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Old December 23, 2013, 11:53 AM   #1
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Over polished. WAY over polished

Over polished.
I may have messed up last weekend. 500, 5.56 cases once fired. I use a vribrater cleaner and polish that does a very good job.
My problem is that it normally takes 3 or 4 hours to clean. I seem to have forgotten to unplug the vibrator and it ran for over 20 hours.
The brass looks like a golden mirror and it feels so smooth it like its coated in oil (it’s not).
Any one seen a problem with this or could it might cause a functional problem?
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Old December 23, 2013, 11:55 AM   #2
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I have done it before. Even tested some cases that had been tumbled for 24 hours using stainless media. Never had any problems.
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Old December 23, 2013, 11:58 AM   #3
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Been there don that, pretty common actually.

I wouldn't worry about it.

In the future, plug the "tumbler" into a timer and never worry again.

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Old December 23, 2013, 11:58 AM   #4
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I'll bet that's going to be some pretty ammo.
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Old December 23, 2013, 11:59 AM   #5
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Shiny brass is easier to see in the grass!
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Old December 23, 2013, 12:02 PM   #6
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happens to me all the time. You could probably tumble it 5000 hours in walnut or corn cob without any ill effects.
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Old December 23, 2013, 12:12 PM   #7
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The only problem is now you'll want all your brass to look like that! I've run cases for that long (same issue, just forgot about them) and they shoot fine, they just look better doing it.
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Old December 23, 2013, 12:18 PM   #8
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Walked out one time and forgot to turn the tumbler off and went hunting.
72 hours later I got home.
The brass was like a mirror, you could see your reflection
Shot fine and like someone said, easy to see in the grass.
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Old December 23, 2013, 12:19 PM   #9
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I left tumbler on for 3 days. That 45acp brass looked WOW! Dont think it will do any harm.
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Old December 23, 2013, 12:28 PM   #10
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These are after they have been sized and loaded.
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Old December 23, 2013, 12:30 PM   #11
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I use one of these.

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You can set it for 1,2,4 or 8 hours. Got mine from Amazon for about $12 as I recall.

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Old December 23, 2013, 12:42 PM   #12
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I have purchased brass cases for 1 cent each, 1,400 30/06 military type cases all with crimped primers for $14.00 dollars because tumbling the cases for 4 days would not clean them up, meaning the man selling the cases at the Buck Horn flea market could not give the cases away. I cleaned the cases in 15minutes then tumbled them for two hours.

If I wanted bling I have another process for that, normally I take a few boxes of bling boxes with me to the range, I never know what I am going to run into at the range.

I have helped build tumblers that are as big as rental type concrete mixers, variable rheostats, stainless steel for liquid and media, the owner wanted more bling so he purchased a stainless steel/liquid type cleaner. Humbling, the little SS pin tumbler can not keep up. Anyhow, when he fires all of that equipment it sounds like a B 36 flying over with all 6 engines out of sync.

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Old December 23, 2013, 01:16 PM   #13
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I dont need clean brass that badly.
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Old December 23, 2013, 01:20 PM   #14
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A little extra shine won't hurt anything. It just makes the brass easier to work with.




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Anyhow, when he fires all of that equipment it sounds like a B 36 flying over with all 6 engines out of sync.
I like the analogy.
Unfortunately, it's getting to the point that very few people know what a B-36 is, any more; and even fewer have ever heard one running (I haven't, other than recordings ).
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Old December 23, 2013, 01:34 PM   #15
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When I was a little kid I got to go inside a B36 and I can remember seeing a B58 take off.
Check out the inside view of a 36, 360 view
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Old December 23, 2013, 02:02 PM   #16
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Be very careful! Loading in bright light the reflection off the mirror shiny brass can blind you! Wear dark glasses or reload in a dimly lit room...

BTW, the only reason I use shiny brass any more is so I can find them when I shoot my semi-autos outdoors.
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Old December 23, 2013, 02:07 PM   #17
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An unseal moment, I saw a B58 Hustler Hustler headed north, I saw the plane before I heard the sound, by the time the B58 was overhead and a little to the east of us it came apart. Seemed strange, the sound caught up with it while the plane was coming down. They had no warning.

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Old December 23, 2013, 05:13 PM   #18
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Im only 33 and i know what the peacemaker is! Used to have one at the willow grove air show. Ridiculous wing span and piston engines!
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Old December 23, 2013, 08:06 PM   #19
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Living as long as I have in Fort Worth I have seen the B-36 and B-58. Dad was retired Air Force and served in both the 11th and 7th Bomb Wings with the B-36 and the 43rd Bomb Wing with the B-58. Unfortunately some dirtbag stole the B-36 crew water jug he had from the estate sale after he died. I do have a propeller from an OQ-19 Target Drone used at Matagorda Island Gunnery Range to train B-36 gunners.
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Old December 23, 2013, 10:42 PM   #20
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Just moved from across the street from a retired B-36 pilot. Neat guy. When I first met him about seven years ago I found that he grew up just a few miles up the road from where I did, in western Oklahoma, but he was enough older to have been in WWII. I'm just a youngster at 77.
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Old December 24, 2013, 06:57 AM   #21
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Shiny brass is easier to see in the grass!
THAT is the first reason I have ever heard/read that makes an actual case for 'pretty' ammo...

Thanks for that...

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Old December 24, 2013, 02:58 PM   #22
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I hope there are no problems with your cases and like all the others here go on without any unintended residual effects.

However, I would proceed with caution with very shiny brass. If shiny also translates to very slick. Slick is not good, that's why we clean the sizing wax/lube off the brass before firing. During firing, a slick case may not grip the chamber wall as intended and may transfer some of that energy back to the bolt head. That can't possibly be good for the bolt face or worse, your face.

I would fire a round a look for the ejector mark on the case head, or signs of brass on the bolt face. If none proceed with 3 more and check again as often as often as you feel the need.
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Old December 24, 2013, 10:26 PM   #23
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However, I would proceed with caution
That was my number 1 plan
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Old December 25, 2013, 10:41 PM   #24
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Is there some problem with extra shiny brass?
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Old December 25, 2013, 11:38 PM   #25
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Having used nickle plated rifle brass without problems, I can't think of what problems one would have with over polished brass.
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