brass cleaning

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  1. BobMcG

    BobMcG Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Well, might not be such a good idea as Brasso contains ammonia which is a no-no for brass cartridge cases. Belt buckles etc. yes; cartridge cases, no. If you're going to use a polishing agent, you're better off going with one of the many safe types made for cartridges. (Thus the reason you won't find Brasso being promoted as a handloading accessory and sold by dealers of handloading supplies as such a product.)
  2. cpttango30

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    I use a mix of Lyman polish and nufinish.
  3. Taroman

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    I wash mine with with Bar Keepers Friend.
    Contains a mild acid, no ammonia.
    A couple tablespoons in very hot water.
    Swish the cases around in it for a couple minutes.
    Rinse well.
    Doesn't make the cases shiney new, but clean enough for me:

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  4. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    Welcome to TFF Taroman.
    How do you dry them afterwards? Just let them set for a while and air dry or do you use a hair dryer?
  5. cycloneman

    cycloneman Well-Known Member

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    probably sticks them in the oven for a little while on low heat
  6. Taroman

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    Thanks, mate.

    As for drying, depends on how much of a hurry I am in. Usually not, as I have lots of brass (probably too much - can that be possible?)

    After rinsing I shake the cases out well in a plastic colander. Then dump them into a "flour sack" towel ($1 Store). Shake them around real good. That gets most of the moisture out. Summertime, I spread them in the sun. Otherwise, I just dump 'em on another dry towel and spread them out. Overnight is usually enough drying. Wintertime, near a heat outlet helps.

    Dried some in the oven once at maybe 200 degrees.
    IIRC, that tended to darken the brass somewhat.
    Not enough heat to soften it, though.
  7. soundguy

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    i use a vibro type cleaner... looks just like a rcs or hornady, except it came from harbor freight, cost half as much.. I use lyman corn cob treated media in it, and sometimes run plain white rice if cleaning up range brass.
  8. zachp

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    I use the pet store walnut media, has worked well for me and normally if a kernel gets stuck in the flash hole a good slap on the side of the sifter gets it out. The white rice is a good idea, I will hafta remember that one.
  9. soundguy

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    I got that idea from an old guy at a gun show just a few weeks back.

    he said it doesn't polish as nice as corn cob.. but it's way cheaper.. and t's what he runs his dirty range brass thru first, then hits it with corn cob for a bit to bring out the shine.

    I just bought a 25# rice bag from walmart for about 8$ that's like way cheaper than the lyman corn media that is 4-5# per 17$, or the untreated corn cob media for 4#/5$
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