Non-loader's Guide to Policing Brass?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by therhino, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. therhino

    therhino New Member

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    Hi all.
    I'm not a reloader. Right now all I fire is 22LR at a nearby sandpit. Pure plinking.
    However, every time I shoot at said sandpit, I come home with pockets full of abandoned brass (in addition to my own).

    I know 22LR isn't reloadable (nor is any rimfire cartridge), but some days I come home with a fistful or two of 9mm, .45, and other one-offs. All the steel Wolf casings go in the municipal recycling bin.

    Obviously brass has a scrap metal value, but is there any of this stuff that I should be holding to pass on to actual reloaders?
    Are the 9mm Luger, .45, and 40S&W cases worth bagging separately from my rimfire stuff and saving inhopes of getting more than scrap value for them?
    How about shotgun shells? I pick those as well, and have been cutting the brass from the hull and tossing in with my 22LR. Keep on with that, or save intact?

    How oxidized is "too oxidized" for you reloaders? Some of the stuff I've picked up has seen a rainstorm or two, or been snowbound for a while. Does that go straight into the scrap bag, or is it still usable?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Do not cut up shotshells- reloadable. 45 40 9mm 38/357 most popular with reloaders, and yes, IS worth more than scrap. Tarnished- no problem. Pitted, problem.

    And whenever I am shooting, reloadable or not, I try to be neat- police up my trash. For .22 rimfire, a tarp laid out beofre shooting catches it. Cleanup is 30 seconds.
     

  3. therhino

    therhino New Member

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    Thanks, c3. Looks like I have some sorting and bagging to do tonight during the Bruins game. I'll stop chopping shotshells as well.

    When I shoot, I tend to pick up after every 10-round magazine. Saves me from having to count higher than that!
     
  4. noylj

    noylj Member

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    A broom and dust pan works well.
    In a sand pit, maybe a shovel and a large colander?
     
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Few shotgun shells these days have real brass bases. Most are brass plated steel. Test w/magnet.

    Save it all until you learn what is useful and what is not. Great trading fodder or good will gift to a reloader.
     
  6. therhino

    therhino New Member

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    haha!
    I wonder how much old brass is buried in that pit. I just pick up the easy stuff that's out in the open. No mining for me!
     
  7. 007BondJamesBond007

    007BondJamesBond007 New Member

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    You can put your used brass in a mesh laundry bag. It will let the dirt fall out but not the brass.
     
  8. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    There is a brass trading thread on the forum.
     
  9. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    plus 1, thats what i was gonna mention
     
  10. Bigdog57

    Bigdog57 New Member

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    Cull the brass into two basic piles - look in the case to see if it has two small holes (NOT reloadable) or one larger hole (reloadable). Once you divvy out the calibers, you may have something a reloader would buy.
    The non-reloadable stuff can be sold to the recycler.
     
  11. DustyDawg48

    DustyDawg48 New Member

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    +1 Very good point. There are 2 types you'll find when picking up brass. The most common will be the Boxer primer which has a single flash hole in the center of the base where the Berdan style has the 2 flash holes that Bigdog57 talked about. In a weird twist, Berdan was an American whose style was adopted in Europe and Boxer was developed in Europe and adopted here in the States.

    I pick up everything that I can find that can be reloaded. I have .45 GAP, .45 LC, .357 SIG and a host of other stuff I'll never shoot but will probably be able to trade it off for 9mm or .45 to the right person.
     
  12. noylj

    noylj Member

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    Just to butt in...Some Berdan primed cases have only one hole. However, it has to be off center since the case is still the anvil.
     
  13. rigjumpr

    rigjumpr New Member

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    A tarp!!! Heck, I’m still looking for the brass magnet they told me to go get. Hummmm I wonder if the DI’s still do stuff that? (Not PC)

    anyway, OP take note good advice from "THE c3"
     
  14. therhino

    therhino New Member

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    Oh, I'm sure they still send recruits and boots running for the brass magnet, a box of grid squares, a PRC-E6, and the keys to the Humvee.

    Thanks for the tips, all. There's a thick layer of snow on the ground now, so it'll be springtime before I can add to my pile.
     
  15. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    They most definitely still do. But imagine my squad leader's amazement when I actually did find a clear projector sheet with squares on it. In the woods, exactly where he told me to look.
     
  16. Sport45

    Sport45 New Member

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    I'm never taking a tarp to the range again. The first time we took my son's M1 carbine to the range it threw half the brass up front at about 2:00 and I didn't think we'd ever find all of it in the grass.

    Last time we went I spread a 12'x12' tarp in front of the firing line and I'll be darned if not a single piece of brass fell on it. Next time I think I'll tarp the rest of the range and leave a 5'x5' square of grass to catch all the brass. :)
     
  17. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Thats how my SKS is.... I may try that.... :);)