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Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by ducrider, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. ducrider

    ducrider Canyonville, OR Active Member

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    hey guys, had a quick question, I have a 5 gallon bucket of factory once fired brass that I have shot and was trying to decide what to do with it, I don't have any loading equipment and really don't have the time. So if I decide to sell it what would b e a fair price, there is about 2000 or so 9mm maybe about 600 or so 223/556, 45 and 40(not sure how much) just trying to see what my options are
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  2. bellarum

    bellarum beaverton Well-Known Member

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    Separate, inspect, count em and offer them for whatever price you find fair. If you ask scalper prices you might have a long wait like a few here are finding out. Maybe offer to trade some for other items you need. I use what I can, offer up some that I don't use and scrap the rest. Good luck.
     
  3. TCOV

    TCOV OLYMPIC PENINSULA Active Member

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    Any brass that I don't reload just goes in a gallon milk carton. When they are full I sell them to a local recycler for $9 or $10 a jug and he takes it to the big city and doubles it depending on the market. I looked into sorting it to sell for reloading and it just wasn't worth the effort.
     
  4. ducrider

    ducrider Canyonville, OR Active Member

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    thanks, I didn't really sort the quality but did count the 9mm and 223, got 1840 of 9mm and only 600 223, maybe I will see if a guy I know is interested, i just don't really see him much
     
  5. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I'd be interested in the .45 ACP you have if you are willing to ship and aren't trying to gouge me!
     
  6. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I can't help you with the long gun brass.
    In my experience, and what I will pay for brass.....

    The 9mm is worth $25-$35 per K.
    .40 is worth $30 -$40 per K.
    .45 is worth $50-$60 per K.
    .38 special is worth $40-$50 per K.
    Large bore stuff .44, .45 Colt etc., goes for substantially more in my limited experience. For some reason .357, even though it's barely longer than .38 special, goes for more than you'd think. Usually the brass would be cleaned and NOT sized/deprimed. I wouldn't mind paying those prices for uncleaned brass as long as it wasn't from a rock pit range and all muddy/filthy.

    You may get a little more per K if the buyer wants only 500, or smaller. Through all the mess after Dec 14 I've still found sellers that sell at the pre 14th price, good people, and ignored the gougers selling at double the price.
    YMMV.

    Mike
     
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  7. P7id10T

    P7id10T Cedar Hills Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Or you could put the lot up for $10/pound. Many people here shoot all those calibers.
     
  8. HappyRoman

    HappyRoman Sherwood Forest Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    What you have at this moment, if you still have the brass, is xxpounds of yellow brass. Unclean, unprocessed brass is really just yellow brass, market value at a recycle metals ctr around $2/#. Sorted brass has reloading value. The typical 5 gal bucket full, wtgs. from 50-65# depending on caliber composition. A bucketfull of 9mm would be 60+ pounds at 100-105rds/# this worth between $120->$180, if you find a willing buyer. Berdan primed brass, cracked, severly dented or crushed returns brass back to scrap. just my .o2c's worth.
     
  9. springfield0612

    springfield0612 Poulsbo Member

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    Scrap the .40 S&W no one will buy it. You may even have a hard time giving it away! The prices that Mikej quoted you are more then fair and I would say you won't have a very hard time selling the brass at those prices.
     
  10. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    No one will buy .40? Explain please. I buy .40, it's the only handgun brass I've had split so far so I figure that's what I'll need the most of.
     
  11. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    With all the LE Dept's using .40 most ranges are ankle deep in the stuff. Why nobody buys? Probably because they can sweep up all they want at a range. Ditto for 9mm although .40 is overtaking it.
     
  12. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    OK Deadshot...... That's why more than $35.00 for a K is too much I 'spose. Funny, I bought my first K of .40 from a member that had a LE buddy. I didn't have access to a range at the time so I was more than good with that. Now 9mm, Wifey and I shot a bunch of that when we first got into this, this aaa, "Hobby" so I have three or so K that just she and I shot up to load from, plus some range pick up.

    Mike
     
  13. springfield0612

    springfield0612 Poulsbo Member

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    Exactly, I have over 2,500 .40 S&W cleaned, deprimed, resized, and have taken it from one website to the next trying to sell it for $.04/case and not a single hit but hundreds of views. I've even offered to take trades and still no hits. The worse part is the closest scrap yard here only pays like $1.20/pound for brass the other one pays $.94/pound. I could scrap it and get like $27 for it, or see if they'd trade me for lead to cast but..... Yeah .40 S&W is a pain.
     
  14. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Sort the pistol by caliber and sell it at mikej's prices but for many (like me) some want only 1 x military rifle brass in 5.56 or 7.62 NATO.. if that is what you have in 5.56 (Prefer LC headstamp) I'll buy it at a fair price
     
  15. GFO270

    GFO270 Newberg Active Member

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    If you ever wanna give any .40 brass away I'll take it! No sense hanving it go to waste! Unfortunately I have enough right now that I'm not looking to buy.
     
  16. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    I would have to say that's a little high of a guess. At $10 a lb you're looking at paying around $130 for 1k of .45 brass. Taking into account that these are unsorted and not cleaned I'd say somewhere around $3 or $4 max per pound. If you take the time to at least sort, and if you have the equipment to clean, you stand to get a bit more. (prices listed per k above are reasonably accurate)
     
  17. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    $10/lb is really high. Especially considering that my local range sells it for $4/lb which is about twice what the recyclers give for it.

    Even with shooters like me that pick up all their own brass and "offer to sweep up for others", they still have a barrel or two sitting around in all the popular calibers.:thumbup:

    Maybe it's time they opened up a "shipping department" and took orders. Three lot sizes. Small Flat Rate Box, Medium F/R box, and large F/R box and each filled with all the brass it can hold. Pay for the "weight" and postage.
     
  18. P7id10T

    P7id10T Cedar Hills Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yeah it's high, but it's kind of a "cut bait or fish" statement. Buyers will quickly come back with what is fair once he posts it in the WTS/WTT section. Reading the OP's post, it's pretty clear he doesn't want to sort or clean it.
     
  19. cybin

    cybin Missouri New Member

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    I sell all the brass I can pick up. Mostly .380, 9mm,40 cal, and 45acp-plus .223. It takes me a year or more to pick up enough larger rifle calibers to offer for sale. I also have some odd lots of pistol calibers that I don't have enough to offer for sale -yet. I sell mostly on another forum, and sell mostly during late winter when most of us have more time to spend at the reloading bench due to nasty weather outside and closed hunting seasons. I package it up in small flat rate postal boxes and charge $6.00 for shipping, though on occasion I get asked about selling larger amounts.

    Not sure how to go about selling brass on this site yet--just joined.

    cybin