Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by redneck2, Jun 8, 2021.
Years later there may be some fading of the shiny brass, but I could always tumble it again if I thought it needed it.
These are .38 Spl cases bring primed and separated by nickel or brass. I store them this way until I get the hankering to load some up.
Seal it when you get to that point, toss it on a shelf where you want them out of the way. Should stay nice and shiny until you need them again.
I have a lot of brass stored that way, but I also have a good bit just tossed in buckets.
Stored just like it was when you picked it up at the range, unless it is put away wet, or has some sort of substance on it, it will slowly tarnish as brass does, but it won't hurt it, just take longer to shine up when you do.
that and cascade dishwasher plastic bins
223 in the Folgers, LC in the cascade ones
Please search for my posts on brass storage. They are too long to repeat here. Few other posters can compare a variety of storage methods over 20+ years as I can.
First, if you just tumbled your brass with a weak acid, detergent and steel/bronze pins and you are looking to retain that shine over the long-term, forget it.
Brass oxidizes (i.e. turns brown) upon exposure to oxygen, so tarnish is one inevitable.
If you are only wanting to store brass for a long term and still have it usable in the future, my experience suggests you store the brass in plastic boxes where each round is in an individual compartment. Each box should be given a dessicant pouch and the boxes
stored in a sealed container (like a GI ammunition box - or equivalent).
Storage over 20 years according to that which I have described only resulted in a loss of about 2% of brass to corrosion.
All of the brass had turned some degree of brown, yet it had no effect on reliability or accuracy against rounds loaded 20+ years earlier (and even considering the decline in proficiency of the shooter.)
All those pins that stick up in the dishwasher make great holders for large brass.
For those of you that have large brass, give it a try sometime. I don't recommend washing the brass unless you remember to run it again empty. I don't want any lead or other residue left in there to get on the plates and glasses.
Forgot to mention that bit. I glove up for the whole reloading process. My skin doesn't come into contact with the brass once it goes into the tumbler until I'm loading the finished product into the magazine. Apparently I'm still full of pee and vinegar, because my fingerprints will rust steel, tarnish brass, hell, I've eaten right thru the backs of cheap watches.
I had that problem with a Browning HiPower, once... ate right through the front grip and pitted it.
I dry tumble my brass, but if I know it's going into storage for a while, I'll leave out the polish. I've found that sometimes the polish that makes them look shiny and new, actually hastens tarnish again, after being stored for a while... not always, but sometimes. I also have been known to retumble brass that's been sitting for a while, prior to loading. I like shiny brass.
I use plastic Glad food containers, 2 different sizes. The larger ones hold 200 .308'ish sized cases, the smaller ones about 200 handgun cases. The lids snap on and provide a reasonable seal against air.
CDC says to wear a mask.
Most of us repurpose containers from food stuff or household stuff that we use. For me, the Folgers cans are the most common.
I was wondering about the Nu-Finish. I’d heard that before. Didn’t know how it worked out. That or Walkalong’s idea about wax based polish
I have some .45-90 brass that’s never been fired and still had corrosion. I supposed maybe it had been handled at some point. I’ll have to start using gloves to pack cases for storage
I like having my brass operations for prep separate from my cartridge completion as I find focusing on the charge and seating exclusively improves the quality of those steps.
I lay the brass out in my hot garage on old towels for a day or so then put it in plastic jars with a desiccant pack on top.
The brass has been in this jar for over 3 years now.
You can buy large plastic jars at Walmart.
They stack well and are really durable, easy to replace, and have places on them for labels. Line them with 2-gallon freezer bags for a moisture gap and toss in some desiccant pouches - I use the small ones that are free* at the shipping counter of most UPS Stores.
* Yes, I know, nothing is truly "free". I understand both the laws of economics and physics quite well.
I am sorry to hear that you are one of Those Highly-Corrosive-Sweat Guys. That has to be a major PITA.
Wait a minute ... what was that my old S'thCarolina-Belle grandmother used to tell me?
Horses sweat, Men perspire and Ladies glow.
So, make that "Highly-Corrosive-Perspiration Guys" ...
I wet-tumble my cases with s/s pins, citric acid and ArmorAll Wash&Wax. After drying, I store them in gallon freezer zip-loc type bags and they stay nice and bright for years.
I store the cases unprimed as I am never sure what cartridges I will load next and no sense tying up primers in a cartridge that may not be loaded for several years.
Cases may dull a bit over time.
Cases not sized and prepped are stored in small corrugut boxes until processed.
I've found that small quantities of brass do best in plain paper lunch bags tripled-up. I don't use zip-loc bags because it traps moisture and they break.
@Otto I have buckets, but nothing like that. You have full buckets of Winchester 45 ACP. I'm jealous.
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