Brass Per Pound


evan price
December 20, 2007, 03:01 AM
I see people wondering how many brass per pound.
I have weighed primed fired cases to do ship estimates and not count thousands of cases.

Feel free to add what is not here. I'll start with:

9mm average weight is 60 grains or 116 cases per pound.
.40 S&W average weight is 70 grains or 100 cases per pound
.45 ACP average weight is 90 grains or 78 cases per pound
30-06 rifle averages 192 grains or 36.5 cases per pound

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December 20, 2007, 09:31 AM
Evan, I've been needing to know this, but never had the scales accurate to weigh, so, THANK YOU for this info!
Ho Ho Ho, FM12

December 20, 2007, 09:38 AM
I did the same thing a few years ago, took a while to find it. Looks like we are pretty close.

9mm, 59.46gr/ea, 117.7cases/#, 8.5#/1000

38spl, 68.06gr/ea, 102.8cases/#, 9.7#/1000

40s&w, 70.1gr/ea, 99.9cases/#, 10#/1000

.357mag, 78.3gr/ea, 89.4cases/#, 11.2#/1000

.45acp, 89.58gr/ea, 78.1cases/#, 12.8#/1000

.223, 95.28gr/ea , 73.5cases/#, 13.6#/1000

.44mag, 114.38gr/ea, 61.2cases/#, 16.3#/1000

50bmg, 865.26gr/ea, 8.1cases/#, 123.5#/1000

All weights are uncleaned fired cases with the primer remaining.

Individual case weights were derived using an average of mixed brass weights (except 50bmg)

So, if you picked up 8#?s of 45 brass: 8# X 78.1cases/# = 625 cases+/-

If you use 1gal ziploc freezer bags to store your brass, each (full) bag contains:

9mm, 15.6#, 1836cases
40s&w, 12.2#, 1219cases
45acp, 11.4#, 890cases
223, 11#, 809cases

December 20, 2007, 10:06 AM
Good to know. Always throw some extras in to allow for light brass, such as FC 9mm.

Grandpa Shooter
December 20, 2007, 12:20 PM
Excuse me if I simply edit your list. You can tell I am just a little compulsive.

.380 150/lb
9mm, 117.7cases/#, 8.5#/1000
38spl, 102.8cases/#, 9.7#/1000
.357 Mag 90/lb
40s&w 99.9cases/#, 10#/1000
.45acp, 89.58gr/ea, 78.1cases/#, 12.8#/1000
.44 Sp 83/lb
.44mag, 114.38gr/ea, 61.2cases/#, 16.3#/1000
.223 75/lb
30 Carbine 110/lb
30-30 54/lb
.308 42/lb
30.06 38/lb
50bmg, 8.1cases/#, 123.5#/1000

These are my figures added to yours. All my brass is 10 years old so may be slightly heavier than others.

October 6, 2012, 10:30 AM
These numbers are near identical to mine. If you don't have a counting scale, you can do the math with these numbers above. One caveat that was not mentioned, is these numbers appear to be when the brass still has the primers in it. If you are weighing deprimed brass YMMV.


October 6, 2012, 10:32 AM
Admins, would this be something that is Sticky worthy? I sell my brass across a scale and I'm sure this would be a great assistance to others as well. Thanks.


October 6, 2012, 04:57 PM
My list is a sticky on brianenos and a 1911 forum and a few others, where I find it when the question is asked.

A ton of stickys makes it a pain to see what you want sometimes, a quick search works well here with all the info to be found.

October 6, 2012, 05:03 PM
Oh, this is a old thread a few more


.380: 145
.357 Sig: 96
.45 GAP: 86
.32: 168
10mm: 96
FN 5.7: 124
.25 acp: 260
.30 Luger: 120
.38 S&W: 120
.38 Super: 104
9mm MAK: 124
.45 Colt: 60
.30-M1: 100
.308: 40
.30-06: 35
7.62x39: 54
.50 AE: 48
.30-30: 52

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