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Old 11-30-2012, 3:02 PM
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Hi all. I'm pretty new to the shooting scene and know that some people keep their brass casings after shooting. What do you do with it afterwards? I don't know how to reload so I guess I'd like to know the process on selling/trading the brass. Is it sold/traded by weight/quantity? Do you clean it before shipping it out? Thanks for your patience and advice in advance.

I just feel its a waste if I leave it at the range and someone else capitalizes on it when I could use it towards funding new ammo or range fees.

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Old 11-30-2012, 3:07 PM
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Collect them and sort them by caliber. Throw steel and aluminum casings in the trash, since they generally can't be reloaded. The thing about selling brass is that you need a large enough quantity to justify paying shipping for. Common calibers aren't worth very much, usually between 3 and 6 cents per piece, so you'll probably want to gather at least 500-1000 pieces before you try to sell those. Less common calibers tend to be worth much more, so you could get away with selling much smaller quantities of those.
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Old 11-30-2012, 3:12 PM
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If you leave it at the range, the range sells it and makes money. That's not a bad thing if it helps them stay in business.

If you want to sell it, you can do so in the marketplace here. There's no need to clean it prior to shipping.

Price depends on the caliber and quantity. Post what you have and we can give you some ballpark numbers.
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Old 11-30-2012, 3:15 PM
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I'll take any .30-06 you may have...
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Old 11-30-2012, 3:35 PM
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If you decide to try and collect it to sell a shell sorter and brass wizard are great tools to have.
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Old 11-30-2012, 3:48 PM
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Keep it. If you decide to start reloading in the future, you'll wish you had.
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Old 11-30-2012, 3:59 PM
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Sell them as scrap brass.
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Old 11-30-2012, 4:08 PM
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It's 2012, Obama is re-elected, the new gun laws are going to be raining down in the next couple of years like we have never seen. They may include exorbitant taxes on ammo. You will regret getting rid of your brass and not learning how to reload.
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Old 11-30-2012, 4:24 PM
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I normally shoot hundreds of rounds (500+) per range visit, mostly 9mm and .45 ACP factory new ammo.

I'm lazy so I'll just leave it there for whoever wants it, since I won't ever re-use it and don't think it's worth my time to pick up and sell for a couple of bucks.
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Keep it. If you decide to start reloading in the future, you'll wish you had.
that is how i started, some 35 yrs ago. save it, if after some time, you still decide not to get into reloading, the brass will still be worth something..maybe even more.
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I normally shoot hundreds of rounds (500+) per range visit, mostly 9mm and .45 ACP factory new ammo.

I'm lazy so I'll just leave it there for whoever wants it, since I won't ever re-use it and don't think it's worth my time to pick up and sell for a couple of bucks.
where do you shoot? i'll come and watch, and reap, the spoils.
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If you decide to try and collect it to sell a shell sorter and brass wizard are great tools to have.
here's my shell sorter sort of

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I usually say i will start reloading. Then I save up a bucket worth of spent brass along with any other pieces of brass i find on the jobsite. It all goes in the bucket. Then I get tired of looking at it and i take it in to the scrap yard along with all my scrap copper wire.
it adds up pretty quickly. i just use the money to go buy more ammo. I will probably never reload. I just simply have no time for it right now. last time I gave all the brass cases to a calgunner who reloaded.
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I normally shoot hundreds of rounds (500+) per range visit, mostly 9mm and .45 ACP factory new ammo.

I'm lazy so I'll just leave it there for whoever wants it, since I won't ever re-use it and don't think it's worth my time to pick up and sell for a couple of bucks.
and I appreciate that.

I recommend reloading, it can be very rewarding, money saving and relaxing.
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. It all goes in the bucket. Then I get tired of looking at it and i take it in to the scrap yard along with all my scrap copper wire.
it adds up pretty quickly. i just use the money to go buy more ammo. I will probably never reload. I just simply have no time for it right now. last time I gave all the brass cases to a calgunner who reloaded.
where do you work, east LA, or oakland?
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I collect it for my bro in law and then in turn buy super cheap 9mm from him. Great deal all around.
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Not much...just a few craft projects I throw together.



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I have about 50 pounds of brass so far. 45, 38, 44 and some others. I'll trade it for beer or something else and make a reloader happy.
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Doesn't Freedom Munitions pay 2.50 a pound, unsorted? Is that a good price
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If you are going to sell your brass to reloaders you need to learn about berdan and crimped primers. If you look inside a case a berdan primer has two holes and a boxer one hole. Throw away the berdan (two holes) and keep the boxers (one hole).

Military ammo has crimped primers and needs a special tool to remove the crimp. Most reloaders don't want the crimped primers. Sort these out and sell them separately letting the buyer know they are crimped. Some people are ok with the crimp.
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That is one cool project! *mind is tinkering with ideas*....

wow. thanks everybody for all the advice. i'm shooting mainly .22lr and .45 right now. guess it doesn't hurt to clean up after myself and store the casings in the garage for the option to reload if i want a new hobby.

what's the etiquette on picking up other people's casings? hahahaa, don't want ppl to think i'm one of those frugal trash bin pickers.
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Old 12-01-2012, 6:23 AM
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I don't reload, but I always pick up my brass.

I give it to friends, they love it.
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That is one cool project! *mind is tinkering with ideas*....

wow. thanks everybody for all the advice. i'm shooting mainly .22lr and .45 right now. guess it doesn't hurt to clean up after myself and store the casings in the garage for the option to reload if i want a new hobby.

what's the etiquette on picking up other people's casings? hahahaa, don't want ppl to think i'm one of those frugal trash bin pickers.
Dont worry about the 22lr, for reloading purposes anyway.

Ask before you pick up someone else's brass.

Also, reloading found brass can be tricky. You dont know anything about it, how many times it was fired etc... I found a couple hundred mixed lot LC cases the other day. It had obviously been reloaded at least once. The annealing has been tumbled, the mouths have a chamfer and the primer crimp has been swaged off. Not to mention commercial primers. It looks good, as good as my twice fired LC, but who knows right?

The question is, if someone took the trouble to reload it at least once, why leave it behind? I have inspected them inside and out and I worked up a light load in 50 of them to try out, but for the price, using found brass doesnt seem worth it.

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