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Old 09-12-2017, 9:50 PM
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So a lot of the brass I will be reloading is once fired, by me. But for some calibers, I never thought about saving the cases since I always just bought factory ammo in bulk and wasn't into reloading. This is mainly for 9mm, .40, and .45 ACP. My questions would be do you guys buy new brass or once fired brass and from where? My knowledge of supplies like this is Midway. Where are some lesser known places that sell new/once-fired good quality(once-fired) with good prices?
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Old 09-12-2017, 9:54 PM
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Location?

I know a couple people in SoCal that collect range brass and sell it. The straight walled pistol cases you need are cheap and plentiful! They can be reloaded many many times too!
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Good results from Sleeping Giant and Lonestar with 38 Spl/357 Mag, 44mag and 45 Colt.

http://sleepinggiantbrass.com

https://lonestarbrass.com/

As for 9mm & 45ACP, I usually range pickup myself if they allow.
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:05 PM
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Check out starline
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:06 PM
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I know a couple people in SoCal that collect range brass and sell it. The straight walled pistol cases you need are cheap and plentiful! They can be reloaded many many times too!
Haha so many of you seem to be in SoCal. I'm in the Bay area.
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:08 PM
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Good results from Sleeping Giant and Lonestar with 38 Spl/357 Mag, 44mag and 45 Colt.

http://sleepinggiantbrass.com

https://lonestarbrass.com/

As for 9mm & 45ACP, I usually range pickup myself if they allow.
Awesome. I have a few bags of 44 mag and 45 LC but good to know where i can pick up some more.
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:11 PM
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Try Etsy they have cheap once fired brass. I've gotten a couple thousand from there. You can get processed or unprocessed for cheap.


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Old 09-12-2017, 10:15 PM
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10% off new brass from X-treme Bullets here:

http://www.xtremebullets.com/Pistol-Brass-s/48373.htm
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I buy direct from Starline.
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:56 PM
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9mm, 40s&w, and 45acp? Do you shoot at an indoor range? I think all my brass except for the initial 250 factory rounds of 9mm was picked up at the range.

I guess its a good idea to buy some to get started, but if you're going home with less brass than with what you showed up with, you're doing something wrong.
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:04 PM
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For common calibers like 223, 9 or 45...it doesn't make sense to buy brand new brass to load. When you break it down....it ends up being more expensive or the same price as factory ammo.

What i do is i buy bulk factory and then i hang on to the brass. With 9mm....you can just keep using it virtually indefinitely. You're guaranteed to lose them before you'll have to stop using them.

The only reason you should be buying brand new brass is if you are competing, or if you have oddball cartridges....

the range i use doesn't allow brass collection. If you have a range where they do allow it, then you realistically don't even have to buy any brass....you can easily collect 100-200 pieces each trip.....

Another point is that i keep brands seperated as well. Each brand is slightly different and i'd rather keep my variables to a minimum...
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I completely agree on not buying new brass. Unfortunately the ranges I go to do not allow case pick up unless it's mine.
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A lot more people are going to be buying brass (new and used) come the 1st of Jan. 2018.
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Old 09-13-2017, 6:31 AM
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I have bought on line and from guys here. I think there is a range in Tracy you can buy brass from. I never have just ran across their site. You might want to try them.
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I completely agree on not buying new brass. Unfortunately the ranges I go to do not allow case pick up unless it's mine.
This is pretty much the rule at most of the places I shoot at. In addition, some don't allow you to pull in anything in that goes in front of the firing line which, depending on what I'm shooting is about half of everything.

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I have bought on line and from guys here. I think there is a range in Tracy you can buy brass from. I never have just ran across their site. You might want to try them.
So I do supplement my stock from guys that sell here in the reloading "buy/sell" thread.
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Old 09-13-2017, 7:07 AM
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Yes I just got 1k of 40sw for $30 local pickup. I was running low. 9mm and 45 acp are more popular at ranges and my supply is ok for now. That being said if it's a good deal I pick it up brass, powder, bullets or primers. If it's a good deal I jump on it. I have enough w231 for more about than 5000 rounds of 45 and another 4 pounds of 700x that I could use. If I see 231 for sale for under $20 a pound to my hand I will buy it all day long.
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I've never considered buying new brass for non magnum pistol calibers. I've been loading and shooting the same 45 acp brass for at least a decade.
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I'm also a fan of Starline for new brass. Their stuff is priced affordably and is high quality and I have used them for calibers I shhot that aren't readily available through other channels.

BUT.. If you can find new ammo at a reasonable price for 9, 40, and 45, just buy a bunch and start saving the brass. For example, it is often possible to find 9mm factory ammo online (until December) for 20cpr or less. Brand new 9mm brass from Starline is 13cpr. Add another 5cpr for powder and primer, 8cpr for a plated bullet and you are right up to 26cpr for that first round that you had to do all the work on.
Costs for new .45 ACP Starline brass + components will be closer to 30cpr for the first round. So again, if you can buy factory ammo with reloadable brass for less than that, you are better off. Of course, your cost goes way down after the first firing since you no longer have to buy the brass.

Buying once-fired, processed brass is considerably cheaper than new brass, but you end up with mixed headstamps which may or may not matter to you.

So, do a little math and give it some thought.

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Except for a few odd calibers where I had to buy new brass, I've bought all my brass used from sellers in the marketplace here.
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I like finding new head stamps. I just got some Israeli contract from the early 90s
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So a lot of the brass I will be reloading is once fired, by me. But for some calibers, I never thought about saving the cases since I always just bought factory ammo in bulk and wasn't into reloading. This is mainly for 9mm, .40, and .45 ACP. My questions would be do you guys buy new brass or once fired brass and from where? My knowledge of supplies like this is Midway. Where are some lesser known places that sell new/once-fired good quality(once-fired) with good prices?
A LOT of local gun stores sell brass, once fired even. SOME gun ranges do, and a lot of folks online at Gunbroker also sell it. Plus there are MANY online sites, Brassman, brass monkey, diamond k brass, ALL them places. There are at least 7+ folks that have websites dedicated to the cleaning and selling of once fired brass.

AND for most loads like 9mm, .45, and .40, all brass is equal to once fired brass. It is just the way it is.

I am very lucky enough to be able to pick up brass when I go shooting, but for SOME calibers, like .44 mag, .380 and 10mm I will buy on occasion until I get my stocks up.

OR, if someone wants to trade brass, I will gladly trade some of my 9mm or .40 for some of the others that I do not have much of. Buying once fired brass though, I WILL scour the internets looking for the cheapest site that sells it because I HATE to pay for a commodity that I already get for free. But I only pick up 10mm about one in 7 visits to the range.
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So a lot of the brass I will be reloading is once fired, by me. But for some calibers, I never thought about saving the cases since I always just bought factory ammo in bulk and wasn't into reloading. This is mainly for 9mm, .40, and .45 ACP. My questions would be do you guys buy new brass or once fired brass and from where? My knowledge of supplies like this is Midway. Where are some lesser known places that sell new/once-fired good quality(once-fired) with good prices?
pistol brass is easy to find. buy here in the reloading marketplace.
this guys prices are good but do not include shipping.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s....php?t=1227128
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For pistol I buy new Starline; it's outstanding. Given that I shoot mostly 45 ACP, the cases last practically forever anyway, so I may as well use nice consistent ones.

For rifle, in general I buy once-fired military from Monmouth reloading, as most of my stuff is either 223 or 308, and it seems difficult to beat their pricing on Lake City.
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stilly, you still looking for 10mm cases and stuff? There's a guy selling on "Private reloading" here. Newer post.
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Stilly, I have a handful of 10mm cases that are range pickup. When I have enough to be worth shipping, I'll send you a PM.
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I need 357 Sig. Only have 400 or so. All 4x fired. I don't want to shoot my factory rounds to make more. Sportsman's has the Winchester brand but $37.99 for 100 is a bit much
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Looks like I'll start asking the ranges around here if they sell their picked up brass. I doubt it, but it won't hurt to ask. If it turns up as a no go, sounds like Starline would be a good place to start. And I'm interested in 10mm for sure!

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Where u located OP? Gotta be someone nearby wbo has e tras to spare.
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http://www.sagesreloadingsupply.com/
Checked their site. I'll be calling them this morning. Thanks! Great prices.
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When I started reloading a several decades ago, I bought new brass. Last 2 decades I never buy brass. And only loose a few cases here and there to splits and case head separation. I usually ask pick up more than I shoot. Now for my rifle max loading, I do buy some brass either Winchester or Remington. I now need more 10MM brass (it is hard to find at the range) I'll look to Starline.
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Stilly, I have a handful of 10mm cases that are range pickup. When I have enough to be worth shipping, I'll send you a PM.
Well that is awfully nice of you.



Thank you Pennstater. I will have a look.



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The outdoor range I go to is cool with people picking up brass. The RSO there today told me he likes it when people pick up more brass than what they shoot that way he has less to sweep up. Got a bunch of 9mm cases today. Did not see any 10mm. The only 357 Sig I found was my own.
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New brass in most pistol rounds is for those who have not figured out that once fired is just as good.
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