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    Tumble your revolver empties before reloading?

    I always tumble, and then wash, my semi-auto cases. This is because they flop around on the ground, and when I pick up mine, I always pick up some of somebody else's, which may have been sitting around for a while.

    But how about revolver cases? You fire them, eject them back into a container, and take them home. They don't have a chance to get dirty, or sit around and corrode a bit.

    What do y'all do?

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    Generally I always tumble pistol brass between loadings. However, for my revolver cases, especially big bore cartridges I will load them a few times before I tumble again. They aren't shiny but they don't really get dirty either.

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    Iíve quit reloading for a while, but when I did, I always tumbled revolver brass. The finished round just looks better, and I like working with clean stuff. It probably doesnít matter, just makes me feel better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andre3k View Post
    I will load them a few times before I tumble again. They aren't shiny but they don't really get dirty either.
    ^^^ Agreed ^^^
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    I tumble ss tumble everything. I don't mess with dirty brass.
    "You people have too much time on your hands." - scottryan

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    I tumble everything to at least keep dirt, soot, etc. out of the dies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack crab View Post
    I tumble everything to at least keep dirt, soot, etc. out of the dies.
    I do it to minimize lead exposure from the primer residue. I decap with rubber gloves, then SS tumble.
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    I tumble everything to keep crap out of my dies. Some of my revolvers have pretty tight chambers so exceptionally dirty cases may not even chamber.

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    I always tumble brass because the finished product looks better and the dies stay cleaner. For me, reloading is about producing a higher quality product than the factory ammunition that's available. I do run a progressive, but I don't look to cut corners to save time. Of course if you're not anal retentive like me, then do what works for you.

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