Better to buy .223 or .45 brass?


February 15, 2013, 05:40 PM
I met a guy that told me he has a lot off brass for sale. I'm thinking a 5 gallon bucket or something. Went to his place and he has over 2,000lbs.
There was 500 lbs of 45 brass and probably 700lbs of .223. I don't have enough for all of it right now.

What would you buy first?

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February 15, 2013, 05:43 PM
Buy what you need most.

February 15, 2013, 06:22 PM
How much does he want for the 223? Maybe some of us could split it?

February 15, 2013, 06:22 PM
If he doesn't want it and you don't want it all, and if I were you-

Buy all of it, sell online. The market is screaming for it, and seller wants to get rid of it. You would be helping out the seller, yourself, and future buyer. Everyone wins.

If making easy money and putting postage on things is not your style? 45 acp brass lasts many loads, 223 wears out faster. Take far more 223 then 45.

R. Walter
February 15, 2013, 06:27 PM
Do you mean pounds or rounds?

February 15, 2013, 09:17 PM

Buy all of the .223 you can afford. .45 seems to be much easier to find laying around at any public range and it's not in as high of demand as .223. Scrap price is roughly $2/lb, if he'll take $1.50/lb you're going to come out ahead even if most of it is no good and you have to recycle it.

February 16, 2013, 01:00 AM
I am buying it to resell. He want's $2.20/lb. I'll probably reload some also. I'll start out buying the .223. That's what I was thinking also, I just wanted some other opinions. There are other mixed brass with them though. I saw some .270 and 30-06 but they will sell also. I looked hard for some .50 cals but didn't see any.

I mean pounds, not rounds. There were large tubs full. He told me each tub weighed 500lbs.

Unfortunately, he lives right next to a scrap yard and knows the price of brass scrap.

February 16, 2013, 01:11 AM
Buy it all, quickly. You will make money on all of it if you advertise and sell quickly. The market will recover in a few months and prices will return to normal, and the bottom may very well fall out on brass.

February 16, 2013, 02:01 AM
About how many pieces of .223 brass are there in one pound? And, where the heck did he get 700 pounds of .223 brass, that's a lot of brass!

February 16, 2013, 02:37 AM
It's been awhile since I've weighed a piece of .223 brass but I remember it bein roughly twice the weight of most of my .45 brass. The .45 brass being around 70gr. So lets say .223 brass is 150gr. 700lbs would equate to about 32,000 pieces. But if its 200gr per piece it'd still be 24,000 pieces of brass. So if you buy 700lbs at $2.20/lb. that's about $1500. Lets say you walk away with 25,000pcs, at $120 per thousand you'd double your money. Going rate is more like $150 per 1000pcs. At $120 you double your money, sell it off quick, and do the shooting community a favor by saving that poor brass from destruction. Go for it. Just get a stack of flat rate boxes from the post office and tack on $12.00 for shipping or sell it locally.

February 16, 2013, 04:00 AM
I just been selling off a bit of 223 and it weighs an average of 73 shells per pound or right at 97.22 grains each.

At least the mixed head stamp stuff I have weighs that, an online search shows other people listing it at 95 grains average.

Michael Grace

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