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Tumble before or depressed before [Archive] - Maryland Shooters

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Does it matter. I need to depress before I tumble. I am going to be using a single stage press for reloading 9mm and 45acp. If they are not really dirty I have to tumble at all. If there is alittle sand in them how much of a problem it that. I see some people on line wash them. That seems like a real pain. But I want to be safe. The idea of ​​sand grains in the brass sounds like a bad idea to me. Can you guys recommend a process?

I have tried both tumbling before and after depriming. The biggest issue I had was that the media would get caught in the flash hole if they were deprimed before cleaning.

What Gibby said ...
If cases are Dirty, I usually tumble them some decapping and sizing. Really prefer not to stick dirt and scream in the dies. Then toss them back in the tumbler to shine them up. I always clean out first pockets and flash holes before priming so no problem poking a little out of the flash holes.

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Sounds good guys. One of the guys I shoot with if I dont care what I look like I didnt have to tumble them. But, I was thinking he's picking his brass out of the same sand and dirt. I could have a problem on my dies or seating a bullit or priming with sand granules. I sorted my brass by hand and wiped and blew any sand I saw off. But still. I am new to reloading. I'm thinking better than boom: mad54:

I have been reloading for a little over a year and just last month finally bought a tumbler. I never had any problems with tumbling the casings. But those casings are pretty sure now.

I've been using The Lyman Treated Walnut Media (Turbo Tufnut) for some time now. I'm very happy with the results received. Http://www.lymanproducts.com/includes/img/lyman/tumblers/tumbling_media.jpg http://www.lymanproducts.com/lyman/tumblers/tumbling-media.php

I always tumble rifle cases for about 1 hr before de-priming, just enough to clean the dirt off, so it does not crud up my dies, handgun calibers tumble for about 2 hours to get them "Factory ammo shiny". The difference is that I use carbide dies for the pistol cases, and do not have to lube them, the surface after tumbling is basically the same surface the completed rounds will have. Rifle calibers OTOH are pulled out of the tumbler after 1hr, and spray lubed before de-capping and sizing (both happen in the same Lee die). The cases then go back into the tumbler for about 2 hours to get the lube off, and get them "factory shiny". If I am loading them in a progressive press, the first is a universal de-capper instead of a sizing die, this is very effective at pushing any media that is stuck in the flash hole out, they are already sized, so no need To re-size them again. For the cases that are loaded in the single stage, I check the length, trim as needed, and the Lee cutter uses a pilot that measures the length with a pin through the flash hole (case has to be de-primed for it to Work), that also pushes out and stuck in the flash hole, so eleven trimmed, the first pockets are also de-corncobbed. Then I go about priming, charging, seating the bullet, and crimping if needed

I use a turret press so on point in depriming first.

I use a turret press so on point in depriming first.

How do you get the lube off of bottlenecked rifle calibers, or check case length?

Or check case length?

I only reload pistol for now.:D

To get the lube off ...
Tumble again or sometimes I just wipe them down With a paper towel.

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Remember ... Use lizzard litter for your cleaning media. It is crushed walnut shells and it's cheaper!

For handloaded rifle rounds, the sequence is clean, depressed, uniform caselength, clean first pocket, casemouth prep inside and out. After the casemouth is ready, the shell is finally ready for priming and the rest. Most bang for the buck in handloading for accuracy comes from having all your brass look and act identical to each other. Quality bullets have very little variance anymore, and gunpowder is pretty reliable, especially H322 and their ilk, so the biggest loss in shot accuracy is usually the brass.

For pistol and plinker rounds in rifles, I Skip all that and run them through a progressive reloader. I load pistol on the light side (barely make IDPA power), so I do not worry too much about brass flow and, in turn, caselength becoming too long. Every loaded round takes a trip through the gauge case before jumping into an ammo box, to insure it will feed properly. That last step has kept me out of a lot of trouble at the range and in competition.

Lizzard litter you say. Safe to say any major pet store carries it. Will have to check it out. Thanks for the tip

How do you get the lube off of bottlenecked rifle calibers, or check case length?

If you Lube by rolling Cases on a Pad you should not get any on the neck. But we all know accidents happen! I wipe them off with a clean soft cloth then tumble 8-12 hours.
Note: remember First Pockets should be cleaned too!
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Man I went to Gander Mt to pick up a tumbler. I could swear they had one for like $ 45.00. The reloading area was cleared out !!!! They did not have sh-. They did have one tumbler for $ 75.00.
I guess I waited to long. I'll be checking out midway I suppose.:sad20:

Lizzard litter you say. Safe to say any major pet store carries it. Will have to check it out. Thanks for the tip

Yup! Think I got my last batch at Pet Smart.

Just ask the teenager in the reptile section for lizzard litter and they will know. Check the bag and it should say crushed walnuts!

+1 on lizzard litter. The stuff is cheap. Not to mention in the stores carry reloading stuff around here and BassPro is an hour plus drive as well as havin evil pricing. The media is heavy, so it costs to ship. The litter works fine. Now you just need to find farmers co-op with large quantities of corncob ...

If you Lube by rolling Cases on a Pad you should not get any on The neck But we all know accidents happen! I wipe them off with a clean soft cloth then tumble 8-12 hours. Note: remember First Pockets must be cleaned too! Https://shop.rcbs.com/WebConnect/images/rcbs/item/FullA/9574.jpg

What Lambo says.

I tumble first for an hour or so to clean. Now keep in mind that I am reloading mil-surp rifle brass. I then decap, clean and even first pockets, then trim the case. I'll then tumble again for a few hours to make it nice and shiny, then go about loading my business.

Yup! Think I got my last batch at Pet Smart.

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