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22 or Steel Case Ammo Disposal?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by TenDriver, May 23, 2012.

  1. TenDriver

    TenDriver Well-Known Member

    What do you guys do after shooting them? We've always thrown them in the trash, but if there is a more responsible thing to do I'm listening.
  2. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    Recycle them. You'll make money that way, with which, you can buy more ammo.
  3. Owen Sparks

    Owen Sparks member

    What would be irresponsible about throwing them in the trash?
  4. TenDriver

    TenDriver Well-Known Member

    Absolutely nothing. I'm just wondering if there is a way to recycle them. I would imagine I could throw the steel cases in with the municipal recycling, but if someone there ends up sorting them out and throwing them in the trash I'm just creating more work for someone else. Also curious if the brass 22 hulls are recyclable.

    It's not an issue in my neck of the woods, but in other places I can see a benefit to lowering the "footprint" of target shooters.
  5. Sport45

    Sport45 Well-Known Member

    I toss the steel cases in the trash. Aluminum goes in the bag with cans for recycle. Rimfire and brass cases I can't use go in a milk jug. When it's about full I take the brass and aluminum to the recycler to trade for cash. A milk jug full of cartridge brass is worth a lot more than a trash bag full of crushed cans...
  6. CountryUgly

    CountryUgly Well-Known Member

    The unusable stuff i just toss in a 5 gallon bucket and when it fillls up i just send it to the scrap yard with the other recycled metals.
  7. Owen Sparks

    Owen Sparks member

    Wouldn't a bucket of spent .22 brass be fairly valuable?
  8. TenDriver

    TenDriver Well-Known Member

    I think my question has been answered. I just hadn't thought about recycling that stuff until today.

    Maybe a milk jug of spent 22 cases might buy a box of new ones.

    Thanks y'all.
  9. Sport45

    Sport45 Well-Known Member

    It'll buy more than that. I'm guessing a milk jug full will net at least $20. But it'll take a while fill with 22 cases...
  10. jrdolall

    jrdolall Well-Known Member

    I have never bothered picking up .22 cases but I guess I should start. If I can recycle them it would be good since we shoot about 5k per month. I will need to rig up some brass catchers for the .22s or it will take hours to get them picked up.
    We do pick up the steel cases and I have always just put them in the garbage.
  11. skeeziks

    skeeziks Well-Known Member

    Quote= "I'm guessing a milk jug full will net at least $20."

    Where can I cash in my .22 LR brass and collect my 20 bucks?
  12. Orion8472

    Orion8472 Well-Known Member

    ^ +1

    Sounds good, . . . but unless you have a place to actually do that, . . . the information is of no value.
  13. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    Google for local metal recyclers.

    Brass and copper are quite valuable as compared to aluminum and steel. Clean brass is usually close to $2/pound; A 5 gallon bucket full could be $100 worth. If you have room to store the stuff, don't throw it away.
  14. danweasel

    danweasel Well-Known Member

    I always threw them away based on some one telling me that the priming reside (and in centerfires the primer itself) made them not eligible for recycling.
  15. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    Chemical residues usually do not make recyclable metals unclean; That stuff will burn off or rise to the top when it's melted down. "dirty" scrap is stuff like aluminum engine blocks with many steel parts threaded/pressed in.

    Primers? They're also usually brass (both cup and anvil).
  16. BCRider

    BCRider Well-Known Member

    Every city and most larger towns will typically have a scrap metal dealer. Brass is big money and even the .22's are well worth raking up and scooping into buckets at any typical range.

    Even steel casings are worth selling back to the scrap dealer if you have enough of them.

    For those of us which shoot solo or move around bending over to gather our .22 brass is more about leaving the area clean than going for the cash. It would probably take five or six cases worth of .22 brass being collected up to have enough scrap money to pay for a new case of ammo.
  17. TurtlePhish

    TurtlePhish Well-Known Member

    Me and my dad save .22 cases to melt down and cast things out of.
  18. CountryUgly

    CountryUgly Well-Known Member

    Close the last bucket I hauled in was $93.93 and that was about 4 months ago. Brass was $1.86 a pound that day. Do the math and you'll know that bucket was heavy, had to use hand trucks to move it. (psst the haul came in at an even 50lbs) I'd hate to know how much I spent filling it up.
  19. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    IIRC The last trip I took to the recyclers in march was 6 five gal buckets full of .22 brass. At the metal recyclers cartridge brass was $1.94 a LB. The net was $319 and change. I think that metal scrap is well worth saving to sell back. BTW I have 4 options to sell to within reasonable driving distance and try to do so quarterly.
  20. Tim the student

    Tim the student Well-Known Member

    What kinds of stuff do you guys make out of it, if you don't mind me asking.

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