Originally Posted by mtrvl
Why do you even need for your brass to be all shiny and pretty? As long as it functions reliably, what difference does it even make ?
90% of shiny brass is just cosmetic. I reloaded for 12 years before I got a tumbler. I just wiped my brass with a solvent dampened rag as I inspected it. Nope, no scratched dies. Yep I could spot any defects. If I wanted BBQ brass I'd spin the case on a mandrel and polish it. The only need I have for shiny brass is to find empties flung out into the dirt by my 1911 and Garand.
I used to hang out at a police range in the '60s and was watching two fellers that were shooting a lot. I got closer to get a better look and saw some excellent targets coming back (1, 2" hole @ 50' shooting 1911s) and I noticed all their ammo had brown cases, not shiny brass. One feller noticed me watching and we talked. They were reloaders, and I didn't know anyone that reloaded, but I guess it wasn't a necessity to have glossy brass back then, their targets talked for themselves...