Want some brass?

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  1. Grumpy_old_Fart

    Grumpy_old_Fart Member

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  2. ms6852

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    I concede, I thought I had plenty of brass...you win!
     
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  3. CQB45ACP

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    Let’s see, 200 cases per load in my Frankford-lite tumbler divided into…
     
  4. troy fairweather

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    Bid is up to about $2 a pound think they over paid a little. Looks like 80% nickel to.
     
  5. Catpop

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    Shame no 45 acp, 38 spc, or 357 mag or I might just get interested :thumbdown:
    But probably not:)
    Man that is a lot of brass:what:
    I wonder how long it took to amass that amount?
     
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  6. Rule3

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    No free shipping!:)
     
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  7. Howa 9700

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    Hmmmm......223 and 9mm.......in bulk........in San Diego?

    Marine Corp Recruit Depot - San Diego........
    Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton - San Diego County

    Coincidence?
     
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  8. GooseGestapo

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    Remember all the guffaws and suspicion about the Government purchases of ammo several years ago?

    Now you know where it went!
     
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  9. higgite

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    Somebody sure is going to be surprised when they open one of those barrels and find Jimmy Hoffa. :eek:
     
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  10. GeoDudeFlorida

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    "Total gross weight is estimated at 72,753lbs and estimated net weight 67,508lbs with .40 S&W, 9mm, and .223 calibers."
    The presence of .40S&W and absence of 7.62x51mm suggests it's more likely LEO and other GSA shooting services brass. Remember, the postal service, forestry, and EPA all have shooting law enforcement officers these days. The entire bureaucracy is weaponized against the civil populace.
     
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  11. EMC45

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    Looks like the Fed was burning up their supplies of .40 before transitioning to 9MM. Nickled cases usually denote duty ammo.
     
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  12. AK Hunter

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    Looks like a lot of steel & nickel in the mix.
     
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  13. CoalTrain49

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    The military fired brass auctions have declined substantially in the last few years so I think this maybe LE brass. About 10 years ago a person could own five hundred pounds of military range brass without paying the insane prices they get today. The lots usually weren't mixed either. The pistol cases went into one container and the rifle cases into another. I recall 3 or 4 locations where the pick up location was a military base. JBLM near Tacoma WA was one. I remember the sold prices being around 1.25/lb.
     
  14. starnbar

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    looks like a DHS sale
     
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  15. Seedy Character

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    Scrap at $2/#, a bit high. Would have to be separated before a recycle would purchase. Includes steel, nickel and shotgun hulls. Lack of .45ACP seems strange, though.

    I bid on 2 lots at Ft Sill. ~4000# of 5.56 and ~4000# of 7.62, all brass.
    It sold for $1.78#

    Guessing, it is a LE range, they don't enforce separation.
     
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  16. Hooda Thunkit

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    Early in the first Obama term, the practice of selling fired military brass, at least 'as fired', was stopped via Executive Order.

    The order declared that all military brass was to be shredded before sale. This has been happening since.

    Just another example of the hatred for our hobby, and the desire to take another slice of the salami from us.

    Perhaps your remembering was a bit further back than 10 years.
     
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  17. AJC1

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    1.6 billion rounds that is not.
     
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  18. GeoDudeFlorida

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    This is where math is your friend :)
    40 S&W brass is approx. 101 cases/lb
    .223/5.56mm brass is approx. 73 cases/lb
    9mm brass is approx. 113 cases/lb
    The estimated net weight of the three sizes of brass - plus miscellaneous hulls and detritus - is 67,508lbs. Assuming the heaviest case is the total volume, that would be 4,928,084 casings of .223/5.56mm. Assuming it is the lightest, that would be 7,628,404. For a balance of heaviest, lightest and median (.40) that would be approximately 6.3 million cases of mixed lot 9mm, .40S&W and .223Rem/5.56NATO.

    @AJC1 is correct. The total count is about a billion short. ;)
     
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  19. AJC1

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    Check your math again. 1,600,000,000-6,000,000
    I'll take a check for the amount of the error. :)
     
  20. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I said "about." ;)
     
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  21. AJC1

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    Your about was off by five hundred ninety four million.
     
  22. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Give or take. Close enough for government work.
    A billion here, a billion there, eventually you're talking about real money. :D
     
  23. AJC1

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    I was definitely thinking government math... those extra zeros are how we keep other countries well funded.
     
  24. MonkTx

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    For the most part the marines aren't shooting nickel plated brass and recruits certainly aren't. That brass is coming from federal agencies.
     
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  25. Hooda Thunkit

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    No. No it isn't. Math never is, and has never been, my friend.

    And my family is full of mathematicians: engineers, a CPA, PhD in Physics.

    I hate math. Use it every day in the course of my profession - at least geometry - but I dislike it intensely.

    I would rather be outnumbered in a barfight than solve a quadratic equation.
     
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