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Posted: 1/16/2006 7:46:24 PM EDT
Is it ok to tumble loaded brass? I am thinking the heat and static might be detrimental to my health. but I have just gotten a metric assload of tarnished live rounds
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 7:53:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Berzerker77:
Is it ok to tumble loaded brass? I am thinking the heat and static might be detrimental to my health. but I have just gotten a metric assload of tarnished live rounds




Is the shinyness of the brass gonna effect the way it's going to shoot???

Link Posted: 1/16/2006 7:56:51 PM EDT
No. Tumbling may change the burn rate of the powder, generally considered a very bad thing.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 7:59:10 PM EDT
That's a debate that will probably never die.


Keep the time short say, 10-15 minutes and you shouldn't have any of the dire results that some say can happen and others say won't happen.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 8:09:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By tumbleweed:
No. Tumbling may change the burn rate of the powder, generally considered a very bad thing.



If that were the case, then the burn rate would have been altered as it was trucked (and vibrated/bounced) from the manufacture to the supplier (and possibly again from the supplier to you).
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 8:12:23 PM EDT
What tumbleman & Phil said.


I got some really badly tarnished/ borderline Guatemalan 5.56 real cheap. 10 minutes iirc, cleaned up real nice, shot ok.


I dont hang out around the tumbler though. I had had my one 'nose to primer strike' for my one time in this lifetime, in my hand no less.

Link Posted: 1/16/2006 8:13:49 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 8:21:47 PM EDT
I've heard both sides of the debate. Why play with fire.

Transporting bulk containers of powder wouldn't impart the intense vibrations one would get from an actual tumbler. Powder burn rate is typically controlled by the coating and granule size. Rub them against each other enough and the coatings might be altered. If the burn rate changes in the slightest then the ammunition won't be consistent and accurate, fine for general blasting but not for hunting or competition.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 8:32:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/16/2006 8:32:52 PM EDT by Berzerker77]
this will be for general blasting ammo. I dropped by a recycling place today to pick up some .223 brass because they get stuff from a lot of ranges and fort lewis.

They had a few fellas sorting the nickel cases out and they had a 5 gallon bucket of loaded ammo next to it. Big mixed bag here, I got mainly 9mm lots of 45 some 38 about 1k of .223 and various other calibers. I am culling the primer strikes now and I want to polish up someof this stuff for plinking ammo. I figure if I sell 1k rounds of 9mm I will get my money back.

This is not a sales pitch but I am gonna have LOTS of 9mm and 45 ammo at the LCR, bring your carbines and pistolas

Damn bucket weighed 108 pounds
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 8:42:01 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 9:32:26 PM EDT
I have tumbled loaded bullets without any problems. I haven't had any detonations yet. Although it really is a good idea to polish your brass before you load it!
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 11:51:51 PM EDT
Odt, thank you for that concise answer to my question. I realize there is a debate about it now but I will go with the experts and not tumble it in a tumbler. how about a barrel of media rolled around the yard a bit:) I could work some of my fat ass off at the same time as I shine my brass!
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 4:36:53 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 10:13:09 AM EDT
Berzerker77, IM sent to you yesterday in regard to my 22/45.
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