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Old 01-10-2014, 12:07 PM   #1
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Picked these up from my lgs. Got them for less than 1/2 price of new stock since they were from an estate sale. Is there any harm in tumbling these in walnut media before loading em up? Should I just shoot them with the tarnish?

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You will not do any harm to those bullets by tumbling them.

Personally, I would just shoot em.

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Why would you concern yourself over tarnished bullets? A bargain buy on bullets today is a major find.

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Load & shoot em.

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Why would you concern yourself over tarnished bullets? A bargain buy on bullets today is a major find.
Because someone of us take pride in what we load. Call me crazy but I like my loads to look as good as they perform.

I would tumble them in some walnut to get the big stuff then I would finish them off in some cobb to get them nice in shiny.
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Already loaded 20 (.308) tarnished in .5 gr increments from 42.5-44.0 gr varget. The tarnish isn't terrible but you can feel it. Got to thinking, why take time to work up a load and not take the time to make sure the bullets are as consistent as possible?

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Because someone of us take pride in what we load. Call me crazy but I like my loads to look as good as they perform.

I would tumble them in some walnut to get the big stuff then I would finish them off in some cobb to get them nice in shiny.
Was gonna say the same thing...

Not particularly necessary to have shiny reloads but it lines up well with my OCD...
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As robocop said, the tumbling will not harm or deform them. All you have to lose is a bit of time and electricity. (Unless you have a hamster powered tumbler.)

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(Unless you have a hamster powered tumbler.)

I need one! Maybe that will be the tool to get this reloading thing to save money. Do you have a link for one? May also need help getting it by the boss. May just have to see what I can find....
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