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Title: Ballistol and brass
Post by: ssb73q on December 31, 2017, 09:17:56 AM
Hi, I keep my revolvers in gun muffs stored in my gun safe. Before storage I juice up the revolver with Ballistol. I have noticed that the brass on the stored revolvers is getting dulled. The dulling is superficial, but it looks ugly on the revolver brass. I speculate that the Ballistol that can remove copper from bores is the culprit, eats the brass. Because of this problem I may use WD40 to surface protect my revolvers when stored in the future.

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: Ballistol and brass
Post by: Hawg on December 31, 2017, 11:15:10 AM
I doubt the Ballistol is making it dull. Brass dulls naturally unless it's been coated. If you want shiny brass keep it polished.
Title: Re: Ballistol and brass
Post by: mazo kid on January 11, 2018, 08:46:21 AM
Maybe for a display gun I would keep the brass polished. Anything else I just let the brass naturally dull.
Title: Re: Ballistol and brass
Post by: Hawg on January 11, 2018, 09:15:10 AM
Maybe for a display gun I would keep the brass polished. Anything else I just let the brass naturally dull.

I prefer a nice mellow tone instead of the garishness of polish.
Title: Re: Ballistol and brass
Post by: ssb73q on January 11, 2018, 09:53:55 AM
Hi Hawg, I have confirmed that Ballistol dulls the brass after a Brasso high polish. I agree that a dull brass finish has merit.

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: Ballistol and brass
Post by: Captainkirk on January 11, 2018, 10:46:29 AM
Richard, I use Flitz on my brass. Supposedly it has an anti-oxidant that works up to 6 months from application. I wipe my revolvers with RemOil after handling.
Title: Re: Ballistol and brass
Post by: Bishop Creek on January 11, 2018, 12:54:14 PM
Richard, I use Flitz on my brass. Supposedly it has an anti-oxidant that works up to 6 months from application. I wipe my revolvers with RemOil after handling.

I obtained a used stainless steel cylinder for my Ruger Old Army that was heavily frosted from use and a poor cleaning technique. Flitz and a little elbow grease made it look like brand new!
Title: Re: Ballistol and brass
Post by: Hawg on January 11, 2018, 01:01:19 PM
Hi Hawg, I have confirmed that Ballistol dulls the brass after a Brasso high polish. I agree that a dull brass finish has merit.

Regards,
Richard

Cool. If I could stand the smell I might use some for that.