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So, What to do with spent Non-Brass Cases?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Bravo4, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. Bravo4

    Bravo4 Polk County, OR Member

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    So you go to the range and go at it with ammo loaded in Non-Brass cases (Steel, aluminum,etc)

    What to do with the spent cases ?
    1 - Trash them?
    2- Throw in Recycle bin?
    3 - Try to reload them ?
    4 - Take 'em home and do artwork with it ?

    What do you guys usually do with them ?
     
  2. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Recycle. I have heard that steel can be reloaded but I don't have a shortage of cases and I just don't want to deal with it. They all go in the recycling bin.
     
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  3. SHPD_Retired

    SHPD_Retired Saint Helens Well-Known Member

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    I save my steel boxer primed 223's for a guy I know who reloads them. Another fellow I know uses the aluminum and bad brass ones for fishing lures.
     
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  4. SinisterSouthpaw

    SinisterSouthpaw SW WA Active Member

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    Iron makes plants green--aluminium is accepted at the recycler---nuff said?
     
  5. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    metal recycling barrel
     
  6. bellarum

    bellarum beaverton Well-Known Member

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    I goofed around with some un usable brass, some melamine, and some concrete, and made some stepping stones just because stepping stone 011.jpg
     
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  7. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    I like to use it as targets
     
  8. WillametteWill

    WillametteWill Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Nicely done with the stepping stone! I've been trying to think of some things like that. Great use of the empties.
     
  9. bellarum

    bellarum beaverton Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! My mom likes hers. moms step.jpg
     
  10. SIG383

    SIG383 Graham, WA Well-Known Member

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    I've been collecting the un-usables and once I get enough to make it worth the time, I'll take to the scrap metal place and get a couple bucks for them. Won't be much, but it's free money so why not!
     
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  11. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I just keep the steel cases.. don't really go to the scrapyard regarding steel/iron.. the potential utility of them far outweighs the space they take up or the few cents per hundred pounds gotten.
    Now spent primers, that's where the money's at.. one a these decades I'll probably be able to afford a steak dinner!
     
  12. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    At Johnson Creek Gun Club, they would recycle the aluminum for me - brass too, unless I wanted to keep it for myself. I do like the idea of reusing them and using them for projects. I occasionally build custom slingshots and recently incorporated a shell into one I made for a friend back east - I've started incorporating them into some of my builds as kind of a 'maker's mark':

    IMG_2552_zps1af7750f.jpg

    IMG_2573_zpsf39bcb86.jpg
     
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  13. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I can't see those pictures! maybe I'll clear my cache
     
  14. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Strange. If not, hopefully the links appear and you can click on those. They show up fine on my browser (Chrome).
     
  15. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    :s0136:wind chimes?
     
  16. cookie

    cookie THE SOCIALIST STATE OF KALI - FORNIA Well-Known Member

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    I reload steel and aluminum cases with great success.1 time only.
     
  17. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Ditto with aluminum cases and I always pick them up - when I find them.
     
  18. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    That's because you are signed into the slingshot forum. Non-members can't see the images.
     
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  19. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Do you have to knock the primers out before taking them to the recycle center?

    My retired father has been cruising yard sales at closing for free you haul stuff and recycling the metals. The recycle center takes his picture every time he as more than $10 worth or metal turned in. Oregon law since vacant house stripping is such a problem.
     
  20. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Got it. I wasn't aware that was an issue - I've linked to a photo hosting site instead, that should fix the problem. Thanks.