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SilentVectorX
04-11-2011, 21:09
I finally did it, I went to the range and didn't even bring something to shoot. It's Monday right after work, and I went to the range to scrounge. The funny thing is though, I met another nice fellow who was there for the same thing, and he said he's there three times a week! :wow:

Still, I picked up about 1/2 a gallon ziplock. Not much but better than a poke with a sharp stick. Anyway, we talked about what the trends were (noticed Customs or Border Patrol seems to leave all their qualification brass), etc. I'm going to trade some 380 to him, maybe I'll get something nice.

The weirdest part of all this is, I'm sure I have PLENTY of brass. It's not much compared to the REAL veterans, but it should be plenty for me if I'm diligent about retrieving it. I have about 1k 223 (half range brass, half personal LC), 1k 308 (processed MIL), and 500/1000ish 9mm (mostly Magtech, lots of Federal, and lots of range brass). Yeah, I really need to count or weigh my 9mm stock.

I've only been reloading for about 6 months. I've been interested in it for about 2 or 3 years. I currently use a Lee single stage, and plan on a Dillon 650 w/ casefeed this month or next.

chris in va
04-11-2011, 21:12
Ha! I do the same thing, although I pretend and shoot a few first. Got over 2000 pieces of 223 brass now.

Bultx1215
04-11-2011, 21:40
Wish I could do that. If they catch you doing that where I go, you get used for target practice:wow::wow::wow:......well, almost.:whistling:

labdwakin
04-11-2011, 23:50
You'll be amazed how fast it piles up... I currently have about 3500-4000 45 acp to load... about 2500 223... around 300 30-06... 200 7mm Rem Mag... 700 38 spl... and finally about 130 30-30s.. LOL

I've only been reloading for about 2 years now, but it's been about all I do with any spare time other than shooting and fishing.

skeeter7
04-12-2011, 02:59
I've been doing the same thing lately myself. Actually stopped by the range yesterday and picked up at least a couple hundred cases. I'll stop by there again today because it's on the way home to and from work. I just keep my range badge and a ziplok bag in the truck and walk in with nothing else.

shotgunred
04-12-2011, 04:51
WOW that is amazing. At my range the best you are going to do is the few pieces that accidentally got left behind. Heck you have you fight to keep the brass scrounges from taking your brass as it hits the ground.
The local police department has gone to using steel cased ammo.

scattershot
04-12-2011, 08:59
Good source for brass, as long as it is clean. I had the great fortune of hitting the range once after the DOW officers had finished their annual qualification. I picked up .40 S&W brass until I was tired, and still didn't get it all.

MrVvrroomm
04-12-2011, 09:51
If I never picked up a piece of brass I'd probably have enough to last the rest of my life.

But, I never skip the chance to pick up just a few more. Yeah, it's an illness.

unclebob
04-12-2011, 10:11
Get into competition shooting and you never have enough brass. Especially when you shoot lost brass matches. I loses about 2800 pieces a year just at matches. So range pickup comes real important.

skeeter7
04-12-2011, 10:36
Good source for brass, as long as it is clean. I had the great fortune of hitting the range once after the DOW officers had finished their annual qualification. I picked up .40 S&W brass until I was tired, and still didn't get it all.

That's kinda funny because I actually reload .40 S&W and could use whatever I could get my hands on at this point. Most of my findings consist of 9mm and .45

GioaJack
04-12-2011, 11:00
Yet another reason God invented revolvers. :whistling:


Jack

labdwakin
04-12-2011, 15:06
That's kinda funny because I actually reload .40 S&W and could use whatever I could get my hands on at this point. Most of my findings consist of 9mm and .45

Save yer .45s and I'll swap ya 2 40's per .45 sometime ;)

SilentVectorX
04-12-2011, 19:28
Yet another reason God invented revolvers. :whistling:


Jack

I've been finding a bunch of 38spl lately, and one time I found a couple nickel plated 44mag, which was useless but really cool.

Somebody shoots and leaves a LOT of Federal 40S&W out here. Two trips and I'm around 1k already.

unclebob
04-12-2011, 19:46
Yet another reason God invented revolvers. :whistling:


Jack

The only trouble is you cannot use a revolver in a GSSF match. Plus it doesn’t hold enough rounds.:tongueout:

cowboy1964
04-12-2011, 19:49
9mm seems most prevalent at my range. A surprising amount of .45 and rifle cases too. Range rules preclude picking up any brass but your own so it probably wouldn't go over too well to be filling up half gallon ziplock bags!

LASTRESORT20
04-12-2011, 19:56
The only trouble is you cannot use a revolver in a GSSF match. Plus it doesn’t hold enough rounds.:tongueout:


:supergrin:.....

labdwakin
04-12-2011, 20:12
Picked up some goodies from my brother in law today... about 150 223s, 80 7mm Rem Mag, 60 243s, and some other odds and ends like a couple of 45-70s and stuff

GioaJack
04-12-2011, 20:48
The only trouble is you cannot use a revolver in a GSSF match. Plus it doesn’t hold enough rounds.:tongueout:


Huh, never thought of that, good point, of course there are some games with no rules... and six is all you've got. :whistling:

(As old as you are you don't know how many rounds you shoot anyway.)


Jack

unclebob
04-13-2011, 06:05
Huh, never thought of that, good point, of course there are some games with no rules... and six is all you've got. :whistling:

(As old as you are you don't know how many rounds you shoot anyway.)


Jack

Only have to count by two’s or slide lock. So simple even you could do it Jack.:wow::tongueout:

jmorris
04-13-2011, 07:25
Me too, depending on soil and growth one of these has always worked for me.

Bag a nut good for flat ground with no rocks but picks up everything.

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o213/jmorrismetal/reloading/brass/IMG00295.jpg

The nut wizard is better for slightly uneven terrain and you can pick up only the cases you want.

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o213/jmorrismetal/reloading/brass/IMG00296.jpg

I built this last one after TX State a few years ago 40,000 + rounds and the other two machines wouldn't get them out of the cracks in the dirt.

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o213/jmorrismetal/reloading/brass/IMG00293.jpg

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o213/jmorrismetal/reloading/brass/IMG00299.jpg

GioaJack
04-13-2011, 09:36
Okay, that does it... if we ever have a SHTF scenario I'm headed over to JMorris' house. H can pretty much build anything we'd ever need until the hoards of Zombies die off.

Wonder if he can make blow-up dolls?


Jack

skeeter7
04-14-2011, 00:09
Save yer .45s and I'll swap ya 2 40's per .45 sometime ;)

No problem, just let me know. I do have some stashed away but lately I have been giving it to my buddy who pretty much gave me the reloader I am using now. If that's the case, I will give him half of what I find from now and and continue to stash it away for that rainy day that I need 40's. Haha!

shotgunred
04-14-2011, 08:32
You should never pick up brass for a caliber you don't own.

Because once you have 5 K or so of brass there you are going to feel obligated to buy a gun just to use them.

shotgunred
04-14-2011, 08:35
Me too, depending on soil and growth one of these has always worked for me.

Bag a nut good for flat ground with no rocks but picks up everything.

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o213/jmorrismetal/reloading/brass/IMG00295.jpg

The nut wizard is better for slightly uneven terrain and you can pick up only the cases you want.

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o213/jmorrismetal/reloading/brass/IMG00296.jpg

I built this last one after TX State a few years ago 40,000 + rounds and the other two machines wouldn't get them out of the cracks in the dirt.

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o213/jmorrismetal/reloading/brass/IMG00293.jpg

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o213/jmorrismetal/reloading/brass/IMG00299.jpg

There is a range about 40 miles away from were I live were no one picks up anything. but the guy who made the range put down 6 + inches of sand. Have anything that will pick up brass without all the sand?

BSA70
04-14-2011, 09:07
You've just started, I have moved from picking up brass, to digging in the berm. Downward slope:cool:

jmorris
04-14-2011, 11:27
There is a range about 40 miles away from were I live were no one picks up anything. but the guy who made the range put down 6 + inches of sand. Have anything that will pick up brass without all the sand?

I don't but when I was looking at building a gravel classifier (project for another forum) I came across beach cleaners like the one in the photo below. They pick up everything except the sand.

http://www.beach-tech.com/uploads/media/BeachTechSweepy_05.jpg

skeeter7
04-14-2011, 15:32
You should never pick up brass for a caliber you don't own.

Because once you have 5 K or so of brass there you are going to feel obligated to buy a gun just to use them.

This is going to be the case for me soon....I can see it. I have been finding a lot of 9mm brass and I don't even have anything to shoot it with if I wanted to reload it. I see a SigPro in the near future.

sdelam
04-14-2011, 19:02
I have been a range scrounger for years. Handgun brass used too be so plentiful, I didnt bother to pick it up anymore. Then came the big scrap metal increase and I couldnt find a piece of .22 brass for months.

I got a new range now and have picked up more .223 than I ever want to trim. Still cant stop picking up a few hundred everytime I go. I just wish as many people left thier .45 brass laying around, I'm down to my last 5 gallon bucket of that.

BSA70
04-15-2011, 13:14
I go to a leo range. .40 .45. 9mm .223 is everywhere. I have boxes of the stuff. Playing with casting, so far dug 2 5gal buckets of range lead out of the berm. It's work, but I try to think of it as little gold nuggets:cool:

SNoB
04-15-2011, 20:26
Im a land surveyor so when I am out working in public lands I slow down whenever I am near a rock quarry and usually get a few pieces. A few weeks ago a co-worker and I hit the mother load, about 200-300 rounds of 9mm in a nice pile. Someone was using hi-cap mags from the same spot or something full auto.

PhantomF4E
04-15-2011, 20:51
Ok fellas, You know that show Hoarders on the upper cable channels ? Well one day when you see those shrinks who go into those houses filled with gross crap. The episode where they go into to the crazy old fart's house that has Homer buckets and gallon ziplock bags filled with brass, piled up to the ceilings. Well that'll be me. So far it's contained to the garage but I fear with the current administration the new precious metals are not going to be silver and gold. They will be lead and brass... So I am the very polite pest who offers to sweep your brass when the lane goes cold, or you are done for the day. I haven't even started on lead yet,,,,, Oh crap.....

Gunnut 45/454
04-15-2011, 23:31
skeeter7
Done that twice so far - can't justify it any more though! Now all I get is brass I don't have a firearm for! Not that many are left anymore! I just recycle it for the money now! As I got plenty to last me for the rest of my life and a few wars in between!:supergrin:

Now I got my brother doing it down in NV- he's going over board though got into scronging bullets and has about 400 lbs saved up for me to smelt down when I get there for bird hunting in the fall! Shoot he'll have 1000 lbs by then!:faint: So I'll have some lead to sell!:supergrin: