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where do you get your brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by neoncowboy, Feb 8, 2005.

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  1. neoncowboy

    neoncowboy Member

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    I am just getting into reloading. I want to reload my own .45acp and plan to load both 230gr FMJ and 185gr JHP rounds.

    Where do you get your brass? I'd like to get 1000-2000 pcs to get started and have some options. I can get mixed headstamp, tumbled, fired brass on eBay for cheap. I can get new brass for not-so-cheap or I can get 'once fired', winchester brass for somewhere in between.

    I am leaning toward the mixed-bag stuff on ebay just because I can get a lot of it pretty cheap and afford to throw out damaged or ugly pcs.

    Of course, after this lot I'll be recycling so hopefully sourcing brass will only be a once a year proposition.

    Any problems with buying lots of brass picked up off a range somewhere?
     
  2. 50 Shooter

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    Try ebay

    There's also Brassman, gibrass, patsreloading, midway, midsouth shooters supply, brownelles....
     
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    Brassman is a good source.
     
  5. Zuma

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    HQBrass.com is another good source for once fired brass.

    Tom
     
  6. phungus

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    I just went to the outdoor range yesterday and sat in the stall with the bucket that had the most fired brass in it. (I was the only one there at the time, and that range has screens which catch brass and dump it down into a bucket for you).

    I ended up dumping it in my range bag, which of course is a no-no on the range, but I didn't think they'd miss it.

    Got a lot of once-fired .45ACP, even though I don't shoot it. :)

    I try and pick up extra brass at the indoor range I go to as well, when I can.

    Too bad you don't ever find .44mag/spcl brass anymore though.
     
  7. C. H. Luke

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    The fellow who runs HQ Brass posts frequently on 1911Forums.com

    His $ seems very resonable.........
     
  8. mtnbkr

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    I get brass from all over the place.

    If it's a new gun and one I don't already load for, I shoot several boxes of factory ammo to break it in and learn it's needs. That usually sets me up with 100-300 pieces of brass, enough to get started.

    If it's a gun I've been reloading for already and I need brass for critical loads (hunting, SD, etc), I just buy new brass at gunshows or from Midwayusa.

    For plinking, I buy whatever's cheapest, from any source. I picked up two 50 caliber ammo cans filled with brass for $20. One was 9mm, the other 38special. I'm set on those two calibers for as long as I can forsee. :D

    Chris
     
  9. Guy B. Meredith

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    I just picked up 2000 pieces from Starline. The brass works well in moonclips and since it is new I know how long it will last--a LONG time. At this point the cost per shot in terms of brass is almost nonexistent as the brass has been recycled.
     
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    I've ordered once fired brass of mixed headstamp from Midway, the price was good, and the brass was mostly Federal Match. But I'll be ordering from Brassman next time I need brass, I want to give them a try.
     
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    I scrounge almost all of my brass from the range. I get once fired .308 Fed GM match brass every once in awhile after the local SWAT teams leave the range. .38 brass I get once fired from a friend who shoots a lot of bullseye competition.
     
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    On a low pressure round like 45ACP, range scroungings are just fine. When the brass gets tired and worn out, it just splits. I had range duty at my club last week and came home with two shot bags full of 45 brass. WooHoo!

    Stay away from the nickle cases, they don't last and split after a couple loadings.
     
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    My last order was a 1k lot of IMI match brass from Wideners.
     
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    Places I have personally acquired brass:

    -Buying factory ammo, and keeping the brass.
    -Buying brass at a local gun store.
    -Buying brass at a gun show (got a good deal.)
    -Had some given to me. Several times at the range, folks have seen me collecting mine, and have given me theirs if they don't reload. I don't pick up range brass I didn't shoot.
     
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    HQ Brass

    HQ Brass did right by me & I would do business with him again.
     
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    Black Hills Shooters Supply website says they don't sell retail. :confused:
     
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    I usually steal them from my local range. :neener:
     
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    I don't trust most people's "once fired" brass and have been burned before getting really crappy tarnished brass. Now I buy new or once fired and almost all from the Brassman. He's local to me but he's a good guy and sells good stuff.
     
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    Brass

    Go to your closest indoor range. They will likely have a bunch of brass in the back that they have collected. Our local indoor range keeps it in 55 Gal drums. Offer them $50 or so for 1/2 of a 55 Gal drum. They will probably take it. That's what I did a little while back. You will have several lifetimes of brass. Trust me. It takes a while to sort and clean it, though. My guess is I walked away with about 15K (yep, that many) rounds of brass or more. It will be mostly 9mm and .40 followed by .45 and .380. Some .357 and .44's. Sadly, few .38's. You can hardly give .38 brass away now. When I bought mine, the range was just about begging folks to take it off their hands but they weren't going to give it away. I think someone bought what was left ( about 7 Drums worth) and is in the process of reselling it.

    Lvl1trauma
     
  20. neoncowboy

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    OK, thanks all.

    It sounds like I'll do OK with the 'range brass' I bought on eBay. I got 2000 pcs for about $45. It's all brass.

    The range I shoot IPSC at sells all of it's brass to a reloading company. On IPSC night...well, all those guys reload so everyone collects their own brass. And hardly anyone shoot's .45 there anyway.
     
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    He hangs out around here too. ;)
     
  22. Paul "Fitz" Jones

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    I got my brass from the Navy

    The Navy had a lot of shooting teams on ships around the world and years ago I traded them reloaders and bullet casting tools for their GI.45acp brass that normally went overboard but they shipped it to me by the thousands that had never touched dirt through their fleet post office. I living in California just had to pay the postage from San Francisco I got a few hundred thousand that way and my scout troop sorted it by maker and year and it was mostly Winchester which I preferred anyway.

    If you live near any military base visit the closest scrap yards where a lot of good stuff winds up. I also used to get 2,000 pound load from a Scrap yard near a Marine base.

    I also signed up for DOD Department of Defense auctions and got a lot of good brass that way
     
  23. The Bushmaster

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    Range scrounging and friends. Just got 300 pieces of .30-30 from a non-loading friend. Not to mention the 250 .357 cases he gave me last month. All once fired cases.
     
  24. lee n. field

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    Where do I get brass? Shooting up store-bought, and scavenging at the range. The only time I ever bought brass new was when I got 100 .303 British cases for to load for my Enfield.
     
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    lee n field

    le enfield? would that be the french version?
     
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