View Full Version : Cartridges turning green

December 28, 2009, 10:24 AM
I guess this is the right place to ask this question. I have a six-round belt slide cartridge carrier for revolver ammunition purchased from El Paso Saddlery. Brass cartridges will turn green in a couple of days, not quite overnight. Nickel plated cartridges take longer but will also turn slight green. If cartridges are left in it for an extended period, the green will really accumulate but near as I can tell, the cartridges are not really harmed.

Is there anything that will prevent this? Boot oil?

50 shooter
December 28, 2009, 02:03 PM
It's the chemicals in the leather (from processing) that are making them turn green. If you don't want them to turn green keep them out of the holder until you need to use it.

Either that or swap out the ammunition on a regular basis, be sure to use a little case polish to remove any residue from the case on the brass.

Uncle Buck
December 28, 2009, 03:32 PM
I do not know if you reload or not, but if you do, try throwing the rounds in the tumbler with some car polish. It will give the rounds a protective coat.

If you go a little while before using the shell holders, try putting some empty cartridges into the belt so it will still hold its form.

Other than coating the cases with some kind of preservative (Car wax) I know of nothing that could be used to line the shell holder to prevent leather/cartridge contact.

December 28, 2009, 03:55 PM
I do have a vibrator type cleaner but I never thought of car polish, which I have used on handguns, however.