Shiney Brass

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by SmokyMtnHiker, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. SmokyMtnHiker

    SmokyMtnHiker New Member

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    How do you get reloading brass to shine like gold? A wet chemical soak? A very long tumble? Or a combination of both?

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  2. mtbfarms

    mtbfarms New Member

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    I use flitz brass poilsh and corn cob media and let tumble for a few hrs and usually comes out like new.
     

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    pretty much the same, a few hours in the tumbler with corn cob media. check out MidwayUSA, they are offering the sonic cleaners now and i have heard many good things about them.
     
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    As long as the brass is not black to begin with, vibratory cleaner/tumbler and one of several chemical additives like Flitz, Iosso, Midway, Lyman, etc works quite well.
     
  5. MPsteelshooter87

    MPsteelshooter87 New Member

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    Are you guys putting the polish right in with the media or how are you useing it? Ive never used a polish.
     
  6. csaw44

    csaw44 New Member

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    I use the Flitz and simply add a small amount to the corn cob media for a good shine.
     
  7. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    Yeah, a few hours and not overnight. Don't start the tumbler and forget to turn it off before bedtime. Dull finish in the morning.
     
  8. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I use a rotary tumbler with warm water and liquid Tide. 20 minutes to wash, thorougly rinse, and dry in oven at 180 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

    About 1 tablespoon of Tide, and warm not hot, water.
     
  9. 1hole

    1hole New Member

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    Shiney cases mean nothing to perfomance and they start to oxidize the moment we take them out of the tumbler so there is NO ballistic advantage and precious little glitter advantage. Most reloaders get over the noob fasination with meaningless glitz pretty quickly.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i don't clean cases for any type of ballistic advantage, and i'm pretty sure most other reloaders don't either. some cases get ejected on to the ground, they get dirt on them, sometimes they get carbon buildup from being fired. i clean them so that most of the dirt and residue is removed from them and so that i can inspect them for damage, cracks, and splitting, any defects that could cause potential problems. a lot of times these defects show up easier when they are clean. also clean cases make your dies work easier and last longer by not scratching up the insides with dirt and foreign material.
     
  11. vmkeith

    vmkeith New Member

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    I use an ultrasonic cleaner filled will distilled water and Lyman's brass cleaner. Two 8 min cycles with the heater on. Cleans the primer pocket, inside, and outside the case really good. Hit it with some 0000 steel wool after trimming and it's nice and shiny.
     
  12. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Was that his question?
     
  13. SmokyMtnHiker

    SmokyMtnHiker New Member

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    Haha +1 lonyaeger
     
  14. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    pretty good! that is why i posted what i did. i don't clean my brass so they look nice and pretty. it is done from purely practical reasons. clean cases are easier to see any defects and are easier on your equipment. i don't tumble some of mine everytime they have been shot, but at least every third time they are shot they get tumbled.
     
  15. Snakedriver

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    Everyone who's been a soldier, especially in the Army loves shiny brass! :D

    I use a couple of capfulls of the Lyman brass polish with my crushed walnut shell media in my rotary tumbler. Shines like new.

    P.S.: Don't use products like Brasso because of the ammonia in it will make the brass brittle.
     
  16. Silvertip 44

    Silvertip 44 New Member

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    Other than for the reasons axxe mentioned, clean shiny brass just looks nice.
     
  17. slim325

    slim325 New Member

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    Hey vmkeith what kind of ultrasonic do u use.I've but looking at some but very undecided.I use a tumbler now but the ultrasonic is a much more versital tool.