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What do you do with worn out brass?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Led66, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. Led66

    Led66 Member

    So, do I just toss it recycle it. What do you do with it?
  2. chris in va

    chris in va Well-Known Member

    Toss it.

    HOWARD J Well-Known Member

    Some people throw it in the garbage
    Some people place it in their city recycle bin
    A lot of people save it & when they have a large amount they sell it for the brass $$$$$$$$$$$$$
    Wharever floats your boat

    BADUNAME37 Well-Known Member

    crush it and toss it in the trash
  5. J_McLeod

    J_McLeod Well-Known Member

    I save it and take it to a local recycler. It's worth about $1.xx per pound.
  6. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I throw it in the scrap bucket and when the bucket fills I take it to the recyclers for cash. I usually use the proceeds for additional reloading components. Brass is selling for a very high price these days.

    Note: Save your spent primers because they are also brass and are also recyclable.
  7. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    I second what ArchAngelCD says. I make a monthly trip to the recycler with brass, and the current price in my area is $2.25 a pound. It doesn't take long for it to add up. I even pick up expended .22 shells for the scrap bucket. This month's total was $99.00, but last month's total was $132.00.

    If you're throwing it away, you're tossing money.

    Hope this helps.

  8. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I have been saving my 22 brass too especially when I'm shooting from the bench and it's sitting right there for me. I didn't make quite as much as you last month but I did make $54 and that's nothing to sneeze at!
  9. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Save it and turn it in for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. I turned in just short of $1,000 bucks of .22 rimfire cases a little over a year ago. Like everything else the value is going up.

    Course if you enjoy throwing money away, well then go for it.
  10. evan price

    evan price Well-Known Member

    $2.40 a pound locally.
  11. Missionary

    Missionary Well-Known Member

    Good morning
    Everything has value... I keep a 1 gallon bucket handy. One for brass, another for copper a big bag for aluminum......
    Once a trip up north there I take it in to the recycle place on the way to the range and cash in. Do the same here in Peru. But if you have more money than cents just throw it away. As old Mr. Franklin copied out.. " waste not want not".
    Mike in Peru
  12. scythefwd

    scythefwd Well-Known Member

    depending on size, make your own set of custom dippers for the common loads you shoot.

    Or take it to the recycler.
  13. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member

  14. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member

    Check with your recycler.

    Some will not accept nickel-plated brass.

    I even had one tell me that the "firing pins" (I can only assume he meant "spent-primers") needed to be removed first. Others on this board have reported that recyclers have insisted that spent primers be removed from the cases.

    I would throw the brass in the trash before I would sit down and pound spent primers out of 9mm brass just so it would pass muster at the recycler.
  15. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member

    +1 on crushing it. After that, it does not really matter.
  16. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    I now recycle all the unusable brass, including spent primer (they are brass also) as they pay better than aluminum cans by weight.

    Pickup enough brass and you maybe able to pay for the purchase of a press or a new gun. :D And I am not kidding.

    1000 45ACP brass is worth around $100.
  17. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member


    Strange. It sells for around $55/1,000 as once fired for reloading...
  18. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member

    I got more at the metal recycler for a gallon zip lock bag of worn-out brass (five or more reloads, split neck, dents, calibers I don't reload) than I got for two lawn bags of aluminum cans (uncrushed). Paid for a few boxes of primers at the gunshop down the road from the recyclers.
  19. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    There-ya-go! That's the name of the game I play...
  20. scramasax

    scramasax Well-Known Member

    Melt it into bars to use for knife guards.



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