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Old May 16, 2012, 03:28 PM   #26
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I tumble loaded rifle rounds for a few minutes to remove case lube. There's no problem. Commercial ammo manufacturers tumble live ammo every the millions.
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Old May 16, 2012, 03:42 PM   #27
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Without the warning some idiot would tumble loaded ammunition for two or three days and then manage to do something.

Short tumbling is not going to do anything.

You should see how ammunition is treated in a large high speed manufacturing line.

And then you can add in the shipping tests.

The military uses the same powders (just different lots) and they do not appear to have worried about it in a long time.
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Old May 16, 2012, 03:53 PM   #28
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The one guy who did the tests tumbled his ammo for over 200 hours.
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Old May 16, 2012, 06:19 PM   #29
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Reference: Lyman, third edition, Pistol & Revolver Handbook, page 23, column 2, paragraph 2
"Loaded ammunition, and primed cases, should never be tumbled.."

Like I said, not just rumor, but in print. Makes one wonder if the rumor started with the print or the print started the rumor?

Anyhoo, I'm just loading pistol rounds and am to lazy to even clean the Imperial wax of them.
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Old May 16, 2012, 07:29 PM   #30
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Tumbling Loaded Ammo

I wouldn't risk it. Tumble you empties if you want shiny brass.
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Old May 16, 2012, 11:35 PM   #31
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Just because I know where the Koolaid is mixed, doesn't mean I drink the stuff.

Yep, I do remember my pistol manuals stating use of reloaded ammo is verboton and voids the warranty and will have dire consequences like birth defects and lay offs at Remmington Arms ammo plant up the road at Lonoke; however, I dont believe everything I read. So while FrankenM is testing the ammo tumbling, powder breakdown thing (it seems this is part of previous test, IIRC), I'm testing the owners manual forbidden reloads. The main pattern that I've seen is a weird compulsion to buy more bullets ...but I digress.

Common sense would lead us to conclude, this powder breaking down issue is a nonissue.
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