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Old June 7th, 2010, 11:21 AM   #1
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.45 Colt cases - Pyrodex followed by smokless

I've got a couple hundred .45 Colt cases that were used with Pyrodex pellets. I've had 'em in the tumbler for a couple days to finally get all the residue off of the outside of the cases. There is still residue on the inside of the cases that doesnt seem to want to go away and my question is whether or not I should have any concerns over using these cases to reload with smokless powder now? Could the Pyrodex residue contaminate the smokless powder, or make it dangerous somehow?

The cases were brand new when loaded with the Pyrodex and I wont be using it anymore, but I hate the thought of wasting the cases if I can use them for target loads with 231 or something.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

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Old June 7th, 2010, 08:38 PM   #2
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All cartridge cases used with Black Powder or Pyrodex should be washed in soapy water and rinsed carefully before drying. THEN run them through the tumbler.

When shooting either Black Powder or Pyrodex and take along a gallon milk jug filled about three quarters full with tap water with a couple of squirts of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid. At the range, immediately after shooting, I decap the cases and drop the empty, decapped cases in the jug and leave them there until I get home. Then I empty the soapy water (leaving the cases in the jug) and rinse VERY well with as hot a water as I can stand. I then throw them in a colander shake the excess water off and immediately dump them in a tumbler for final finishing.

This leaves the cases free of corrosive materials and bright and shiny.

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Old June 8th, 2010, 07:46 AM   #3
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I do the same as Dale except when I get home I pour off the dirty water and put the cases in a nylon mesh bag then toss them in the wash machine in hot water and more soap. Once they're done with a cycle they are as washed as they're gonna get. Then I dry 'em and tumble 'em.

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Both repiles are right on the money Wash then tumble and you should be good to go
I use BP in .45 LC sometimes and that is my procedure.
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Old June 9th, 2010, 07:29 AM   #5
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Yep, washing in soap and water is the cure.

I don't shoot BP cartridges (omission on my part) but if I did I have the ultimate solution. For a case tumbler I have one of the Thumler drum tumblers originally designed for use as a rock polisher for the hobbyist jewelers. The rotating drum has a heavy rubberized liner, including a lid liner, to allow use with liquid abrasive tumbling. Should be the bees' knees for cleaning cases used with black powder.

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