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Old 11-26-2020, 12:25 PM   #1
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I know this might sound like a funny question but my Father in law asked me how he should clean his very old ammo. I didnt see any of it but he said it was tarnished from 40 years sitting in his closet. Said he has about a 1000 rounds of 45 cal.

Is there a way to do this in bulk or is it even necessary?
I told him to not worry about it.
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Old 11-26-2020, 01:14 PM   #2
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Some people say you can't tumble loaded ammo. But ammunition companies do. I don't believe it will cause any harm. I'd do it in a barrel type rotary tumbler and not a vibratory one.
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Old 11-26-2020, 01:23 PM   #3
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Personally I would not!!! but if i did it would do it in tumbler with walnut/hickory/pecan hulls...JM2C
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Old 11-26-2020, 02:11 PM   #4
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Iíve done it in a vibratory tumbler with walnut hulls.


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Old 11-26-2020, 02:23 PM   #5
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I wouldnít be scared of this. I donít see any way a primer could receive a hard enough whack to set it off.
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Old 11-26-2020, 02:35 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input guys. We thought about a tumbler but were worried about the primers. I figured they would take a lot more impact than a tumbler would cause.
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Old 11-26-2020, 02:46 PM   #7
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As long as it’s not rimfire, I think you’d be good.
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Old 11-26-2020, 03:27 PM   #8
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It’s not about the primers. It’s about changing the composition of the powder affecting the burn rate. At least that’s what the theory was/is.
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Old 11-26-2020, 05:58 PM   #9
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Iíve tumbled loaded cartridges in corn cob media in a vibratory tumbler for years with no issues
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Old 11-26-2020, 07:10 PM   #10
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Toss it in the tumbler. I have done it many times and it works fine.
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Old 11-26-2020, 08:19 PM   #11
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Itís not about the primers. Itís about changing the composition of the powder affecting the burn rate. At least thatís what the theory was/is.
This is my understanding also. The granules are rubbing the coating off or sanding down the granule itself changing the burn qualities. Might be fine 100 times but next time you use a different powder or leave in the tumbler longer than usual and breakdown more of the powder and you get an unexpected over pressure.
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