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Thread: How do I remove plastic from brass on shotgun shells?

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    Default How do I remove plastic from brass on shotgun shells?

    I have a need for the brass on some shotgun shells and I want to discard the plastic. Are the plastic tubes glued on? Is there a handy solvent for this glue?

    Any ideas?

    Thanks.

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    Hi,

    New shotshells are generally brass plating on steel. So if you are expecting all brass you will be disappointed.

    The plastic could be melted or even burnt out I suppose. A strong solvent like paint thinner might eat it.

    dalee

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    Use heat.

    Heat the brass with a propane torch or electric heat gun, grab the plastic hull with pliers, and then place the shell's rim into the jaws of an open vise and pull.
    Don't overheat the brass, it just needs to be warm enough to soften the plastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willy
    Use heat.

    Heat the brass with a propane torch or electric heat gun, grab the plastic hull with pliers, and then place the shell's rim into the jaws of an open vise and pull.
    Don't overheat the brass, it just needs to be warm enough to soften the plastic.
    Are you REALLY sure ??

    This is what i saw when I opened the forum up.





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    Hahahahaha
    Andy

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    Good one John.
    I'll have to pay more attention if I'm to escape your rapier like wit.

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    So, any luck yet?

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