GUN Scrapping brass. $/lb. ?

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  1. AustinL911

    AustinL911 Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

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    I started out a few weeks ago by collecting brass everytime I went to my local indoor range. In just a few short weeks, I've probably collected
    50-60lb. in misc. brass.

    Now, I don't plan on scrapping the reloadable stuff, but, I've got a good bit of rimfire stuff mixed in with it. This got me thinking; can I scrap this stuff? Do recycling centers care that it's used bullet casings?

    Anyone ever done this?

    What's the average price per lb. right now?

    What type of brass is it? I see red, yellow, foundry, irony....
    Not sure what type it even is.
     
  2. AB13

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    I remember seeing a discussion about it, and the consensus was, it was cheaper to not pick them up because the places weren't offering a whole lot for it.

    Now if they were copper, that's be a different story.
     
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    copper is the new gold.
     
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    AustinL911 Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

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    Well, I don't TRY to pick it up. Our local indoor range has a bucket at each table where customers can sweep up their casings and dump them. Now, the range doesn't care that I collect brass (I asked), so I just dump a bucket (or 3 :mamoru: ) into my range bag before I leave each time. Each bucket is littered with different casings.

    So far, I've come to the conclusion that I'm gonna need a MUCH bigger tub to store all these mixed casings in. At first, I bought a 15"x8"x12" plastic tub, and it's already filled up. I think I'm going to buy one of those huge plastic ones you store shit in, from Wal Mart, and just use it. Then, once I get a place setup and my reloading operation going, I'll start sorting it all (which I have a feeling is going to take me forever).

    In the mean time, I'm unintentionally stocking up on rimfire casings that I can't do anything with, besides scrap. At my current rate, I don't figure It'd take me more than 6 months to aquire 50+ lb. of spent rimfire casings.
     
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    niggas be stealing that shit like crazy.

    Though, everyonce in awhile, karma catches up to one of them by letting them know they cut into a live wire. :rofl: (seen some pics of this once :noes:)
     
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    if it wasn't for the fact that you would have to remove the primers you could melt the casings into bars. brass has a really high melting point so you'd need access to a forge/furnace.
     
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    My advice, don't store them in bins too big, because it becomes a chore to move it around. Best way is to store them in 5 gallon plastic buckets that laundry detergent is sold in. I bought a bunch of them from Walmart for 2 bucks a piece. The handle is heavy duty and you can stack them and label them.
     
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    unless it's 10mm brass :eek5:
     
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    Platinum_Thunder Reliability for life and liberty

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    quarter here, quarter there adds up :o
     
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    in for answers to the original question...
     
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    best bet is to check with a local scrap yard.

    I live in Syracuse and I know of 3-4 places I could goto. Check prices, find the best price and bring your stuff there.

    They shouldnt care that its bullet casings, all melts down the same.
     
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    There was the thread on ar15 about using .22 shells to make .223 bullets. It did seem like a long process though.
     
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    I recently bought some Blazer ammo that had aluminum casings. They're supposedly not suitable for reloading but I wonder if aluminum would fetch a better price?
     

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