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Rookie mistake

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by arodgers, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. arodgers

    arodgers

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    Just started reloading last week. Already cranked out 600 9mm and it's working great... most of the time. Today I got home from the range and said to myself, "This brass will be easier to sort after it's been tumbled".

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    Won't do that again.
     
  2. sig357fan

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    live and learn brother....live and learn.

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  3. gary newport

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    Have you had a "triple swallow" yet? (.45 ACP swallows .40 S&W, which has swallowed a 9mm.) Has anybody had a "quadruple swallow?"
     
  4. njl

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    That sucks. Whats even worse is, once you get all those separated, the inner ones probably need to be tumbled again. That's why you never tumble different case mouth diameters together. i.e. you could tumble 9mm and .380 or .40 and 10mm, but it's best if you keep the stuff as separate as possible.

    When picking up brass, I try to bag it all by caliber using old plastic grocery bags. One bag for 9mm, one for .45acp, etc. That way, I don't have to do much caliber sorting later.
     
  5. gary newport

    gary newport

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    Precisely! I don't like sorting unsorted brass before tumbling...but I dislike sorting unsorted brass after tumbling even more.

    But...it happens. Folks sometimes throw useless .40 brass in my can at the SNSS. Doesn't matter whether I happen to be shooting .45 GAP, .45 ACP or 9mm, it's still a pain in the butt!
     
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  6. ColoCG

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    Lesson Learned. One you definitely won't forget!:supergrin:
     
  7. vtbluegrass

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    The tur-duc-hen of the gun world everyone does it their first time.

    Atleast you aren't trying to sort 380, makarov, and 9mm. I learned quickly after that to pick up brass when switching guns or spend an hour sorting brass.
     
  8. CitizenOfDreams

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    One of life's little lessons.
     
  10. arodgers

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    That was last weeks mistake. Had a case that didn't flare. Finally got the bullet balanced on the case so I could press it and then noticed a lot of bullet was showing. OAL was correct, but it looked funny. Finally realized it was .380.
     
  11. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

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    That Shell Sorter Zombie Steve pointed you to is very handy. I can sort a fairly large lot of mixed brass pretty quickly with that thing. Love it.
     
  12. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy Silver Member

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    Wrong! Another of lifes little lessons. :supergrin:
     
  13. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

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    Yeah, wish I had a nickel for every time I've said that to myself.

    If you are anything like me, you WILL do it again. But, next time it will probably be by accident.
     
  14. ChrisJn

    ChrisJn "Old Bill"

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    Been there, done that.
     
  15. SigFTW

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    lol, I will take that rookie mistake over a kaboom any day! :wow:
     
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    I have had 45-40-9mm/380-22lr when I tumbled some range brass I bought from a indoor range.
     
  17. G36_Me

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    I had read about this mistake, so dodged it, but wasn't smart enough to avoid depriming before tumbling. I had media stuck in every hole and had to poke it out. I thought I was going to get my primer pockets clean. Now I tumble before depriming.

    edit to add: I started reloading 35 years ago but got my first tumbler this past year. Rookie for life and hope to keep learning for a long time.
     
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  18. TH3180

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    Yep did that once and only once. I know many reloaders that have done it once also.
     
  19. unclebob

    unclebob DFC, MSM, 13 Air Medals.

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    Small needle nose pliers work great for trying to get the cases out.