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Old 05-04-2012, 07:59 PM   #1
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I just started reloading and I have some brasses that I salvaged from my shooting range..they set in the rain for about to monthes.. They cleaned up nice and are within tollerances.. Are they safe to use our did the weather weaken them.. I dont want to be waistfull but I also don't want to be dangerous.. Also I cleaned the inside of then out with a quetip.. Is that suggested..sorry for stupid questions.. Reloading 9mmx19 and 223's.. I use alot of these and thought it would be best to learn on

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Old 05-04-2012, 08:01 PM   #2
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The weather shouldn't hurt them. Just check for bulges,cracks or anything out of the ordinary.

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Ok, thank you.i didn't think so but better safe then sorry

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They should be fine but like mountainman13 said look over to make sure. I also use a cleaning brush to clean inside case to make sure nothing stuck like media if you are cleaning with a tumbler, but not a bad idea anyway IMHO.

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if you are going to salvage brass from different places for reloading, i would suggest in getting a tumbler and some walnut or corn cob media and use that to clean them. less time and labor on your part, just dump them in and let it run for a couple of hours or as long as needed to clean them. clean cases are easier to find defects in.

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Just an addition to the previous statement.
Always wear a mask during that process. If you are gonna ingest lead from shooting related activities that's when its gonna happen.

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"Always wear a mask during that process. If you are gonna ingest lead..."

Anyone concerned about inhaling lead dust needs to wear a respirator mask with chemical filters, simple paper dust masks won't slow finely powdered lead down.

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I just started reloading and I have some brasses that I salvaged from my shooting range..they set in the rain for about to monthes.. They cleaned up nice and are within tollerances.. Are they safe to use our did the weather weaken them.. I dont want to be waistfull but I also don't want to be dangerous.. Also I cleaned the inside of then out with a quetip.. Is that suggested..sorry for stupid questions.. Reloading 9mmx19 and 223's.. I use alot of these and thought it would be best to learn on
Biggest problem I have with brass I find that has been outdoors for a while is dirt/sediment buildup INSIDE the case.

As mentioned, it's extremely important to take a brush and clean this out thoroughly, and a tumbler or vibratory cleaner is, for me at least, a "must-have" item for the reloading shop.

Any buildup inside the case can cause a significant increase in pressure which CAN be dangerous. Easy situation to rectify--clean out the inside the of cases thoroughly. The 9mm is easy, the .223 a bit harder.

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As mentioned residue inside the case can be very dangerous. The area that will likely have damage from moisture is the primer pocket. This area and the flash hole will often become weakened. This area is key to holding pressure and is sensitve to oversized conditions. An over sized flash hole can damage a bolt face or worse. Make sure you use a flash hole gauge to check for wear. You can use a drill bit of the proper size to check the flash holes. Worn pockets are a problem as well. The cases on shooting ranges are often the last firing by reloaders. The reloader decided the brass was no longer useful and left them on the ground. Brass that has been fired in semi-autos often needs to be resized in a Small Base die as well.

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The Alkaline soil around here will turn cases black in a month or so. They still shoot fine, just will not clean up pretty. Mud is the most common problem I see from salvaged range brass. Visually inspect each case to make sure they are free of dried mud after polishing.

As for the lead issue. I do not wear a mask, but do wash my hands after handling potentially contaminated components. I have my lead levels checked every year at my annual physical exam. My lead levels have actually dropped recently. Thank you Metamucil.

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