Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by MFInc, Feb 14, 2021.
Cool. I know it's dried but will I have to worry about the die transferring off from the case lube? Just don't want it everywhere.
^^^This, but how do you know the blue is from dye? I tumble found range brass to make sure it is clean and won't scratch my dies. Tumbler medium is cheap compared to dies. One can use pet bedding like corn cob and crushed walnut available at Walmart that is much cheaper than commercial reloading medium. In a pinch you can use rice. I would tumble and see if the "dye" comes off. Very few things will tarnish Nickel blue, but some acids do. Could be from a previous reloader using some form of agent containing acid to clean the brass.
I'm not seeing any blue in the photo. I am seeing some annealing indications which will give you a blue band depending on how hot the brass was heated. It's caused by oxidation. This will normally come off using a tumbler with walnut nut hulls or a wet SS tumbling with soap. Remove all the nickle if you go wet. Also scan the brass with a magnet to make sure there is not brass plated steel.
Yeah hard to see in the pic of the mixed cases and it's more purple. I think it's primer sealer though.
Have you heard of anyone using crushed Pecan shells with any success? I have pretty much cheap access to those.
Yup, beat me to it.
The origin of it would make sense as there are always agents and LE at that range. Is this reloadable?
From the shade I'm seeing it could be Dykem blue. Machinists use it for layout. Naptha or acetone will remove Dykem with no effort.
Just clean the way you normally do and reload it. It ain't no thang.
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