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Old February 3, 2018, 08:45 PM   #1
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Tumbling black powder brass with smokeless brass.

My usual procedure for dealing with black powder brass is to de-prime it and then shake it in a jug of hot water. Rinse a few times and then bring in inside and soak it in some more hot water in the sink. After this I throw the wet brass into my tumbler for more cleaning / drying. I have been using the same corn husk media for the last few months, and I use it for both my smokeless and black powder brass. What kind of worries me about this would be contaminating my smokeless guns with black powder fowling via my smokeless brass. I am kind of hoping that rinsing the BP brass in water would remove the corrosive salts, and prevent it from getting in my tumbling media. After rinsing my brass it no longer smells like sulfur which I take as a sign that the water removed the fowling. Does anyone else use the same tumbling media for both black and smokeless brass? Any issues with what I am doing?
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Old February 3, 2018, 09:05 PM   #2
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You're good with just what you're doing. The water is cutting the salts as you figured and the tumbling cleans the carbon. I've done much the same for over forty years and with no issues.
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Old February 3, 2018, 09:38 PM   #3
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I usually drop the fired brass in a jug of Windex right after firing. From there it goes straight into the tumbler. I use both corn cob and walnut shells and I use them both for bp and smokeless.
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Old February 4, 2018, 04:28 AM   #4
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Shooting bp cartridge matches years ago, I always kept a bottle of plain old water next to me and would just drop them in after firing. When I got home, I'd give the bottle a small dose of dish soap and shake it up, after which I'd drop them in a tumbler. Never did see any problems with the tumbler media.
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Old February 4, 2018, 09:47 AM   #5
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I don't bother with immediate immersion. I just soak shake them in water when I get home, and tumble them when they're dry. My black powder brass stays a little tarnished, and that doesn't bother me.
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Old February 4, 2018, 09:58 AM   #6
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Other than washing black powder brass do any of you find it useful to wash your smokeless brass before tumbling them? I normally don't.
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Old February 4, 2018, 01:35 PM   #7
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Other than washing black powder brass do any of you find it useful to wash your smokeless brass before tumbling them? I normally don't.
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