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Old June 16, 2013, 12:25 PM   #26
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I have only marked primers with sharpies for load development. I have heard of people using an ink pad for rubber stamps and they press the bottom of the case on the ink pad to color the bottom of the case. sounds fast and easy.
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Old June 16, 2013, 12:25 PM   #27
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I marked some of my brass with a Sharpie stripe (all of them already had primer markings). While the stripe does smear and in some cases come off, it works well enough to identify most of the time. I managed to come home with all the empties I fired.

The brass black seems like a decent idea to try, I will have to track some down.
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Old June 16, 2013, 01:36 PM   #28
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I use one of the Magnum size markers in what ever the brightest color I can find.
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Old September 2, 2013, 03:08 PM   #29
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One of my buddies shoots, and goes to Glock matches a lot.

He has a little cage on the end of a pole, he runs it over his brass on the ground, picks them up real neat. He does nor re load, but gives the fired cases to a guy who does.
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Old June 21, 2014, 08:29 PM   #30
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I recently bought some paint pens and I will be updating this thread as I get pictures and results available. Hopefully in the next few weeks.
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Old June 23, 2014, 09:57 PM   #31
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Here we have the test paint, from Testors in 3 colors (the black is actually Sharpie). Although it is admittedly blurry, you can still clearly pick up the contrast. I have already tried red Sharpie marks to good effect and it looks like the light blue paint will be perfect if it holds up to feeding and extraction.
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Old June 24, 2014, 06:38 AM   #32
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A colored sharpie has worked well for me when I've needed to use one. Even in AL's the sharpie will be easily visible. Just run it all the way around the cartridge, you'll see it right away.

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Old June 24, 2014, 05:09 PM   #33
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Do you have any problems with some of the Sharpie mark coming off?
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Old June 25, 2014, 10:12 PM   #34
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i, like most folks here normally use a sharpie marker. although most felt tip marking pens would do. but on occasion, i have also dipped several rounds (fully loaded not quite to the bullet) in Dykem layout die. they make 2 different colors, deep blue and red. and i am sure there are other manufacturers making layout die for the tool & die trade.
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Old June 25, 2014, 10:18 PM   #35
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X_wrench, interesting idea, but I'm not sure I'd do it with loaded rounds. Do you have any issues with the dye penetrating primers?
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Old June 26, 2014, 05:11 PM   #36
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If you catch it, you don't have to go hunting.
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=283657
I agree. I've always appreciated guys who use brass catchers at the range. Shows class.
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Old June 26, 2014, 10:34 PM   #37
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Painful losing my 9mm Mak brass, the regular nine I dobn't mind.
Sharpie seems to work for me.
I use red, blue, green and black in the large size.
Can do the whole case head with 2 swipes.

Maybe hot pink when they are going to end up in the grass?
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Old June 27, 2014, 06:14 AM   #38
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Dudedog, I started doing that exact thing on my 9mm Mak brass, but I found that since the cases almost always land on their side, the sharpie marks are hard to see.

As for a brass catcher, I would love to have one that I can use. Unfortunately, several of my guns have erratic ejection patterns that would force me to put the catcher in off-limits areas (the walkway behind the line for instance). Whenever I have a friend shooting with me we usually alternate picking up each other's brass.

I DO have a rigid brass catcher for my PTR because it not only throws brass 30 feet, but also in front of the line. Plus, being a rifle I can actually mount the catcher to it.
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