Newbie tumbling question

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Hectocotylus, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    How necessary is cleaning/tumbling brass before loading? Necessary? Nice for accuracy? If you like shiny things do it? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    Not necessary at all, and can even diminish the life of the brass. They sure do look purdy though if you do tumble them, but a good cleaning in hot water and dawn detergent is good enough for those who don't have a tumbler. I have a tumbler and use it for about 15 minutes on any given caliber.
     

  3. gunnut07

    gunnut07 New Member

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    Do you have too. No. Not to start an argument, but tumbling doesn't harm brass at all. Unless you are not so bright and put Amonia based cleaners like brasso in to your media. If you don't have a tumbler just get some pantyhose deprime your brass put them in the pantyhose and put them in the dishwasher and run it.
     
  4. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    I like the sounds of that. I hope the wife does too...
     
  5. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    At the minimum, you must ensure that your brass reasonably clean so as to not damage or cause excessive wear on your dies. Wipe down your brass and give them a quick look over to verify that they are serviceable at a minimum.
    My father reloaded for decades before he bought a tumbler.
    It's my understanding that priming compounds have heavy metals in them, as do the residues they leave behind. Not something I want to share with the dishes I eat off of. YMMV.
     
  6. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    I don't like putting dirty cases in my wheel gun. If they get nasty enough the cases don't go in as well, or come out as well. It takes awhile, but that can be a side effect of dirty brass.

    I've also found clean brass can feed easier in semi-autos.

    But its all personal preference.