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 Post subject: Removing brass?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 1:44 pm 
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Maybe this should go in the reloading forum? Anyway,

How can I remove all of the plastic part from the brass on an empty shotgun shell without destroying the brass? I don't care if it destroys the plastic. It seems like the brass is full of thick plastic and I've not been able to remove it.

I'm planning to make a dog collar using the brass as decoration.

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 Post subject: re: Removing brass?
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:oops: :oops: I don't know why I didn't think of that :oops:

Thank you very much.

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Please post a picture of it when your finished. You're very creative, good luck.


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You may already be aware of this but in case you're not......

Might want to check with a magnet first, to make sure it is brass and not plated steel before going to the trouble of removing the metal.

Some shells still have brass heads but many don't.


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Claydust wrote:
You may already be aware of this but in case you're not......

Might want to check with a magnet first, to make sure it is brass and not plated steel before going to the trouble of removing the metal.

Some shells still have brass heads but many don't.


Thanks, I did not know that. Do you know off hand which ones are brass and which are not? I have a selection of lots of different shells. I was trying to have them be all Winchester and/or Remington (those are what I consider "traditional" because I grew up shooting them).

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Please post a picture of it when your finished. You're very creative, good luck.


I will but I don't have any idea when that will be :lol: I have more creativity than time or skill.

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You also need to know that almost all primer bodies are made of steel. Offhand, I cannot think of an exception to this. You will need to coat the metal with a sealer to keep the primers from rusting, especially after you apply heat . The heat will/may damage the plating on the steel primers.

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Curly is right. Most of those that you see in decorations for various things are especially made for just that purpose. Thicker, solid brass and one piece.

Making such decorations, especially something that will see "action", like a dog collar, will not only have a rust problem, but be so thin that they could be dangerous to the dog, or other things, as they will tend to bend, rip, and cut, being so thin and sharp.

I hate dog tags, for the same reason, they tend to get caught somewhere, weeds, brush or fence wires. Even kennel fences, and my dogs lose their collars or tags quite often from just such "trinkets" or in some ways, traps. Every one of mine, so far has just pulled away, either straightening out the wire, or breaking something to get away, with no adverse effects, other than lost tags or collar. (Once heard about a dog lost for about a week, tied up on a weedy fence row, and almost died before some one found him.)

Matter of fact, one of mine right now is "naked", he apparently ripped it off on the last hunting trip. New ID tag on order and getting a new collar, this week.

Now, something decorative hanging on a wall, it would be another matter.

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Curly-Nohair wrote:
You also need to know that almost all primer bodies are made of steel. Offhand, I cannot think of an exception to this. You will need to coat the metal with a sealer to keep the primers from rusting, especially after you apply heat . The heat will/may damage the plating on the steel primers.


I'm popping the primers out and replacing them with rivets.

Heating up the plastic worked like a charm, once it got hot enough the brass popped right off.

I don't intend for him to wear this collar in the field. It will just be for "formal occassions"

The decorative shotgun shell leather rivets don't look like real shotgun shells.

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 Post subject: re: Removing brass?
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sounds like it will work post a picture when it's done.

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