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tumbling loaded ammo?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by halfmoonclip, Dec 3, 2011.


  1. halfmoonclip

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    Just loaded 500 rounds of .45 ACP/.25 AutoRim, and the lead bullets were especially gooey, so I have a good bit of bullet lube all over the outside of the cases.

    Would it work tossing the loaded rounds back in the tumbler for half an hour to de-goo them? Be damned if I feel like wiping off each and every round.

    Offhand, the only concern I have is any effect on the 4.1 grs of Bullseye behind the bullets; would the tumbling have any effect on the powder? Would it break it into finer granulations?

    Thanks in advance for your input; I may post this over at the .45 Forum as well.
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    Been beat to death on this and other forums. No it won't have an effect on the powder in any way.

    Bullet lube won't tumble off very well. Just wipe them by hand with an old towel.
     

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  4. halfmoonclip

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    Sorry, didn't mean to call the Internet gods down around my ears, but needed an answer.

    I've done the bullet wiping thing, and it is less fun than watching paint dry. I was hoping for a better solution.

    Any other opinions on the tumbler idea? Use dry media, or with a fresh batch of lube?
    Moon
     
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    Sit down with the wife, turn on the tube, take soft paper towels or towel and wipe the cases clean. Job is accomplished and the little woman gets to share time with you. Win win situation.
     
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    I once had a friend who had a reloading business. He would put his reloaded .38 Special rounds into an old front-load washing machine he converted into a tumbler. Used shredded newspaper as a medium. The loaded rounds came out nice and shined up after a few hours of tumbling. And before anyone asks, NO, there was no fast spin cycle. He had it on a motor and belt drive, set to a slow tumble.
     
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    Don’t know if it would work or not, but you could try adding mineral spirits to the media where it is on the wet side and tumble for 10 to 15 minutes.
    Factory loaded ammo is tumbled.
     
  8. PCJim

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    You could try using walnut with 2-3 tbsps (1oz) paint thinner. IF it does a decent job, I'd throw the media away afterwards so as not to spread the gunk
     
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    Hmmmmm...wonder if the paper out of our shredder would work as media in my tumbler....
    May have to give that a try.
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    Aaaaah...no! Don't tumble lubed rounds, you'll make it even worse! I tried that last year and all the dust stuck right to the lube. Nasty.
     
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    That works pretty well. Leave the lid off while you tumble. I use paint thinner. I seldom need to tumble loaded rounds.
     
  12. halfmoonclip

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    Okay, the shredder paper is less than a good idea, but the wood chips that you buy for pet beds works wonderfully. 100 rounds of .45 ACP for an hour, and they are clean as can be; I'm using a Dillon vibratory cleaner. Only issue is separating the rounds from the media (it's too coarse for the usual Dillon squirrel cage tumbler), and I think I have that figured out with a plastic drawer divider from WalMart; the holes are smaller than the cartridges.

    Only remaining question goes back to my initial post; is there any adverse effect on the powder in the loaded rounds? One shooting buddy claimed it would remove the supressant coating on the outside of the powder grains, thus effecting burn rate. I'm skeptical; any input on this?
    Thanks,
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    Factory ammo is tumbled. When you tumble brass does the inside of the case get clean? Why because the media gets in there and does not move if it does very little. I know Dillon has run tests on tumbling loaded ammo and I’m sure there have been a lot of other companies that have done the same thing. If I remember right Dillon tumbled the rounds for 3 days and ran samples every day or hours don’t remember, with no changes in the velocity of the rounds. There are a lot of people that tumble loaded ammo. Just don’t tumble hollow point ammo. Media gets stuck in the hole.
     
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    I shot some of the first lot last night from a Colt Commander and a M25 Smith; it shot great and did nothing untoward.
    It might bear contacting Dillon about their tests.
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    If you do ask to speak to Gary Kieft. He is Mogollon that posts on here somethimes. And he is the one that posted about tumbling loaded ammo.
     
  16. halfmoonclip

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    Uniform Bravo, thanks for the tip and the comeback. I sent a general question to Dillon's tech site online about half an hour ago; we'll see if they respond.

    If not, I'll repost to them direct to Mr. Kieft.

    It does seem I'm worrying about something that need not be an issue, and I am really, really tired wiping loaded rounds. Our range officer casts great bullets for most of us, but he uses Lyman brown lube and it can be a megamess.
    He and another member had a hissyfit when I told them I was tumbling the loaded rounds, hence I'm asking some more questions.

    thanks again,
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    Every factory FMJ or JHP ammo I buy is tumbled. My Hornady bullets are tumbled also. They don't employee midgets to hand shine each round either. I make sure to check every HP cavity to remove any media.
     
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    If you have the plastic case sorters, they might work for sorting the loaded ammo from the pet bedding??
     
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    The lead bullets will look like crap after and there might be some crud stuck to the bullets after. Other than that there shouldn't be a problem.
     
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    I use a rag and mineral spirits for removing lube from lead loads. I tried the tumbler and it didnt help, just made a bigger mess.

    Bit lat now but... I like to use a harder lube (carnuba red)when sizing .45 rounds. It takes a little heat to get it running but it stiffens up nice.....
     
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