Reloading and dykem

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bernie, Sep 25, 2022.

  1. bernie

    bernie Member

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    I have wanted a .45 Super for several years. But I also shoot a fair amount of .45 ACP. My concern is that I would accidentally run some Super through an ACP sidearm. Would Dykem stain brass sufficiently to differentiate the ammo yet not rub off or weaken the brass? I thought I might stain the Super brass to be able to easily identify it.
     
  2. Hugger-4641

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    Dykem will probably come off when you tumble the brass, but may retain enough around the rim or primer pocket to still be usefull for id.
    Birchwood Casey or Hoppies used to make a product called "brass black" that would probably work better if you can find it.
    I've also heard of folks using nail polish on the case heads, I suspect it would come off during tumble as well, but I haven't tried it.

    Dykem is alcohol based, which is fine, but anything with ammonia should be avoided at all costs.
     
  3. snowman357

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    i use a black sharpie across the base and the primer. It holds up for 2 cleanings in walnut. I reapply as a final inspection mark.
     
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  4. Dudedog
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    I use colored sharpies to mark the bases of my cases to tell which load is which,
    just in case I decide to dump them out and mix them up.........
    Got an 8 pack of the wide tip ones from wally World for like $10.
    The marks to not rub of easy but will come off when I wet tumble brass.
    I usually go from cool colors to hot as the charge increases.
    ex.
    Purple 4.0
    Blue 4.2
    Green 4.4
    Orange 4.6
    Red 4.8

    Then I make a sticky label with what is what and place on the ammo box.
     
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  5. Mark_Mark
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    Load the Super with a colored bullet. Pink! or Zombie green!
     
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  6. BrotherMaynard

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    Maybe use nickel plated for one and plain brass for the other. Or SPP for one and LPP for the other.

    ETA: dedicate brass marked “+P” for 45 super?
     
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