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Sparkles in brass

Post by 45 MIKE on 10/15/2014, 7:03 pm

I have my Frankford wet tumbler with Frankford pins and it does a great job
of cleaning but I have been noticing very small stainless sparkles on my fingers
and the press.  (No I have not been to the TT bar Wink
Just wondering if anyone else sees this and if it can mess up my gun
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Re: Sparkles in brass

Post by Rob Kovach on 10/15/2014, 9:18 pm

My SS pin brass das no flecks or residue of any kind.
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Re: Sparkles in brass

Post by Guest on 10/15/2014, 10:47 pm

I have been using SS pins in my Thumbler for two years now.  No issues outside of the random pin getting wedged into primer pocket.

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Post by hongach on 10/16/2014, 11:45 am

No flakes for me either, the only issues that I ever experienced are the occasional pins stuck in the flash hole, and black residue on the case from the dirty water if I leave and tumble for way to long.
Otherwise everything is great, got my pins from Midway and I am using a Lortone tumbler.

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Re: Sparkles in brass

Post by Rob Kovach on 10/16/2014, 1:12 pm

Mike,

Are the pins that you bought made for the purpose of tumbling media?

Are your pins magnetic?  I would think that if the sparkles are from the media, they would get picked up with your magnet.
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Post by 45 MIKE on 10/18/2014, 10:01 am

I am using the Frankford pins that came with the tumbler
and they are magnetic I am using the 5 lbs that came with it
and added 3 lbs more of the same pins so I am using 8 lbs total
of pins more is better right.
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Re: Sparkles in brass

Post by Deerspy on 10/18/2014, 3:46 pm

are you using nickel plated brass i did once and after reloading several times one batch started flaking. I don't use nickel plated cases any more ruined my dies

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Re: Sparkles in brass

Post by 45 MIKE on 10/18/2014, 6:40 pm

I do have a few odd range brass that are plated that I use for action pistol
I will have to toss them and see what happens
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Re: Sparkles in brass

Post by Rich/WIS on 10/19/2014, 12:02 pm

Are you sure it is stainless you are seeing, some users on CMP Forum (IIRC) reported small flecks of brass that were removed by the stainless pins.

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Plated brass!!!!!!

Post by 45 MIKE on 10/19/2014, 12:29 pm

I looked thru my action pistol brass all my range pick ups and
picked out all the plated brass and there are some that the plating
almost all gone except for the inside. and it look like the sparkles
are not magnetic I think that would rule out the pins
I only had a dozen or so plated brass so out they go
so I think I found the problem
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Re: Sparkles in brass

Post by LongSlide on 10/20/2014, 6:42 pm

I use SS media and find tiny "sparkles" that are actually brass colored in good, natural lighting.  Indoor lighting hides most of it and makes it appear whitish in color, but it is brass.

I've found the amount of brass flakes drops off after the brass has been cleaned a few times.  And rinsing the brass well helps to keep it off the press.

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Post by GrumpyOldMan on 10/22/2014, 3:08 pm

Sounds like there might be some impact surface hardening going on...

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