Brass that has been on the ground for a year or 2?

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    Brass that has been on the ground for a year or 2?

    After striking out at the gunshow looking for brass, I remembered that I've got probably 1000 brass up north that wasn't collected from a session a year or two ago before I considered reloading. Some of it will be on grass...some of it will be under some trees where grass doesn't really grow. Mostly .223, some 9mm.

    Think any of it is useable?
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    If it was down here in FLA, I would say no. But our weather is nastier on metals than up north.
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    Probably not. I would guess that it is corroded beyond usability.
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    The only way you will really know is to get some of it, run it through the tumbler, see how it cleans up, and then inspect it for defects or anything that might make it unsafe.

    This is one case where I would probably tumble before and then again after I deprimed it for a short while.
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    +1 to farronwolf. You never know until you send it through the tumbler. It may take a little longer than you would on brass that is allready fairly clean.
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    Well, I'll be back up there in may...Taking my metal detector, my boy, and some popsicles he has to earn by "cashing in" with brass.
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    Til you tumble it you won't know,brass will tarnish,but I don't think it corrodes like steel,I might be wrong,but I have found dirty brass and cleaned it up and reloaded it with no problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    Til you tumble it you won't know,brass will tarnish,but I don't think it corrodes like steel,I might be wrong,but I have found dirty brass and cleaned it up and reloaded it with no problems.

    Ditto!
    I've done the same, works for me as well
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    I have picked up some old dirty stuff in the last couple of years. Some of it won't polish up to a sheet, it is almost brown or mottled brown and brass with low sheen. I cleaned it with soap and water and have polished the heck out of it for hours, and it is dirt free. It looks bad, but feels slick (a bit of auto polish in the tumbler) and works as well through the gun as the new stuff does. I'm not near as picky about the brass as I was, due to this experiment. This is mostly dry area/dirt range, don't know know moisture would change the situation.
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