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How do you clean old metalic cartridges?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by sshotshell, Jul 1, 2010.

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  1. sshotshell

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    I've got some old, collectable, loaded matalic cartridges that I would like to clean up. I'd like to sell some and display others on a display board. Some are just tarnished but some have abit of green corrosion on them. What's the best way to remove the green without damaging their collectablity?

    Thanks in advance....sshotshell
     
  2. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    Put some Brasso on a rar and polish them by hand. Bulge.
     
  3. BigDave1200

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    If you only have a few to do, the way Bulge said works great but if you have several, ask a pistol shooter if you have any at your club if they have a vibratory case cleaner and ask them to do it for you. Most pistol shooter own one to clean their brass prior to reloading.

    Dave
     
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    BigDave, he wants to clean live ammo. Do you think it's a good idea in a vibrating machine? Bulge.
     
  5. wolfram

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    I use Never Dull. Works great.

    The cleaner won't deteriorate the brass but I don't know about the collector value, the really rare old stuff might be worth more in 'un messed with' condition.
     
  6. bill2

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    Krazy Cloth. Sinclair shooting.

    http://www.sinclairintl.com
     
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    Don't know if cleaning is a good idea. My thought is that like coins, the patina may not detract from condition but cleaning does.
     
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    DO NOT USE A TUMBLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do it by hand.....Word to the wise.
     
  9. sshotshell

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  10. BigDave1200

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    Bulge, your right! I missed the fact that it was live ammo. I just assumed cleaning brass it was spent ammo.
    Dave
     
  11. short shucker

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    If they are just tarnished, leave them alone. They are worth that away.

    ss
     
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    I've tumbled a jillion loaded rounds with no problems at all.
     
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