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Blackpowder brass--experience

Posted by John Harman on Wednesday, 26 May 2010, at 12:35 a.m.

I have been shooting blackpowder cartridges for a few years, primarily 45 LC. I cheat--using Triple-Seven--but the principles are the same. Using regular brass cartridge cases resulted in lots of staining and weakening (splits) in the cases after one or two reloads. I solved the problem by using nickel brass cases--heavier and more expensive, but no splits after several reloads. Second, I ran into the "moosemilk" formula which has simplified my blackpowder life tremendously. "Moosemilk" is the 9:1 water/Ballistol mix ("moosemilk" because it is white and it stinks...). It cuts BP residue like a knife. I dump my (nickel) cases in the solution, swirl them around a bit, rinse them in hot water and a bit of detergent, dry them in the oven at low heat for 5 minutes and "voila" really clean brass. The Ballistol leaves a very light protective film--too light for powder to stick to. Anyway, that's my experience...I "never leave home without it..."


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