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Thread: Citric acid brass cleaner

  1. #841
    Boolit Master

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2011redrider View Post
    Most of the bedding I find in my local pet shops is too coarse and sticks in the primer flash holes. I use blast media in a 20-40 grit and is much smaller with no problems in the flash holes. Last bag of corn I got was from McMaster & Carr for about a buck a lb after shipping. Split it with 3 reloaders since it was 40 lbs. Or Harbor Freight for Walnut in 25 lb boxes is about 18-20 when on sale and 20% coupon, the fine grit works.
    Yup and you can even order this online at the Walmart site.
    Lead bullets Matter

    There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves. - Will Rodgers

  2. #842
    Boolit Master

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    Pretty purplish/pinkish/violet brass! All because there were a dozen or so steel cases (with copper wash covering) in my crockpot. Filled it up with 9mm/.380 brass from the indoor range after de-priming. Let it cook for a while, stirring now and then. Took pot outside after pouring off the cleaning mix of citric acid, dawn dish detergent and water. The steel cases were scattered throughout, of course, so everything in their vicinity got hit. Oh well, it won't change the performance of the ammo but I hate to see that colorful mix in my brass. Anyway, its all nice and clean. A word to the wise. Big Boomer
    Last edited by Big Boomer; 08-28-2017 at 06:31 PM. Reason: addition

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Boomer View Post
    Pretty purplish/pinkish/violet brass! All because there were a dozen or so steel cases (with copper wash covering) in my crockpot. Filled it up with 9mm/.380 brass from the indoor range after de-priming. Let it cook for a while, stirring now and then. Took pot outside after pouring off the cleaning mix of citric acid, dawn dish detergent and water. The steel cases were scattered throughout, of course, so everything in their vicinity got hit. Oh well, it won't change the performance of the ammo but I hate to see that colorful mix in my brass. Anyway, its all nice and clean. A word to the wise. Big Boomer
    Have had the same thing w 223 cases. Now I use the magnet over unknown cases and they pop right up.
    Have rewashed the brass and all the staining was removed.

  4. #844
    Boolit Master

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    2011redrider: It will have to wait until the next wash. However, I will forever remember the headstamp: FM 9mm Luger. Just to be on the safe side in case I forget due to my age, I'm keeping one of those buggers on my reloading bench. Big Boomer

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check