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Do you mark your brass for collection at the range?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Richard.Howe, Jul 14, 2004.

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  1. Richard.Howe

    Richard.Howe Member

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    So, let's say you just spent $120 to get 1000 pieces of .45 +P Starline brass.

    Now let's say you want to go to the range to do some shooting: how would you mark your brass to recover yours, and no one elses? More importantly: so you could identify the brass as yours so it doesn't get lifted by others?
     
  2. ocabj

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    Sharpie over the headstamp. I make an 'X' on the headstamp, using two colors to make the 'X'. I've never had a problem with people taking my brass. I usually claim it off the ground pretty quick.
     
  3. Paul "Fitz" Jones

    Paul "Fitz" Jones Moderator - Emeritus

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    Brass Identification

    I have 45acp brass from before felt tip pens were invented and the fellow filed a v in the base. Other men have dyed their brass in its entirety and others have been very inventive with their felt tipped pens.

    Also others prefered only nickle plated brass so there are a number of artistic options available including sharpie ing your name.

    Fitz
     
  4. Jeeper

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    The other option is to buy once fired brass and forget about it.

    The best way I found to mark them is both on the side and bottom. That way people will notice at least one of the marks. Sometime you dont notice just the mark on the head. A pen under the rim of the case works well and doesnt come off when fired
     
  5. threefeathers

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    I'm a nut about this but I use a technique that I read about in Handloader about 10 years ago.

    I also want to seal the primers for long term storage if necessary.

    I take Dope laquer, thin it to water consistancy. Then take a small paper clip, open it and put a drop on the edge of the primer.

    You can use colors that no one else has.

    I use a light blue for a squib load.

    Green for one of my standard loads.

    Bright red for a burner.

    Black for Black Powder. This way I can look and see which 45 L Colt bullets I'm shooting.
     
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    I take a fat, red permanent marker and "color in" the heads of the cases while they're in the box. If I'm feeling patient, I'll put a stripe down the sides, too, just to make it easier to spot them.
     
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    Markers are the easiest, like everyone said and picking them up quick is still required.

    My biggest pet peeve is the guy next to you stealing your brass.
     
  8. Richard.Howe

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    threefeathers,

    what the heck is Dope laquer?

    Does that mean the laquer is really cool? Or is it made from narcotic substances?


    :)

    Honestly, what is it?
     
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    It is the model airplane paint you find in model stores. You must use laquer because enamel will eat a primer. Laquer seals it.
     
  10. dodgestdshift

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    My problem is not people taking my brass, mine is finding the doggone things after they have been spit who knows where.
     
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