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gesundheit
05-22-2012, 11:25 PM
I tried picking up brass from the dirt last week and it felt like going on an easter egg hunt in the dirt. It took a long time to get half of my brass out and by that time I had given up exhausted. I have seen some guys bring some kind of brass picker similar to this one http://www.uniquetek.com/site/696296/product/T1310

Anyone has experience with these?

What would you recommend for a time efficient way to gather spent brass?

joelogic
05-22-2012, 11:30 PM
Brass wizard works well for low volume on smooth surface.
For large volume, a rake and a slotted metal dust pan.

Easiest way is to not drop it, ie a brass catcher.

Norcal Industries
05-22-2012, 11:36 PM
ive been thinking about buying a huge tarp from harbor freight, laying it out, and when were done, have a couple people pick it up and pour the brass into a 5 gallon bucket.

AlliedArmory
05-22-2012, 11:39 PM
Rake and a dustpan. Then put into a bucket and sort later.

CalTeacher
05-23-2012, 5:10 AM
Pay your kids 1 penny per piece of brass. They'll pick it up n a hurry!

twoforme2
05-23-2012, 5:37 AM
Pay your kids 1 penny per piece of brass. They'll pick it up n a hurry!

Pay them??? :confused:

psssniper
05-23-2012, 5:41 AM
Get a brass magnet from harbour freight :)

biggestez
05-23-2012, 6:41 AM
We use brass wizards at our comps.there are about 5 of us range chickens and we get our brass in no time at all

kmca
05-23-2012, 6:44 AM
I use one of the Brass Wizards. Works well on dirt and hard surfaces, fairly well on sandy soil and not so well on gravel. Only advice I have is, get the "rimfire" sized unit. It says it will pick up rimfire, and it sort of does. The next larger one, has a hard time holding onto 9mm/38 super sized cases. They work well enough that our club bought several to leave in the bays for members to use.

Manolito
05-23-2012, 6:58 AM
http://nutwizard.com/

Works pretty well on all surfaces. Not a recommendation just what I use.

Bill

OldShooter32
05-23-2012, 7:24 AM
I always found that small children (and now grandchildren) are most efficient. I recall my daughter, then about five, calling back to the line and asking me "Dad, you shooting Lake City 77 or 78?"
My son was pulling target at ten, and brass-scrounging at five or so...now his daughter is our brass magnet.

n2stackin
05-23-2012, 7:43 AM
I don't necessarily recommend it, but the last time I went I used a Shop-Vac I had in the bed of my truck. lol Oddly enough, it worked good and didn't pull up a lot of dirt.

When not being completely lazy, I just use a cheap tarp from Walmart. When done shooting we just funnel it into a paper bag or box.

DirtyDave
05-23-2012, 7:50 AM
Get a brass magnet from harbour freight :)

^^This :rolleyes:

Fishslayer
05-23-2012, 8:32 AM
http://courses.be.washington.edu/LARCH/433/Canine%20Compost/pooper_scooper.JPG

n2stackin
05-23-2012, 8:52 AM
Also noticed this nut catcher idea on YouTube. NO idea how well it works in grass, etc.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0MqEWW3L8c

G38xOC
05-23-2012, 9:24 AM
If they don't get to return my brass, they don't get to shoot :)
I usually pick ot up by hand. U must shoot a lot

huckberry668
05-23-2012, 9:43 AM
http://www.brassmower.com/

CalTeacher
05-23-2012, 11:04 AM
Pay them??? :confused:

Yes. They do work for me for a favor, I pay them...minimally of course...but pay them nonetheless. They might make a dollar or two apiece. What's wrong with teaching your kids to work efficiently and earn money?

SuperSet
05-23-2012, 11:12 AM
The best and cheapest resource isnt available to us. Afghan kids. :)
I have the Nut Wizard and it mostly picks up rocks and nuts, unless you shoot on a hard dirt or concrete range.

Na-vah-duh
05-23-2012, 11:20 AM
The best and cheapest resource isnt available to us. Afghan kids. :)
I have the Nut Wizard and it mostly picks up rocks and nuts, unless you shoot on a hard dirt or concrete range.

Don't forget it also loves to pickup all the berdan metal casings as well!:chris:

kenworthxd
05-23-2012, 11:26 AM
I use steel cased ammo and cleanup with a long handled magnet.
I don't reload. I do have a brass wand, it picks up the rocks and some brass but its quicker to bend over and pick up the brass by hand.

johnthomas
05-23-2012, 11:26 AM
http://www.brassmower.com/

You ever see something and say, "why didn't I think of that". Great link.
I was thinking of rubbing bacon on my fingers before I load the ammo, the dogs will pick it up for me, lol what a mess that would be.

HighLander51
05-23-2012, 1:35 PM
get somebody else to do it....

Mikeb
05-23-2012, 2:20 PM
Someone has to say it... just bend over and pick it up. Then think of all the money you saved on yoga lessons...
take care
Mike

gesundheit
05-23-2012, 4:28 PM
Someone has to say it... just bend over and pick it up. Then think of all the money you saved on yoga lessons...
Mike

What about all the money that will be going to my chiropractor? :o

Javi
05-23-2012, 10:35 PM
Get more of these :D

http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/113266/113266,1196117800,9/stock-photo-open-cylinder-of-revolver-with-one-bullet-inside-7306921.jpg
http://www.tikka.fi/images/t3/details/picatinny-bolt-handle.jpg

Lifeon2whls
05-24-2012, 12:27 PM
Just a suggestion for all of you out there getting the kids to pitch in...if you haven't done so, I would suggest giving them some education on washing their hands RIGHT after picking up the brass, not putting fingers in/around mouth, on clothes, food, water/soda bottles, etc. There is a lot of lead that can be transferred from the brass to the fingers and it can affect children the most...with some simple precautions they can avoid getting it in their system.

CalTeacher
05-24-2012, 2:19 PM
Just a suggestion for all of you out there getting the kids to pitch in...if you haven't done so, I would suggest giving them some education on washing their hands RIGHT after picking up the brass, not putting fingers in/around mouth, on clothes, food, water/soda bottles, etc. There is a lot of lead that can be transferred from the brass to the fingers and it can affect children the most...with some simple precautions they can avoid getting it in their system.

Also, get them some gloves.

Whiterabbit
05-24-2012, 6:45 PM
What would you recommend for a time efficient way to gather spent brass?

Stop shooting semi-automatics.

GMG
05-24-2012, 7:30 PM
Here's a novel idea, but $$$

http://www.brassmagnet.com/page1.aspx

Socalman
05-25-2012, 5:27 PM
I am getting into the senior citizen range (62) and I have no problem just picking up some of the cartridges left around the range. I pick up other peoples .357 (my favorite round!) .40 & .45. Once my reloading gets rolling I will have a good supply of brass!

wtkaiser
05-25-2012, 8:00 PM
...but you don't know here it's been. And that's not a lame attempt at humor, it's serious. You don't know how old it is. You don't know how many times it had been reloaded, nor how hot. Yes, you can size them, but how many Glocks has that .40 been through, for example? How many Glock bulges has it had?
I'm a long way from being a purist, but I will shell out the shekels for brass, or ammunition to use for brass, every time.

bruceflinch
05-25-2012, 8:13 PM
It's pretty obvious at our local range, who the reloaders are & who the non-reloaders are. I have no issue picking up once fired brass for reloading. And I do it the old-fashioned way.

hayaku
05-26-2012, 5:48 PM
Get a brass magnet from harbour freight :)

you know you are gonna send people to harbor freight asking for that right? lol

CalTeacher
05-27-2012, 10:41 AM
...but you don't know here it's been. And that's not a lame attempt at humor, it's serious. You don't know how old it is. You don't know how many times it had been reloaded, nor how hot. Yes, you can size them, but how many Glocks has that .40 been through, for example? How many Glock bulges has it had?
I'm a long way from being a purist, but I will shell out the shekels for brass, or ammunition to use for brass, every time.

Here's how I look at it. Reloaders pick up their brass. Non-reloader don't. Thus, the brass you find on the ground is once-fired about 99% of the time. Just a cursory look at the brass will give you a lot of info about it.

I've fired much of my .40 brass at least a dozen times through my Glocks and the worst thing I've come across is a split mouth upon resizing. Not that big of deal. No bulges either, even with hot loads.

I have 9mm brass from the 70's that I still use. When it gets too beat up, I chuck it. .45 brass can eventually split at the case mouth from too much resizing. I have brass that is older than most folks here that still shoots great, and it's been through Glocks and 1911's.

latesvak
06-02-2012, 4:12 PM
I started to use a cal king sheet I picked up from good will for a buck and its seemed to work out really good.



Latesvak

shama
04-13-2015, 6:08 AM
This looks cool... and just under $100.
http://www.ammoupusa.com/compact

ElvenSoul
04-13-2015, 6:11 AM
Kids
gives me a excuse to stop a McDonalds for Choco Dipped Ice Cream Cones on the way home!

joelogic
04-13-2015, 8:29 AM
Cool idea but two of my three local ranges are gravel. Looks like a no go.

glock_this
04-13-2015, 8:46 AM
http://hairstylecollect.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/flowbee-hair-styles-g0iifiik.jpg

I like a rake. It works. I have tried those brass wizards and found them to be garbage. They bend in time and so as much ammo as you collect falls out.

BMartin1776
04-13-2015, 8:51 AM
http://hairstylecollect.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/flowbee-hair-styles-g0iifiik.jpg

I have FlowBee, been using it for 20 years!!

Squ1dward
04-13-2015, 9:07 AM
http://www.brassmower.com/

What I use and it works well on smoother surfaces

SonofWWIIDI
04-13-2015, 9:14 AM
Build your own brass catcher out of PVC, a Walmart laundry bag, a funnel and a five gallon bucket. Attach bottom of the net to the funnel, direct the funnel into the bucket. Automatically catches and stores it in the bucket.

Pablo5959
04-13-2015, 9:52 AM
http://tractors.wikia.com/wiki/Skid_Loader

anonymous308
04-13-2015, 9:56 AM
Not sure what type of shooting you are doing but try shooting on a tarp?

SuperSet
04-13-2015, 9:57 AM
I want one that'll shoot out flares, like an AC-130 gunship, when there are rounds coming downrange towards me.

ElDub1950
04-13-2015, 10:12 AM
My range has a bunch of those brass wizards. They suck. Takes much longer than picking them up by hand. Once you get more than a handful in them they start falling out.

Edit: Noticed from the other posts there are several similar designs with different names. Don't know which we have. Maybe other brands work ok.

jimmykan
04-13-2015, 10:44 AM
I thought the LADY was the "brass magnet" haha. Oops. :o

http://brassmagnet.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/DPP_0022.jpg


Here's a novel idea, but $$$

http://www.brassmagnet.com/page1.aspx

ckgarside
04-13-2015, 11:08 AM
Pick it up before it hits the ground. It'll save the hastle later.

Use a 5gal bucket with a large diameter flex duct positioned near the ejection port.

THBailey
04-13-2015, 1:26 PM
Just bring your wife along and tell her to do it.

stilly
04-13-2015, 2:40 PM
This looks cool... and just under $100.
http://www.ammoupusa.com/compact

That DOES look cool and is possibly better than the nutwizard.


I have a nutwizard that started from the nutwizard page and Dillon got it and started selling them as well. I think it was designed to allow people to pick up apples and walnuts without getting stung by the bees originally.

Anyways, you need to buy the smalles one for brass cases. They seem to be tough, mine rides in the back of the truck and all and I like it but it has one single flaw.

If you roll it over a shell longways and not a shell in its side, it will allow the shell to enter the cage (and thus push open the wire at that spot) and then it will close on the extractor groove and essentially hold the cage open for other shells to escape. No big deal really but it does get annoying after a while. If you hit shells sideways, it does do a nice job of picking them up. Save your back? Sure does. But where it also fails is if you have a pile of brass you swept up and you roll over it, you get stuff from all directions and you will need to roll over the same pile with mixed results several times. Emptying it is easy, but it would be better to have a scooper of some sort that you can just push your brass into and allow it to lay on the floor or empty easiy.

The nutwizard is not too portable either. I had an earlier version that came with a 4.5' stick or whatever size it was and it screwed on to a metal fitting that held the cage and all. Later versions came with a telescoping handle.

I modified mine by going to home depot and getting a telescoping painter handle and a small trim roller, then pulling out the metal shaft inside and screwing the metal fitting on instead, then I just screwed the entire handle onto the painter shaft and it works great, but it is about 3' long now, unless I extend it to be about 8' or whatever it goes to.

ckgarside
04-13-2015, 4:30 PM
Another one from the ckgarside cheap innovations HQ:

Total: $8.62
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/04/13/a8bae238511307ed2aa637c78da906cf.jpg

ckgarside
04-13-2015, 6:47 PM
Well. I got a bit obsessed over this topic.

Here is what I came up with:
http://youtu.be/JAG0s32GgKg

cwilliams
04-13-2015, 7:26 PM
This looks cool... and just under $100.

http://www.ammoupusa.com/compact


This is now on my to-buy list. I'm part of a private range and we pick up our own brass for reloading purposes as well as keeping the area cleaner than what you found it. I'm interested to see how it will do there with the combination of sand and rocks in some bays. Regardless, if I don't have to bend down and waste energy while also getting hands dirty in the middle of a shooting session, it will be worth every penny!

Mike402
04-13-2015, 8:05 PM
This looks cool... and just under $100.
http://www.ammoupusa.com/compact

Yes that does look cool. Went to the website & it said they are currently taking pre orders. Will call them tomorrow & see what the deal is.

stilly
04-14-2015, 3:11 AM
I would wait for them to be shipping before making any orders. Sometimes things go sideways or the release date gets pushed back another month or two and then again and again...

Example: mylabradar...

Mike402
04-14-2015, 10:56 AM
I would wait for them to be shipping before making any orders. Sometimes things go sideways or the release date gets pushed back another month or two and then again and again...

Example: mylabradar...

Well I'm rolling the dice and just placed my order. Rep said they are planning on shipping in two weeks. I think it'll work great at the range, but seems like it will pick up too many rocks out in the desert.

stilly
04-14-2015, 11:03 AM
Well let us know how it works. I might want to get one too.

Watch now, next year they will update the material to be a tad longer, hold more brass, and be more flexible and sell it at the same price. (yes this was sarcasm, but we all know how things go...)

I was a little skeptical when I saw the video not showing video, but rather photos, then they actually did have video footage and I felt a little better about the product. If you can get it with a short handle, then that is way cool.

oregonnative1968
04-14-2015, 11:20 AM
ive been thinking about buying a huge tarp from harbor freight, laying it out, and when were done, have a couple people pick it up and pour the brass into a 5 gallon bucket.
I've done this for years. It catches pretty much everything, sort it all out later. It doesn't work at all ranges though.

I have had shooters ask if they could shoot on it, giving me their free brass. If I only had a rifle and pistol for all the brass I have accumulated.

vintagearms
04-14-2015, 11:42 AM
Jimmykan, the model is Jessica Boisseaux. :)

cwilliams
04-14-2015, 1:48 PM
Well I'm rolling the dice and just placed my order. Rep said they are planning on shipping in two weeks. I think it'll work great at the range, but seems like it will pick up too many rocks out in the desert.


How much did they quote you?

Mike402
04-14-2015, 3:10 PM
How much did they quote you?

They said regular price after they start shipping is $99. Pre order price is $89.

Citadelgrad87
04-14-2015, 3:39 PM
I made a frame out of PVC and put some Velcro tape on it. I stick an old towel over the frame, and it channels the brass I shoot into a bin. It's abotn 90% effective if you shoot from the bench.

Squ1dward
04-14-2015, 9:28 PM
This looks cool... and just under $100.
http://www.ammoupusa.com/compact

That thing looks pretty badass. It appears to work way better than the brassmower I have been using. $89 is a no-brainer.

Tarps work well if you are shooting static, but if you incorporate any movement in your drills, then that route works marginally well. Static range, great idea. Tactical shooting, something to trip over.

I was at a Kyle Lamb class years ago and we were shooting around cars. He put down tarps, but we ended up getting more glass shards from shooting the shiznit out of cars, rather than brass. Still had to hand pick it all. This Ammo up thing would have been awesome at the time. :rockon:

GW
04-15-2015, 12:02 AM
The nut/brass/ammo wizards are pretty good on concrete surfaces and are great in dirt if you don't mind tossing out lots of rocks.
We tried a tarp out at Panoche last time and it was a bust. Wind got under it and dumped brass off, People tripped over the edges. It was a mess. Maybe on a calmer day.
My best pickup tools out there have been a rake, shovel and sifter
It probably is the fastest/most efficient method of all that I've tried out there.

Standish
04-15-2015, 7:16 AM
Big canvas painters drop cloth so you don't burn holes in a tarp. Rocks around the edges to hold it down. Depression in the ground located at the center area. Pour it all into a 5 gal bucket.

Jimi Jah
04-15-2015, 7:50 AM
Caldwell catches my brass before it hits the ground.

cwilliams
04-18-2015, 10:26 AM
They said regular price after they start shipping is $99. Pre order price is $89.

I just put my order in for one as well. For those who are interested the link (http://www.ammoupusa.com/compact) now has an online ordering section with a promo-code for the $89 pre-order deal with free shipping. It looks like they are planning to start shipping sometime between April 23-30, so jump on this now if you want to save some money.

Yreka
04-18-2015, 10:37 AM
Hmm that Ammo-up looks interesting..

Im currently using the 'scrounge around on the ground like a crackhead' method.

KTM RICK
07-20-2016, 8:57 PM
How well did these work out?

stilly
07-20-2016, 9:12 PM
I tried picking up brass from the dirt last week and it felt like going on an easter egg hunt in the dirt. It took a long time to get half of my brass out and by that time I had given up exhausted. I have seen some guys bring some kind of brass picker similar to this one http://www.uniquetek.com/site/696296/product/T1310

Anyone has experience with these?

What would you recommend for a time efficient way to gather spent brass?


Save a few $$ and get the original if you have to have one:
http://www.nutwizard.com/prod01.htm

They work okay outside, but the second that you get the wires caught around a rim of a shell, they hold the wires open so other shells can escape.... Time to empty at that point.


The ammoup product that looks like a little broom that picks up shells might be the better way to go.

rm1911
07-21-2016, 12:42 AM
https://www.amazon.com/Caldwell-125789-Brass-Retriever/dp/B00RPAH47K/ref=sr_1_5?s=sports-and-fitness&ie=UTF8&qid=1469090436&sr=1-5&keywords=caldwell+brass+catcher

Caldwell brass retriever. Awesome tool. Also get brass sorter trays.

https://www.amazon.com/Shell-Sorter-380ACP-3pc-set/dp/B00BFN5TTI/ref=sr_1_1?s=sports-and-fitness&ie=UTF8&qid=1469090592&sr=1-1&keywords=brass+sorter+tray

Brass collecting and sorting used to be a massive chore. Now it's a breeze.

Whiterabbit
07-22-2016, 8:06 AM
I thought the LADY was the "brass magnet" haha. Oops. :o

http://brassmagnet.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/DPP_0022.jpg

I..um....wow......missed this pic..... I, ah.......do I need a brass magnet?

Bangzoom
07-22-2016, 8:14 AM
you know you are gonna send people to harbor freight asking for that right? lol

no need to ask...they are always next to the wireless extension cords

stilly
07-22-2016, 9:04 AM
no need to ask...they are always next to the wireless extension cords

Thank you for telling us that. I was afraid to ask at HF. Now I feel confident that I will not be walking around for hours over there later today looking for something that can't be found...

Lead Waster
07-22-2016, 1:43 PM
http://nutwizard.com/

Works pretty well on all surfaces. Not a recommendation just what I use.

Bill

That is similar to the brass one.

Doesn't work on gravel though, unless you want a wizard half with brass and half rocks.

stilly
07-23-2016, 7:12 AM
BTW, the people at HF are NO help.

After about an hour of searching for a brass magnet, I decided to ask. They said I have to go to a SPECIALTY store for one of those... And btw, I am banking that a wireless extension cord can be had at Microcenter or Fry's. HF ONCE AGAIN knew NOTHING about what I was talking about... Those guys are so dumb.

AandO
07-24-2016, 11:54 AM
BTW, the people at HF are NO help.

After about an hour of searching for a brass magnet, I decided to ask. They said I have to go to a SPECIALTY store for one of those... And btw, I am banking that a wireless extension cord can be had at Microcenter or Fry's. HF ONCE AGAIN knew NOTHING about what I was talking about... Those guys are so dumb.

20% off and a free tape measure makes it almost bearable.

25% off on Mothers Day. Who can resist?

Brass magnets are found next to the Relative Bearing Grease.

Carcassonne
07-24-2016, 1:56 PM
ive been thinking about buying a huge tarp from harbor freight, laying it out, and when were done, have a couple people pick it up and pour the brass into a 5 gallon bucket.

That is what I do.


.

packnrat
07-25-2016, 3:36 PM
i use this a cloth shopping bag.


http://www.walmart.com/ip/Carex-26-E-Z-Grabber-Reaching-Aid/10105203

packnrat
07-25-2016, 3:45 PM
I..um....wow......missed this pic..... I, ah.......do I need a brass magnet?

she can pick up my brass, any time. :oji:


.

HardwoodRods
07-25-2016, 3:49 PM
Homeless people, easy to find, work fairly cheaply

Irishfisher
07-25-2016, 5:49 PM
Stop by Home Depot. There are always guys out front looking for work.

Jimmy's
07-25-2016, 6:00 PM
Stop being so frugal that's the best way to pick up used brass.

sc870
07-29-2016, 8:54 PM
https://www.amazon.com/Caldwell-125789-Brass-Retriever/dp/B00RPAH47K/ref=sr_1_5?s=sports-and-fitness&ie=UTF8&qid=1469090436&sr=1-5&keywords=caldwell+brass+catcher

Caldwell brass retriever. Awesome tool. Also get brass sorter trays.

https://www.amazon.com/Shell-Sorter-380ACP-3pc-set/dp/B00BFN5TTI/ref=sr_1_1?s=sports-and-fitness&ie=UTF8&qid=1469090592&sr=1-1&keywords=brass+sorter+tray

Brass collecting and sorting used to be a massive chore. Now it's a breeze.
Picked up the Caldwell also. Great tool. I first seen someone using it at the range.

Eat Dirt
07-29-2016, 9:06 PM
I,ve got Emmett "Doc" Brown, Ph.D. working on creating a Brass Magnet.........:TFH:

It will use less that 1.21 gigawatts

chrometip78
08-08-2016, 10:31 PM
Brass wizard works well for low volume on smooth surface.
For large volume, a rake and a slotted metal dust pan.

Easiest way is to not drop it, ie a brass catcher.
You gave me an idea.....

http://i1142.photobucket.com/albums/n618/kenbalogh/Sale%20Items/20160808_185628_zpselqrentz.jpg (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/kenbalogh/media/Sale%20Items/20160808_185628_zpselqrentz.jpg.html)

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G890A using Tapatalk

fuzz415
08-09-2016, 10:00 AM
i have been using a small "camping/tent" broom + portable dustpan. I sweep everything up and then put them into a little Dollar stuff flower bucket. the flower bucket has a slotted/gridded bottom that is big enough to let the dirty fall out but not the brass.

i think the total for everything was like $10 from the dollar store. i drilled little holes on the sides of the pot and used paracord to have a handydandy carrying handle.