Originally Posted by SidecarFlip
Green brass is caused by only one thing....moisture. It's 'rusting' in this case oxidizing. Thats also what causes your fingerprints on a case to cause the case to discolor, the moisture in your fingers plus the oil/acid in your skin.
I keep my cases in zip lock plastic bags with a silica gel dessicant pack in each one.
People want their expensive copper gutters to turn green, they like that patina. Not so with cases. Cartridge brass is copper and zinc alloyed together.
I load them and unlike many posters, do a last tumble in a bowl tumbler to clean off the sizing lubricant and then I box them wearing cotton gloves...... and no, I've never had one ignite in the tumbler.
LOL that was my next question....
I just don't feel safe doing that. Maybe it's me being slightly still new to reloading, as opposed to yall that have been doing it for years and years.
Yeah, I pull mine out of the tumbler, clean debris from the flashholes, then put them in Zip-Lok bags, and then store them in sealing surplus .50 BMG ammo cans. Seems to work great for me. I use my sonic cleaner to get all the corrosion off, then I tumble the corroded ones for 5+ hours. to get them shiny again. It's worked good so far. I've turned some pretty nasty looking brass into reuseable stuff.
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Originally Posted by WildRose
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