Originally Posted by Nickwashere
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.