Caldwell brass catcher, 6.5Creedmoor, 200 rounds, holes in bag, wth?

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  1. evtSmtx

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    So I was really happy with the caldwell brass catcher on my AR10 because I didn't have to chase brass and worry about bubba or cletus stepping on my berry, berry 'spensive Norma brass.

    The happiness started to fade yesterday as I saw 1 out of every 5 or six or so coming out a hole that had formed in the bag. It was an indoor range so the bag slowed it down enough that it didn't fly too far but still. This is a 6.5creedmoor not a 50 bmg and this hole developed after 170 rounds?

    Anybody have any better, pic rail mounted answer than calledwell for AR-10?
     
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    Now you know why the Good Lord invented duct tape. But put it on the inside. :)
     
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    Now I don't care who ya are, that duct tape idea is genius
     
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    Gotta love redneck engineering. If you wanted to get real fancy, you could make the whole thing out of duct tape :D
     
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    If you get another you may want to look at "catchyourbrass.com". Everyone who's seen mine has bought one. It's very good.
     
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    I bought the "CTK precision universal brass catcher". The weight has a tapped hole to allow it to be mounted on a tripod. It has held up quite well for me. I got it at Brownells.
     
  7. Jeff H

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    Quite likely that the hole was created by hot brass melting it. On the rare occasion I strap a brass catcher on my AR, I leave the zipper open. The bag slows down the brass without holding the hot brass and it falls at my feet.

    Fix the hole with duct tape and move on.
     
  8. aka108

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    I had one of those brass catchers. Did not work well for the Garand so I left it at the range for anyone who wanted it.
     
  9. cfullgraf

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    If the term "duct tape" ruffles your feathers as a red neck solution, just call it "100 mph tape" instead.

    Good idea to fix it with tape.

    I like the Caldwell brass catchers on my AR-15s. I use one bag for several rifles where the mount is in the same position. I figure to save the other bags for when the first one fails. No holes yet though.

    I'm catching mostly 223 Rem, 204 Ruger and 300 BLK. I do shoot larger cases like 22x6.8, and 6.5 Grendel a little but those projects have been in idle for a while. Larger cases probably retain more BTUs longer than the smaller one.

    I do not let too many cases accumulate in the bag before emptying it. But, I do find cases sticking to the mesh once in a while.

    I'll leave the zipper open if shooting prone. Not so much when shooting from a bench as the cases roll off the bench in every direction.
     
  10. Woolecox

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    Caldwell is crap. Get yourself a 3Bucc.

    http://www.3bucc.com
     
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    You might find one here: https://elmfg.com/store/brasscatcher.html#_129

    Good luck!
     
  12. Walkalong

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    Well, I can't agree the Caldwell is crap. I have two and have extra mounts so I can use them on multiple guns. They have worked just fine. Catch them on sale and I consider them a good deal.

    The 3bucc might be a better option, I dunno, looks ok, but the website leaves much to be desired.
     
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    I really like the looks of that one. I may try one in the future. Right now my Caldwells are doing the job though.
     
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    Looking at the web sites for the alternate brass catchers made me think that I might work with my wife to make a replacement bag for the Caldwell frame made out of natural fibers that will not melt.

    Once a pattern is made, they should not be too difficult to make particularly if one uses a hook and loop closure instead of a zipper.
     
  15. Walkalong

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    Yep, replacement bags should be very easy to make.
     
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    Does the metal frame dent brass?
     
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    The cutest one I have seen on the bench does not mount on the rifle. It sort of looks like miniature one of the nets used to catch golf balls and sits on the bench next to the rifle.
     
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    Not that I have seen.
     
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    Even better is 'speed tape,' AKA aluminum hi-temp ducting tape. That stuff won't melt & make a mess on your brass like rubberized duck tape will (quack). Having used the latter to secure moleskin (nothing works better) while backpacking, it will make quite the mess if heated.

    TCB
     
  20. rodregier

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    Had the same issue with Caldwell bag on an AR15 pattern rifle in .223 Rem.

    The hot brass apparently eventually melts the polymer mesh at the point where the ejected hot brass directly contacts the bag.

    Had a friend sew a leather patch on that one place, should now be fine.

    Caldwell should improve this design by either doing something similar
    from the factory or use higher-temperature rated mesh.

    Overall I was very impressed how easy the Caldwell goes on and how trouble-free
    the brass catching works. Really speeds up range usage of an AR15 pattern rifle
    since you don't have to pick brass afterwards.
     
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    It's made by Caldwell as well. And it's the same material that will melt. It shouldn't be as prone to melt since it's not catching it as it ejects. It also has little weight and is prone to blowing over.

    Don't get me wrong I love both brass catcher types. The larger one mounted on a tripod is great for semiauto pistols. Purchasing a 10mm forced my hand and I purchased it. I have not had any issues w/ hot cases sticking or melting a hole in the fabric. But it does have a habit of kicking some back out of the net. They land at your feet so you don't have to chase them down. Worth the money to me.
     
  22. Woolecox

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    Yeah it is totally useless. Best to get them from 3rd party vendors. If you want extra mounts, you have to send 3Bucc a letter and a check. Takes about 3 weeks to get them.

    But they are hands down the best brass catchers I have ever used.
     
  23. Walkalong

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    3rd party. Hmm. Yea, I see Amazon has better pics of it than the website.

    Can you attach the mount at the rear of the ARs flat top rail, or are the two prongs fixed at the front of the catcher?
     
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