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Old 03-20-2012, 03:37 PM   #1
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I went to the outdoor range for the first time yesterday. I saw lots of handgun cartridges lying around on the ground. I’m thinking that most of it was left there last fall and is just now being revealed by the melt. There was an awful lot of .22 lying around as well as the other calibers. I wouldn’t think any of it was suitable for reloading, There’s got to be a lot of brass that could be scrapped & melted down seasonally. I know a magnetic sweeper will pick up the steel easily enough.

So, what are the procedures or mechanisms for cleaning up the brass on an outdoor range? Is there a mechanical way to pick it all up? Would a lawn vacuum that’s run over the range before the grass is cut pick it up? Then you’ve got to sort it from the shells and other debris somehow.

Any suggestions? Or is all back breaking time consuming pick it up by hand work?

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I've seen one way people have picked up their brass/hulls. It was apperantly supposed to be for picking up golf balls at driving ranges. But it's basically a big wheel with spokes coming off it that flex and let the hulls/brass get stuck between them and then dropped into a hopper.

But if your range does do it all by hand, that would be a great way for younger kids to make some money. Could give them a couple cents per hull/case and then as they get cleaned up bring the cents per up a little so it stays even. I would gladly do that for a pay if I was younger. Haha

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I don't see any brass on the ground around here anymore because of the high price of scrap metal. There are a lot of brass scavengers who go to the popular shooting areas looking for spent cartridges. The only brass left behind is from .22 LRs., .22 mags and .17HMR.

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http://www.uniquetek.com/site/696296/product/T1310

This is the product Kaido was referring to.
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Looks perfect! Thanks.

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When we shoot out behind the house I spread a 15'x15' tarp out. It takes about 2 shots and you know where to stand and catch all of your brass. A buddy at a Class III shop around the corner reloads a lot, so we give him what he wants and he gives us ammo in return, we both win this way.

That pick up tool looks like it would work out OK on good ground, in the woods not so much.

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http://www.uniquetek.com/site/696296/product/T1310

This is the product Kaido was referring to.
I've got one of these and they work well. They do pick up sticks, etc. so need to be cleaned periodically.
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I've got one of these and they work well. They do pick up sticks, etc. so need to be cleaned periodically.
Just because my range is bad for them and it's out doors, how's it work on .22 cases?
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A lot of ranges don’t allow the policing of the brass. Once it hits the ground it’s the ranges Property

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A lot of ranges don’t allow the policing of the brass. Once it hits the ground it’s the ranges Property
I would be finding a different range.
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