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    anyone else a chronic "saver" of brass?

    i have 10000's of brass in calibers i don't own guns for.

    just sittin' in jars.


    i see it on the ground at the range aaaaaand i just can't leave it there.

    must have at least 40 different calibers....many for rifles i don't own!

    i must be odd.

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    Amen brother.

    My grandson asked me why I had so much brass and I didn't have an answer.

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    I do the same. I mostly shoot in private ranges, so I don’t see a lot of variety, but I figure I can trade it with somebody here. So far I have mostly just collected it! BNE
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    I don't have that much but I do have quite a bit of brass for calibers I don't own. I figure I'll see where somebody needs it and help them out a little. That's happened a few times already.

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    When I shot at a club I belonged to, if it was on the ground and not in a bucket it was picked up. Now if I find anything it is from what I shot at my place.

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    I'm another "brass disciple". Pains me to even throw a split casing away so it got into another jar to recycle for a powder coop, etc. And you aren't alone . . if I see it, I pick it up and have even purchased brass in caliber i don't have guns for but "might" have sometime. Addictions are hard to quit cold turkey sometimes.

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    Without the “case” you can do nothing, it’s like a foundation for a future house!

    Save the brass, trade what you have no use for things you need.

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    I pick em all up, except .22. You never know what other cail. Could be made from a bigger one that maybe has a split neck etc. many parent calibers like 30-06 to .308, cut off and redo neck. .223-.556 to .300 black out. And when there worn out just sell for scrap money and buy more lead.
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    I tend to pickup and keep brass that I eventually plan to buy firearms for. Some things I leave for others, as I know I'll never have use of it: 500S&W being a good example.

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    Yes. I have bags and bags....... and lots of them are for calibers I don't even own or want. But there's always that slight chance that I "might" convert it to one of my calibers one day. haha.
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    Eventually you find youíre squirreled away enough brass of a particular caliber that it just makes sense to go buy a new gun in that caliber.
    I never wanted a .22-250 but this year I surveyed the stash and am now building a savage in Ö yeah Ö .22-250.

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    Im terrible for saving things brass, pices parts. Old used up barrels go out on the stock rack to be used for stock. ( priced stainless steel lately) any cuts from stock go back on the rack just in case I need hem. Even wood cuts ans small pieces get saved, How many time have you needed a 12" or less length of 2 x 4 to have to cut it off a 8 or 10 footer? Years from cleaning the local range I have more 9mm than I could ever use once let alone wear out. Pretty much 40 and 45 also. when I was competing I traded into 4 30 gal drums of brass 2 223 and 2 308 again more than what Id ever use let alone wear out

    Out in the shop is just as bad, I have a big box of various big mills for horizontal mills that fit none of my machines,Same with end mills there are some 1 1/2 -2 1/2 in the box. Cemented lathe carbide tools ( right now have a form ground on them 1 1/4" square wont fit my tooling but could be milled down and resharpened. On the stock rack are a lot of small cuts some round 1-2" long and up to 10" in dia. Same with square and rectangle stock, 1-2" long and up to 8" square.

    Dad was the same way wehen we took down a fence or building ir was disassembled nails straightened and saved wood that was still good saved.

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    If I find it, I pick it up. If I can't find it, I get out the metal detector. If it has been stepped on, or otherwise compromised, I still save it. I even have one piece that I found in our garden. Don't know how long it had been there, but badly deteriorated. Head stamp completely illegible. I THINK it was a .223. A caliber that I have never owned.

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    Yes I`am a Brass Hoarder , It would take more than one pickup to haul away all the brass I have. I don`t want to sell any of it . I have given a bunch away to friends (9mm) (4o S&W) (223). I have aleast 2K or more of brass for each of the gun`s I have. I don`t shoot as much as I did 20 years ago, so I know someday I will have to cut back of what I have. this thread has got me thinking .

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    I keep all my brass that I can find and for rimfire, goes in the recycle bucket. All of the other, I save for a rainy day

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    Nothing wrong with saving them. Run it through the tumbler, sort by headstamp, bag them in 100/bag and sell them. If they’re split recycle, pull the bullets from others scrap loads. I recycle my .22s too. My bud once told me to stop squeaking. But I say-waste not want not.
    Last edited by Baltimoreed; 01-04-2022 at 03:20 PM.

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    Trade fodder !

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    Yup, Guilty here!

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    I wanted a 45 ACP. Started saving range pick ups to load for it. Eventually I had so much brass that I sold PART of it and bought one with the proceeds.

    Fortunately, most everybody on my range reloads and therefore is on the lookout for brass, so I collect mostly the calibers I shoot and can save my back and limited storage space by leaving the rest. Occasionally I collect and give away brass in calibers I donít use to my friends who arenít at the range as often as I am.

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    People get annoyed with me at IDPA matches because Iím busy picking up my brass instead of taping targets.

    But I just canít help it.

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