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pklin1297
03-14-2008, 6:05 PM
Hello all,

Having looked through the internet to find universal brass catchers I came up with the conclusion that homemade options may be possible for a lot cheaper, and perhaps works just as well. Something that can sit on the shooting bench (small) or on the ground next to the shooting bench (large) and not strap to one's hand or the firearm itself... Has anyone here made one with their own design? I know there are working ones for sale but I would like not to pay $50+ for one. I am looking for ideas and possible material list to start experimenting. Got a couple Home Depot gift cards sitting there gathering dust... :D Saw a couple of those giant fish nets from Bass Pro that could do the job...

Please share your designs and experiences... Am looking to try to make something that could catch brass for my AR, Mosin (though I could just grab the brass), and maybe my handguns. Thanks.

jandmtv
03-14-2008, 6:25 PM
i have the one made by UTG, it works ok. but once you shoot about 10 rounds or so, the weight of the brass likes to pull down on the bag and close the opening up top causing cases to not fully eject. what i do now is keep the zipper on the bottom open and put a small box underneath it to gude the brass into the box. this method kinda sucks, because it mounts on the rifle and can get in the way of mag changes.

I did see a guy at the angeles shooting range with a home made brass catcher that seemed to work much better than mine. the image below i made on win paint. (sorry i cant draw for S**t)

the box on the bottom was made out of thin gauge steel, the 3 rods were made out of aluminum, and he was using some type of fine nylon fish net. Idea is, the case hits the fish net then falls into the box at the bottom. he had the fish net kinda loose on the 3 posts so the cases didnt bounce off. and it worked pretty well from what i saw. the whole thing was maybe about 2' - 2.5' tall, and he had it sitting on the bench about a foot away from his AR.

http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd107/jandmtv/brasscatcher.jpg

I've been wanting to make this kind of brass catcher, just havent had the time. if you do make one, please post pics. hope this helps.

pklin1297
03-14-2008, 7:56 PM
looks to be a workable design... Thanks for the diagram... Getting ideas.

bohoki
03-14-2008, 8:05 PM
hmm that diagram makes me strangely aroused

fairfaxjim
03-14-2008, 8:13 PM
Sunday I was shooting next to a guy with a Garand, He had baracaded himself with cardboard on the right side of his bench. It worked.

Actually, we have used a PVC pipe frame with some shade cloth hung rather loosly on it. The bottom was looped up to form a trough to catch the brass. That worked too.

jdberger
03-14-2008, 8:23 PM
Here's a pretty easy solution. It's 4 peices of PVC bolted onto the bench with 2 bar clamps. The PVC slides over the end of the clamp. Simple window screening is in the middle.

The screening can be left long and stuffed into a 5 gal. bucket.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y32/jdberger/Shoot-n-Q.jpg

Just to give credit, that's Technical Ted there in the middle.

pklin1297
03-14-2008, 8:36 PM
That looks simple enough... Time to hit Home Depot...

pklin1297
03-14-2008, 11:46 PM
Thank you Technical Ted for the parts list!

By the way, what range was that?

ko1featherweigh
03-14-2008, 11:57 PM
heres a video of a brass cater that looks like the one jandmtv is talking about

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9K6GKHs6xI

jandmtv
03-15-2008, 12:42 AM
heres a video of a brass cater that looks like the one jandmtv is talking about

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9K6GKHs6xI


very similar to that one, just half its size and no gay music :D

paulo57509
03-15-2008, 1:48 AM
Thank you Technical Ted for the parts list!

By the way, what range was that?

Definitely, Chabot.

I didn't know Charlie Brown and Jack shot there too. Who's the guy sitting in between them? I think he might be from South Park, CO.

ar15barrels
03-15-2008, 2:11 AM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y32/jdberger/Shoot-n-Q.jpg

Just to give credit, that's Technical Ted there in the middle.

Do you guys coordinate what masks you are going to wear to the range before you go so there are not 3 of you all trying to be batman?

draconianruler
03-15-2008, 2:16 AM
It was simple enough using precut PVC from Orchard Supply: Four 2' lengths of 1" PVC; Two 90 degree elbow fittings, Two T fittings; Two bar clamps (the most expensive components); Some screen cloth and nine zip ties to hold the screen in place.

I didn't bother to glue the pipe into the fittings. That way it breaks down into a compact bundle.

I saw that brass catcher setup at the last calguns shot at Chabot. Great idea! I'm planning on making one very similar.

C.G.
03-16-2008, 6:30 PM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y32/jdberger/Shoot-n-Q.jpg



JD, haven't seen you in a while, you haven't changed a bit.:smilielol5: