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    Tarnished Brass

    At a recent show I picked up a load of brass cheaply. I'm guessing it had been stored somewhere damp or bagged without thoroughly drying it after some wet cleaning process. It was a bit green.

    I gave it a long tumble and even so it was very tarnished and didn't look much at all.

    Doing a bit of on line research there were a couple of household item type cleaning solutions. I went with vinegar, lime juice and salt.

    Chucked a couple hundred cases in a big mixing bowl, stirred for 15 minutes, allowed to soak and stirred for another 5.

    Fluid at the bottom is runs filthy but the cases have come up really well. Dramatically transformed!

    Rinse off in a pasta sieve with boiling water and allow to dry on a towel.
    Last edited by NorthDorset; 10-06-2015 at 09:26.
    Yes I should have taken the Blue Pill!

    We were so busy congratulating ourself of dodging Orwells vision we marched right into Huxley's.

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    Did it get the crud out of the primer pockets?

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    Tarnished Brass

    The primers are still in.

    I don't like to tumble with the primers out as the holes get blocked with media and I just "Have" to clear them. I also don't like running dirty brass through my sizer/de capper.
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    Yes I should have taken the Blue Pill!

    We were so busy congratulating ourself of dodging Orwells vision we marched right into Huxley's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthDorset View Post
    The primers are still in.

    I don't like to tumble with the primers out as the holes get blocked and I "Have" to clear them. I also don't like running dirty brass through my sizer/de capper.
    1, stop being so bloody lazy and pick the pockets clear.


    2, use a universal decapper to save your dies


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    I'm good Pete.

    1. 200 pockets and my reloading OCD is a grump inducing mix.

    2. I have a Dillon that does it all in one smooth flow. Separating out the decapping seems laborious.

    I retumbled the brass overnight and its unrecognisable as the crap I bought! I'm very pleased.
    Yes I should have taken the Blue Pill!

    We were so busy congratulating ourself of dodging Orwells vision we marched right into Huxley's.

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    I have a tumbler coming from the US (hopefully this week) Between that, and the ultrasound cleaner I recently bought, tarnish should be a thing of the past! Shiny brass......yaaaaasssss
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthDorset View Post
    At a recent show I picked up a load of brass cheaply. I'm guessing it had been stored somewhere damp or bagged without thoroughly drying it after some wet cleaning process. It was a bit green.

    I gave it a long tumble and even so it was very tarnished and didn't look much at all.

    Doing a bit of on line research there were a couple of household item type cleaning solutions. I went with vinegar, lime juice and salt.

    Chucked a couple hundred cases in a big mixing bowl, stirred for 15 minutes, allowed to soak and stirred for another 5.

    Fluid at the bottom is runs filthy but the cases have come up really well. Dramatically transformed!

    Rinse off in a pasta sieve with boiling water and allow to dry on a towel.


    My wife has banned me from using any kitchen implements since I took the lining off her cast iron casserole pot by hot salts bluing some pistol parts in it. Seemed like a good idea at the time

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    US cleaner (UltraSonic rather than American!) and citric acid crystals

    so clean they positively squeak, pockets are clean too

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