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Grux
04-12-2010, 13:42
Other than the brass I will be collecting as I shoot..... would it be better for me to buy new brass to reload with, or is it ok to purchase once fired brass assuming I knew the brand?

Thanks
:wavey:

fredj338
04-12-2010, 13:53
For handgun & blasting rifle (223, 308) once fired brass is fine, quite economical compared to buying new. The only brass I buy new is precisionrifle & my highend magnum stuff, 41mag, 44mags, etc.

Grux
04-12-2010, 13:59
For handgun & blasting rifle (223, 308) once fired brass is fine, quite economical compared to buying new. The only brass I buy new is precisionrifle & my highend magnum stuff, 41mag, 44mags, etc.

This will be for a handgun (9mm)

I am still doing all my reading and researching before I get into this. What is a good place online for buying once fired brass? I saw the list of links provided in the sticky, but I think they are for new brass.

How many times can you reload a brass?

ron59
04-12-2010, 14:10
For 9mm, at lower load levels (ie, not +P levels or something)... quite a few.

Most people just load them until they start splitting.

For once fired brass... there's even a "for sale" section on here, where some guys are selling brass. 9mm not so much, but you might get lucky, I haven't looked in awhile.

PCJim
04-12-2010, 14:47
Another suggestion if the situation allows....

Just go to your local shooting range with the store bought ammo you may still have. While shooting, ask your shooting neighbors on either side if they want to keep their brass. Offer to sweep their lanes clean as a token gesture. Be sure to tell them that you are just starting to reload. I've found that 7 or 8 out of 10 will always tell me I can have their brass. I ALWAYS leave with more than I came with.

fredj338
04-12-2010, 16:04
I tend to lose the case before it fails, but if fed moderate pressure loads, I can see no reason to not get at least 10 reloads. I have some 45acp that has been loaded so many times you can barely read the headstamp, well in excess of 10 reloads. Google once fired brass, there are many suppliers of 9mm, 357sig, 40 & 45acp. It gets tough to find sources for the more "exoitc" stuff like 10mm, 41 & 44mag, 45colt, but it can be found. A couple to get you started.
http://store.brassmanbrass.com/servlet/StoreFront
http://www.oncefiredbrass.net/
http://seminolebrassandbullet.com/
http://www.brassandbullets.com/

DWARREN123
04-12-2010, 17:40
Once fired brass will be good for anything but max loads in my opinion.
Try some first, small amount and see if it works for you, less expensive.

Grux
04-12-2010, 17:43
Thanks everyone. I've even found a good amount of once fired brass on Gunbroker

dudel
04-12-2010, 19:17
Thanks everyone. I've even found a good amount of once fired brass on Gunbroker

Off the top, I would look very carefully at anything found on Gunbroker. It's a place looking to screw newbs.

Ranges generally sell off range brass pretty cheaply. Check the for sale ads on Glock talk. IIRC, some sponsors sell brass. A member of this forum was selling brass recently. Ask some folks here who they recommend for brass. I've heard good things about http://www.oncefiredbrass.net/index.html and http://www.tjconevera.com/oncefiredbrass.html

You can get once fired brass from Dillon and Berry's (although they are out of 9mm at the moment)


Gunbroker is the very last place I'd look.

fredj338
04-12-2010, 21:13
Off the top, I would look very carefully at anything found on Gunbroker. It's a place looking to screw newbs.

Ranges generally sell off range brass pretty cheaply. Check the for sale ads on Glock talk. IIRC, some sponsors sell brass. A member of this forum was selling brass recently. Ask some folks here who they recommend for brass. I've heard good things about http://www.oncefiredbrass.net/index.html and http://www.tjconevera.com/oncefiredbrass.html

You can get once fired brass from Dillon and Berry's (although they are out of 9mm at the moment)


Gunbroker is the very last place I'd look.
I agree. You are likely buying form some guy that has scrounged them from a range. TOugh to tell clean once fired from brass fired 2-3 times.:dunno: Buy from a reputable source that does it for a living. Word gets around fast if you screw a customer.

Grux
04-13-2010, 04:25
Even if I buy one certain brand? How do you know something like this is legit?

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=164572945

IndyGunFreak
04-13-2010, 05:06
Another suggestion if the situation allows....

Just go to your local shooting range with the store bought ammo you may still have. While shooting, ask your shooting neighbors on either side if they want to keep their brass. Offer to sweep their lanes clean as a token gesture. Be sure to tell them that you are just starting to reload. I've found that 7 or 8 out of 10 will always tell me I can have their brass. I ALWAYS leave with more than I came with.

I get brass a lot this way... I shoot at a members only range, and we are required to police our own brass before we leave. When I see people get the broom out, I tell them not to worry about it, I'm shooting quite a bit and I'll just clean theirs up with mine. Most are grateful, and move on their way. If they insist on cleaning up after themselves, brass goes in this huge metal drum. I'm not above digging through it.. :)

IGF

Grux
04-13-2010, 06:12
I get brass a lot this way... I shoot at a members only range, and we are required to police our own brass before we leave. When I see people get the broom out, I tell them not to worry about it, I'm shooting quite a bit and I'll just clean theirs up with mine. Most are grateful, and move on their way. If they insist on cleaning up after themselves, brass goes in this huge metal drum. I'm not above digging through it.. :)

IGF

Nice! Where do you shoot at? I'm getting ready to join a club here locally in Indy as well

IndyGunFreak
04-13-2010, 06:46
Nice! Where do you shoot at? I'm getting ready to join a club here locally in Indy as well

Marion County Fish and Game on the west side... Not much else in the way of "shooting clubs" around. If thats where you're going.. It's a good deal. If its not, look into it...

http://www.indyrange.com/new_site/

Grux
04-13-2010, 06:59
Marion County Fish and Game on the west side... Not much else in the way of "shooting clubs" around. If thats where you're going.. It's a good deal. If its not, look into it...

http://www.indyrange.com/new_site/

Yep thats the exact one I am going to join. I live in Avon so it is just right around the corner. I haven't been there yet, but from what I have heard it is a good place to go

IndyGunFreak
04-13-2010, 07:15
Yep thats the exact one I am going to join. I live in Avon so it is just right around the corner. I haven't been there yet, but from what I have heard it is a good place to go

PM Inbound..

IGF

fredj338
04-13-2010, 09:40
Even if I buy one certain brand? How do you know something like this is legit?

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=164572945
Legit in that it is brass, yes, once fired, you have no idea. Just looking at the case heads of those shown I would say maybe. SOme look as though they have gone through a gun more than once. Once fired brass should look like new, no add'l. marks or dings on the case heads. The more battered the case head, the more times it's been fired.

dudel
04-13-2010, 13:07
Legit in that it is brass, yes, once fired, you have no idea. Just looking at the case heads of those shown I would say maybe. SOme look as though they have gone through a gun more than once. Once fired brass should look like new, no add'l. marks or dings on the case heads. The more battered the case head, the more times it's been fired.

+1 and what's to say they didn't pull out the best ones for the photo? Gunbroker is a snakepit waiting to bite newbs. Y'all have been warned.

With so many legit sources available; why take a chance?

bush pilot
04-13-2010, 19:23
I get brass a lot this way... I shoot at a members only range, and we are required to police our own brass before we leave. When I see people get the broom out, I tell them not to worry about it, I'm shooting quite a bit and I'll just clean theirs up with mine. Most are grateful, and move on their way. If they insist on cleaning up after themselves, brass goes in this huge metal drum. I'm not above digging through it.. :)

IGF

That's what I like to see, snagging some guy's brass and making him think you're doing him a favor. Sounds exactly like something I'd do.

das9mm26
04-14-2010, 04:34
At the range where I shoot, the owner collects the "leftover" brass and sells it....in other words, he's OK with your picking up YOUR brass from the floor....but ONLY YOURS!! Anything NOT yours gets put in the "collection bin"...
Pack rat that I am....I saved brass even BEFORE I started reloading!!! Not many range trips, so not a big surplus.....but, a little's better than NONE!!!:cool:
Good luck with your reloading projects, Grux!!