Old Brass?

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Old Brass?

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Post by RAM4171 » Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:18 pm

I've thinking about gearing up to reload, and I've come to a conclusion
BRASS IS EXPENSIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!
My question is about picking up and using old brass thats been on the range for a while.
My dad and I have had our private range in the same spot since 1990 and have never picked up our brass so I know that I could pick up all of the brass that I need to get started.
Is it okay to pick up brass that's been laying on the range for years?
I look forward to reading input from all of ya'll experienced reloaders. :tiphat:
I've been crunching the numbers and just can't get them to work out right to save money by reloading and buying new brass.
Thanks in advace for your input
Also, any input that a newbie might need would be appreciated
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Post by MoJo » Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:25 pm

"Old" brass may not be real shiny but it's OK as far as I'm concerned. Be sure to clean it well to get all dirt and debris off and inspect it for damage before you reload it. Have fun!
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Post by Griz44 » Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:43 pm

The issue you need to add to buying new brass is the number of times you can re-use it. You buy new brass once, you don't have to pay for it when you re-use it. Some of my 45 auto brass has been reloaded 20 times or more. New at 20-25 cents each still makes the cost only a penny each on reloads.
Buy powder and primers in bulk, from a shipper like Grafs or Powder Valley. That saves a bunch on reloading supplies. Gte a group buy together and share the hazmat and shipping with a few friends. This drives the cost down even more. Cast your own lead, save even more! My projectiles only cost me a little bit of gas to melt lead.
I have the cost of my pistol reloads down to less than $5.00 per hundred. (45ACP, 44 Special, 45 Colt, 38 Special, 38 super, 380, 9mm, 40S&W)

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Post by AndyC » Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:06 pm

RAM4171 wrote:Is it okay to pick up brass that's been laying on the range for years?
In short, no.

Brass corrodes and weakens - do you really want to run 35,000 lbs/sq inch through something weak in order to save a couple of bucks?

If it's pretty shiny, fine - if it's dull, ditch it.
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Post by RAM4171 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:11 pm

Kinda what I was figuring. I was just being hopeful thanks for the insight Andy I always value you esteemed opinion. :tiphat:
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Post by T.O.M. » Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:40 pm

Old brass dose not mean BAD I have been loading Mil surpluss 30-06 from the 40S with no problems if its damaged from being out side ie walked on or corroded that somthing differnt wash it dry it tumble it

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Post by RAM4171 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:23 am

http://oncefiredbrass.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
I just came across this and man they got some decent prices, $70/1000 for Fiochi and $80/1000 for federal.
Add these http://www.berrysmfg.com/product-i14521 ... gr_RN.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; with primers and powder and you're looking at about $250-$280/1000 on the first loading.
Anybody know a better source for bullets? Other than casting them yourself, although I've checked a little bit into that and it's less expensive to get in to than handloading alone is. Maybe in the future if the handloading thing works for me.
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Post by Texas Size 11 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:19 pm

It's sort of a one time occurence. Once you buy it, keep picking it up and reloading it. I also buy ammo that I get a real good deal on from time to time and reload it after it has been fired. I have more brass than I will probably ever reload and have only purchased used brass once or twice.
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