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are these cases garbage?????

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by blitz, May 29, 2011.

  1. blitz

    blitz beaverton Active Member 2015 Volunteer

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    well everytime we go out shooting my roomate and i run around before heading home and pick up all the brass laying around.
    we got about 500 rounds that are completly dirty, i have ran some of them through the tumbler for a couple hours and they came out looking about the same as they did going in.
    so i am just wondering if they are just garbage or if there is more steps to taking care of brass that is as dirty as this stuff.
    cant figure out how to get pics uploaded on here so i uploaded some to imageshack
    Imageshack - dscf2155a.jpg
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  2. PX4WA

    PX4WA Tacoma, WA Active Member

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    i think it may be corrosion if it's been laying out in the open environment and got rained on...

    try getting a copper cleaner/polish (they sell them for cleaning cutlery and vases/candlesticks etc) and manually hand shine one of them, if it comes off then it's just surface rust if it won't come off then it's deeper than that and I wouldn't trust my life with it...

    my 2 cents but I'm no expert... somebody else will chime in
     
  3. oregonty

    oregonty Salem, OR Active Member

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    Hard to tell if they are garbage untill I see some photos of the cleaning job. I have never had any brass that dirty before. What are you using for cleaning media? I would recommend walnut media for stuff that dirty. There are even some people using stainless steel media in a liquid solution. That may clean up dirty brass like this. Maybe someone else can chime in that has delt with dirty brass like this. I posted your photo to help out.

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  4. doug

    doug Tacoma Member

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    I would recycle them. Too common to spend a lot of time working them clean.
     
  5. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Take them to Metro Metals or some other buyer of non-ferrous metals. Brass prices are high right now, better than throwing them away.
     
  6. BK13

    BK13 PNW Member

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    Hard for me to tell from the pics, but they kinda look like steel cases to me. If so, yes, they are garbage.
     
  7. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    Put a magnet near them and he'd find out.
     
  8. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    I would scrap them myself.Even if they cleaned up some I would'nt take a chance it. Brass is cheap Guns are not.
     
  9. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    I would make sure their not primed the wrong way (Berdan) before spending too much time. Usually a reason for leaving that much behind is cheap mil. surp.
     
  10. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Hint: Brass doesn't rust. Looks like it is most likely cases from "golden bear" 7.62x39 (brass plated steel). If so, scrap it.

    Also sometimes there is a reason that brass is left out in the shooting spots, I always try to judge the condition of the brass in the area before wasting time collecting it.
     
  11. blitz

    blitz beaverton Active Member 2015 Volunteer

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    alright thanks for the info, i will just scrap these.
     
  12. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    If they didn't clean up at all in a tumbling cycle the metal is compromised. It isn't on the surface. Toss 'em.