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Does anyone tumble their shell after loading?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by tink77, Jun 11, 2012.

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  1. tink77

    tink77 Member

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    I keep hearing about tumbling bullets after they are loaded. I tumbler states never tumble loaded ammo. Any advice on this?
     
  2. blarby

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    Tumble away.

    I do it.

    I wouldn't tumble it in a wet tumbler, or with 5# of firing pins in a drop tumbler, but other than that- you are OK.
     
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    I tumble nearly everything I load for 15-20 minutes to get the finger prints and sizing lube off of them.

    I do not tumble cast lead grease lubed bullets, but all jacketed bullet loads go in the tumbler.

    rc
     
  4. jcwit

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    Been discussed many many times. Conclusion? Go for it.
     
  5. THe Dove

    THe Dove BOOMER SOONER!!!

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    I tumble all. Even cast boolits.

    The Dove
     
  6. 777TRUTH

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    Me too!
     
  7. Josh45

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    I was curious about doing that to the cast bullets as the lube easily found its way all over the bullet, My finger and a bit on the case ( when trying to seat ).

    I just used a rag to wipe it off. Might wanna try it this way....
     
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    I am not a reloader but is there not a possibility of a round going off? Just wondering

    Ruezim
     
  9. rcmodel

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    No.

    To fire a primer takes a deep dent from a high velocity impact, like from a firing pin.

    No firing pins in a vibratory tumbler.

    And even if, in the one in a gazillion chance one did go off?
    Nothing would happen, as the thick plastic tumbler bowl would contain the flying primer and case frags.

    rc
     
  10. s4s4u

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    I don't tumble, period.
     
  11. jim243

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    Some do, I don't. I will tumble after resizing, triming and chanfering. Just use Nitrix gloves to keep your finger prints off those shiny cases when priming, powdering and seating the bullets. (saves time and they still look great.)

    Jim
     
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    I do not tumble loaded rounds, but have no good reason for not doing so.
     
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    I tumble everything after loading for 15-20 mins, it takes most (if not all) of the smudges off and helps from tarnishing if storing for a long period of time
     
  14. tink77

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    Thanks.
     
  15. Swampman

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    +1 For tumbling after loading, although I've never done it with cast bullets and I generally avoid doing it with hollow points. I try to keep the tumbling time down to about 20 minutes.
     
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    I've done it before, but I mostly use cast bullets and I don't tumble those.
     
  17. Wahoo95

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    How do you think the factories get their ammo so nice and shiny for packaging

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    I tumble after reloading with corn cob and Nu-Finish to remove all the crud and oils from my fingerprints so the rounds will look like new when I eventually use them. For ammo I will use up within the week I seldom bother clean before reloading or for that matter after either. With lead/HP ammo I run the empty processed brass through before priming.
     
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    I rearly tumble at all. If I lube cases I'll tumble. Now if I want a few really shiny then I will rub it down with steel wool then polish it with Turtle Wax.
     
  20. David Wile

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    Hey folks,

    I use a vibratory cleaning machine, and I do all my jacketed bullet cartridges in it after loading. For cartridges using cast bullets, it depends on what type of cast bullet. If it is a pistol bullet where all the lube grooves are inside the case, then I clean them just like the jacketed bullets. If I am using a cast rifle bullet where any lube grooves extend past the case mouth, I then do not put them in the vibratory cleaner.

    Best wishes,
    Dave Wile
     
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    rifle ammo that I lube the case, I do...
     
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    Not touched by human hands, that's how it works, what, you think they hand load each round?? (LOL)

    Jim
     
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    I also tumble after reloading with corn cob and Nu-Finish to remove all the crud and oil from sizing. Also do it to keep older ammo in good shape. 15 minutes works well.
     
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    I don't but I see no reason not to, after all, commercial ammo companies tumble all their ammo after loading just before packaging.
     
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    Not touched by human hands, that's how it works, what, you think they hand load each round?? (LOL)
    Jim

    Next time you see a box of Black Hills Matchking loads, look closely inside the Hollowpoint...
     
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