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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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Old 12-02-2017, 08:36 PM   #2
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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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Old 12-03-2017, 01:23 PM   #5
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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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Old 02-07-2018, 11:22 PM   #10
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Yes you are going overboard. I run my brass through an apple cider vin (or whatever I got here), dish soap, salt, HOT water bath, shake it for 15 minutes, rinse in very hot water and they are good to go. I don't care if you can see yourself in the shine or not, I want CLEAN, not pretty!

Yes the vinegar CAN harm brass, don't leave it in over night! The salt provides a little extra to the mix, since this is the old military WWI/WWII formula, I figure it can't hurt or you can leave it out, either seems to work fine.
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My reloadable brass doesn't have to shine, just be clean of debris. My black powder 45-70 brass is really nasty looking but still functional. Never have found a way to clean black powder brass back to shiny.
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For a precision rifle that might be worth it but for a caliber like .45 colt i dont see any advantage except esthetic .


I have a dedicated plastic bag filled with 75 .45 Colt rounds that i have reloaded at least 35 times.......i don't trim the cases, i don't always tumble them in walnut shells and at the range i get the same accuracy results vs. the same load in brand new brass.

Resizing dirty cases with carbide dies takes a lot less force than cleaned, tumbled cases do.
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The story of brasso making brass brittle is all over the internet. It's another internet tale or wives tale.

Brasso does remove a trace amount of the corroded brass in order to make the brass shine. But it does not penetrate the surface of the brass and alter the alloy of copper and zinc.

The story was probably started by someone picking up badly corroded brass at a shooting range and polishing them until they shined. And the walls of the polished brass was so thin that the case ripped apart on firing.
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