What do you do with worn out brass?


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Led66
September 26, 2011, 12:06 AM
So, do I just toss it recycle it. What do you do with it?

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chris in va
September 26, 2011, 12:11 AM
Toss it.

HOWARD J
September 26, 2011, 12:11 AM
Some people throw it in the garbage
Some people place it in their city recycle bin
A lot of people save it & when they have a large amount they sell it for the brass $$$$$$$$$$$$$
Wharever floats your boat

Friendly, Don't Fire!
September 26, 2011, 12:15 AM
crush it and toss it in the trash

J_McLeod
September 26, 2011, 01:00 AM
I save it and take it to a local recycler. It's worth about $1.xx per pound.

ArchAngelCD
September 26, 2011, 01:07 AM
I throw it in the scrap bucket and when the bucket fills I take it to the recyclers for cash. I usually use the proceeds for additional reloading components. Brass is selling for a very high price these days.

Note: Save your spent primers because they are also brass and are also recyclable.

ReloaderFred
September 26, 2011, 01:41 AM
I second what ArchAngelCD says. I make a monthly trip to the recycler with brass, and the current price in my area is $2.25 a pound. It doesn't take long for it to add up. I even pick up expended .22 shells for the scrap bucket. This month's total was $99.00, but last month's total was $132.00.

If you're throwing it away, you're tossing money.

Hope this helps.

Fred

ArchAngelCD
September 26, 2011, 01:43 AM
I have been saving my 22 brass too especially when I'm shooting from the bench and it's sitting right there for me. I didn't make quite as much as you last month but I did make $54 and that's nothing to sneeze at!

jcwit
September 26, 2011, 01:46 AM
Save it and turn it in for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. I turned in just short of $1,000 bucks of .22 rimfire cases a little over a year ago. Like everything else the value is going up.

Course if you enjoy throwing money away, well then go for it.

evan price
September 26, 2011, 05:14 AM
$2.40 a pound locally.

Missionary
September 26, 2011, 05:49 AM
Good morning
Everything has value... I keep a 1 gallon bucket handy. One for brass, another for copper a big bag for aluminum......
Once a trip up north there I take it in to the recycle place on the way to the range and cash in. Do the same here in Peru. But if you have more money than cents just throw it away. As old Mr. Franklin copied out.. " waste not want not".
Mike in Peru

scythefwd
September 26, 2011, 06:26 AM
depending on size, make your own set of custom dippers for the common loads you shoot.

Or take it to the recycler.

W.E.G.
September 26, 2011, 06:45 AM
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W.E.G.
September 26, 2011, 06:48 AM
Check with your recycler.

Some will not accept nickel-plated brass.

I even had one tell me that the "firing pins" (I can only assume he meant "spent-primers") needed to be removed first. Others on this board have reported that recyclers have insisted that spent primers be removed from the cases.

I would throw the brass in the trash before I would sit down and pound spent primers out of 9mm brass just so it would pass muster at the recycler.

MtnCreek
September 26, 2011, 09:29 AM
crush it and toss it in the trash

+1 on crushing it. After that, it does not really matter.

bds
September 26, 2011, 09:35 AM
I now recycle all the unusable brass, including spent primer (they are brass also) as they pay better than aluminum cans by weight.

Pickup enough brass and you maybe able to pay for the purchase of a press or a new gun. :D And I am not kidding.

1000 45ACP brass is worth around $100.

MtnCreek
September 26, 2011, 09:44 AM
1000 45ACP brass is worth around $100.

Strange. It sells for around $55/1,000 as once fired for reloading...

Carl N. Brown
September 26, 2011, 10:01 AM
I got more at the metal recycler for a gallon zip lock bag of worn-out brass (five or more reloads, split neck, dents, calibers I don't reload) than I got for two lawn bags of aluminum cans (uncrushed). Paid for a few boxes of primers at the gunshop down the road from the recyclers.

ArchAngelCD
September 26, 2011, 11:44 AM
Paid for a few boxes of primers at the gunshop down the road from the recyclers.
There-ya-go! That's the name of the game I play...

scramasax
September 26, 2011, 11:53 AM
Melt it into bars to use for knife guards.

Cheers,

ts

USSR
September 26, 2011, 12:17 PM
Melt it into bars to use for knife guards.

Oh sure, 1700 degrees, no problem.:rolleyes:

Don

Kevin Rohrer
September 26, 2011, 12:48 PM
:evil: I was pitching it. Guess I'll go thru my waste baskets and bag it. :)

Mike1234567
September 26, 2011, 01:14 PM
Gee-whizz... the shooting ranges here are making a killing on brass alone. Almost no one here saves their brass.

ReloaderFred
September 26, 2011, 02:27 PM
There is an indoor range near here that takes 55 gallon drums full of brass to the recycler every couple of months. He watches the brass prices and when it's up, he loads up his barrels and heads to the recycler. He comes back with a huge check and empty barrels.

Hope this helps.

Fred

parker51
September 26, 2011, 02:32 PM
They recyle the brass from the range I shoot at so I usually save it and add it to their recycle bins at the range. They use the money for replacing back stops and maintenance of the range.

REL1203
September 26, 2011, 02:54 PM
Check with your recycler.

Some will not accept nickel-plated brass.

I even had one tell me that the "firing pins" (I can only assume he meant "spent-primers") needed to be removed first. Others on this board have reported that recyclers have insisted that spent primers be removed from the cases.

I would throw the brass in the trash before I would sit down and pound spent primers out of 9mm brass just so it would pass muster at the recycler.

Hey WEG, we are in the same area, and my 5gallon bucket is filling up finally. Who said that to you about the primers? I ask so that I can avoid taking my stuff to them. Potomac Metals was who i was planning on taking mine too when the time came. Any idea what their current price is?

Michael R.
September 26, 2011, 09:53 PM
i just throw it into a 5 gallon bucket and my dad also recycles wire. hes paid for a few guns with wire

FROGO207
September 26, 2011, 10:33 PM
Well the pile of brass that I took to the recyclers last year paid for a used Jeep Cherokee that I still drive to this day. I have several firearms that have been purchased with recycling profits that I consider gotten for free.:D I save all my brass, aluminum, and steel ammunition casings along with range brass and some other odd scraps of metal in 55 GAL drums in my garage. Lots better use of the garage than keeping a car in it. Save your brass, it is foolhardy not to IMHO.

rondog
September 27, 2011, 02:44 AM
Anybody ever try to melt down brass cases and pour 'em into ingots, then sell those at the scrapyard? Always wondered about that.

ReloaderFred
September 27, 2011, 02:56 AM
You would have to be able to bring the brass up to about 1750 degrees F, which would take a pretty good kiln or forge. Then there's the molds. Aluminum would melt as soon as the molten brass hit it, so you'd pretty much have to use heavy steel or cast iron molds. The problem of transfering it from the pot to the mold also presents itself. The energy required might also cancel out the profit...

I'm not saying it can't be done, only that it would probably be a lot of work.

Hope this helps.

Fred

evan price
September 27, 2011, 06:55 AM
@ bds:

You say you get $100 for 1000 45 acp?

1000 45acp is roughly 12.5 pounds. That means you are getting $8 a pound for yellow brass. I sell direct to the foundry and I'm only getting $2.40 a pound here.

How about a business proposition: I will ship to you 70# flat rate boxes of my scrap brass. I have roughly 400# right now just in scrap. At $8 a pound that's $3200. Send me a check for $1700 and I will send you #400 pounds of scrap cartridge brass and pay the shipping, you can make $1500 for doing nothing more than dropping the boxes off at your recycler. If it works out, I can send you approximately the same amount every month... Deal?
If this works out I will never bother sorting or tumbling brass ever again!

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