Scrap brass prices


Tony Gable
October 1, 2008, 03:48 AM
Hi Guys,

I took about 100 pounds of scrap brass down today to sell it at a scrap yard.Both places here in Reno told me they don't take brass casings.:eek: They didn't specify why. The first place told me they would take them if they were completely flattened. That is just to much work. 100 pounds of pistol and rifle brass; no way. I got a phone number of a place in Carson City that is supposed to take them. I'll call tomorrow. What is the going price for scrap brass. If it is high enough 100 pounds would make the trip worth it. It will fund my reloading. By the way, Momma has put her foot down about dealing over the internet. Thanks for the replies in advance. Why won't the scrap yards take spent casings?


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October 1, 2008, 06:39 AM
They're probably scared that one of them will have a live primer in it.

October 1, 2008, 06:44 AM
I am guessing its the size to weight issue. If they dont melt it down there

evan price
October 1, 2008, 06:46 AM
Most of the little recycling places around here did the same thing. Something to do with all the chuckleheads who leave their squib rounds in the brass buckets and they explode in the smelter pot.

Anyway, I'm getting $1.95 per pound right now.

October 3, 2008, 03:02 AM
Also remember that if the dead primers are still in the cases it is not brass. But a brass, steel mix. If the primers are pulled, and you show them that they are they should give you "clean" brass prices, instead of "dirty brass" prices which means that it must be melted down to separate the brass from another metal.

October 3, 2008, 04:12 AM
My latest basemetal spotprice listing has copper at $6221 per ton and zinc at $1645 per ton.
Brass is an alloy of both in various amounts according to use.(something like 70% copper, 30% zinc for cartridge casings)
Don't know if it's any help, but recyclers are gonna try and widen the gap, between new refined metal compered with recycled metal, in their favor of course.

October 4, 2008, 04:37 AM
Was quoted $1.74 per pound last month for spent brass.

evan price
October 4, 2008, 04:37 PM
Riss, primers in brass case ammo are made of brass, not steel. Check with a magnet, you'll see for yourself. I always dump my spent primers from the reloader into my scrap brass bucket. It's not much extra, but every little bit and all that.

October 4, 2008, 05:42 PM
I got $1.50 last week for my brass and forgot to take in about 10lbs of primers. :banghead: They no longer sell off the yard, so I couldn't trade brass for lead though. :cuss:

October 4, 2008, 08:59 PM
I got 25 cents a pound

Five of Clubs
October 4, 2008, 09:33 PM
Brass is at $1.42/pound in Louisville, and at $1.40 for rifle and pistol cases. That's the highest I've found of the few places that accept them. I will just keep selling the good ones but I will start saving the rough cases for recycling. Does anyone know if you can throw in nickel plated cases in with the rest? Any issues?

October 4, 2008, 09:35 PM
I do, but it may not be the case everywhere. Ask at the yard the next time you are there.

October 4, 2008, 11:39 PM
My local scrap yard is paying $1.85 per/lbs for spent brass shell casings and primers.

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