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Recently acquired a full box of Winchester .30/40 Krag ammo, full metal patch, red label two piece box. Condition of box is remarkable. End of box marked 99 so I think 1899 manufacture. Label says For Krag Jorgensen and Winchester Repeating Rifles. 

Question I have is some of the rounds have a little verdegris on them. Should anything be done to them from a collector standpoint or is it like most things regarding “improving” a vintage item, best to leave it alone?

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It will get worse and migrate to any others that are touching.  I take an oily rag and wipe it off.  Sometimes I have to use 0000 steel wool.  Be very careful with the steel wool.

Someone else may know of a product that will take off the tough stuff without polishing the case.

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I’ve gently used a soft cloth buffing wheel.  Do not add any rubbing compound or anything.  It removes the grime but leaves the patina.  Steel wool will remove the patina if not very careful.

Don

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Thanks for the tips. I may try some 0000 bronze wool with oil on it. May be a little more forgiving than steel wool. I will try it on an old tarnished case that has no value first.

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  Sometimes Hoppe’s #9 works on brass. Wipe it on wait a few minutes, it brings the green to the surface, then rub it off lightly with 000 steel wool. Then oil. T/R

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Thanks, will try that too.

Mike

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