Brass Recycling. . . $$$??


June 11, 2007, 10:45 PM
1) How much are the brass recycling companies paying per pound of brass right now?

2) Do they usually accept tarnished and powder-burned brass, or must I tumble it first?

3) Do they accept nickle-plated brass too? Is there a price difference?

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June 11, 2007, 11:01 PM
1. Not enough to bother with.
2. Dunno.
3. Not according to some other like postings I've seen. Two metals of different weights.

June 11, 2007, 11:05 PM
Most will accept any brass, any condition, as long as it's not loaded. They don't care if it's plated or tarnished, as the brass content is what they're buying, not beauty.

I haven't taken any brass in for about a month and it was $1.60 a pound about 4 weeks ago. It varies with the part of the country you're in, as transportation costs figure into what they'll pay.

If you have several scrap yards in your area, it may pay to shop around for the best price, as they'll try to get it from you as cheaply as possible. Some of them are as sneaky as the guy in the next shooting lane who is trying to filch your brass for reloading............

Hope this helps.


June 12, 2007, 08:36 AM
it may pay to shop around for the best price

They vary a lot around town here. A whole lot. :)

June 12, 2007, 09:37 AM
my question is, whats a worth while amount for them to take? i have probably 20 lbs of scrap brass, if it pays a 1.50 a lb, for me 30 dollars is worth it, to a scrap yard. . . .they probably wouldn't spit for anything less than a hundred :(

Fred, in your experience do they care if its low quantity?

June 12, 2007, 11:21 AM
Most don't care how much you bring in. I just recycled about 70 pounds of .40 S&W brass, 10 pounds of aluminum Blazer and 19 pounds of Wolff steel stuff. None of it was clean.
The only thing not worth the time was the Wolff. Two cents a pound is not worth the effort. The brass and aluminum are bringing good prices. Plus, mixed in with the brass were a bunch of spent primers. It's a pain to save them, but every little bit helps.

June 12, 2007, 12:14 PM
Some of them are as sneaky as the guy in the next shooting lane who is trying to filch your brass for reloading............

Hey, you can't prove anything! :rolleyes:

June 12, 2007, 01:14 PM
"Hey, you can't prove anything!"

I have the video............

Seriously, the amount you take in, and what you get for it, depends on the individual recycler, aka: junkmen. To say they are a little bit "different" is an understatement. Some are honest and some aren't, and I'll just leave it at that. If you think used car salesmen, that will put you on the right page.

I put all my spent rifle and pistol primers in a coffee can and take them in separately, even though they will pour them into the brass when they weigh it. That way, they know I'm not trying to pull anything over on them by mixing in ferrous metals with the yellow brass. Some recyclers won't take expended primers, but the one's I've dealt with will.

Some will offer less per pound for smaller amounts, and some just offer whatever the market is on that day. They check the metals market prices daily, so it changes from one visit to the next. It's really a "supply and demand" driven market. If you find a good recycler in your area, try to build some kind of relationship with him, as sometimes they will let you know if they get something in that you might be interested in buying, like a large amount of once fired brass from a range.........

Tricky, I've taken in as little as 30 pounds, and as much as 400 pounds. The closest recycler to me is about 65 miles away, and not the most honest. I now save up my metals and try to combine a trip to the honest one, another 65 miles up Interstate 5, that pays about ten cents a pound more, with a trip for something else. That way, I'm not making the trip just for the recycling, but would have gone there anyway for something else. I just plan on an extra half hour to swing by the recycling yard. I've always saved primers and have found that they're worth quite a bit. A coffee can full will surprise you at how much it will bring. I keep a cup on my bench to put the spent primers in and when it gets full, I just empty it into the coffee can.

Hope this helps.


June 12, 2007, 02:20 PM
Just took a 5gal pail full, at 1.15/ LB, it got me 66.50 :)

June 14, 2007, 07:24 PM
For (known) once-fired brass, wouldn't the average reloader pay far more than these prices? I know there's a lot of truly unshootable, truly time-to-recycle cases out there, but if someone said "Hey, I just shot 300 rounds of fresh Blazer Brass, would you like the empties for $3/pound?", I'd say Yes.

When I scavenge for brass, I do sometimes pick up countless .22 shells, not so much for recycling (though I guess the pile might one day be large enough to bother recycling) but just to get the distracting "false friends" out of my vision, to look for 9mm, .40, and .45 :)


June 16, 2007, 02:47 AM
Take a look at

Maybe you can trade for some you can use.

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