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I'ld Like to say "thank you" to non-reloaders

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by donttellthewife, Mar 10, 2008.

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  1. donttellthewife

    donttellthewife Member

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    As a range rat and reloader I can't for the life of my understand why people leave their brass at the range, but thank God they do. This weeks "take" getting sorted by caliber and headstamp

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  2. K3

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    There's no cure for the disease. :D

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    I'd pick up brass at my range, but most of it is really nasty.
     
  3. leadcounsel

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    Just curious, but how much TIME does that take?
     
  4. RLsnow

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    not enough? XD
     
  5. GaryL

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    Too damn many brass buzzards or reloaders at my range. There's never much to collect.

    That would be 2 years worth of collecting for me.
     
  6. Ed_E

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    The range where I shoot (and worked for a while part-time) sells the collected brass and it is part of their income that is factored into their profit and loss statement. My unshot rounds are marked so I know which are mine to pick up after I finish shooting. Anyone taking my brass is putting their life in danger.:)
     
  7. donttellthewife

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    leadcounsel,
    Took about an hour and a half while setting in front of the TV watching the history or military channel. But it allows me to pull any unwanted or damaged brass out.

    I should mention I have a couple people who also pick them up for me ( 6 so far at three different ranges) being nice and letting others shoot your guns goes a long way, not to mention giving away some reloads from time to time.

    All the handgun brass I picked up, all the rifle brass was from a nieghbor, from a different range. The nieghbor does not have a computer, so I hunt for the things he's looking for ( match bullets and benchrest primers, when I did my mini group buy from Powder Valley he was quite happy )

    If I don't reload them I do my best to see that they find a home where they will be reloaded. However the last time I sold any brass I could turn in the 40 S+W for srcap for more than I could sell it for, for reloading.
     
  8. Cosmoline

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    So you're the guy with the shopping cart mumbling to himself and running around out there during ceasefires ;-)

    I suspect there will be more and more of us as the price of loaded ammo and basic metals goes up and up.
     
  9. Shoney

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    WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!:what: No empty cartridge boxes???????:uhoh:
    My heart cries out in agony.:(
     
  10. zxcvbob

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    Someone left 101 mixed .38 Special cases in the bucket at the indoor range a couple of weeks ago. (there's never any revolver brass in there, I was just looking to pick a few 9mm's from among all the .22 shells) As I was picking it out, a guy saw me and said he had a bucket of mixed .38 and .357 brass in his garage that he didn't want. :woohoo: I told him I'd be happy to pay at least scrap price for it, but he said no.

    He brought it to me last week; about 350 each of .38's and .357's, about half is Winchester brass. He wouldn't take any money for it, but he said he'd like to watch me reload sometime so he can learn how. Meanwhile I think I might buy him a copy of Lyman's reloading manual...
     
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    You know it is a sickness when you pick up rifle brass that doesn't need to be trimmed and you want to stalk the guy who shot it. Being very grateful of his wasteful habits and saving you some work.
     
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    Im in a habit of making bi-monthly trips to pick up and semi-anual trips to rake up all the 22 brass... That stuff adds up fast... Financed my last gun purchase with 22 scrap
     
  13. zxcvbob

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    I let the range have the .22 brass. They sell it for scrap.

    And I've been known to leave .45ACP brass on the ground so the next scrounger will have something (I don't shoot a .45ACP, although I do have almost a gallon of brass for it)
     
  14. Walkalong

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    Ain't it great. I only pick up what I load. I leave the rest in hopes someone who loads it will find it.
     
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    Do y'all pick it up on public ranges? I would probably get a lot of funny looks If I picked up all the .223 I could find. although I want to.. seeing as I have like 26 pieces..
     
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    Sorry in advance, donttellthewife, but that picture lends a whole new definition to OCD! :)
     
  17. eflatminor

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    I've never paid for pistol brass used in IPSC

    I always seem to pick up more than I shoot, WAY more. I'm looking at two five gallon buckets full of .45 and another two full of .40. On top of that, I've got about 3000 rounds of each loaded up and ready to go. All of that brass was picked up at the three ranges around me where I shoot IPSC and IDPA. I just LOVE the guys that shoot new Winchester .45s and leave the brass behind. Every once in a while, I find a pile of 500 rounds or so - cha ching!!
     
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    You're welcome.
     
  19. 1911NM

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    Wayyyyy to many range buzzards here. Last time I tried to pick up a piece of stray 45acp brass, I swear, 3 people growled at me. I honestly think the guys who shoot near me count their brass and won't leave the range till the count matches what they shot.
     
  20. leadcounsel

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    Well the range I shoot at has plenty of free fresh brass. The range doesn't keep it (as far as I know) and I never see people taking theirs home. They just sweep it up and put it in buckets. I collected several buckets of random handgun and rifle brass over the summer... but moving with the Army is a pain in the A$$ so I just recently gave it away for free.

    I would love to get into reloading, but honestly with so little free time as it is that would be impossible.
     
  21. wally

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    Not too far off, when I bend down to pick up mine, I grab everything in reach. I then sort it into empty boxes since its already in my hands, so I can cull the WinNT, 45GAP, AMERC and other crap that gets left behind.

    I then compare my find to the number shot so I know when I've passed the point of diminishing returns and stop looking. 10mm is the worst, I'm doing good to find half of it :(

    I love it when I come back with more than I shot, not too common with .45 but near impossible not to with 9mm.

    I long for the good old days when Wolf steel cased .45 was $120/1000. Was nice to not have to reload and scrounge brass.

    --wally.
     
  22. redneck2

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    I have a Delta Elite that I'm probably going to sell. Kicks the brass maybe 15-20 feet. Breaks my heart to lose brand new once fired Starline. I'd rather sell the gun than lose the brass. Worst thing is, I bought the brass a few years back for practically nothing.
     
  23. ArchAngelCD

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    I was getting a fair amount of Brass from my local outdoor range up until about 6 months ago. I was told some very old lady comes out there every morning and picks up every piece of Brass she sees. What's worse is, she is turning it to the scrap yard so it's not even being used for reloading!!! :mad:
     
  24. Funderb

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    I had a guy come up to my table once and start picking up the brass I was dropping from my mauser.
    I turned to him and said,
    "excuse me, what the hell are you doing?"

    Please don't be one of them.
     
  25. PecosRiverM

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    How much is the scrape yard paying her?

    I'd offer her .05 or so more a lb. Still a steal over paying by the round.
     
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