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Posted: January 01 2017 at 10:48am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

As an old Drill Sgt I had recruits practically bathing in the stuff. Barking at trainees about dull brass and waiting for just one to smirk. ....Oh my, it was the high point of my day when they got PT'ed until they dropped. Whenever I smell Brasso these days I get a wry grin on my face with fond memories of mild torture of recruits. If they could endure my training style they could handle anything. Ah, what fun.    
(And I was polishing all my brass and maintaining an immaculate spitshine on my jumpboots and every crease in the uniform was sharp. The 'ole sarge was busy in off time as well.)

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Ham Gunner wrote:
I also hated polishing brass in the service. Seemed like
once it was polished up really good, it tarnished much faster after that. Never
ending chore.


I noticed the same thing when I was in the service. It was particularly bad
when I was stationed in Newport News near the water.   

At one point I thought about putting a clear coat of lacquer over the buckle.   

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Posted: January 03 2017 at 8:23am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Back on topic....

I'm curious about something. Granted, Ranch13 and I have used laundry powdered soap with success in case care. We both load with BP and my interest involved mainly the neutralization of the BP residue rather than squeaky clean. But here's my question :
Is it the phosphates in the detergent that attacks and removes the carbon build-up within the case?
Other cleaners like Fantastic and Simple Green have been used by BP shooters mainly during events when they need a rapid "clean-up" to keep their weapons going due to the fouling build-up. I've tried that, but a quick wipe down with water was good enough for me. Those spray cleaners always made things real messy. Didn't care for em.

When I employ the detergent cleaning in the jug, it's always for cases that have BP fouling. Never used it with those used with smokeless. Just wondering about what it is that acts against the carbon and BP residue with the detergent. The phosphates or some other element.
Or maybe I simply over think things at times.

Edit: Went to town today and found the famous 20 Mule Team Borax and it has NO phosphate in it! So that ain't it. Now I'm stumped. But then again I suppose that it's not a requirement to know what's in stuff that works and not peel you skin off! I'm going to go my merry way now and quit worrying over nuthin.

Edited by Old Ranger on January 03 2017 at 4:51pm


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I used to shoot frontier cartridge in SASS matches. I used
American Pioneer Powder instead of real black powder but
the APP would still corrode brass cases but just not as
bad as BP.

I kept a jug with a mixture of vinegar, water and dawn
dish washing liquid in my gun cart to dump my spent
casings in until I got home to tumble them clean.


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Posted: January 19 2017 at 7:47pm | IP Logged Quote JD45

Try a capful of Nu Finish car polish, and a little mineral spirits in walnut or corn cob.

If you can live without super shiny cases, Walnut cleans better faster.
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