Used .22lr brass use

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Vincine, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    Sometimes I need to shovel a path through the spent cases to get the backstop. Would there be any point in shipping the used .22lr cases & little plastic trays back to the factory? Could they toss the brass back into the smelter and the trays back into the packaging line? It seems like an awful lot of material & energy spent to fabricate an item for a onetime use.

    Somebody already sent me a Corbin link to using them to make bullet jackets for centerfire calibers (Thanks). But making jackets one by one seems just as time consuming and labor intensive as building a miniature Statue of Liberty with them. (And besides, who needs two?).
     
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  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Most ranges sell non reloadable brass for scrap. Not much you can realistically do with them.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    I'm using mine to build a reproduction of the Great Pyramid of Giza.





    Full sized.



    Seriously, scrap. About a buck fifty a pound for clean yellow brass.
     
  4. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    I pick up all I can find, Brass is a $1.30 a lb. at my recyclers.............I take in a 5 gal. bucket full every so often, right at a $100.00 bucks give or take a few dollars.
     
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I trade old, unservicable brass for wheel weight lead at the recycler. Volume for volume, about an even trade.
     
  6. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    what they said. scrap it and get more money for ammo or guns
     
  7. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Miniature beer can art perhaps? Leeeeetle tiny biplane and such...
     
  8. oldpapps

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    Or...
    A company named 'Corbin' sells equipment to use .22 RF brass as jackets for swaged bullets.

    I'm a tad on the too lazy side myself, but it looks like it could be fun.
    ' http://www.corbins.com/ '

    I don't shoot very many .22 RFs, but it is a though. Or sell the brass.
     
  9. ktmboyz

    ktmboyz New Member

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    I read of a guy on a Reloading forum that stuffs heavy socks with them and uses them for a shooting bag/rest. Said they work really well. I havent bothered to pick up any and try it.
     
  10. dgang

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    bullets from .22 LR cases

    New an old timer who fashioned 50 gr. bullets for his .22 rifles from spent . LR cases. Worked great if velocity was held to a moderate level. dgang
     
  11. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Do you mean he made brass bullets? And are you talking for 22-250, .222, .223. Stuff like that? If so, how did he do it?
     
  12. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    for many many years they(reloaders) have been using spent 22 cases for jackets on 22 bullets. It is nothing new. Started over 50 years ago.
     
  13. dgang

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    rick1976: He used the cases for jackets into which he swaged lead wire. From what I know he shot a .22 bee, .222, 220 swift. Might be others.
     
  14. gunnut07

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    You can get the corbin dies to make 22 cal bullets. Don't expect Berger or SMK level of accuracy from them though. If you wanted to make a bunch of range fodder bullets to let the kids burn through an AR then it might be worth while.
     
  15. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I bet all those empties could be easily pounded into some nice shiny armor for my cat.
     
  16. fupuk

    fupuk New Member

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    Thats the greatest idea ive heard. Hope to see updated pictures of finished suit when done.
     
  17. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    It might take a while; the cat goes a good 20 to 24 pounds, XXL in kitteh.
     
  18. Badshot320

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    Seeing an armored cat in my neighborhood would be just to much of a challenge to pass up. Now to find those CCI armor piercing rounds I had :p

    Badshot
     
  19. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    If they are Brass casings sell them to a scrap company. Brass is worth $$$$$.
    They would do the manufacturer no good.
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  20. gunnut07

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    Trying to picture a big fat orange cat covered in brass. Had to LOL at that one. Keep seeing The Golden Compass with Garfield instead of a polar bear.