Alright Gentlemen, Not looking to get the next Darwin Award but, please give me your input on cleaning old ammo. I recently got my hands on 5000 rounds of NATO 7.62x51 Ball Ammo, some U.S. made, some British, all of it manufactured in 1969. Most of the brass is a dark color, with some having a fair amount of corrosion (some beautiful shades of green and brown). Wearing rubber gloves and using Neverdull, I am able to clean this ammo up to new looking. Problem is, I'll end up with carpel tunnel sydrome and I'll be supporting the Rubber Glove and Metal Polish industries all by myself. Is it, or is it not, recommended to put live ammo in a vibratory, corn-cob media brass cleaner. I would of course put it at the end of a 100 foot extention cord out on the "back 40" behind the shop and turn it on and off from cover. If something should go wrong, I won't really miss the case cleaner and I have no concerns about harming the neighbors Audi. My two concerns are:
#1- chances of primer strike, resulting in some fireworks and getting to buy a new case cleaner, more rubber gloves and Neverdull.
#2- Would or could the vibratory action of the machine, cause the powder in the cases to break up, resulting in faster burn rate and higher pressures upon firing?
I appreciate anyone having experience with cleaning old ammo to chime in. Thanks in advance.