Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Is brass worth picking up?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by matai, Aug 28, 2013.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. matai

    matai Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    419
    Location:
    Eastside of the Westside, WA
    For those of you that don't reload, do you find it worthwhile to pickup your brass? I've been picking it up off and on. Is it worthwhile to sell it? Can you get much for it? I recently saw this brass credit program which got me thinking about it:

    http://www.freedommunitions.com/Brass-Credit-Program-s/48072.htm

    Thanks
     
  2. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2008
    Messages:
    9,832
    Location:
    SW Arizona
    Even before I started reloading, which was over 30 yrs. ago I picked brass up. And now days it's even more worth while to pick brass up for recycling, or for the purpose of using it as monetary credit toward purchases with those companies that either buy it out right, or provide store credit.

    Now back in the old days, I would never pass up 22 lr brass, as CCI would offer retailers money, and then the retailer would either buy it from us, or offer a credit toward other ammo purchases.

    GS
     
  3. spectralman

    spectralman Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2013
    Messages:
    11
    I hope you're just kidding, right? Even if you don't reload, you can use it to trade for other gun-related stuff. Brass is darn valuable these days. And who knows, some day you might join the rest of us reloaders.
     
  4. matai

    matai Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    419
    Location:
    Eastside of the Westside, WA
    So what's the easiest way to sell it?
     
  5. Justin

    Justin Moderator Emeritus

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    19,285
    Location:
    THE CHAIR IS AGAINST THE WALL
    A lot of people sell it on forums, or via websites like GunBroker.
     
  6. mgmorden

    mgmorden Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2009
    Messages:
    4,582
    Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
    Think about it this way: every time your pistol fires it throws out a nickel.

    Every time your rifle fires it throws out a dime.

    Would you leave them on the ground?
     
  7. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2005
    Messages:
    8,105
    Location:
    Kingsport Tennessee
    I pick up my brass and any abandoned brass left by shooters who have left the range (which is less and less these days, I may add).

    Brass I or my son don't reload, damaged brass, or fired reloads past their prime, go into a gallon zip lock bag in a box on the shelf. When full, I run a magnet through it to cull out copper-washed steel cases, and take it to the metal recyclers with my crushed aluminum cans. I get more for the gallon bag of brass than I get for a lawn bag of crushed aluminum cans.

    Is brass worth picking up? If I charged myself $10 an hour for the accumulated minutes at the end of a range session, probably not, but then the same with crushing cans and accumulating them. But the activity keeps me off the street corners hanging out with riff-raff, and gives me some pocket change for buying primers and the like, so the activity is worth doing.
     
  8. tarosean

    tarosean Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2010
    Messages:
    5,557
    Location:
    TX
    Ill pay it forward with stuff I do not reload. Selling it I generally have to go outta my way...
    Giving it away they come to me.

    But yeah save it to sell or give away.. its better than leaving it where you shoot.
     
  9. 303tom

    303tom member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2011
    Messages:
    4,059
    Location:
    Missouri
    We have a Recycling Center that pays almost 2 bucks a pound for Brass, you damn right I pick up Brass !...............
     
  10. TrickyDick

    TrickyDick Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2010
    Messages:
    721
    Location:
    Maine, USA
    If I shoot something I don't reload, i'll save it and trade it for brass I do reload.
     
  11. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2009
    Messages:
    7,413
    Location:
    Central Arkansas
    You can sell it right here in our classifieds. If you sell a certain amount, you have to sign up as a vendor, but if you do that much I suspect it would be worth it.
     
  12. mrt.bolt

    mrt.bolt Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2011
    Messages:
    18
    Location:
    New York
    I just started picking up all the stray brass. You'll be surprised how quickly it adds up. Some day I will reload, just not right now.
     
  13. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2008
    Messages:
    3,655
    Location:
    Flatlandistan
    I always picked up my brass, even though I only reload one caliber. Being doing it forever.

    When the ammo shortage came, I was sitting on a goldmine. Sold it off, and bought a new gun.
     
  14. berettaprofessor

    berettaprofessor Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2008
    Messages:
    1,917
    Location:
    Kansas
    Don't sell it off by the pound! Sell it as once-fired, preferably deprimed and cleaned, and its worth a lot more!
     
  15. Queen_of_Thunder

    Queen_of_Thunder member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2012
    Messages:
    1,881
    Location:
    Where God purifies the soul. The West Texas desert
    Oh yea. I've got 10 gallons of 45acp and 5 gallons of 9mm thats cleaned and sealed up for later use and at least 5 gallons more of both that needs to be cleaned.
     
  16. tyeo098

    tyeo098 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2010
    Messages:
    2,060
    Location:
    The Old Dominion
    Even steel case stuff is valuable, if you know how to use it.
    That said, if anyone has any 7.62x39 steel cases, I'm buying! (seriously. PM me.)
     
  17. Zeke/PA

    Zeke/PA Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2005
    Messages:
    2,299
    Location:
    Southeastern Pa.
    I mostly pick up range brass that I have reason to believe is once fired.
    I usually wait till after a pistol shoot at my club and go from there.
    Ideally, after some LEF"S shoot factory ammo is the time to scrounge.
    Suprisingly, .38 Special stuff is promenent. 9mm's I give away as the .45 Auto empties.
    Right now, after a few years of these forways my favorite .38 Special brass collection will last me and my ancestors for a VERY long time.
    Usually, after a Shoot, I'm the ONLY guy looking for empties.
    Can't understand it!
     
  18. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2011
    Messages:
    5,093
    Location:
    Tidewater
    Caveat: A lot of us prefer to buy brass dirty, unsized, and still with the spent primers. It gives a much better sense of its condition and can provide clues to any issues.
     
  19. Queen_of_Thunder

    Queen_of_Thunder member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2012
    Messages:
    1,881
    Location:
    Where God purifies the soul. The West Texas desert
    I just clean mine.
     
  20. Officers'Wife

    Officers'Wife Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2007
    Messages:
    3,070
    Location:
    A long way from heaven and too close to Chicago
    *sigh* Maybe you don't reload, but I'll bet it wouldn't be hard for you to find someone that does. I shoot my little Winnie 32-20 carbine about twice a week. Thanks to my brother reloading I buy ammunition every other month. My the casings wear out they go to one of our employees that has a hobby foundry furnace and casts metal. Last Christmas he gave my daughter the cutest little unicorn statue that was once ammunition shells.

    In one fell swoop two men are kept out of trouble in their spare time just by taking a few minutes to pick up the empties. Don't let a good boy go bad. Police your brass.
     
  21. Frankl03

    Frankl03 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    712
    Location:
    Kansas City, MO
    I always pick up my empties and any other that are laying around. If I go to the conservation range I go through the brass bucket for calibers I reload. At the club I belong to not much gets left laying around.

    I sell the stuff I don't use.
     
  22. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2011
    Messages:
    5,773
    Location:
    Hastings, Michigan
    I don't reload and I pick up brass. I know people who do, and I'm getting into reloading, so I save what I can for the future. I just got a shotgun reloading press, so I'll start picking up fired hulls, too. Gonna get a great start since the annual family shootout is this weekend. Should keep me in spent hulls for awhile. Brass, too.
     
  23. Newcatwalt

    Newcatwalt Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2008
    Messages:
    135
    Location:
    Henderson, NV
    Yes, it's worth picking up. I pick up all my brass, except for .22 LR, and any other brass I see laying around. I set aside the brass I may want to reload in the future and sell the rest for $2.00+ per pound locally.
     
  24. Potatohead
    • Contributing Member

    Potatohead Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2013
    Messages:
    5,371
    Family shootout. Sounds dangerous!
     
  25. spectralman

    spectralman Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2013
    Messages:
    11
    On the classified section of any firearms forum, like this one.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page