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Dressing up loaded rounds

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by SC_Dave, Feb 10, 2013.

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  1. SC_Dave

    SC_Dave Member

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    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
     
  2. GT1

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    Most people in the know just tumble them for 30 min.
     
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    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.

    223reloads.jpg

    Gofer it!

    rc
     
  4. SC_Dave

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    Thanks guys, I had some mis-information. I didn't think you could tumble loaded ammo. Problem solved!
    David
     
  5. blarby

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    There sure is.

    #1 Discard your misperception that tumbling rounds is bad.

    #2. Tumble your rounds.
     
  6. Ehtereon11B

    Ehtereon11B internet infantryman

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    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.
     
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    Nice picture there rc
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    Oh good i had to look at this thread to make sure there was no clothes on ammo!
     
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    Does that count for vibratory tumblers as well? Or just rotary drum tumblers?
     
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    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.
     
  13. Baryngyl

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    I just got to know,

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



    Michael Grace
     
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    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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    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
     
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    Not to add to your problems, did you know there's an astroid heading toward earth that might almost hit us? Sleep well tonight.
     
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    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.
     
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    Probably.



    Wish I had made the bet :D
     
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