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Thread: Brass oxidizing in leather cartridge belt.

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    Boolit Master Kev18's Avatar
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    Brass oxidizing in leather cartridge belt.

    How do you guys stop the oxidizing? for some reason some are worst then others. I have 40-82 cartridges in my belt and they almost never turn green.
    On the other hand, I have 44-40 and brass shotshells that turn green right away. I can barely get the brass 12 gauge out the belt.
    Do you wax the brass or something?

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    Waxing the brass cases helps but is not a complete cure .
    For handgun rounds that I want to leave in the belt....Nickel plated cases are the best solution .
    If plated cases aren't available I remove the cases and don't leave them in the loops .
    That's the best solution to the green problem I've found .
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    i believe the manner in which the leather was tanned has an effect.


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    Nickel plated cases were developed just because of that problem. We used to carry a 12 round cartridge slide for spare duty ammo when we were issued Model 19/66's. We also used nickel plated cases. In humid weather brass will tarnish rapidly in leather and there will be a crop of green "stuff" all over. I use a leather cartridge slide for my 44mag rifle, but I take the ammo out after hunting.

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    Il try taking the cases out but I don't always do. I like leaving them in there so I know they are ready to go.

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    Try car wax, good stuff with carnuba in it. Wax at least 2x.


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    Don't wax your cartridges, but rather wax your bullet loops. Remove all traces of green from the leather first by scraping with a dull knife.

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    Don't store them in the belt. To the range, week or two hunting ok. Get home take them out of the belt. This will stop it.

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    A very light coat of spray lacquer on your cartridges might help prevent the verdigris.

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    Yes it is the metal used in the tanning of the leather. Veg tan won’t cause the issues.

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    Would this also help getting my brass 12gsuge out of the belt....? They are super hard to get out. I need two hands. It's like if the leather shrunk on the shells. And they have a coat of green on them to which doesn't help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post
    A very light coat of spray lacquer on your cartridges might help prevent the verdigris.

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    A friend that is into cowboy shooting does this.

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    Back in the days of the 45-70, Army soldiers and trooper removed the rounds at the end of each day and rubed the daily accumulation of verdigris. That is why the Army developed the canvas Mills belt.

    You can still buy canvas cartridge belts today. El Paso Saddlery makes some fine ones.
    Disclaimer: The above is not holy writ. It is just my opinion based on my experience and knowledge. Your mileage may vary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geezer in NH View Post
    Don't store them in the belt. To the range, week or two hunting ok. Get home take them out of the belt. This will stop it.
    Absolutely!

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    It's the chemicals used in certain tanning processes.

    I just wouldn't leave cartridges in a leather belt for long term storage.
    It wasn't playing the blame game, finding fault, and complaining about every little thing that made America great.
    It was God, guns, and guts.


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    Does the verdigris eat the brass or is it just a surface "rust"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev18 View Post
    Does the verdigris eat the brass or is it just a surface "rust"?
    The green stuff comes from a chemical reaction on the brass just like rust comes from iron.

    The more green, the more brass got eaten away to make it.
    It wasn't playing the blame game, finding fault, and complaining about every little thing that made America great.
    It was God, guns, and guts.


    OK folks. Enough of this idle chit-chat. This ain't your Grandma's sewing circle.
    EVERYONE !!
    Get back to your oars. The Captain wants to water ski.

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    You can paint the inside of your loops with clear acrylic or lacquer to seal them if the insides aren't burnished. Or just wax them good inside,pends on what you've got access to and your notion. Then clear shoe polish or other wax all over. Apply the wax to hot leather from the dash of your car and then wipe all excess away as you buff with a soft cloth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post
    A very light coat of spray lacquer on your cartridges might help prevent the verdigris.

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    That's a very good idea !
    Another product to try would be Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Enamel , durable corrosion resistant coating.
    Mfg. # 7701830 . I'm a big fan of Rust-Oleum products when painting metal .
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    I do not keep my brass in a belt, but since I have been adding wax to my dry polishing media I haven't seen any corrosion on my cases when they get mixed in with other things.

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