Brass Sheets & Bar Stock
Although almost everyone has heard, seen, and touched brass, not many people know that brass is actually an alloy of copper. When copper is mixed primarily with zinc, it forms brass. Also, most people are surprised when they learn that there is yellow colored brass and red colored brass although at M&K, we only stock the yellow variety. Specifically, we stock 260 brass sheets and 360 brass in bar stock.
260 Brass is one of the most commonly used brass alloys. It’s also called yellow brass and cartridge brass because it’s used for shell casings. Normally, this brass alloy is only available in sheet form. Generally, 260 brass sheets are formable, workable, and easy to solder.
Brass Bar Stock
360 Brass bar is also a very commonly used brass alloy. This 360 brass usually comes in bars and rods. It’s also called “free machining” brass because it can be easily cut and machined to size because of a small percentage of lead (2%-5%) within it. Unlike steel, 360 brass bar stock will not spark when struck. This makes it useful in applications where sparking can be dangerous (i.e., near flammable and/or combustible materials).
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