Losing brass what can I do

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  1. snowman357

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    Losing brass at my private range shooting under a 12x12 shed with a mulch bed with grass and leaves on the right hand side, thought of hanging a tarp or a couple of shower curtains for the brass to hit. I'm sure that would work but then I started thinking of something the brass could hit and collect in, I want it to stay at the range something that could stay in position all the time. Anybody have any ideas or seen anything that would be better than a couple of shower curtains on a pipe?
     
  2. Howland937

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    Is it your property? Can you frame in and attach screen to it? Tarps are susceptible to any wind, but the screen (or chicken wire?) will let the wind go through.
     
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  3. snowman357

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    Yes my property, maybe wire screen box with a ramp and bucket at the bottom (if they don't bounce out of the box) to catch the brass.
     
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  4. Riomouse911

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    Maybe a wooden frame with hardware cloth tacked to it will keep the cases from bouncing under the shed like Howland937 suggested. You could make them portable like screen walls or permanently attached to your shooting area depending on your needs.

    Stay safe.
     
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  5. George P

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    Use a shower curtain full width and have it gently curl into a 5 gallon bucket
     
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  6. BullRunBear

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    Being a wise guy, I suggest using a revolver. :D
    Seriously, I've seen nets on a frame that sits near the ejection port and keeps the brass from bouncing all over the place. Being close, it doesn't have to be very big.

    Jeff
     
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  7. igotta40

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    Joann Fabric has laundry bag mesh by the yard. You could hang that and fold up the bottom about a foot and staple it, to have a “bag” to catch the brass into, maybe on a pvc pipe frame
     
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  8. Cypress

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    Mosquito net on a pvc pipe frame. Works great. Use clamps to attach the net when you go shoot and take it down afterwards otherwise you will eventually lose it to strong winds. It takes less than a minute to set up or take down. I don’t use mine much anymore unless I’m shooting a lot but I have a couple of rugrats whom I trade ice cream for brass!
     
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  9. herrwalther

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    Brass catcher. There are a half dozen models at least that fit an AR15 to catch brass at the ejection port. Grab a mesh bag and some velcro and you can make one for some semi auto pistols as well. The trick is keeping the components of the brass catcher out of the way for whatever you are firing.
     
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    When shooting handguns, we generally spread-out a large plastic tarp to catch the brass. Your shed would make it easier.....hang a tarp on the wall, and aforementioned tarp on the ground. A PIA, but no brass lost.

    I will be putting down/spreading about 20 yards of road base ( sand, pea gravel, and clay) in front of my outdoor backstop....no building/enclosure! This will provide the ability to engage multiple targets at various angles/ranges.....and provide relatively easy brass recovery! memtb
     
  11. Howland937

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    If you wanted to get really fancy, you could get a really wide retractable blind. Pull it down when you're shooting, roll it up when you're done. Then you won't have to worry about weather beating it to death.
     
  12. Gus Chiggins

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    Get rid of SKS. ;)
     
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    https://www.doublealpha.biz/us/ced-brass-chute
     
  14. AK103K

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    Best thing Ive found to do, is simply walking a double grid until I find as many as I can. I know how many I fired, and try to recover that. Knowing the count helps a lot too.

    Most of the time, I usually do get most of it. Sometimes I come home with more, sometimes less. Tends to even out too.

    If youre standing still, and there is no breeze, a tarp might work. As soon as you start moving around as you shoot, even just a little bit, they are pretty much useless. If a breeze pops up, even just a little one, forget it. And youre looking for any brass that was on there, "again".

    I have a couple of the Cadwell brass catchers for a few of my AR's, and they work great. You really don't even notice them on the gun as you shoot, and Ive yet to have a stoppage because of it being there, even when running and gunning. Just remember to close the zipper on the bottom before you start shooting. Ask me how I know. Wondered what was hitting my legs and feet as I was shooting. :p

    Most of my guns will throw things in a general area, so you know pretty much where to look. The only ones that don't, are my 1911's and GI Carbines. They just chuck brass everywhere, with no rhyme or reason.

    AK's chuck them out at around 1-2 o'clock, and a bit farther out there. HK's just chuck them about half way into the next county. Its almost like they have rocket assist. :)
     
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    You beat me to it. I've literally been acquiring and shooting revolvers more and more, partly because I don't want to hunt down my brass.
     
  16. AK103K

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    Not to be a wise guy here either, but revolver brass lands on the ground right where you dumped it doing the reload. Unless youre standing still and shooting in one spot, its not always in neat little piles in one place either. ;)

    The good part is, if you find one, there's likely 5-7+ more in the general area. :)
     
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    I built a frame from steel rod that sits on a steel base that is heavy enough to keep the wind from affecting the rig for use at the range. It is angled to fit over the firearm and covered with a laundry bag from Walmart that I cut down to fit and attached with small zip-ties. It works with any semi-auto rifle or handgun and most bolt action rifles. It does not work with my two top eject lever action rifles unless I get it really close to the gun. The laundry bag will catch some wind which resulted in me increasing the mass of the base. It's not pretty but it works.
     
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    I use a couple of large tarps weighed down with bricks. I get about 80% return.
     
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    If you want something quick and easy ,. I think that a small cheap tarp , some spring loaded clamps , duct tape (of course) , and a couple of rocks or bricks will do. Take it down and fold it up when you are done shooting so the wind doesn't wreak havoc.
     
  20. ericuda

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    Curious on the much bed. A covered area would be nice. I move around too much for a net and bench shooting brass is not an issue, Caldwell net on ar or bolt. Reminds me I need to ground kill my range here shortly. Bare dirt makes brass and trash easy to police.
     
  21. ms6852

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    Wait till you shoot a 10mm, brass will end up in the next property.
     
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  22. ericuda

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    Shooting a hk770 in 308. I know how to find brass and what it takes to do it.
     
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