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Old 04-11-2011, 21:09   #1
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Officially a Brass Vulture

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!

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.
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Old 04-11-2011, 21:12   #2
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Ha! I do the same thing, although I pretend and shoot a few first. Got over 2000 pieces of 223 brass now.
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Old 04-11-2011, 21:40   #3
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Wish I could do that. If they catch you doing that where I go, you get used for target practice......well, almost.
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Old 04-11-2011, 23:50   #4
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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.
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Old 04-12-2011, 02:59   #5
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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.
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Old 04-12-2011, 04:51   #6
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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.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:59   #7
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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.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:51   #8
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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.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:11   #9
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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.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:36   #10
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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
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:00   #11
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Yet another reason God invented revolvers.


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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
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Old 04-12-2011, 19:28   #13
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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.
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The only trouble is you cannot use a revolver in a GSSF match. Plus it doesn’t hold enough rounds.
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Old 04-12-2011, 19:49   #15
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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!
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The only trouble is you cannot use a revolver in a GSSF match. Plus it doesn’t hold enough rounds.

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

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

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


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

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


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Only have to count by two’s or slide lock. So simple even you could do it Jack.
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:25   #20
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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.

Reloading

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

Reloading

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.

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