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Collected Range Brass Today

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by vis-à-vis, Jul 28, 2007.

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  1. vis-à-vis

    vis-à-vis Member

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    Went to the local indoor range and collected brass whenever my partner would shoot. Asked the other fellas and they were fine with me collecting theirs. Here's what I came away with after half an hour:

    574 9mm
    238 .38 special
    277 .40
    154 .45 ACP
    Approx 75 .380 ACP

    Total Brass Collected: 1,243 pieces.

    I am not reloading just yet. I don't have any equipment and nowhere near enough knowledge. Soon though. I also need a .38 and a .45 now! :D Don't want that brass to goto waste now.

    On a side note, I think I am going to visit my range partner in jail one day. New shooter, for self-defense, zero knowledge about the laws concerning deadly force and an equal amount of interest in learning. Almost zero ambition to learn how to wield his weapon with utmost precision. But his brother is a deputy, you know. I have a lot of work to do.
     
  2. XD Fan

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    Cool trip.

    Sounds like your range partner may be a bit of a liability though.
     
  3. DoubleTapDrew

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    I could put that .45 brass to good use :)
    Nice haul. Your range partner is in jail? Does he still have his rights?
     
  4. vis-à-vis

    vis-à-vis Member

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    :D I wish I didn't have plans to feed it to my future Glock 30. Otherwise I'd send it your way.

    He's not in jail, I just worry for him because I do not think he takes it as seriously as he should nor do I think he fully comprehends the ramifications if he screws up. I'm gonna work on getting him through a CCDW course. As for him and I shooting together, it was a first. I think this was only his second time shooting.
     
  5. Dionysusigma

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    Even selling it for scrap might fetch a few gallons of gas. :)
     
  6. rhubarb

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    My wife went with me to shoot the first time last week. All in all, a good experience.

    When we got there, there were hundreds of 38 Special and 357 Mag cases strewn everywhere. I told her, "Quick honey, help me pick up this brass before some other vulture beats me to it." Since she's all for me saving money on my shooting, she was glad to help. She asked me if I wanted the little ones too. Since I'd run across a few 9mm cases I said "Sure" without even looking up. A few minutes later she walked over with a double handful of 22 LR cases. I told her that was enough of the little ones; just concentrate on the big ones now. I didn't want to tell her that her effort was in vain. Heck, it wasn't - those little ones will sell for scrap just fine. :evil:
     
  7. ChickenHawk

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    I shoot a lot of .45 ACP but I don't reload. When I'm done shooting I usually sweep the brass into a pile and leave it by the trash bin.

    It doesn't take long before the brass-hogs snap it up! :)

    Cheers,
    ChickenHawk
     
  8. TexKettering

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    Shoot, I don't even own a gun in .45ACP but I'd probably pick up your brass too! I'm going to own a gun in that caliber one day and I'll want to reload for that too.:D
     
  9. Ala Dan

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    Good ramge brass is always useful; as its the most costly compotent for
    handloading~! Once you purchase your handloading equipment, don't
    forget to invest in some reloading manuals as well. Later on, when you
    additional dies of assorted caliber's; you will also want to invest in the
    book entitled Pet Loads by Ken Waters. It covers in detail all caliber's
    that you could ever imagine~! ;):D
     
  10. Master Blaster

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    You realize that for every pound of new brass manufactured 75 lbs of carbon dioxide are released into our atmosphere????

    You folks who dont recycle should pay the people picking up your brass for the carbon credits they are generating for you by recycling brass.

    Al Gore should thank them for their environmental responsibility.:eek:
     
  11. MaterDei

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    On behalf of all of us brass hogs I'd like to extend a heart-felt thank you for being so kind.
     
  12. 22_Shooter

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    I went to an outdoor range in PA, pretty much the entire ground is COVERED, in empty brass. I mean REALLY COVERED, you can't even see whats beneath it, it could be concrete or grass, who knows. It actually looks awesome, it's very fitting for the setting.
     
  13. CTPistol

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    that PA situation sounds like heaven for us reloaders!

    and for the guy who sweeps up his 45s and leaves them -- I need about 5 of you at my ranges....

    :)
     
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    That's similar to how I feel about hunting and fishing companions. Some learn, some don't..Some wonder why I never go with them again. Good luck with your friend......hopefully no one(innocent) will get hurt.
     
  15. Bazooka Joe71

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    And he's still your range partner because???
    :confused:
     
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    I am about to start reloading. I started volunteering to help clean up the club range. A Perq of that is we get the brass. There are three of us. We use brooms and snow shovels and put it all in 5-gallon buckets, we divide it equally amongst the three of us, and take 'em home to sort. Next week, we get together and divide up by caliber. I don't shoot .40 S&W, 10MM, .357 SIG, .45 GAP, .380, .32, etc. so they are quite happy to take those casings and leave me the .44, .45 & 9mm casings. The .38/.357 we have to arm wrestle over. Rifle stuff gets arm wrestled too. However I have three butter tubs full of nice .223 (Lake City, Fiocchi, and Seller & Belloit are the majority, with PMC, Win and Rem in there too.)

    The Berdan primed military rifle cases, the damaged or scrap brass, rimfires, etc, gets sold at the recyclers and the money goes towards club repairs and improvements. Prior to me, nobody saved 9mm so it was all going for scrap "That stuff is too cheap to reload" they said.

    I literally have a 5-gallon bucket full of once-fired 9x19 casings on my porch.

    The only bad thing is that some "conscientious" people apparantly put their brass back in the boxes and put the boxes in the trash barrels... which we set on fire every few days to burn down the garbage. Kind of a shame to be emptying the ashes and find a big fat cache of rifle or revolver brass scorched and ruined.

    I need to invent a machine that collates, sorts and counts bulk mixed brass.
     
  17. CPshooter

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    Can you make any decent money on trading in brass to be melted down somewhere? Is there a rate of cost per pound that brass can be sold for?
     
  18. U.S.SFC_RET

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    Trade it off online. or better yet sell it online.
     
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    I've gone down the day after one of the local police departments had used our range to qualify . Always end up with crap loads of .40 brass . Always end up picking up a bunch of different brass when I go for a 'range day" . Have a bunch of 5 gallon pails full of brass , all separated by caliber and condition . It's unbelievable how much good brass is just left at the range . Their loss , my gain I guess .
     
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    Most metal recyclers will NOT take spent casings. They are afraid a few live rounds might be in the bunch which wouldn't be safe for processing. I picked up 16 pounds of range brass and two recyclers in town wouldn't take them. If my wife hadn't made me get rid or my metal foundry I would have melted them down myself then sold the ingots to the recycling plant. You can get close to a dollar a pound.
     
  22. RuffRidr

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    If you have a lot of brass in a caliber that you don't need you can go to this website and trade or sell it to others:

    http://ammobrasstrader.com

    --RuffRidr
     
  23. xsquidgator

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    Score! My dad cleaned up recently at an indoor range- he got kicked out for an hour or two so the local PD could come in and practice. So he went, got lunch, and came back to find that the local PD shot up a BUNCH of 9mm and left loads and loads of their brass behind. My dad got it all and will be bringing it to me to re-use. :)
     
  24. MD_Willington

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    I try to collect my brass... my Saiga is quite vigorous in removing spent cartridges though...
     
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