO much easier to find so I can reload it again.

jeepmor
November 2, 2008, 09:28 PM
You only risk going through more polishing products, nothing more.

I've let some particularly stubborn brass run for days myself before. Never did find that nickel brass again. ;) Just kidding, but I have seen it wear through some nickel cases myself.

I don't use nickel a whole lot, but it sure cuts down on needed cleaning as it polishes up very quickly relative to range pickups on the PNW that have been sitting for more than a week or so around hunting season.

saskboy
November 2, 2008, 09:36 PM
Thanks guys! good heads up on the nickle plated brass, I wouldnt of known any better :)

evan price
November 3, 2008, 12:36 AM
Yup, most modern nickle brass is electroplated very thin and it will wear through quite quickly.. been there, done that, too.

Otherwise I suppose if you left it tumbling for YEARS it might wear out the brass.

Clark
November 4, 2008, 08:35 PM
I can get brass clean on the outside in a few minutes, but if I tumble for a week with corn cob or Walnut shells with lots of cleaner, I still can't get the inside of the necks shiny.

Bush Pilot
November 4, 2008, 11:47 PM
Anybody ever use a light timer?, kind of avoids those 4-5 day tumbler runs.

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