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Old 07-17-2019, 11:26 PM
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Default What to do with fired brass?

Before anyone says anything about it, I'm not getting into reloading anytime soon. And I don't have a lot of space to store brass (part of why I'm not getting into reloading anytime soon) so I need to find something to do with it. If I ever get limited time with someone else's press I'm not going to be loading range ammo in bulk brass.

I've been shooting a revolver a lot more lately and have accumulated a bit of 38 Spl and 357 Mag brass that I don't know what to do with. I know I could run an ad on the reloading section but last time I checked the prices I wouldn't have gotten enough money over scrapping it to make it worth the hassle. (Although I do know prices fluctuate all the time.)

The brass is sorted since I dump them by the cylinder-full and sort them back into the boxes they came in.

I know a lot of people used to send their brass to Freedom Munitions for credit, but they seemed to have discontinued that program last year.

Other companies that I found that have a similar program and ship to California are Bite the Bullet (which pays less than scrap prices for brass) and Defender Ammunition (which pays decently for sorted brass). I can't find much about people's experiences with the latter's company.

Are there any other options of what to do with spare brass?
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:35 PM
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X amount of free brass is up for grabs for the 1st person who washes my car.
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Old 07-18-2019, 1:11 AM
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You can recycle it.

You can donate it to a local reloading group.

You can give it away.

Or you could buy a few 5 gallon buckets, and start saving them.

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Old 07-18-2019, 4:54 AM
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I don't reload but my buddy, who owns a FFL01 does. I save mine for him, and he helps me out on transfers fees a little.
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Last trip to the scrap man for stuff that is not reloadable . . . $1.40 a pound
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Old 07-18-2019, 7:08 AM
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I'd vote for orange bucket and save. 9mm brass... ehhhh, but 38/357/45/556/308- those all have some value and are worth your time to save. Granted I'm cheap and a bit of a horder, but I never understand when I see Mr. Preppy McHighspeed go through four boxes of .357sig and just walk out without grabbing the brass.
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Old 07-18-2019, 7:08 AM
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Who ever you called for price for scrap brass. Most likely gave you a price for solid pieces of brass.
Ammo brass is considered dirty brass. Big price difference.i only get 85 cents to $1.15 per pound.

Sell your brass in 500 to 1000 qty.
1000 should go for $50. If it's all the same headstamp $65 for 1000.
Shipping extra. Use priority mail flat rate box is the easiest.
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Old 07-18-2019, 7:21 AM
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just leave on the ground at the range,
if a paid to shoot place they pick it up.
if a free place a brass hound will like you.
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Old 07-18-2019, 7:34 AM
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Keep some in you pockets and throw them at the homeless.
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Old 07-18-2019, 7:43 AM
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When I moved, I didn’t want to move all the brass I collected over the years. I don’t reload & have no intention to. I had 5 gallon buckets of the stuff. 2- 9mm, 1-45, 4- .223 7- .308 I had ads to sell it, had ads to give it away for free. No responders. I gave it all to my 18 yr old grandson for him to scrap & keep the money. I never asked what he got for it.
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Old 07-18-2019, 8:42 AM
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I don't reload but my buddy, who owns a FFL01 does. I save mine for him, and he helps me out on transfers fees a little.
Does your buddy need a new friend?

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Who ever you called for price for scrap brass. Most likely gave you a price for solid pieces of brass.
Ammo brass is considered dirty brass. Big price difference.i only get 85 cents to $1.15 per pound.

Sell your brass in 500 to 1000 qty.
1000 should go for $50. If it's all the same headstamp $65 for 1000.
Shipping extra. Use priority mail flat rate box is the easiest.
I specifically asked about dirty brass (even mentioned they were casings) and got quoted $1.25 per pound.

Guess I could try selling in bulk, but that means I have to store the buckets somewhere in my living room cause the closet's full.
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just leave on the ground at the range,

if a free place a brass hound will like you.
Please do not do this, as a LOT of brass ends up laying around for a long time, and nobody wants it then. It becomes an environmental hazard (primer salts and chemicals leeching into soil & groundwater), and as such another avenue to close down ranges and open public shooting areas as well.
Dealing with lead is enough; leaving your trash (and brass) only serves to bolster the case of environmentalists whom want an end to shooting, everywhere.
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Old 07-18-2019, 8:59 AM
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If you have a lot of those brass, I'm thinking it might help you sell faster if you invest in a tumbler and use it to clean the brass first before putting them up for sale as "Clean Brass for reloading".

The tumbler can also be useful if you want to reload later on.
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Old 07-18-2019, 9:06 AM
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splithoof---I do not know what range you shoot at but I belong to 3 clubs and shoot at 2 of them often. I RSO also there. Brass is sweep up constantly and at the end of each day. I will bring some home with me for myself and friends and most goes into buckets that are dumped into 55gal barrels. The club sells the brass to help cover running costs.
Whenever I go to a place that is not organized I pick up brass I can find. Any brass I do not load I give to friends that do use it.
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Old 07-18-2019, 9:09 AM
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stop by the post office and get a medium flat rate box.
just dump the brass in the box by caliper. keep track of qty.
then sell it as the amount that fits in the box when its full .

reloaders don't need the boxes that the ammo came in.
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Old 07-18-2019, 9:50 AM
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save it for the range buzzards that scavenge brass at the range

the outdoor ranges always have a few old men picking up brass for recycling
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Old 07-18-2019, 9:52 AM
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if you really are not going to get into reloading, leave it at the range and someone will pick it up. Where do you shoot ? I would not mind being that someone

I do like the idea of getting a medium flat box rate as mentioned above, to me the few bucks I would get doing that just never seemed worthwhile, but if you shoot a lot, you may have much more brass then me.
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:40 PM
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splithoof---I do not know what range you shoot at but I belong to 3 clubs and shoot at 2 of them often. I RSO also there. Brass is sweep up constantly and at the end of each day. I will bring some home with me for myself and friends and most goes into buckets that are dumped into 55gal barrels. The club sells the brass to help cover running costs.
Whenever I go to a place that is not organized I pick up brass I can find. Any brass I do not load I give to friends that do use it.
I too shoot mostly at a private club, with several "clean-up" events yearly in addition to other projects. Brass/steel collection has been an issue for a long time, but we are getting much better and will soon be installing collection buckets. I have found an incredible supply for any caliber I load, and what I don't use goes for scrap; last year my son made enough to buy a nice gun with the proceeds.
I'm sure that lots of the leftover stuff I see also is from the various no/low-light events/practice sessions, so many members may not find it all in the darkness, especially with 24-7 access.
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:48 PM
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save it for the range buzzards that scavenge brass at the range

the outdoor ranges always have a few old men picking up brass for recycling
Range buzzards?....That's a new one!
"few old men picking up brass".....I'm not quite that old (yet), but I am amused by what I refer to as "The AR Crowd", mostly milenial types that never pick up anything. Not complaining, just an observation. Those guys (and a few hot young ladies) have certainly helped pay for my shooting endeavors.
Will be interesting see if increasing restrictions on ammo has any effect.
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Old 07-18-2019, 1:15 PM
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I simply leave once-fired factory brass (back in their orig boxes) on the shooting bench of my gun club when I'm ready to go home---the members who reload (many) take the brass and reload it---problem solved...
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Give it to friends who reload, and if they're good people, you'll occasionally get a box of loaded ammo back in return 😁
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I used to trade 9mm brass for reloaded ammo with a friend of mine. I don't remember what the ratio was for the trade.
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Used to be groups of Hmong women that would snatch any unattended brass at the Oroville range, they weren’t shy either! Buckets of brass went to recycle yard I’m sure.
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