? Tumbling loaded rounds ?

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? Tumbling loaded rounds ?

Anyone out there ever tumble loaded but dirty rounds?   I never have done it,  but years ago Horsager posted that his dad used to do this occasionally.   And IMO Al was one of the safest most knowledgeable handloader I've met.

Cant be any more dangerous than carrying them loose in a pocket for a while. That works, but in a case tumbler!?! 

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If I were to do it, I wouldn't do it in my house/garage/shop. I'd probably run an extension cord out somewhere in the yard and let the tumbler run.

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How dirty are they? Can't you just wipe them off?

I wouldn't tumble live rounds but I don't let them get dirty either. 

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Yeah cowbell, I thought if I tried it I'd go way out by deer camp, nobody around, a llooonngg extension cord, then go sit in a deer blind a mile or so away!

NdSportsman  Was cleaning out my shell locker the other day and ran across some old ones , mostly discolored brass, some with light corrosion.  Tumblers don't heat up to cause an explosion but continuous banging together could touch off a primer, I suppose, then boom!  

I'm sure the discolored brass ones are safe to shoot and any with significant corrosion are best illegal pulled then discarded!  

 

 

When We were fearless kids back in the '50's we all shot hundreds of rounds that were loaded before WW1!  Lots between the war, too. but they were packed in some kind of grease and we'd wipe the stuff off before shooting.  .22 through .303 up to 06!  The Brass was solid and we never had any problems.  Powder boomed OK!  We kids once pulled the bullets on some pre WW1 .303 British ammo and found them loaded with cordite!  We didn't realize what it was at the time, long thin pencil lead looking strands.  Hate to admit this but a bunch of us laid strands of it on our school desks in our initials, then lit it! Burned our initials in the desks! Boy, was the school principal MAD,  a real nice guy we kids often hunted with. He made us lose  a couple weekends of hunting by refinishing our desks!  Ah the good old days - builds character.......maybe...

Sorry to digress......

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tumbling loaded round can break down the powder changing the burn rate. this will potentially increase pressures damaging your weapon and possibly you. The safety concern is not the rounds firing in the tumbler, but when you fire them in your gun.

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I never thought of that corn.  I suppose even ball powder rattling around in the case could break down and cause who-could-predict pressures!?!   

The moral of this whole story is......Shoot More, reload more and keep your ammo fresh, so it never tarnishes!  Like fishing line,  it should be soaked frequently! LOL. 

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BobKat,

You, with old ammo?  What?!?! 

 

Hey, you still have that cannonball?

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” ~ Mark Twain

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Yeah, I get old ammo, but rarely.  For example, I never load more than 10 deer loads at a time, and because those 10 rounds lasts me ten years, after 6-7 years some of,them do get a bit tarnished!  Maybe I should try to miss those big bucks like some of,the guys I hunt,with! LOL. Then I'd have to load up new ammo every 7-8 years instead of every 10!

.? 10 years?  OK!   I lied.  Once I got two deer with one shot (back when there were excess tags) so 10 rounds sometimes lasts 11 years, not 10, which leads to a little heavier case tarnishing!  Sounds like a campfire tale, but would  I lie to you guys?  NEVER! 

Yep, I still have the old cannonball.  I mislaid it and forgot about it, but ran across it yesterday looking for some stuff. Always meant to throw it on a fire on some deserted beach then clear out  or shoot it to see if there was any ordinance still in it. Probably not, but you never know. 

Heading to SD today to tag along with  my son and grandson while they are chasing antelope.  My youngest grandson,  like his brother did last year will easily do a one shot bang flop! My son, well.........He is always proving that being a good shot always skips a generation!   (Jim's Pull chain button pushed - pulled...whatever)  LOL

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Steel wool and rub works great

 

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