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Rigid Brass Catchers

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Havok7416, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. Havok7416
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    Havok7416 Senior Member

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    Does anyone use a rigid brass catcher for any of their weapons? I am losing all my .308 brass at the range because my PTR kicks them out into active lanes. The rigid designs look a little cumbersome, but I figure it's worth it to save some hard to find brass. Opinions welcome!:cool:
     
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    I've seen guys use poster board (like kids use for school projects) and a five gallon bucket or small rectangular trash can.

    Or if you have room, same idea, poster board and your range bag. That's what I did for my 223 until I got a brass catcher for on the side of it.
     
  3. dragon813gt

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    If you're shooting from a bench you can use two window screens. Basically make an inverted V over the firearm. Put your bags on either side and attach them loosely at the top with some wire. Obviously the screen needs to be in a frame. But it's a lightweight portable solution. You could conceivably make one from a screen door for standing positions. I never got around to it since the range I go to isn't heavily used.


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  4. Speedster00

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    do you mean rigid as in not a standard velcro on catcher? If so, then you could easily make screens. They sell the solar screen kits at lowes and home depot. you can buy a roll of the black synthetic screen and the frames for very cheap and cut to make any size you need. Then you could easily hang those from a PVC frame that you press together so its portable.
     
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    I built a simple catcher. Used a small board as a base and built a nice little wooden frame about a foot square, mounted on the base. I took a cut-down military laundry bag and used a bunch of those industrial sized paper clips to hold the bag in the frame. It sits on the bench to my right and easily catches any brass headed its way. It took maybe an hour to make, only because I glued and screwed it all together.
     
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    I have some kydex one for a few machineguns.

    I think mine came from www.elmfg.com
     
  7. Havok7416
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    These are the ones I'm looking at. They snap right to the gun and hold about 60 rounds. I am shooting on what is technically an indoor pistol range and the brass hits the divider before shooting forward into the lanes. Last time I took my PTR out, I got 1 piece of brass back out of 60 fired.
     
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    Yes, I use one on my AR.
    Unlike those !@#$%^ mesh things, it stays out of the way.
    It works perfectly & catches 100% of my brass

    http://www.elmfg.com

    http://www.elmfg.com/pics/103A.jpg
     
  9. rayatphonix

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    Try catchyourbrass.com

    I've been using theirs for many months now and it works well. Several others have seen mine and purchased one and everybody's happy. I prefer it over the one above because it folds up and therefore takes very little space in my bag.
     
  10. Lennyjoe

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    The rigid ones look nice. I have the Velcro one with the bag and it doesn't work very well.
     
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    Leave the bottom open on the velcro ones, or use a ball cap over the scope or anything else you can hang it on. That only works if you are on a bench. Saw a guy who drilled small holes in his FT rail to add metal rod support to the catcher. Worked real well. He made the catcher out of a flannel shirt.
     
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    On a bench, I'll use an old baseball cap, the kind with a velcro adjustment strap. Wrap the strap around the scope base with the cap covering the ejection port. Stiffer caps work better than the soft ones to not block the port. Drops the brass right on the bench. Zips right off for cease fires when the RO inspects for open bolt and right back on when the line is hot again. It ain't rigid, it ain't pretty and it ain't tacticool, but it works.
     
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    Catchyourbrass.com only works for certain rifles. I have a PTR-91/HK91/G3 so those won't work.
     
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    I have always used a cardboard box with a hole cut in it. Set to the side of the ejection port and two shots later you have found the right spot for the box to be. K.I.S.S.
     
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    I like the look of the catchyourbrass range version, I'm going to try it.

    I have been using the cheap mesh Velcro bag thing and it works okay most of the time with some fiddling. It beats the heck out of chasing down brass or losing it.
     
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    I use a chunk of wire rod from Lowes, a cotton laundry bag and a couple of sand bags on mine. I rarely lose a piece of brass when shooting off the bench.
     
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    I have a Caldwell for my AR. Haven't tried it yet but I got it for 12 bucks at the LGS. You might try looking at their site to see if they carry something that would work for you.
     
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    My homemade one:

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    RC, that's pretty neat. How does it attach to the gun?

    For those of you with the bench-mounted designs, bought or made, it's not that I haven't looked at them, but I need it to be mounted to the gun.

    There is no bench to speak of at this range, just a small tray that goes across the lane. All shooting with rifles is almost exclusively limited to off-hand.:(
     
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    It doesn't.
    It's attached to the magazine.

    It slides on the magazine and is tightened with the plastic hex screw visible in the photos.

    You just slip it off and empty it, then slip it on the next loaded mag.

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    I went ahead and ordered from www.elmfg.com. I will see how that works out.
     
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    This is a elmfg on a m10, don't remember if this one is a 9 or 45. If you have optics over an AR rail you have to cut them to clear.

    Saves a bunch of picking up and sorting by the end of the day.


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    It just came in the mail today, 4 business days.
    It is a nice design, folds down pretty flat, about the size of a padded mailer(6"x9" ish) and 1/2" thick.
    You do need about 1" of free space somewhere on your top rail though. The mount is pretty low profile so it will fit in between or under a lot of optics.
     

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