How much is nickel brass worth?


Grandpa Shooter
February 7, 2008, 02:30 PM
I have built up quite a stash of nickel brass in 38sp, 357Mag, and .40 S& W.

Question is, is it worth any more than regular brass? In other words, is it worth offering for sale?

Any help appreciated.

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Dave P
February 7, 2008, 02:47 PM
How much is nickel brass worth?

about 5 cents??

February 7, 2008, 11:06 PM
It's probably not worth any more than the regular brass. Cowboy shooters who keep cartridges in a leather gun belt prefer it because it doesn't turn green. Some reloaders hate it because they fear it cracks easier or can scratch their dies. I don't care one way or the other. If it was me and I was selling brass anyway, I'd just throw it in with the rest.

February 7, 2008, 11:20 PM
It is not worth more than regular brass,it's reputation is that it splits easily.
Prolly about a nickel apiece.

February 8, 2008, 10:00 AM
I would say for a reloader its worth the same as brass. Some guys like it because it is shiney some guys like me don't care either way. When you decide how much you want for it let me know about the .357.

evan price
February 8, 2008, 10:18 AM
It's always worth offering for sale.
Cleaned, tumbled, it's worth about five cents each in the revolver calibers. The .40 brass, less, but between 2-4 cents each.

Some people don't like nickle because it is "more brittle" than unplated brass.

I like nickle for when I develop new loads, if I see nickle brass I know not to mix it in with regular reloads.

I also load hotter ammo with JHP's in nickle cases to simulate high-end SD ammo.

I also like the way nickle cases feed in guns and in reloading press.

February 8, 2008, 02:34 PM
about the same as with brass. some people prefer one or the other for some reason. i just toss them all in the same pile.

February 8, 2008, 02:46 PM
The better quality Nickel pistol brass doesn't seem to be as brittle, however, Nickel-plated rifle brass is, and is also quite a PITA to trim.

February 8, 2008, 06:16 PM
For heavier magnum loads (as in .357 mag), I go with unplated brass. Nickle plated are shiny, but brittle from my experience. I bought plated ones for my 45 Colt and saw splits after only three loadings. The unplated ones are on their 6th or 7th loadings with no signs to splitting.

So, so light loads for plated brass, if you want to extend their life a bit longer.

February 8, 2008, 09:52 PM
I like it because it looks so darn nice after it's loaded. I put the loaded rounds in my tumbler with clean media and in 15 minutes it looks fantastic. I would pay no more than the going rate for brass though. I seem to have alot of it in .357.

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