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30-30 Brass cleaning?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by carsonbm, Nov 28, 2006.

  1. carsonbm

    carsonbm Well-Known Member

    I let the tumbler run for 2 hours and the necks of the cartilages were all black, the rest of the shell was nice and shiny. Is this normal?
  2. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    "...the cartilages..." The what? The cartridges? Sorry, I couldn't resist it. Sounds like there was some gas leakage when they were fired. Or the necks didn't expand properly. Not a big deal. It's tedious, but a bit of 0000 steel wool will clean the carbon off. It's something you can do while watching TV. Or you could try putting them back in the tumbler for another two hours.
  3. JackOfAllTradesMasterAtNone

    JackOfAllTradesMasterAtNone Well-Known Member

    Yup. Sounds about right to me. If you want'm all shiny, just pull out some elbo grease.

  4. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    Carsonbm...Are you seeing primers backing out just a little? If you are that might be your problem too. If so. just figure out how far they are backing out and adjust your resizing die for that amount to move the shoulder forward a little. I have an old .30-30 Winchester and it requires that the resizing die be set .030" off the shell holder, thus moving the case shoulder forward by .030" (form fired) . Might be a head space problem. Maybe not....:D

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