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How much brass is enough?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Wildbillz, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. Wildbillz

    Wildbillz Well-Known Member

    Hi All
    I have been cleaning up around the reloading bench and finding stuff I didn't remember having. I opened one ammo can (one of the 20mm type) and found three or four K of once fired LC 30-06 brass that I bought years ago. I don't know when the last time I reloaded 06 was.

    So I got to thinking. How much brass is enough? I have some calibers that I have more then 10K of brass (not counting the loaded stuff). At what point do I move from good to go to hoarder?

  2. Rico567

    Rico567 Well-Known Member

    These days, judging by what I read about how difficult it is to get components and lot of ammo, you're probably small time. I wouldn't worry about it.
  3. medalguy

    medalguy Well-Known Member

    +1 on this. I have over 75,000 pieces of various pistol and rifle brass waiting to be used, plus quite a bit of loaded ammo. I'm always looking for brass left at the range and even buy it when I find an especially good deal. You can never have "too much" brass. It doesn't eat and it's money in the bank as far as I'm concerned.

    BTW I have probably 10,000 rounds of .30-06 brass sitting in cans, just waiting......
  4. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    Too much is when you have to move out to make room.
    Alternate definition, too much is when the significant other begins to comment on the credit card statements for MidwayUSA and Graf and Sons, and that her sewing room is full of pallets. That might be a sign you may need to cut back.
    Otherwise, copacetic, amigo.
  5. Wildbillz

    Wildbillz Well-Known Member

    Thank goodness I was worried there might be something wrong with me. Looks like I am AOK.

  6. rodregier

    rodregier Well-Known Member

    It it bothers you, trade some of it for something you have in less depth :)

    I'm constantly "balancing" my component holdings so that I have roughly
    equal production quantities of brass, propellant, projectiles and primers for a given cartridge. Brass is tricky, since you can get multiple firing from most varieties. (That of course assumes range usage).

    The other way to look at your holdings is how hard would it be to acquire
    if you had too little. Primers can potentially be the worse, since projectiles and propellants
    seen to flow from offshore much more readily than do primers. There are still a lot of non-reloaders out there who can act as a ready source of cartridge brass...
  7. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member

    Assess what you will actually use over the course of the next three years.

    The three-year articles are active.

    Everything else is excess, and is subject to purge if circumstances warrant.
    Have an expedient plan for purging all excess.

    Once fired brass in common calibers sells very quickly on the internet.
    But, only if you have a system for posting it in a way that maximizes the value, and also a system for fulfilling customers' orders.
  8. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    It has been about 20 years since I reloaded and shot my 7mm International Rimmed Contender. No way I will get rid of my inventory of 30-30 cases used to form the 7mm International Rimmed cases.

    If you got space. I'd keep what you got. It is not like we have to pay inventory tax on it.
  9. mugsie

    mugsie Well-Known Member

    You guys have too much! I have several hundred pieces of each caliber I reload from, and as it gets old, toss it and replenish it with either range pick ups or new. There's no need to store hundreds of thousands of cases with no hope of shooting it. Do you have powder for all those cases? Bullets? Primers? I do. If TEOTWAWKI happens, not only will I have sufficient to satisfy my needs, but any more I need I can take from the fallen. Hoarding hundreds of thousands of pieces only contributes to the shortages and price gouging.

    So, after listening to my rant, and feeling bad, you need to make amends. Send me all your excess brass. I'll forgive you your excesses, you'll feel better, and I'll distribute a lot of it to those in need.

    Seriously guys, only you can answer if what you have is too much. You asked me my opinion, I stated it.

    Stay well all.....
  10. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Well-Known Member

    I probably have more than I'll ever load, but I still pick up every piece I see at the range and dig through the brass buckets as well. It's a sickness I tell ya.
  11. KansasSasquatch

    KansasSasquatch Well-Known Member

    If you have the room to store it and don't need cash, no reason not to keep it.

    If it's something you know you're not likely to ever use though, there's not much reason to keep it. Under that circumstance I'd personally look into getting rid of most of it keeping a small amount, just in case.
  12. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Well-Known Member

    I haven't begun to reach the point where I feel like I should not pick up brass the more the merrier
  13. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Well-Known Member

    ^ Absolutely.
    Heck, even if you're not going to load it, you can trade it or sell it for extra cash to buy components you do need.
  14. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    I have enough brass when I don't need to shoot in order to reload. :)

    The only caliber I'm a bit short on is 40SW, of all things. That must be the most plentiful and cheap brass around.
  15. BSA1

    BSA1 Well-Known Member

    It's not hoarding, it's recycling.
  16. CoalTrain49

    CoalTrain49 Well-Known Member

    I only load 3 cartridges. I have 1K for my hand guns. I think that's all I will need. When I get down to 500 I'll by more. Brass isn't like any of the other components in that you can reuse it several times.

    By the way if anyone has any 30 carbine brass I could use it. None to be found new or used anywhere. Used to be you could buy it new for 0.30. Now people want nearly that for range pick-ups.
  17. plmitch

    plmitch Well-Known Member

    Never have to much. I have brass for calibers I don't shoot. It trade fodder.
  18. joustin

    joustin Well-Known Member

    I want to have 10k 223 and 45 auto on hand, I guess than 5k or so 308 would be enough. I like not having to look for it when needed. I have the money now and if I find a good deal I'll buy a few thousand, its cheaper today than it will be tomorrow.
  19. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    If you might use it, it's free and you have a place to put it, you can't have too much.

  20. SFreed

    SFreed Well-Known Member

    When we recently moved I realized I have 92 pounds of 9mm brass. I don't even have a 9mm handgun, but I can't seem to stop picking it up at the range.

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