Discolored brass - safe

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  1. smartShooter

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    Hello, this is my first post here. I was cleaning some brass to reload, and decided to try a method I saw on youtube. It was 1 quart water, 1 cup vinegar, 1 tablespoon of dawn, and 1 tablespoon of salt. It cleaned my brass pretty well, but it left some of it discolored. I hadn't seen this before and I just wanted to confirm it's safe to re-load before I use it. Please look at the picture below and confirm it's safe. Thanks!

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  2. SJ 40

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    Yes. My black powder brass soak mixture is water,a glug of vinegar and squirt of dawn soap. The salt.sodium part I'm not sure of,in my mixture I'm trying to neutralize pre chlorate salts from the black powder.

    The vinegar will leave the brass with a mottled,almost case colored effect on the brass but doesn't hurt it. SJ 40
     

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    You can put it in a sock and tie in it a knot and wash it and you'll be good to load. You don't need pretty, just clean and that's only if you want your dies to last for your lifetime.
     
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    Yeah, I don't care how they look. Thanks for the tip.
     
  6. fredj338

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    Discolored is fine, pitted or corroded, pass. It's only brass, not worth risking a case head blowout. Try 1/2 the vinegar & salt, 1 tsp of Dawn. If wet cleaning, I prefer citric acid to vinegar. Lemishine in the grocery section, 1/4 tsp per qt is plenty.
     
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  7. crockett

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    While discoloration is no issue, I strongly recommend the following cleaning and reloading procedure:

    Buy:

    1.) Stainless Tumbling Media 5lbs
    http://www.stainlesstumblingmedia.com/stainless-tumbling-media.html

    2.) Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Rotary Case Tumbler
    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/71...-platinum-series-rotary-case-tumbler-110-volt

    3) STM Brass Tarnish Inhibitor Concentrate
    http://www.stainlesstumblingmedia.com/brass-tarnish-inhibitor.html


    Reload sequence:

    1.) Decap
    2.) Wet tumble with mentioned products above for 90 min.
    3.) Let dry on towel, do not use oven
    4.) Hand prime
    5.) Lube with wax
    6.) Size
    7.) Check case length trim, chamfer, deburr
    8.) Expand
    9.) Meter and charge
    10.) Seat
    11.) Crimp
    12.) Check dimensions
    13.) Dry tumble in walnut media with Nu Car Polish for 15 min.


    Result:

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  8. willie_pete

    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    If it is pink after cleaning, trash it. Means zinc is being removed; no longer brass. Usually happens when it sits outside in the ground and acid rain has leached out the zinc.

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    Tarnished is ok, but makes it a little harder to spot the other reasons to pitch it.
     
  10. oneofthose

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    Which Lemishine? I see they make detergent, detergent booster, rinse aid, hard water aid, dishwasher cleaner, disposal cleaner, etc.
     
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    This is what I have. It works well.


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    I use the real ugly stuff for lead plinkers. not so big a deal if some get lost.
     
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    +1 on the other comments. I reload tarnished brass all the time. Just make sure it is structurally sound and you should be good to go.
     
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    Dwhite posted the correct pic. 1qt water, 1/4tsp lemi, a few drops of dawn. Warm water works faster, don't leave it more than 30min.