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Sparkles in brass

Post by 45 MIKE on Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:03 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 Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:18 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 Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:47 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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Re: Sparkles in brass

Post by hongach on Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:45 pm

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 Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:12 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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Frankford pins

Post by 45 MIKE on Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:01 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 Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:46 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 Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:40 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 Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:02 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 Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:29 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 Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:42 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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Re: Sparkles in brass

Post by GrumpyOldMan on Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:08 pm

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

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