Does brass remain shiny

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  1. AJC1

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    This was my exact experience with range pickups that were nasty. I lessened my batch size and went back to the regular soap. I haven't tried small batch with the wax soap. I'm guessing that brass that did not start completely disgusting may give a better result. I submit that the wax soap reaches dirt and carbon saturation faster and then leaves waxy carbonized brass when done. I have yet to come full circle on testing this theory so I wont submit it as fact. Maybe my rainx soap is the issue.
     
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  2. WeekendReloader

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    It could be the RainX soap, or too much soap.
    Put less soap in. Only put enough so that you still have foam on top when you open it up. It does not take a lot.
     
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  3. AK Hunter

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    Brass doesn't need to be real shiny to reload, it just needs to be clean to keep from causing premature wear on your sizing dies.
    Cleaning brass can be done as easy as chucking the brass in a drill & using 0000 steel wool to burnish the out side. Lee makes a good lock stud for trimming brass that can hold the brass to spin it.
     
  4. GBExpat

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    No. Lemi-shine (or citric acid, phosphoric acid, etc) only provides BLING.

    ArmorAll Wash&Wax (or the like) adds tarnish resistance ... and a bit smoother movement thru the resizing die. :)
     
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    Hmm,
    I have always been generous with the wash and wax, my thinking is more "soap" can deal with more dirt.
    I never measure but I give it a dollop. (=couple oz) Wash and wax is cheap so I figure no reason to skimp on it.
     
  6. Rule3

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    If re-loaders are not caressing each and every case by hand and polishing with FLITZ, Micro Fiber cloth and Q tip then they just are not doing it right!:)
     
  7. Blue68f100

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    If your left with a carbon coating on every thing your not using enough soap. You have to have enough surfactant to suspend all the dirt. When it reaches saturation it will start coating every thing. I'm like Dudedog, I just pour a blob in from the bottle and never measure. Better to be over than under.
     
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  8. reddog81

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    Hot water is all my brass see's anymore. This makes is easy to identify my brass from all the other brass at the range. When I get home I can sort out any of the range pick-ups with ease. A little carbon on the brass doesn't hurt anything and it makes sizing and flaring the case easier. I've bought once fired brass that was cleaned to the Nth degree before and it just causes more issues.
     
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  9. reddog81

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    Make sure you go through the hassle of knocking out the primer first so you can give that primer pocket a good scrubbing!
     
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  10. AJC1

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    Who doesn't love a shiny primer pocket. That's like washing your car and leaving the windows dirty.
     
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  11. Rule3

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    The Q TIP:rofl:
     
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  12. FROGO207

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    I may have been known to clean primer pockets with valve grinding compound on a Q-tip in the past!:uhoh: Thank goodnes for wet tumbling and SS pins.;)
     
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    Clean pockets may not make the ammo shoot any better but they make me :)
     
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    I love it. A man with my kind of humor.
     
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  15. Austin Albright

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    Man...you got way to much time on you hand.
     
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