blank brass, any good or just scrap?


May 25, 2010, 10:19 PM
I have a bunch of LC 7.62 NATO blanks, both empties and live. I'm tempted to just scrap them because I don't know what else they are good for. At the current price of brass, they're worth about 5 cents each as scrap. Of course I'd pop the live ones first.

Is this stuff of any value to anyone, other than scrap?

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May 25, 2010, 10:33 PM
Go ahead and scrap it. The 7.62 blanks would have to have the nose trimmed off, and I've been told by pretty reliable sources that the brass used for making blanks is pretty soft.

By the way, do you get a better price at Schnitzer or Pacific Recycling?


May 25, 2010, 10:39 PM
Pacific quoted me 20 cents/lb higher than Schnitzer this morning. I haven't taken any brass in for recycling in a couple years, but I have about 60 lbs accumulated, and have been out of work for way too long.

I thought maybe I could sell the live rounds rather than pop and scrap them, but there doesn't seem to be much interest.

May 25, 2010, 10:43 PM
Try putting it in the Buy/Sell/Trade section ... who know what offers/trades you might get ;)

May 26, 2010, 12:10 AM
The unfired blanks may sell pretty well. VFW, etc. are usually looking for them, though usually in .30-06. Sometimes other people just want them to play with. Try listing them for a fairly reasonable price and see what happens.

I've got about 200 pounds of scrap brass to get rid of. I'll give Pacific a call before I head over there.


Jesse Heywood
May 26, 2010, 08:46 AM
Currently the price of blanks is rasonable. Several of us recently bought some cases of Czech 30-06 for shooting in an A4. Works good as long as the neighbors don't complain.

I have been reworking some 45 Colt blanks into 455 Eley. Cases are Starline, and hard enough I need to anneal to get the neck to open. Someone else here reworked some 223 blanks. I have some 308 blanks that had Berdan primers, so I can't do anything with them.

Smokey Joe
May 26, 2010, 11:56 AM
Fat Elk--My understanding is in line with Reloader Fred's--Blanks are made out of brass that didn't pass muster for making live rounds. Therefore, I wouldn't consider reloading blanks as live ammunition.

The fired blanks will sell just fine as scrap--The scrap dealer won't care about the softness.

The live blanks I'd sell most of, and save a supply for Independence Day firing. But that's just me.

May 26, 2010, 02:47 PM
Sounds good. The empty blanks (unfired actually; someone dumped out the powder and deprimed them) will go to the scrap yard, and when I get time the live blanks will go up for sale.

There sure seems to be a big difference in blank power. All the USGI blanks I've ever shot have been pretty wimpy. On the other hand I've got some Belgian '06 and some Czech 54R blanks that are very loud.

May 26, 2010, 06:12 PM
7.62 blanks make a fine source as a starting point if you roll your own 45 acp snake shot.... thats all i have used for 30 years but with the cost of the dies sets now days most likely no one would take up that process

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