I shoot black powder in my 45/70 once in a while and if the brass sits for a week or so after shooting it looks like what's in your picture. I deprime the cases first with a universal deprimer tool and then use water, stainless steel pins, about a teaspoon of dish soap, and about a 1/4 teaspoon of Lemi-Shine in an old rock tumbler. Load it up and come back after a few hours and the cases, including the primer pockets, are nice and shiny on the outside and perfectly clean on the inside. The dirtier the brass the longer I leave it in the tumbler. After they're clean I rinse them off and let them air dry.
If the brass sits too long though before cleaning you can sometimes see actually corrosion on the cases.
I shoot a lot of Holy Black. I take a plastic bottle with a mix of dish detergent and water. After shooting, I drop the spent cases in the bottle, shake often, then when home I remove and rinse. When dry, I deprime and tumble with corncob. Then they can be resized (if needed or in the case of my Sharps this is skipped) then reloaded.
Careful handling your brass, a dead wasp can still stick you. No venom but stinger is likely out.
I try to remember to bring a disposable plastic container that sandwich meat is now sold in to the range with soapy water in it. My fired cases go in that at the range. I can even shake them in the containers. At home, I pour them out on a remote spot of the concrete driveway to dry in the sun. When dried, they can be loaded with either smokeless or black for next time but further deterioration is avoided until I get around to loading them.
The first thing I suggest is that you remove the dead wasp.
Like others have suggested, I deprime and drop mine in a plastic coffee can and the hottest water I can get out of the faucet, ad a squirt or two of dish soap, snap the lid on and shake it. Sometimes I will take and old test tube brush (liberated from school) and give it a twist or two inside the case. Run hot water in the coffee can until it runs clear and not soapy, let them dry on newspaper, tumble in walnut/corncob media and do it all again next week.
I shoot Frontier Cartridge Gunfighter category at our cowboy action shooting matches. That means black powder. Other black powder shooters deprime their brass as soon as they unload and drop into a jar of water and soap. The vibration on the drive home agitates the contents. I wait until I get home and process the cases.
The biggest change in attitude a new black powder shooting has to overcome is using water to clean guns and brass.
Looking to add a 1st gen Factory Engraved SAA to my collection. I know they are pricey.
Would like one with original finish, but well worn or refinished guns would be considered.
I've got some desirable Colts for possible Trade & Cash - (see below)
Colt 1878 DA Sheriff's model...
I have a SAA in .44-40 that was built in about 1890. I would like to shoot it at least one time. It is sound and in great shape. Does anyone here see a problem in doing that and if not what type of cartridges should I get and where would you suggest getting them from. Thank you, Bob
Based on my limited research, I have an extremely rare 1st Gen SAA. I wanted to confirm a few things with some experts and try and get an approximate value to decide if I should get it appraised. From what I have read, less than 1% of 1st Gen SAAs were engraved by Colt. On top of that, I read...
im not collecting guns so this would be a shooter mostly. Colts are never in stock in stores nowadays. I remember a few years ago seeing them in Buds gun shop for cheaper than they usually ran. IIRC they were miss stamped in the wrong caliber. alas i was too young to buy pistols then so.....
We're happy to announce a new forum section just for those of you that would like to Discuss the Colt Single Action Army =]]
Too many good photos to "waste" so we turned this one in to our Colt SAA/Bisley/New Frontier photo thread :cool: