Hey folks was just reading your guys post because I have some .308 ammo I bought from sportsman guide in the green 20rd box's and its somewhat corroded, 1980's stuff. I am not taking sides at all, just cumming into this so please easy everyone.
As an unbiased 3rd party I can see both points of view. On one hand the one gentleman who wants to tumble ammo is giving reasons why he thinks it is ok based on certain evidence he sites, that a very experienced and trusted reloaded has advised him of this. On the other hand the other gentleman are citing serious safety concerns as to why they believe it should not be done.
I completely can appreciate both sides and understand that safety is a very important consideration.
I assert that there may not be a right or wrong answer to this question and that everyone must consider some of the following factors before making a decision whether in their particular situation to tumble live ammo.
1. how many pounds of force does it take to set off a primer?
For hand guns I believe it is less than for rifle primers?
2. Is a round tumbling in side of your particular tumbler able to produce any thing close to this amount of force?
3. Is the location of your tumbler far away from other people and structures. Do you live in an urban or rural area?
4. Is there a way of turning on your tumbler by plugging in an extension cord at some safe distance. (ex. 100ft extension cord)
5. Do you have old plywood or other shrapnel blockers that you can place around your tumbler.
6. could any injury or property damage occur if you were to place the tumbler in a remote location with shrapnel blockers and engage it by pluging in a long extension cord from a distant outlet.
7. Is there any safer, easier, feasible, alternative to clean your live rounds than tumbling them.
8. If you put sufficient safeguards in place as mention, is the safety of your self or others at risk?
9. Any other factors that you may want to consider that I failed to mention.
Once you have answered these questions then you can make a safe and logical decision about tumbling live rounds. If in you situation there arises a dilemma between safety vs tumbling, you should always error on the side of safety, but this is answered on an individual bases.
P.S. Just for reference purposes I did randomly find another thread from another forum on this topic from google when I searched.
Tumbling loaded rounds? [Archive] - THR
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