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gunner81gunner81 MemberPosts: 623 Senior Member
I run into a box of 30 gauge bullets that are real dirty not really tarnished but real dirty I tried running them through my vibratory cleaner and they didn't improve much do you think the wet tumbler would be ok  to run them through


  • gunner81gunner81 Member Posts: 623 Senior Member
    Sorry 30 caliber
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 4,349 Senior Member
    If you're talking about component bullets, that would probably be fine. 

    If you're talking about loaded rounds, probably not a good idea to submerge them in liquid to clean.  They could leak around the primer pockets and, worse case, cause a squib.

    If the vibratory cleaner wouldn't get them clean enough to use, sounds to me like they probably aren't worth messing with.  That would be my thought, anyway.  
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    Tough to say without knowing what kind of "dirt" is on them.  I would probably lay them out on an old towel, give them a spray down with break cleaner and rub them down with the towel.  I don't know that I would like a bunch of .30 bullets in a tumbler if the were pointy soft tips or similar.  FMJs?  Knock yourself out.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 18,118 Senior Member
    Are you talking about bullets or cartridges?
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
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