Is brass worth picking up?


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matai
August 28, 2013, 01:48 AM
For those of you that don't reload, do you find it worthwhile to pickup your brass? I've been picking it up off and on. Is it worthwhile to sell it? Can you get much for it? I recently saw this brass credit program which got me thinking about it:

http://www.freedommunitions.com/Brass-Credit-Program-s/48072.htm

Thanks

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gamestalker
August 28, 2013, 01:55 AM
Even before I started reloading, which was over 30 yrs. ago I picked brass up. And now days it's even more worth while to pick brass up for recycling, or for the purpose of using it as monetary credit toward purchases with those companies that either buy it out right, or provide store credit.

Now back in the old days, I would never pass up 22 lr brass, as CCI would offer retailers money, and then the retailer would either buy it from us, or offer a credit toward other ammo purchases.

GS

spectralman
August 28, 2013, 01:58 AM
I hope you're just kidding, right? Even if you don't reload, you can use it to trade for other gun-related stuff. Brass is darn valuable these days. And who knows, some day you might join the rest of us reloaders.

matai
August 28, 2013, 02:00 AM
I hope you're just kidding, right? Even if you don't reload, you can use it to trade for other gun-related stuff. Brass is darn valuable these days. And who knows, some day you might join the rest of us reloaders.
So what's the easiest way to sell it?

Justin
August 28, 2013, 02:08 AM
A lot of people sell it on forums, or via websites like GunBroker.

mgmorden
August 28, 2013, 03:42 AM
Think about it this way: every time your pistol fires it throws out a nickel.

Every time your rifle fires it throws out a dime.

Would you leave them on the ground?

Carl N. Brown
August 28, 2013, 04:46 AM
I pick up my brass and any abandoned brass left by shooters who have left the range (which is less and less these days, I may add).

Brass I or my son don't reload, damaged brass, or fired reloads past their prime, go into a gallon zip lock bag in a box on the shelf. When full, I run a magnet through it to cull out copper-washed steel cases, and take it to the metal recyclers with my crushed aluminum cans. I get more for the gallon bag of brass than I get for a lawn bag of crushed aluminum cans.

Is brass worth picking up? If I charged myself $10 an hour for the accumulated minutes at the end of a range session, probably not, but then the same with crushing cans and accumulating them. But the activity keeps me off the street corners hanging out with riff-raff, and gives me some pocket change for buying primers and the like, so the activity is worth doing.

tarosean
August 28, 2013, 05:00 AM
Ill pay it forward with stuff I do not reload. Selling it I generally have to go outta my way...
Giving it away they come to me.

But yeah save it to sell or give away.. its better than leaving it where you shoot.

303tom
August 28, 2013, 10:46 AM
We have a Recycling Center that pays almost 2 bucks a pound for Brass, you damn right I pick up Brass !...............

TrickyDick
August 28, 2013, 11:04 AM
If I shoot something I don't reload, i'll save it and trade it for brass I do reload.

Arkansas Paul
August 28, 2013, 11:04 AM
You can sell it right here in our classifieds. If you sell a certain amount, you have to sign up as a vendor, but if you do that much I suspect it would be worth it.

mrt.bolt
August 28, 2013, 11:17 AM
I just started picking up all the stray brass. You'll be surprised how quickly it adds up. Some day I will reload, just not right now.

Speedo66
August 28, 2013, 11:31 AM
I always picked up my brass, even though I only reload one caliber. Being doing it forever.

When the ammo shortage came, I was sitting on a goldmine. Sold it off, and bought a new gun.

berettaprofessor
August 28, 2013, 11:41 AM
Don't sell it off by the pound! Sell it as once-fired, preferably deprimed and cleaned, and its worth a lot more!

Queen_of_Thunder
August 28, 2013, 11:58 AM
For those of you that don't reload, do you find it worthwhile to pickup your brass? I've been picking it up off and on. Is it worthwhile to sell it? Can you get much for it? I recently saw this brass credit program which got me thinking about it:

http://www.freedommunitions.com/Brass-Credit-Program-s/48072.htm

Thanks
Oh yea. I've got 10 gallons of 45acp and 5 gallons of 9mm thats cleaned and sealed up for later use and at least 5 gallons more of both that needs to be cleaned.

tyeo098
August 28, 2013, 12:59 PM
Even steel case stuff is valuable, if you know how to use it.
That said, if anyone has any 7.62x39 steel cases, I'm buying! (seriously. PM me.)

Zeke/PA
August 28, 2013, 02:53 PM
I mostly pick up range brass that I have reason to believe is once fired.
I usually wait till after a pistol shoot at my club and go from there.
Ideally, after some LEF"S shoot factory ammo is the time to scrounge.
Suprisingly, .38 Special stuff is promenent. 9mm's I give away as the .45 Auto empties.
Right now, after a few years of these forways my favorite .38 Special brass collection will last me and my ancestors for a VERY long time.
Usually, after a Shoot, I'm the ONLY guy looking for empties.
Can't understand it!

beatledog7
August 28, 2013, 03:07 PM
Don't sell it off by the pound! Sell it as once-fired, preferably deprimed and cleaned, and its worth a lot more! [emphasis added]

Caveat: A lot of us prefer to buy brass dirty, unsized, and still with the spent primers. It gives a much better sense of its condition and can provide clues to any issues.

Queen_of_Thunder
August 28, 2013, 03:24 PM
I just clean mine.

Officers'Wife
August 28, 2013, 03:50 PM
*sigh* Maybe you don't reload, but I'll bet it wouldn't be hard for you to find someone that does. I shoot my little Winnie 32-20 carbine about twice a week. Thanks to my brother reloading I buy ammunition every other month. My the casings wear out they go to one of our employees that has a hobby foundry furnace and casts metal. Last Christmas he gave my daughter the cutest little unicorn statue that was once ammunition shells.

In one fell swoop two men are kept out of trouble in their spare time just by taking a few minutes to pick up the empties. Don't let a good boy go bad. Police your brass.

Frankl03
August 28, 2013, 03:59 PM
I always pick up my empties and any other that are laying around. If I go to the conservation range I go through the brass bucket for calibers I reload. At the club I belong to not much gets left laying around.

I sell the stuff I don't use.

USAF_Vet
August 28, 2013, 04:41 PM
I don't reload and I pick up brass. I know people who do, and I'm getting into reloading, so I save what I can for the future. I just got a shotgun reloading press, so I'll start picking up fired hulls, too. Gonna get a great start since the annual family shootout is this weekend. Should keep me in spent hulls for awhile. Brass, too.

Newcatwalt
August 28, 2013, 04:45 PM
Yes, it's worth picking up. I pick up all my brass, except for .22 LR, and any other brass I see laying around. I set aside the brass I may want to reload in the future and sell the rest for $2.00+ per pound locally.

Potatohead
August 28, 2013, 04:46 PM
Family shootout. Sounds dangerous!

spectralman
August 28, 2013, 05:45 PM
On the classified section of any firearms forum, like this one.

Jackal
August 28, 2013, 06:20 PM
I have always picked up brass, even though I dont reload. My ex wife used to pick it up when she was little. Her and her dad would go to the range, she would police brass, then she recycled it in order to buy things she wanted.

ball3006
August 28, 2013, 07:24 PM
I have always been a brass hound at the range. I have reloaded for 50 years. I now have more brass than I can ever use up in the rest of my lifetime...chris3

Skylerbone
August 28, 2013, 07:56 PM
Everyone else says yes? Well I say no! Leave it there, the market is saturated, nobody wants it, which range do you shoot at?

I sort and clean then donate to my LGS anything I don't load for. He's far better to me than I to him so it's an easy thing to do. It's also kept me shooting during the current ammo crunch as I had a healthy supply of components.

Tinpig
August 28, 2013, 08:09 PM
Where I shoot we pick up everything because it's our range and we like it that way. Brass gets recycled or reloaded.
:)

Tinpig

orionengnr
August 28, 2013, 08:10 PM
I think that the fact that most ranges are utterly devoid of anything resembling brass is what's known as...a clue. :)

jmace57
August 28, 2013, 10:55 PM
I pick mine up and periodically just give it to someone who reloads. The gun range where I shoot are such d*cks about it, that I'd rather give to anyone other than leave it.

medalguy
August 28, 2013, 11:18 PM
Spot copper today hit $3.32 and finished out at $3.28. Hell yes it's worth picking up.

Oxidation
August 29, 2013, 12:25 AM
I don't reload but have always picked up all brass Ive found at the ranges. I just couldn't let it sit there and go to waste.

rugerman
August 29, 2013, 11:54 AM
My son and I used to go to the range several times a month and shoot and take turns picking up brass. We would sort, clean and bag it up and take it to gun shows and sell or trade it. I have bought 8 pound cans of powder, primmers and a Marlin 38/357 rifle with the brass that I picked up, well worth the time and effort.

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