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Substitute for brass polish from reloading source

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Futo Inu, Oct 3, 2003.

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  1. Futo Inu

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    Will some off the shelf, hardware store brass polish work for use in tumbler medium, or is there something special about polish sold specifically for this purpose? Thanks.
     
  2. Edward429451

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    It has to be ammonia free so it won't attack and weaken the brass.

    I use ammonia free turtle wax polish...
     
  3. Intune

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    Along these same lines. I have just begun reloading. I just reloaded & fired 99 of 100 .45acp. One round was bulged on one side & wouldn't chamber. I thought best & didn't try to force it. ;) My question, I don't own a tumbler, is there any way to clean this brass for reloading by hand? Thanks!
     
  4. Steve in PA

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    In my tumbler I use crushed corn cob as media (its used for pet bedding/litter) and a few cap fulls of Iosso brass polish.......cases looks like a shiny penny.

    Iosso also sells a kit......where you dunk the cases in a solution......for a few minutes....and the cases come clean. Can't verify the results as I don't use this method.
     
  5. Edward429451

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    Try a 3/8" wooden dowel rod cut into about 4" sections. Chuck it in a cordless drill, brass over the top and hit it with some fine steel wool.

    Different size dowels for different calibers. I shudder to think of how much brass I've cleaned this way.

    Have fun!:evil:
     
  6. oscar

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    Any good car polish works fine.
     
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    I hope this is not considered a thread highjack but I meant not polishing but cleaning them for reloading. I can't just pick my own brass back up & start reloading them again, can I? Stop shaking yer heads! :eek:
     
  8. 50 Shooter

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    I think it's Iosso that has a liquid cleaner, comes in a 3 gal. bucket with a dunk tray. Load your brass into it and let it sit for a couple minutes, pull them out and shake them off, let dry and reload.

    http://www.iosso.com/metal.htm check out this link.
     
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    Thanks 50!
     
  10. Matt Dillon

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    Substitue for brass polish from reloading source

    Folks, before I could afford a tumbler, I cleaned my brass in a 1/2 solution vinegar and water by soaking the brass in the vinegar and water, shaking it around from time to time, then after a couple of hours I'd rinse the cartridges out with clean water and dry them over night. The vinegar changed the brass color a little bit but I didn't see any other adverse reaction to using the vinegar.
     
  11. Mike Irwin

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    Intune,

    You sure as heck can.

    I rarely clean my cases before reloading, unless they're absolutely filthy from a muddy range.

    Then I normally just wash them in a 5 gallon bucket with lots of hot water and Lysol.

    Rinse very thorougly, and spread on a sheet behind the furnace to dry.
     
  12. Steve Smith

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    You guys work too hard at this.
     
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