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A small experiment - brass tarnishing

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A small experiment - brass tarnishing

Post by GunnyGene » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:38 pm

About a month ago I started a experiment to see whether Renaissance Wax would inhibit tarnishing of rounds in this old cowboy rig I inherited from my father. So I waxed the inside of a few loops and stuck some new ammo (Underwood .41 mag in Starline brass) in them. And another 5 rounds in unwaxed loops as a control sample. In the past, brass that has been in the loops for extended periods (months) would tarnish. I know tarnish doesn't effect the performance of the ammo, but it's ugly.

The ammo on the left in the pic is in the waxed loops. I checked this morning, and there is no sign of tarnish on either waxed or the control sample, so I'll have to wait a while longer I reckon. The colors in the pic are off due to lighting, the brass is much brighter than shown.

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Re: A small experiment - brass tarnishing

Post by fortyshooter » Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:22 pm

Great idea! Now can something be done to hollow point bullets with exposed nose lead that turns white after exposure to the air for long periods?
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Re: A small experiment - brass tarnishing

Post by JEBar » Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:44 pm

great idea, please post ongoing reports .... in years past, I've actually had some brass cases kept in leather loops turn green
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Re: A small experiment - brass tarnishing

Post by GunnyGene » Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:16 pm

JEBar wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:44 pm
great idea, please post ongoing reports .... in years past, I've actually had some brass cases kept in leather loops turn green
I will, but this could take some considerable time.
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Post by JEBar » Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:06 pm

no problem .... I'm retired .. :?

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Re: A small experiment - brass tarnishing

Post by Mistered » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:56 pm

Now can something be done to hollow point bullets with exposed nose lead that turns white after exposure to the air for long periods?
Melt paraffin, dip the bullet in the melted wax, pull out and give it a light shake to get the majority off, hold for a couple seconds for the wax to harden and store in your ammo box bullet up.
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Post by Sir Henry » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:30 am

Mistered wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:56 pm
Now can something be done to hollow point bullets with exposed nose lead that turns white after exposure to the air for long periods?
Melt paraffin, dip the bullet in the melted wax, pull out and give it a light shake to get the majority off, hold for a couple seconds for the wax to harden and store in your ammo box bullet up.
I never would have thought of that.
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Re: A small experiment - brass tarnishing

Post by RanchRoper » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:39 am

Rounds don't stay in my belt long enough to tarnish...shoot 'em!
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Re: A small experiment - brass tarnishing

Post by GunnyGene » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:26 pm

RanchRoper wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:39 am
Rounds don't stay in my belt long enough to tarnish...shoot 'em!
Mine do. .41mag XTP ain't cheap - about $1.25 each, and my money tree ain't producing anymore.
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