Range Rat: How many?


December 16, 2012, 06:05 PM
I may be facing a crisis (not Mayan related). I just came back with 228 pieces of .40 brass from the range. I pick up what others leave, and now have two full coffee cans, and 228, and do not own a .40. What is the official number necessary before I MUST add a .40 handgun to my gathering?:D

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December 16, 2012, 06:16 PM
Dunno, I've got 1500 pieces of .45 brass sitting in the garage.

I don't own a .45 OR reload :D!

December 16, 2012, 07:34 PM
I've heard Georgia Arms will take empty brass in trade. I have several calibers of brass I don't own. I'm storing for future trade or just in case...

December 16, 2012, 07:42 PM
I had a one gallon bucket full of brass I didn't reload for. Brought it too a salvage yard and they have me 80 bucks for it. Sold it as scrap brass for 2 bucks a pound

December 16, 2012, 07:47 PM
I pick it up, sort it when I get time, and hang on to it. Even if I don't have a gun for, I figure it doesn't spoil or go down in value.

December 16, 2012, 08:08 PM
My range trip usually consists of a couple of hours shooting, and a couple of hours scrounging brass, and where I shoot, there's always plenty. I don't discriminate. If it's brass, I pick it up. I sort it all out and put the stuff I reload into my stock. The rest goes into bins for trade with someone who does reload it.

December 16, 2012, 08:24 PM
The second you picked up the first one you became obligated to get one. :evil:

Now start a "which. 40" thread!

Arkansas Paul
December 16, 2012, 08:25 PM
Oh yeah. I pick up everything, and it's encouraged at our range. There are separate containers for empty brass and members are welcome to go through it and get anything they need. Prolly 8 times out of 10, there's nothing in them when I go. The other 2 times, I empty it myself. :)

December 16, 2012, 08:29 PM
Once you get more pieces of brass than the gun you want costs in dollars.

So if you have 500 casings then you can buy a $500 gun. That's my logic.

December 16, 2012, 08:38 PM
I like the owners of the practice range where I shoot. I pick up the brass that I can reload. Other Reloaders do the same--hopefully. What we can't use, once in a while the owners pick up and sell for scrap.
Brass that's picked up and and won't be used , is brass another reloader can't get or use.
I've never had to buy pistol brass.

December 16, 2012, 08:45 PM
IM currently reloading 45 acp and don't own one yet:neener:

Bush Pilot
December 17, 2012, 12:48 AM
IM currently reloading 45 acp and don't own one yet:neener:
That must make testing loads a bit difficult.

December 17, 2012, 02:55 AM
I pick up what is useable to take home and sort. Once everything is cleaned and separated I keep the calibers I have and store the rest for my LGS. Once a Ziploc is full I take it in and give it to him to sell or give away.

Texan Scott
December 17, 2012, 03:24 AM
Clean, sort, and sell the brass. Save up the money until you have enough to buy the gun.
Of course you'll object: but now I don't have any brass for it!
You'll own the gun, silly... go make more!

December 17, 2012, 05:11 AM
IM currently reloading 45 acp and don't own one yet:neener:
Me too! I thought I was the only wackjob doing this!!!

December 17, 2012, 01:58 PM
IMHO one you get to 1000 you need to buy a pistol and reloading dies for it :)


December 17, 2012, 02:57 PM
Face it. If you didn't plan on loading for your own pistol, you wouldn't have picked it up in the first place. So by the fact that you've picked it up, it means you want one. Now go get one.
If you didn't want to buy the pistol, shouldn't'a picked up the brass in the first place.

December 17, 2012, 07:11 PM
@ SDM, I've got a set of 40 cal dies and i no longer load for it. PM me and i'll send them to you. You're gonna need them for your new gun :D
I pick up my 9 mm and 45 acp brass and sometimes brass others leave behind. One outdoor range i visit has a guy that shows up on busy days and all he does is salvage brass. He's kind of annoying and you have to watch him. On the other hand I don't think there is one single reloader at the indoor range and the brass just gets swept into a big pile.

December 17, 2012, 07:26 PM
I've sold .40 brass locally to other reloaders for $.03 each. so 1000 is only $30 but I put it towards what ever project I'm saving for. Every couple months I get it all cleaned and sorted and sell it on C-list locally. Usually goes in a few days and I get some cash. If its rare and I only have a few, like rifle 270 rounds, I found 5 of them. I just gave it to a buddy at work that reloaded 270. He was surprised, He's never seen 270 range brass. If you have a steady in flow of brass, you could put together a decent nest egg for whatever you want.

Hint for counting: get a scale and weigh count, much better than counting to 1000 a few times. It look me longer to type this last time than it takes me to weigh count 1000 or so rounds.

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