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Can I tumble too much?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by saskboy, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. saskboy

    saskboy Well-Known Member

    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!
  2. Remo-99

    Remo-99 Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    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.

  4. lgbloader

    lgbloader Well-Known Member

    Been there, done that - LOL

  5. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Yep. :D

    I have forgotten a tumbler for 4 or 5 days before. It's out back in the shed. :uhoh:
  6. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    A couple of weeks may be overdoing it.
  7. Win52D

    Win52D Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. karnaaj

    karnaaj Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. Floppy_D

    Floppy_D Member In Memoriam

    I'm like a raccoon when it comes to shiny things. I proudly overtumble.
  10. Samgotit

    Samgotit Well-Known Member

    I more of an anal retentive magpie. Tumble till it looks like pirate's booty.
  11. D. Manley

    D. Manley Well-Known Member

    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. :)
  12. Flash!

    Flash! Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. jeepmor

    jeepmor Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. saskboy

    saskboy Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys! good heads up on the nickle plated brass, I wouldnt of known any better :)
  15. evan price

    evan price Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. Bush Pilot

    Bush Pilot Well-Known Member

    Anybody ever use a light timer?, kind of avoids those 4-5 day tumbler runs.

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