Call me crazy (most people do)...

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by rocky_lange, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. rocky_lange

    rocky_lange Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    I shoot competition pistol and rifle and reload my brass, but looking for MY brass amongst 30+ others peoples is a pain in the neck. My pistol brass is nickel in 38 Super, but even then there are others that shoot/reload the same.

    Has anyone tried to die there brass some obnoxious color so it is easier to spot?

    I just tried neon pink highlighters (go ahead, laugh, but it would stand out if it worked) and regular markers, but even dry, it just wipes off. Do you think if I brushed/sprayed on Easter egg die that it would permanantly color/discolor the brass?


    Yes neon pink, just imaging being outshot in a competition by a guy shooting pink ammo. How embarassing.:D
  2. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2007
    High Lighters are the wrong choice, as you have found. Use an El Marko perminate marker instead.

  3. MagMan

    MagMan Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2002
    Sounds like you're the best candidate to try out the Patina Formulas

    I've looked at this quite a bit but haven't tried it yet.
  4. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

    Jan 20, 2004
    I can't believe I still had this. I gave it a go about 40 years ago.

    Black: Wash and pickle the brass in weak (2 to 4 %) sulphuric acid. Mix 7 ounces copper carbonate in 3 pints of stronger ammonia (26 to 28%) and then add 1 qt warm water. Immerse cases until colour appears.

    Olive: Mix 4 parts copper sulfate and two parts sal ammonia into 100 parts water. Immerse clean, dry cases until colour is produced; then wash thoroughly and dry.

    Red: Mix 75 grains potassium chlorate, 30 grains nickle carbonate, and 75 grains salt of nickle into 10 ounces distilled water. Immerse brase until desired color is produced. First will be yellowl-brown, but will progress to fire red of a period of hours-the longer the brighter.

    Iridescent: Add one part of lead acetate and 3 parts sodium hyposulphite to 48 parts water. Immerse clean dry caases until the desired color appears. Rinse carefully in clean warm water and let dry without disturbance. Once dry, the colors last quite well, but rub off when first out of the solution.

    Note to self: Salt of nickel is nickel chloride.

    40 years ago the local druggist knew what this stuff was. Nowadays, ha!

    Good luck.