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Keep it, sell it or scrap it

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Coldfinger, Dec 10, 2012.

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  1. blarby

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    Not mine.

    Check your scrapyards policies.

    There is one here in the eugene area that will only take them deprimed. I dont go to that one....
     
  2. lightman

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    This thread has given me the motivation to clean and sort the stuff that I have collected,this fall.As I was storing it away,I ran across a sack of NM 7.62x51 that I forgot I had.Almost like getting a letter from home! Thanks guys, Lightman
     
  3. hardheart

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    Argh, I've been collecting range brass for a month and a half, thinking I would try to trade into reloading gear to get started. Then I figured I ought to clean it up a little before trying to move it. So I ordered a Lee kit and my fiance got me a Magnum US cleaner a few weeks ago, just hoping to recover the costs. Now I'm reading that I shouldn't be decapping or cleaning the brass before offering it. Haven't even got the kit yet, have been depriming with a soft mallet and 1/16 pin punch over the holes in a .32 box.

    Other than the 38/357/9mm I cleaned for my own use, I cleaned the 308 I collected. It was only ~270 pieces deprimed and washed in the US cleaner with the Hornady solution and a pinch of lemishine. Should I just scrap that since I knocked the primers out?

    Gun show this weekend, I was going to bring the brass I have to try to trade for more powder or bullets. Thought I was going to wear my shoulder out depriming after the kit is delivered tomorrow, but I guess I won't be touching the universal decapping die I ordered.
     
  4. FROGO207

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    Take the brass to the gunshow as planned---you will probably sell it if the price is OK anyway.:cool: I would not clean anymore brass that I was going to sell however.:) Sorting it by caliber and removing the bad stuff is time better spent IMHO.
     
  5. joneb

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    I scrap a lot of range brass I do not load for :( when I factor in the price shipping the time spent shipping and sorting, it doesn't seem worth my time.
    convince me that I am wrong, I would rather it find a good chamber to be fired in.
     
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  6. hardheart

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    I don't want to hijack the thread from the OP, but this is still pretty much on topic. Is it worth trying to sell or trade pistol brass compared to scrap price and the amount of range brass already available? I get a lot of 9mm and 40, and a little 45. Other than that, I've gotten just over 100 38s after several weeks. Everything else is really sparse, onesie-twosie. I have already spent plenty of time sorting, but I'm thinking of not bothering anymore except to check for 38/357 and pulling out steel/aluminum and putting the rest to scrap in all cartridge sizes. I think I've really been wasting time sorting and making sure not to pick up damaged or rimfire brass on the pistol lanes. The big thing is that it is an outdoor range. I try to go weekly and pick up, but the stuff is still ugly and I know there is crap in some of the brass which I just haven't gone through yet.

    I would still separate rifle brass and try to move that. Mostly bolt guns, so it doesn't get thrown all over the place and dirtied up as bad. Well, maybe not sort for 223, it seems too cheap as well as landing in uglier spots.
     
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  7. blarby

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    I'm actually thinking of getting a 9 soon, so I don't have to scrap all that pretty brass.

    As to the 40....... I'll still take it to the scrapper by the bucket. No one buys it, and I detest the neutered 10 !
     
  8. Wildbillz

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    A quick look in the reloading section will give you a lot of the answers. Some you may not like some you will.

    Lots of guys selling used brass.

    Market is going to determain price. 357mag, 44mag and such are going to bring a better price then 9mm or 40S&W. The harder a caliber is to get the more your going to get for the brass.

    Case prep in my case I would not pay extra for.

    If you price it right it will sell. Price it wrong and your going to sit on it a while. I keep a 5 gallon bucket by the bench that all the culls go in and scrap them out every now and then. Othere then that I keep collecting them up and seporating by caliber till I have enough to trade for somting I need.

    Gunbroker may not be your best market for the brass. Instead of fishing for someone to bid it up just set a price and post it here on the board for sale.

    Just my .02 on it.
    YMMV

    WB
     
  9. hardheart

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    Well, doesn't seem to be worth scrapping in my area. One yard said they won't buy it, the other said 1.50 a lb. Yellow brass otherwise is only 1.75 at both locations.
     
  10. Para Cassatt

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    I sold 91 lbs. today @ $1.50. After only one conversation on another forum I decided that it is not worth the trouble of haggling and repeatedly typing the same info. The lack of reading comprehension with that one guy convinced me.
     
  11. FROGO207

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    Store it away and in the spring the prices will rebound. I sold 6 five gallon buckets of .22 brass last march for $317.00. IIRC the price then was $ 1.95 a pound.It has to be kept separate and sold as cartridge brass---my yard will buy buckets of just primers also.:)
     
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    Not only do I not deprime scrap brass, I throw all my used primers in the bucket too. It's all yellow brass. I sold about 300 pounds 2 weeks ago for $1.92 a pound. Not too shabby.
     
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    I am always looking for Brass, specifically, 45LC, 243, 30-30, 308/7.62, I would like to have about 1-2K of each, if anyone has some to part with, let me know what you have, and cost total sent to my address.

    Thanks
    Dan
     
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