Dressing up loaded rounds


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SC_Dave
February 10, 2013, 03:52 PM
I know not to tumble loaded rounds. But, is their a way to clean up the final product? I guess I'm being anal but I just like it to look good. Getting any lube or little bits of crud off just make it look better. I do clean my dies regularly but still get a little schmutz on the rounds. Suggestions?
David

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GT1
February 10, 2013, 03:54 PM
Most people in the know just tumble them for 30 min.

rcmodel
February 10, 2013, 03:58 PM
I have tumbled loaded rounds for about 35 years now.
How do you think the factorys get it so nice and shiny?

15-20 minutes is all you need to get the scuffs and scuz off after you load them.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j219/rcmodel/KTOG/223reloads.jpg

Gofer it!

rc

SC_Dave
February 10, 2013, 04:15 PM
Thanks guys, I had some mis-information. I didn't think you could tumble loaded ammo. Problem solved!
David

blarby
February 10, 2013, 04:54 PM
I know not to tumble loaded rounds. But, is their a way to clean up the final product?

There sure is.

#1 Discard your misperception that tumbling rounds is bad.

#2. Tumble your rounds.

Ehtereon11B
February 10, 2013, 05:08 PM
Most tumbler companies put the warning to not tumble loaded ammunition to play CYA. The chance of setting off a cartridge in a tumbler is beyond remote.

horsemen61
February 10, 2013, 05:09 PM
Nice picture there rc

Arkansas Paul
February 10, 2013, 05:17 PM
No worries Dave. That's how the factory ammo looks so shiny. I use a Lyman vibratory tumbler and I just toss em in there with corn cob and a capful of NuFinish car wax and let em go for about an hour. Looks as good as store bought stuff.

Reefinmike
February 10, 2013, 05:20 PM
I dress em up with cute lisa frank cat stickers and line them up like they are playing :D

actually- no, i just tumble em

dodo bird
February 10, 2013, 10:05 PM
Oh good i had to look at this thread to make sure there was no clothes on ammo!

primalmu
February 10, 2013, 10:25 PM
Does that count for vibratory tumblers as well? Or just rotary drum tumblers?

tcanthonyii
February 10, 2013, 10:56 PM
Can't tumble loaded rounds? Guess I'm doing it wrong them! I've been tumbling factory ammo for a long time. Seems like I always run accross someone's old stuff that's been sitting in a toolbox for ever and it's a little corroded. I just throw it in and clean it up.

Baryngyl
February 11, 2013, 01:37 AM
I have tumbled loaded rounds for about 35 years now.

rc

I just got to know,

How do they shoot after 35 years of tumbling? :eek:



Michael Grace

Walkalong
February 11, 2013, 08:44 AM
Tumble away (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=498890).

edfardos
February 11, 2013, 11:02 AM
I'd tumble with the exception of 223 fmj rifle rounds which resemble firing pins to me. I also wonder about loose primer pockets and abrassives getting into cannelures. Powder breakdown might be an issue if you tumble for more than an hour.

but that's just me, probably paranoid.

edfardos

gamestalker
February 11, 2013, 02:14 PM
I always give my finished loads a wipe off with acetone, this is done to remove any lube film, not for looks. This aspect is very important to me because I load upper end jacketed bullets, therefore I don't want anything between my brass and the chamber to decrease normal case seize.

GS

Bush Pilot
February 11, 2013, 09:59 PM
I'd tumble with the exception of 223 fmj rifle rounds which resemble firing pins to me. I also wonder about loose primer pockets and abrassives getting into cannelures. Powder breakdown might be an issue if you tumble for more than an hour.

but that's just me, probably paranoid.

edfardos
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45lcshooter
February 12, 2013, 07:48 AM
Don't be playing with your brass. Tumble it when your supposed to and then minimal handling after that. My brass come snout shinny before I start working on it, and the loaded rounds look just the same.

If your hands are very oily, wipe them off, if there is scuz on the cases wipe them off. It taken less than a second to do that, and 1 hour to do a tumbler full. I value my time and electric, so I will use my head and tumble them before I work them, and if they get dirty durrning process I have an old towel and a quick wipe.

I would never retumble, I wouldn't get anything done except for making a mess around the tumbler.

Factory rounds very very rarely touch a human hand, so I would bet the farm on that they do not tumble after loaded, because yall said the magic words "factory loaded ammo" do you think the factory is going to buy a green piece of brass? Umm no. They are going to get the newest of the new stuff. New manufactured brass to make cases out of, newly manufactured bullets, newly manufactured powder.

You won't see factory workers combing through the range for lead and being brass rats. Their powder and primers are more fresh than your Black Ice air freshner in your pickup truck.

Don't know how a case that is in a loading block gets dirty enough to warrant tumbling, even if your ocd. I've never had cases turn dirty on me, and I've had some odd ball 45lc cases primed sitting in the loaded block for over a year. Still as shiny as a cue ball.

blarby
February 17, 2013, 12:08 PM
but that's just me, probably paranoid.

Probably.

so I would bet the farm on that they do not tumble after loaded

A long time ago I went on a tour of the Remington plant at Loneoak, Arkansas and they were tumbling some sort of rifle ammunition toward the end of the loading cycle.

Wish I had made the bet :D

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