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newbie question???

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by mwithers72, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. mwithers72

    mwithers72 Well-Known Member

    Ok, To get everyone up to speed. I am new to reloading. I have a question that I think that I already know the answer to but would like to make sure.

    that question is.... I have about 20 cases that have primers in them. I put the priners in berfore I was given a tumber. I would like to clean the said cases but I think that tumbling them would be a no no. could anyone help me out or should I go with my gut feelings and not tumble them. I reload 9MM and use cron cob media and even if I could tumble them would the polish that I have in the cleaning media foul out the primers?.

    thank you in advance!!
  2. Razor 10

    Razor 10 Well-Known Member

    You are correct sir. Wait to polish them till after you have finished loading them up. If not the media could contaminate the primer mix and render it useless.

    Good shooting
  3. Mal H

    Mal H Administrator

    IMO, your gut feeling is correct - don't tumble them. You might foul up the primers and you might not. Why take a completely unnecessary risk? 20 cases is such a small amount, I would just clean them by hand, if they need cleaning at all, and carry on.

    But I have to ask if you had been sizing dirty brass? I know some folks do that, but, in my book, that's a quick way to add unnecessary wear to your sizing dies.
  4. mwithers72

    mwithers72 Well-Known Member

    I should also state that one of my concerns is that during the tumbling process, could I have a primer discharge? I did not include that in my original post. (sorry)

  5. Mal H

    Mal H Administrator

    Very, very slim chance of that. Far greater chance of ruining a primer.
  6. mwithers72

    mwithers72 Well-Known Member

    well yes and no. I would clean the brass by wipeing them with a rag before I deprimed and resized. As for the inside of the case I did the best I could to remove the larger things. I agree whole heartly that it will case undue ware on dies.
  7. Mal H

    Mal H Administrator

    Good. Wiping with a rag is usually sufficient. I just cringe when people resize cases that still have grime on them.

    Don't worry too much about all the stuff inside the cases for your everyday type of ammo. It doesn't harm anything. Just be sure to tap each case upside down a little to get any loose stuff out; it's usually unburned powder.

    But now that you have a tumbler, all of this is moot. :D
  8. mwithers72

    mwithers72 Well-Known Member

    Thank you for all the help.

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