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what is the best way to sell large quantities of brass?

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  1. Owen

    Owen Moderator Emeritus

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    I am in the process of downsizing my collection of gun stuff, and I have quite bit of brass that I'd like to move, on the order of 30 gallons.

    About half of that is 9mm brass, and I was wondering if I would be better off selling it as full priority mail boxes, or packaging it into smaller lots, such as baggies of 100, or 500, or something. I have a counting scale, so this is a pretty easy thing for me to do.
     
  2. Obturation
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    I would think one large lot would save you time and trouble, you may not get top dollar that way however. Convienience costs money, for best return decap, clean, sort and sell in 500 count bags or less.
     
  3. Owen

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    i might go ahead and tumble it, but i think i'll pass on the decapping. that sounds like unnecessary tennis elbow.
     
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    I think tumbling and 500 round bags would be alright. I’ve bought brass before that had been cleaned, deprimed, and primer pockets cleaned. Sounded great. Except in about 1:10 cases, new primers wouldn’t seat.
     
  5. Owen

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    big bore, were they crimped, or were they too big?
     
  6. Skgreen

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    Some 'if it fits, it ships' boxes from USPS would be a thought.
    Determine your quantity(s) by the boxful.
     
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  7. lightman

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    I would look at the for sale section here on this forum, and maybe a few others, and see what sells and the price. For what its worth, 9mm brass is so plentiful right now that it sells cheap. Good Luck thinning it down!
     
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  8. salpal48

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    Not to bust someone's Bubble. 9MM, 40 S&W, and 223 are just 1 step above scrap. and it's a short step.
     
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    I was low on 9mm and bought some cleaned dry tumbled range pickup on sale at Everglades ammo for $26 with free shipping.

    I've already sorted, wet tumbled, and loaded them. At this point all the brass in 9mm I have is loaded.

    Just an fyi on what I paid just last week
     
  10. jmorris

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    ^ how many did you get for $26 shipped?
     
  11. dartor

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    Along the same line, 30 gallons isn't that much brass. I scrap out 18 five gallon buckets at a time. It takes about 3 months to gather that much brass.
     
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    Lol, my bad. 1000 pc all brass no nickel
     
  13. edwardware

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    9mm brass will sell in well-packaged, full Medium FRBs. Remember there's a 70# limit, and if they break the box, good luck collecting the insurance.

    You'll probably clear slightly more than scrap brass price, but that's ok. I would start here and at AR15.com for the 9mm.

    Smaller quantities are worth less than the shipping costs.
     
  14. jmorris

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    I don’t see how you could even get close to the 70lb limit with brass even with the largest boxes they have.

    1000 9mm would be under 9 lbs..

    1000 .223 would be under 14 lbs.

    1000 50 BMG would be over 123 lbs but you could never fit 1000 in a flat rate box unless you crushed or melted them down into a solid block.
     
  15. Steve762us

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    I got 64 lbs in a medium FRB once. Mix of pistol and rifle brass.
     
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    I needed some 6.5 Creedmoor brass. So I purchased 7000. Figured I could sell 6K and keep 1k. So I put it for sale at a certain price with free shipping on a site where you can sell stuff like this. No takers. Then it was why no bites. Price was cheaper than most anywhere. So I changed the price to lower and added a shipping charge. Used USPS "if it fits" boxes. After I made the change, I was selling brass like a proverbial hot cake. Most was sold word of mouth. Even sold two hundred to a man who was putting in a new gas meter at the house. He saw the pile of brass on the reloading bench and asked what caliber.
     
  17. Texas10mm

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    Separate it by cartridge. Pour into plastic bags making sure to double bag it. Place into medium Flat Rate Boxes and sell it.

    I would be interested in any 10mm brass.

    You can do additional steps like cleaning, sorting my head stamp, brass or nickel, primer size for .45 ACP, and other factors. IMHO other than cleaning it's not worth doing the extra work for what's basically going to amount for free.

    Mixed raw 9mm brass is going for around $2/100 plus shipping. You might be able to get slightly more selling it for scrap. However I have a moral inhibition against scraping usable brass.
     
  18. jmorris

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    Must have been pretty dense or loaded ammunition. A 5 gallon bucket will hold 8500-9000 9mm cases or about 76.5 lbs worth.

    A USPS 12x12x5.75 large flat rate box has an internal volume of 828 cubic inches or 3.58 gallons.
     
  19. Steve762us

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    Very...I think that box I may have layed 7.62 and 5.56 flat on the bottom, them the 9mm/40/45. There
    may have even been a few nested 9/40/45 cases in there :D

    I was doing regular shipments off to Freedom Munitions, before they cut the brass credit value and
    started going into corporate convulsions. Since USPS charged me $18 regardless, it was worth my
    while to pack as much in there as I could, along with adding a challenge aspect to it. I was kicking out
    a box every week, occasionally two in a week.
     
  20. Steve762us

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    USPS delivered one of my FRB's damaged, and the receiver emailed me their
    weight. I made an online claim to USPS, using my copy of the mailing receipt
    (showing the USPS weight at origin), and requested the per-pound value the
    receiver would have paid, for the missing weight.

    I think the USPS came back in two days--paid exactly what I requested.
    Can't imagine what a mess eight or ten pounds of (mostly) 9mm cases
    made somewhere, in their system.

    After that, I started taping the he-double toothpicks out of the boxes.
    Used the USPS "Priority Mail" tape, free...by the yard. I put more faith
    in that, than a plastic bag inside the box.
     
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