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tumbling pulled milsurp tracer bullets?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by rondog, Nov 12, 2008.

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  1. rondog

    rondog Member

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    I just received 1000 pulled surplus 30-06 tracer bullets, and they're a little stained with corrosion from age. Is it OK to tumble these in DRY walnut media to clean 'em up some? Or would that be a bad idea? I'm assuming tumbling regular pulled FMJ's would be fine, but I'm not sure about tracers. Don't know how sensitive they are, or if cleaning them is even necessary.

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    rondog,

    I don't see anything wrong with it. The M25 bullets have a copper "cup" over the base of the bullet, and it takes alot of "heat" to ignite them, something that your tumbler cannot provide.

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    I might just try it then with a dozen or so, and see how well it works. They do indeed have a copper cup in the base. If the orange paint on the tips disappears, I can always re-dip them in some thinned Testor's model paint.
     
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