Inexpensive metal detector for finding spent brass


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v35
January 11, 2008, 02:04 PM
Although I don't reload yet, I've saved all my spent brass for when I eventually get reloading equipment.

I would only recover a portion of my spent brass - probably half of it - because it would just get lost in the grass. However, I found a very inexpensive ($15) metal detector at Target, and it really works! It's marketed under the National Geographic name. Little more than a toy, intended for children, but it's great for finding spent brass. With a little practice it's easy to discriminate between .22 and something larger. Home in on a spot, feel with your fingers, et voila!

Not only does my daughter enjoy using it to find "lost treasure" (i.e. unusual coins I scatter around :) ) I now recover nearly 100% of my spent brass.

You don't have to invest a lot of money in a metal detector. This thing really works.

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1911NM
January 11, 2008, 02:44 PM
Now that is seriously cool. Great to have the family involved. Might be nice, if I lived someplace that has grass. :scrutiny:

mc223
January 11, 2008, 03:23 PM
A$5.00 plastic tarp from Wally World would have saved enough for a box of cheap ammo.

Blakenzy
January 11, 2008, 03:47 PM
But deploying a large plastic tarp is very fussy(especially on a windy day), not nice to walk on and it's probably not as fun as using the cool metal detector thingy... which I bet will recoup more than $15 in brass in no time.

Eagle103
January 11, 2008, 04:04 PM
I'm still waiting for someone to try one of these.
http://www.gracomodels.com/catcher.html

scout26
January 11, 2008, 04:30 PM
And the day I patent my brass magnet is the day I become a very rich man....

ZeSpectre
January 11, 2008, 04:40 PM
I might give that a try. Of course I've managed to loose brass out of a revolver before <sigh>.

v35
January 11, 2008, 05:09 PM
A$5.00 plastic tarp from Wally World would have saved enough for a box of cheap ammo.
I do use a plastic tarp while shooting from a fixed position, but I also practice shooting while moving away from the target or laterally. I haven't yet figured out how to make my target stand move :) Besides, even with a plastic tarp shells occasionally fly off into parts unknown.

Grandpa Shooter
January 11, 2008, 07:29 PM
Rule of thumb in my house is, either you find the brass you used, or you don't shoot. Very effective motivator to people who want to shoot.

kjshank
January 11, 2008, 08:01 PM
thats cool, just a pointer for u guys using tarps. I hang the tarp vertically on my dog's kennel, most of the brass ends up at the bottom of the tarp. It works much better than just laying it flat on the ground. Especially when your shooting a makarov that throws brass 15 -20 feet easy.

Grandpa Shooter
January 11, 2008, 08:47 PM
Where is your dog while this is going on?

mactex
January 11, 2008, 09:37 PM
>I'm still waiting for someone to try one of these.
>http://www.gracomodels.com/catcher.html

I've had the pistol type for a year now and found it to work quite well. It only takes a short amount of time to get used to having it on your hand. I usually recover 95% to 99% from my P89 and about 90% from my Bersa Thunder 380 (it tends to throw the brash everywhere). A tarp is a great idea if you have somplace to lay it out. However, most of the ranges I use don't have that much space to spread out.

evan price
January 11, 2008, 11:27 PM
I just grid and quarter the area the shells are going and rub my feet back and forth as I walk, any lumps are either rocks or sticks or shell casings. And it's free.

Of course, you could try mowing the area short before you shoot too.

I know how you feel, I lost almost 2 boxes (100) virgin once-fired .45 acps shooting in ankle-high weeds. They all vanished. I think I found maybe 10 of them. Worst part was I heard them bouncing off of stuff next to me. Then they were gone.

ZeSpectre
January 11, 2008, 11:52 PM
So where's that brass magnet again? <grin>.

kd7nqb
January 11, 2008, 11:57 PM
I have used one of those wrist based brass catchers, they are pretty sweet. My GF uses it for her Makarov and her Taurus 92. She is good with it, as for me it always seems to get into my sight picture somehow. The vertical tarp works too.

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee89/mdevietro/11-30%20Shooting/Gracekillingpins.jpg

Deavis
January 12, 2008, 04:36 AM
Perhaps a steel insert that the brass is cast around. Put it into the case head as a ring or set of rings. Then just run a magnet and you get them all case head up. The larger the case, the more steel you have naturally and the better pickup you get. Since it is in the casehead, not too many worries there. Patent it.

jmorris
January 13, 2008, 08:09 AM
I don't think cast brass casings would hold up. If you really want to use a magnet to pick up brass you'll just have to shoot Wolf.

Eagle103
January 13, 2008, 11:55 AM
That sounds great mactex and kd7nqb. I could could shoot my semi-autos in the snow with one of them.

Javelin
January 13, 2008, 12:07 PM
Wow you know when brass costs have officially hit the consumer price threshold!

Haha.

http://www.clicksmilies.com/s1106/alles_moegliche/mixed-smiley-002.gif

1911NM
January 13, 2008, 12:36 PM
So many people reload .45acp around the local range here, you almost have to tie a string on 'em to keep brass from getting glommed up before it hits the ground. :D

Dorryn
January 13, 2008, 02:03 PM
So many people reload .45acp around the local range here, you almost have to tie a string on 'em to keep brass from getting glommed up before it hits the ground.

This is probably true everywhere! I find abandoned once-fire 9mm by the 1000's at my range, but I have yet to find a single .45. :D

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