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Once fired brass use

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by kenr74, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. kenr74

    kenr74 Oregon Active Member

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    I have been collecting my spent shells forever. No intention of ever reloading them but they always find their way into a bucket. I don't really have enough of any caliber to mess with selling them and was wondering if there were any creative ways to use them.

    Anybody do anything interesting with empties?
     
  2. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yes reload them
     
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  3. Phrank

    Phrank Forest Grove Active Member

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    Ship them to me.
     
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  4. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    DRRC recycles brass, Money goes to junior shooter programs.
     
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  5. kenr74

    kenr74 Oregon Active Member

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    Thanks RB. Will look into that.
     
  6. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    make a cannon
     
  7. Pops1911

    Pops1911 Cinebar/Issaquah Well-Known Member

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    Freedom Munitions over in ID also buys back brass. Good folks there. You might want to check them out too.
     
  8. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    If it's predominantly one thing or another, most any handloader would jump on buying all of it for, at the very least, scrap prices.. and reload that and perhaps then offer what he doesn't reload for at the same scrap price.. for reloading.
    Then at least the brass will be used as intended.. for shooting, not be melted down for beanie baby monocles or something were it "scrapped".
     
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  9. thecarfarmer

    thecarfarmer so sno ho co New Member

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    Back to the OP's question: I actually have a use for 'em.

    I like to make biker bells out of 'em for my gun-toting Harley riding friends.
     
  10. BWH

    BWH Tualatin, Oregon Active Member

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    A picture of one of your belts would be kool to see!
     
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  11. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Some gal in Seattlehas a booth at the Feemont farmers' market? I've never been but heard about it.
    Freemont of all places. Oh yeah,she makes earrings and such out of them.
    I would think the locals would ban her from the market
    I made one of those Boreal coats out of a wool blanket. It's a larger hoodie the 'bushcrafters' make. I didn't want a hoodie,so I just made a big collar for it with laces to tie it closed in front.
    Then I took some 45acp brass and made the loops to run the laces thru.
    Drilled the primer pocket out a little and tried to use them like a rivet but ended up gluing them in place.
    They can be used for many things as accents also
     
  12. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    I have a linked belt of spent 7.62 blanks (somewhere) that I "smuggled" out after I fired them through my M60 back in '86. :D
     
  13. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I knew a guy who made Pot pipes from necked rifle cases is that the kind of thing your interested in?
     
  14. NWGlockgal

    NWGlockgal Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I second this. I've sent brass back to them when I placed an order and it saved me $75 after the price of shipping it there.
    There is a LGS in Hillsboro that buys brass, currently $1.80 a pound. Don't remember the name of it though.....
    As far as keeping it to something creative with, I've seen quite a bit of jewelry made out of it.
     
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  15. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If you sharpen the rims with a file and then a stone, they make a good cigar punch cutter.
     
  16. kenr74

    kenr74 Oregon Active Member

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    The biker bell sounds interesting. Not sure how much I have total. Maybe 20#. I don't shoot enough to have a huge pile of it. Just figured there was a better use than the dumpster.
     
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  17. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Am I dense? What's a biker bell?
     
  18. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Yes but that's OK:D
    Biker bells are a bell you hang under your bike to ward off the road goblins
     
  19. defending fathers 1787

    defending fathers 1787 SW Washington Member

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    Washougal River Cartridge will credit you if you recycle it with them.
    Open 10 to 2pm on Sat.
     
  20. rawen2

    rawen2 Portland Area Active Member

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    But they only work if the bell is gifted to you. Can't just go buy one - doesn't have the magic. Got one hanging on my bike. So far it's kept the gremlins away...
     
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