View Full Version : Seeing much WWII 45 brass at the range?
It was not long after Midway started selling the GI 45 ammo that I started seeing the fired brass at the range. It took me by surprise at first, but then I remembered the Midway add that I had read and realize why I was seeing 1942 brass mixed in with the other stuff after the match (I am the guy who picks up all the brass the others don't take time to mess with). I wonder, h9w many of these guys know that they are shooting corrosive ammo? I also wonder how much of a risk is a person taking who reloads this stuff? I can't help but think that some of the corrosive chemicals remain on the brass after it is fired. I wonder if the tumbler really gets it all off.
Yes , of course . Run them through a hot soapy water bath and air dry before tumbling to remove said salts.
Soap does NOTHING to remove primer salts, its the hot water that does the work.
yes but soap helps get rid of powder residue and other 'junk'. Might as well do good job while at it!
Better yet, just wet tumble the brass. Best of both worlds.
I was surprized by this post. I called Midway, they did indeed sell old GI .45 ACP some months back. They told me it sold out real fast. Nobody has shown up with any on our range, I would know as I am a human vacuum for .45 ACP cases. Range brass in .45, unless it REALLY is ancient or grungy, is always a no brainer low risk acquisition for reloading, unless you get corrosive that hasn't been washed :)
FWIW - similar to this, I shoot that Korean KA corrosive ammo, and wash it in bucket of hot water after decapping the cases. I forgot to clean the decapping pin of my Lyman decapping die once, and it had corrosion all over the end of the pin I had to remove. If you leave the brass without washing, green residue starts showing up on case necks after a few hours or days. My lot of KA once fired brass reloads fantastic, brass quality good, shines up great, makes very accurate reloads.
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