GUN PSA Re: Brass sorting

Discussion in 'On Topic' started by AustinL911, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. AustinL911

    AustinL911 Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

    Joined:
    May 24, 2005
    Messages:
    2,430
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Columbus
    [don't do it inside]. :hs:

    My throat feels kinda funny. Probably gonna die. :wtc: . On a brighter note, If I calculated my weight correctly, I've got about 2,100pc. of 9mm, 1,100pc. of .40, probably about 5-600 .45, and probably about the same for my .38/.357 mix, and probably 150pc of .223 :)squint:). Got some other stuff I probably won't even think about reloading until way on down the road.

    A few thoughts on my first real brass sorting experience:
    1. .45 GAP can lick my taint
    2. Same goes for .380
    3. People shoot more .38/.357 than I realized
    4. Wear gloves and a mask next time
    5. Do it outside.
    6. More people need to leave their .223 brass on the floor so I can has it.

    Not a bad start to my brass collection.

    And if you even are thinking about getting into reloading, do yourself a favor and pick up a :bowdown: ShellSorter.


    Now to order my reloading setup. :x:
     
  2. yar1182

    yar1182 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Messages:
    4,852
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Ventura California
  3. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2004
    Messages:
    28,491
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Southern Oregon
    you pick up other peoples brass? You don't know how many times it's been fired.
     
  4. thedude11

    thedude11 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2003
    Messages:
    16,165
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    ATX
  5. thedude11

    thedude11 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2003
    Messages:
    16,165
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    ATX
    I would argue that anyone who leaves brass behind is not a reloader and therefore once-fired brass... :dunno:



    Also, brass is pretty much good to go unless it's cracking, bulging, badly dented, etc... :dunno:
     
  6. yar1182

    yar1182 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Messages:
    4,852
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Ventura California
    It's a small price to pay for the savings on your hands.
     
  7. Soybomb

    Soybomb New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2003
    Messages:
    9,041
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Illinois
    Dealer discounter for 3 plastic tubs doesn't help nearly as much as you'd think either....

    :( My range doesn't really leave brass laying around
     
  8. thedude11

    thedude11 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2003
    Messages:
    16,165
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    ATX
    I dumped a bucket into my bag o' brass last time I went... :noes:
     
  9. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2004
    Messages:
    28,491
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Southern Oregon
    Yes, but firearms and assumptions can be a dangerous combination.

    I have not reloaded... but I was under the impression brass is only good for a finite number of loadings. Some people have mentioned about 6 for 5.56mm, for example.
     
  10. yar1182

    yar1182 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Messages:
    4,852
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Ventura California
    I do a lot of reloading. You have to pick up other peoples brass if you want to stay ahead of the game, especially if you shoot as much as I do. Just to give you an idea I reload over 2000 9mm a week.

    You have to inspect your brass, look for cracks, look for over pressure, bulges etc. I have a whole system but it would be a novel to type.
     
  11. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2005
    Messages:
    19,712
    Likes Received:
    0
    Is ammo really so expensive that it's worth the time to gather, inspect, clean, and reload spent casings?
     
  12. yar1182

    yar1182 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Messages:
    4,852
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Ventura California
    It's not just a matter of the expense which can be substantial. You get better ammo because you can taylor it to your guns. Factory ammo for the most part is not very accurate.
     
  13. Soybomb

    Soybomb New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2003
    Messages:
    9,041
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Illinois
    Some rounds I shoot are 50 cents or more every time I pull the trigger just for the cheap stuff. Unless you only shoot a couple times a year that does get expensive in a hurry. Some stuff I want just isn't available pre-made or if it is the cost is through the roof for what I want.
     
  14. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2004
    Messages:
    28,491
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Southern Oregon
    I don't reload, but I am saving my brass for the future if I do choose to reload.

    A range trip for me is $200, usually.
     
  15. AustinL911

    AustinL911 Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

    Joined:
    May 24, 2005
    Messages:
    2,430
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Columbus

    :hsugh:

    Anyways, While the ShellSorter is a huge help, I still have to sort through every casing to seperate things like 9mm and .380, .40 and .357sig, ACP and GAP. So, it still takes a bit of time.

    I read a review on Midway and a guy said he can sort a 5 gallon bucket in 30 minutes. I just don't see how that's possible unless you're sure that all you have in your stock pile is 9mm, .40, and .45. If that were the case, sorting would be a breeze.
     
  16. PanzerAce

    PanzerAce Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2006
    Messages:
    14,502
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    N37°18'37" W120°29'50"
    I have something like 800 rounds of once fired rem and win .223 brass, and 40 rounds of 7.5x55 ppu brass :hsd:
     
  17. texchef

    texchef Guest

    True story.

    I have more .357 and .40 than I do .45 and the shell sorter rocks my nuts. I wouldn't sort without one. best $40 I have spent.
     
  18. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2005
    Messages:
    19,712
    Likes Received:
    0
    What do you do to make custom ammo? I thought it was just a shell filled with TNT, a mercury-something cap, and a copper or lead round.

    (recalls some movie or another wherein snipers used ice bullets to do hits without leaving evidence...)
     
  19. mds2004

    mds2004 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2004
    Messages:
    10,600
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Bakersfield, CA
    Reloading takes a great deal of customization. You custom tailor the round to your need.

    Bullet type, bullet weight, which powder, how many grains, etc

    Edit: of course this is only necessary when tryin for the best accuracy. Otherwise if just plinking and shooting as many rounds being so meticulous is not needed.
     
  20. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2005
    Messages:
    19,712
    Likes Received:
    0
    So, there's only a measurable benefit to customizing your ammo when you know exactly what you're going to shoot and how you're going to shoot it, right?
     
  21. mds2004

    mds2004 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2004
    Messages:
    10,600
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Bakersfield, CA
    Pretty much but you are saving a buttload when reloading too because handloaded match ammo costs much more than commercial match ammo. So you save a lot and the round is perfect for your needs. There is also a larger difference when shooting your high powered rifle for competition out at longer distances. Not every rifle will shoot the same and you can tailor each bullet for your rifle.

    Reloading is worth it if you need precision ammo or shooting a lot. However both types of shooting use different types of presses. For your precision rifle shooting it will be best to use a single stage press whereas in producing a lot you will want a progressive stage press.
     
  22. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2005
    Messages:
    19,712
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hmm. Okay, you went totally over my head with the pressing thing.
     
  23. mds2004

    mds2004 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2004
    Messages:
    10,600
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Bakersfield, CA
  24. yar1182

    yar1182 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Messages:
    4,852
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Ventura California
    Ok laymans terms

    Winchester white box 9mm the standard of inexpensive range ammo. It's about $15.00 per 100 at walmart. Out of my gun it shoots 10 shot 6" groups off hand at 25 yards.

    My 9mm match ammo which cost me $8 per 100 not counting my labor shoots sub 4" 10 shot group off hand. I can shoot these groups on demanad and have taken many a persons money doing it.

    Remanufactured 69 grain black hills 223 $670 case of 1000 (inexpensive gold standard of accurate long range 223). My match 223 handloads using same 69 grain smk $300. I also get 100 fps more out of my handloads.
     
  25. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2005
    Messages:
    19,712
    Likes Received:
    0
    No, I understood that custom ammo can have advantages if you know what you need, I was asking specifically about "pressing". I don't know what that term means in this context.
     

Share This Page