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
Nick, happy you are here...
There are no stupid questions, sometimes redundant but never stupid.
I'm so tight that I don't even squeak, so I pick up every piece of brass that comes my way.
Brass will corrode, not rust and when it does, it turns a nice green. Acids will increase the rate that corrosion occurs, just being out in the wild doesn't. Depending upon how dirty your pick up is, wash it in water to get the dirt/grit/mud/whatever off. Then it should be rattled (one of the many cleaners that shake brass with many kinds of media to clean it).
Cleaning with a q-tip... Too much work with little to show for it. I have found that sometimes a scale will be broken loose from the interior of some military brass after being full length sized (7.62 NATO fired in an M-60). I have never see any of my loads have any scale. Never the less, I always clean my brass a second time (I use a rock tumbler with steel pins, water and 'Simply Green' or 'Dawn') to clean the primer pockets and interior of the rifle brass.
As for your choice of 9MM and .223s to start with, I have no problem with those choices. Cheap skate me here, if you have dead .223 brass and a good trimmer, the .223 brass can be cut down and sized to be used in a 9MM. I use my dead .223 brass to make .300 BlackOuts. Note, after a few reloads of the .223 brass, check for head separation at the web. (A metal paper clip stretched out with a hook on the tip, scratch the interior of the brass from the head out, a ruff spot at the web-toss the brass.) Also, check the brass length. Too long is not good, trim it.
Loading is fun. Loading makes better stuff than commercial loader do. A 'progressive' of several types and makes will punch out lots of rounds, fast. A single stage press will make some very consistent (that means accurate if you do your part) rounds.
Always defer to loading data from know/trusted sources.
Always error on the side of safety.