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Policing brass?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by eng23ine, Nov 15, 2008.

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  1. eng23ine

    eng23ine Member

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    I'm looking for tips and tricks that you folks use to find your used brass while shooting on grassy ranges.
     
  2. straight-shooter

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    Only thing I can think of is you could lay a tarp next to you on the ground to catch "most" of it. I have a brass catcher for my AR-15 that attaches to the rifle.
     
  3. tlen

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    Mark your case heads with a felt tip marker......
     
  4. nicholst55

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    When shooting .45 ACP in the grass, I always look for the 'black holes.' That's the case mouth staring up at you.

    Otherwise, spreading a ground cloth is an excellent idea.
     
  5. jcwit

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    Ou range has benches that I attach a fishing dip net to. The net is adjustable for height and angle and catches both handgun & rifle brass. With this method youre not holding up the brass while shooting.
     
  6. 1858rem

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    shoot a revolver lol
     
  7. Bush Pilot

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    Go to Home Depot and get a brass & copper magnet, I've heard they work great.
     
  8. rg1

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    An inexpensive metal detector will find most all your brass but at a gun range might not be useable from all the metal scrap already in the ground. Works great shooting at private property. Maybe you'd find some buried treasure too?
     
  9. kelbro

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    I shoot lefthanded rifles. The LH brass magnets at Home Depot have been on backorder for months.
     
  10. The Bushmaster

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    Hands and knees approach to case location in grass...Also complaining to the range owner to mow the grass shorter and more often...Telling the rangemaster that you will not leave the range until you locate all your brass and to leave the lights on...Removal of the grass and replacing it with dirt has aided in brass location too. I have brought my own grass removal tools to accomplish this, but be prepared to relocate to another range.
     
  11. Ditchtiger

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    Tie a string to the rim of your shell, then tie the other end onto your trigger gaurd. After you fire the empty will be hanging right there below your gun. Works every time.
     
  12. mikle76

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    The brass and copper magnets are in!!! They are right next to the sky hooks and pallet stretchers. The left handed model, sadly, is still on back order.
     
  13. evan price

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    I attach a microtag to each case and use my GPS satellite tracker to find them.

    Since that got expensive I trained my dog to sniff out cases.

    Seriously, my techique is to walk the grass slowly, with my feet shuffling side-to-side to feel for any bumps in the grass. It might be gravel, it might be a case. Helps to do it in bright noon sunshine.
     
  14. PotatoJudge

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    If you can, back a truck up next to where you're shooting. Only do this if the truck can stand a few more scratches.
     
  15. buck460XVR

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    broom rake
     
  16. Walkalong

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    These guys are ingenious. Me, I still just crawl around looking for it. I am lucky as far as I don't have to shoot in grassy areas. Just dirt and some gravel. When I was younger I used to be quite anal/picky/nuts. I would count my rounds and leave no brass behind, but nowadays I just pick up what I can find easily and go home. :)
     
  17. The Bushmaster

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    Next question, Eng23ine...:neener:
     
  18. mbkmkk

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    And what is wrong with having every single piece of brass you came with????:scrutiny:

    I refuse to leave the range until every one of my babies are returned to me.:D
     
  19. Walkalong

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    Nothing wrong with bringing them all home, but you too will age. I bet you don't know what it is like yet for your joints to hurt for no good reason. :D
     
  20. mbkmkk

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    The sad thing is, I actually do know what it is like to have my joints hurt for no good reason, so instead of crawling around looking for missing brass, I go home mad. :cuss:......:D
     
  21. The Bushmaster

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    Well guys...I'm not old yet like you two...:neener:
     
  22. mbkmkk

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    Hey!.....I never said I was old.....I said my joints hurt.:mad:....;)
     
  23. The Bushmaster

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    Well...O K...But walkalong IS old.
     
  24. pepperbelly

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    I got tired of crawling on my knees when I started pucking up brass at my local PDs range.
    I now use a plastic tine grass rake. I put the brass into a few small piles and put it in buckets.

    Jim
     
  25. Walkalong

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    Yep, I usually get someone to pinch run for me on the MABL 18 and over baseball team I manage and play on. We are allowed two players to designate a runner for. (Old guys local league rule ;)) I did not need to do that two years ago.

    Aleve, joint relief meds, (over the counter) and a good warm up gets me through the games OK. I still act young, but my body is letting me down. I can still hit, I just don't run so well any more. :)

    In my heavon I will get to shoot and play baseball all day long. :D
     
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