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Old 12-02-2017, 08:01 PM   #1
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Default Perfect brass disease

When I reload my brass needs to look like it came from the factory.

Is it just me or do you all do the same?

My first step is to put them in a ultrasonic with simple green and a pinch of of lemeshine.
When dry I decap and then they get tumbled.
When I resize I chuck it in the drill and polish it with Brasso before trimming.

Am I going overboard?
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I dont polish mine. I buy my brass new, and anneal it every 3-5 firings

wiping lube and soot off is polishing enough for me
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Old 12-03-2017, 08:39 AM   #3
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Buy a stainless steel pin tumbler if your that picky anout your brass. With the primer knocked out of the case the brass will look brand new inside & out.
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Reloading, for some folks, becomes a compulsive/obsessive activity.
You seem to be infected.
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Buy a stainless steel pin tumbler if your that picky anout your brass. With the primer knocked out of the case the brass will look brand new inside & out.
Yep. I recently saw what my brother-in-law's stainless steel tumbler can do, and that brass comes out looking like factory new. He is swaging jacketed bullets using brass - for instance, he is using .22LR casings to make .223 jacketed HP bullets.

For me, I will run my pistol brass through a vibratory tumbler with some walnut or corncob media (whichever was cheaper or in stock at the time) to knock off the crud, then make sure the primer pocket is clear and call it good. I'm a bit more anal with my rifle brass, but not a whole lot more.
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Doesn't Brasso make the brass brittle? Seems like I read that somewhere.
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Doesn't Brasso make the brass brittle? Seems like I read that somewhere.
Slots of stuff makes brass brittle. Do enough reloading of it is a prime example. I've had very little failure of brass compared to life in general!
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Doesn't Brasso make the brass brittle? Seems like I read that somewhere.
Yes it does but it is only on the brass for a few seconds the way I use it.
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Buy a stainless steel pin tumbler if your that picky anout your brass. With the primer knocked out of the case the brass will look brand new inside & out.
In have one. It does a hell of a good job.
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