Putting some shine on old brass

Discussion in 'Big Stuff--7mm, 30 Cal, .338+' started by PappyH&H, Feb 28, 2020.

  1. PappyH&H

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    Been cleaning up my 300 brass with walnut and cob media, and all is well. Then I got out my OLD 270 brass and I don't think a week in the walnut would help, and all it is, is tarnish from the air. Is there something I can add to the media that would bring them back to shiny(?) life again?
     
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  2. 1885Winman4590

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    Flitz works great for me.
     
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  3. dnellans

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    Citric acid chemically removes the oxidation. Put em in a big pyrex bowl with hot water and add some “lemishine” ( a liberal tablespoon not very important to be accurate). Watch the magic happen, and it will seem like magic. Swirl em around a big with fingers, drain and do it one or two more times. rinse twice with fresh so no residual is left in the cases.

    Dry with a towel and then dehydrator or oven on cookie sheet.

    Won’t hurt the brass at all it’s just surface oxidation.
     
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    Birchwood Casey case cleaner, best used with distilled water.
     
  5. rsmithsr50

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    skip the walnut and stick with fine ground corn cob,
    nufinish car POLISH is my favorite add.
     
  6. PappyH&H

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    I see they make 3 different ones, I assume you are using the: Rinse Aid with Citric Acid?
     
  7. dnellans

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    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CMTVH38/?tag=accuratescom-20

    This is what I use, it’s commonly recommended by guys who wet tumble with stainless steel. There are others too, just look on the back to see that it’s citric acid.

    I went from wet tumbling, to walnut vibrating with a polish, to just doing a quick rinse with citric acid. I only vibrate now for about 15 minutes to get lube off after sizing.

    One bottle has lasted me almost 3 years, so it costs basically nothing. Give it a try and see if it works.
     
  8. 338 dude

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    There are many products I personally use an automotive metal polish called white diamond you can get it at any auto parts store
     
  9. JB10

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    If you are willing to clean one at a time, go to an auto parts store. Get some stuff called never dull. Put the brass in a drill and use that stuff. Ive found blackish range brass and it will make it look like new.
     
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    Wet tumbling will make them like new inside and out in about 30 minutes.... It's about the only time I wet tumble anymore is to get old nasty brass nice again , then I use the Walnut or Corncob normally...
     
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  11. PappyH&H

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    I dashed out to wally world and got the citric type, came home and did as you suggested and VOILA. I've never used anything that good and with little effort. THANKS
     
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  12. dnellans

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    Glad to hear it worked. It really is like magic for those who like shiny brass but still want the inside of the necks to stay carbon coated
     
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  14. D-4297

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    I use a rotary tumbler . Warm tap water , a short squirt of Palmolive , and Lemmi-shine . About 2 1/2 hours run time , and they look like brand new , out-of-the-box Lapua . If that doesn't give you what you want , then the Never Dull / Drill is your answer . Slow , but amazing results .
     
  15. Don_Parsons

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    Big bag of Crushed walnut shells,,, a couple of table spoons of kerosene to the tumbler mix,,, an old army cartridge re-loader fellow shared it with me...

    He tumbles two 38 gallon barrels of brass cases every week,,, 1 cup full of kerosene to each barrel that is 2/3's full of walnut shells... 10.000 brass per barrel...

    Change out the medium when it starts to get real black,,, I get about Seven to Eight cleans of 200 brass before changing it out...

    Just another way to skin the cat... ha

    Don
     
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    I have been known to put the rim in a collet and spin it at 1500 rpm holding it in scotchbrite. I can clean up 100 pieces in 30 minutes. --Jerry
     
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  17. hillbillydruggist

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    Just a thought, but I have been doing a quick clean with oooo steel wool
     
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    This is what I do on the rare occasion that I care how shiny my brass is. Never Dull is good stuff.
     
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    I'll do the same but use never dull wheel polish.
     
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    Anyone have a recipe for removing moly from bullets besides shooting them ? Any of these methods work on moly removal ?
     

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