I'm not sure if this has been brought up before, I did the search but didn't yield anything relevant. Has anyone looked into gun ranges for brass, lead, and copper? I was just talking to a guy that worked at a gun range that stated they did contracts to certain guys to come and get the brass and sweep the traps. You end up paying in most cases, from what it sounded like, but not much.
I would check with the yard you sell your brass to before making any offers for brass shells. Most yards will have a separate category for shells. If you mix the shells with your normal yellow brass they may not take your material or pay you brass shell price for the whole load. Shells are worth considerably less than yellow brass solids.
Run a magnet through the shells too. Some will be steel.
Last edited by KeyCityRecycling; 08-10-2012 at 04:02 PM.
This subject has been broached. My yard buys spent casings as clean yellow brass, but it does range depending on the yard. It has been mentioned that shells that have only been used once have a higher resale value than scrap.
lol: this post only shows up about every 2 weeks or so ! just sayin
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Yeah, You get in to to Deer Rifle Calibers, You collect a bunch of them, you can sell em on ebay to Reloading guys. As well as shotgun shells. I went to the Fish and Game Club range that I am a member of and didn't find that much yellow brass, found a bunch of faded crap. Got maybe a Shotgun shell box full of brass. But then I went picking up cans along the sides of the dirt roads around there.
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Showed up sooooo many times..the range prolly had guys all over it by now
The reason most yards, including ours, do not accept brass shell casings is that our yellow brass package gets shipped to a furnace to be melted down. If there is any gunpowder residue remaining, the outcome could be disastrous. There may be yards who get enough quantity of shell casings to put together a full load, but as mentioned above they need to be kept separate from your normal brass and will likely be worth less per pound.
I got to the country to where the people in the city go to shoot the guys and pick brass and lead up there. My yard doesn't buy but I save them and sell to a individual.
I don't want to be out in your neck of the woods,,,lolI got to the country to where the people in the city go to shoot the guys and pick brass
Today at the yard a saw a squad car pull in and back up to the small scale. He was unloading his big boxes of brass.
The brass shells prevent a few problems. The live rounds are the big one for obvious reasons. We had a guy drop a bunch of live ones in a warehouse one time and then he ran them over with a forklift. Thank god they were dummy rounds. Also, the nickel coated shells, aluminum shells and the steel shells cant be mixed in. Some yards may be doing business with a smelter that has a popper though. this is a big wheel used to sruch the live rounds before they hit the pot. Sometimes these yards will accept a small amount of nickel coated mixed in with the brass. Check around, you can make some good money off the brass shells. The range lead is also good if it is clean, meaning no rubber or dirt. It is ok to have the copper jacketed rounds mixed in as well. I pay from $.15-$.30/lb for range lead, and $.50-$1.25/lb on brass shells depending on the quality.
I make good money turning brass shells, 1.25-1.89 depending on month, to my local place. You can find plenty of places in the desert in AZ or CA to pick up brass. I make more money on brass than anything else. Even 2.00 a pound on cans in CA.
the shots used to get nails things to concrete arent made of brass, are they?
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