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Tumble before or after de-priming?

 
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:01 AM
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Tumble before or after de-priming?

So which do you do?

My gas gun friends seem to all tumble before they prime, because the brass from gas guns like the AR-15 is much dirtier than bolt gun brass.

But my bolt gun friends all seem to deprime and then tumble.

Which is right, and why?

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Old 03-13-2009, 12:15 AM
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Re: Tumble before or after de-priming?

I just started doing it before running it through the die... seams it makes sense that you would get rid of any debris prior to running it through the die.
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:26 AM
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Re: Tumble before or after de-priming?

I bought a universal de-cap die and run them all through that and then clean/square the primer pockets, then throw them in the tumbler. After they're done, I use my air compressor and blow the media out of the primer pockets.
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Re: Tumble before or after de-priming?

I tumble before and after. Before because I dont want dirt and grime in my dies, after to get the case lube off of the cases and as my 7year old say's dad they are nice and shinny.
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:34 AM
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Re: Tumble before or after de-priming?

I always worry about case mouths getting out of round while in the tumbler. I neck size 98% of the time now and don't use case lube.
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Re: Tumble before or after de-priming?

As a bolt man...sometimes I push pressures to higher points than any autos that rely on standard pressures...when I do, the primer is an indicator of any problems in high pressure, so I want to make sure the primer pocket is kept tight, and no polishing, no matter how little, is going to help the fit. When you polish, you remove brass, or whatever metal you polish...that is increasing tolerances in the most critical spot in the cartridge, no matter how little! Tumble before, then clean the pocket...and keep it safe.
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:46 AM
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Re: Tumble before or after de-priming?

Anyone ever tumble, resize then use a chemical case cleaner or use a chemical cleaner at all at any step????
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