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Posted: 7/24/2018 8:58:16 AM EDT
Called around in my AO and was told 90cents-$1.00/lb.

Once place the price dropped 30 cents when I told them it was once fired rifle casings ($1.20 down to 90 cents).

Thoughts?
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:01:50 AM EDT
Light brass around here, less than usual brass, don't know current price.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:03:58 AM EDT
I realize its a commodity and will fluctuate, just looking for historical range.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:06:35 AM EDT
I can buy scrap brass casings / range brass from local yard for $1.50 a lb.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:18:17 AM EDT
Fired brass is probably viewed as "contaminated".
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:33:05 AM EDT
Everything is starting to drop over the last 3 months.

Cu down about 40c/lb since spring.    Brass follows suit.

Most of the stuff I work with is #2 ( tinned braid )   It's down to about $2.10 now,  I am at the point where I will probably just start squirreling it away
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:35:13 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:36:09 AM EDT
I sold a Rubbemaid tub of 30-06 just along with some aluminum channel from a project  a few weeks ago. Netted $40 or so for the brass. iirc is was a little over a dollar a pound.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:37:31 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Isn't firearm brass worth less due to the risk of live primers being in the mix?
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More because of the dirt from range pickups than primers or loaded rounds, but it is a concern.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:40:41 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Isn't firearm brass worth less due to the risk of live primers being in the mix?
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Yes sir, at least around my AO and none of the scrap yards will accept it.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:41:22 AM EDT
I got like $1.30/lb in my AO a few months back for some brass that was too dinged up to do anything with
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:43:00 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By 1057:

Yes sir, at least around my AO and none of the scrap yards will accept it.
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Really?  Every yard here does.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:43:53 AM EDT
Appreciate the replies guys.

Wonder if this tariff war with china will drive the prices up?
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:43:56 AM EDT
brass shells are $1.60 here
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:45:21 AM EDT
yall should melt it down and make cool stuff with it. some videos floating around of a coke bottle, cool statues etc.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:46:00 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Isn't firearm brass worth less due to the risk of live primers being in the mix?
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It's the anvil in the primer cup that turns recyclers away or nets you a cheaper price when trying to sell it.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:50:10 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By John-in-austin:

Really?  Every yard here does.
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Unfortunately.... The only way they’ll take it is if you smelt it yourself and it’s not worth the money for the equipment and time to do that for me.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:52:52 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By John-in-austin:

Really?  Every yard here does.
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My scrap yard treats it like regular metal. .05 per pound. I don’t sell it.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:55:45 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By webtaz99:
Fired brass is probably viewed as "contaminated".
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It is.

Some places won't take it because they fear live rounds in the batch. Also the primers make it mixed metal.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 10:10:12 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 10:16:05 AM EDT
Buy wet tumbler and decapper.

Get busy.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 10:26:01 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By falfrenzy:
Appreciate the replies guys.

Wonder if this tariff war with china will drive the prices up?
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It will drive the prices down, not up.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 10:30:39 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By cpl_fisher:

It will drive the prices down, not up.
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I was thinking up as there would be reluctance to buy from China due to the high tariff,  therefore the U.S. buyers would purchase domestically.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 10:38:34 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 10:43:20 AM EDT
Why wouldn't you hold onto your brass for now?  Price will go up the next time there is either inflation or a metals shortage.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 11:18:53 AM EDT
I just save it until no more will fit into my 3 gallon bucket.  It is about 1" from the top now, so I should be good for another year before it fills up with unusable brass.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 11:33:06 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By buck19delta:
I can buy scrap brass casings / range brass from local yard for $1.50 a lb.
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If you're close, PM me ....

Our local place wont recycle shells/cases/cartridged/whatever
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 11:37:03 AM EDT
I just took 220 pounds in last week @ $1.50 / lb:

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Link Posted: 7/24/2018 11:41:58 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:

Why don't you sell it to reloaders?  That price is MUCH higher.
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This. I sold 2K of 556 brass. Got .07 per for first 1K, told him he was over paying and sold next 1K for .04 each. This is to a friend.

I keep storing the rest.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 11:46:25 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By AR_Dale:
This. I sold 2K of 556 brass. Got .07 per for first 1K, told him he was over paying and sold next 1K for .04 each. This is to a friend.

I keep storing the rest.
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Originally Posted By AR_Dale:
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:

Why don't you sell it to reloaders?  That price is MUCH higher.
This. I sold 2K of 556 brass. Got .07 per for first 1K, told him he was over paying and sold next 1K for .04 each. This is to a friend.

I keep storing the rest.
All of my junk brass is stuff I fired 10-20 times and no longer safe to shoot.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 11:47:11 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Isn't firearm brass worth less due to the risk of live primers being in the mix?
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Not to mention the lead styphnate.

OP, if you want to get paid for spent casings, sort them by cartridge in lots of 1000 and sell them on the EE.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 11:54:25 AM EDT
10 years ago a huge upsurge in base metal prices was caused by China trying to upgrade their housing. The Chinese .GOV built lots of high-rise housing but much of it is unoccupied today because the cost to put it up and the rents necessary, the people couldn't afford it because they don't earn that much. With lowered demand, many of the Chinese steel mills have gone bankrupt and the prices of the base metals have plummeted. The Chinese economy today is probably in recession, even thought the official numbers indicate that China is doing okay,  but they will never admit it.

I know for a fact that much of the recyclable waste generated in the US is sent to China; but since China's economy is in recession, the value of the recyclable waste has plummeted to the point where the US trash haulers have to pay the Chinese to take it off their hands.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 12:19:56 PM EDT
My recycle yard must love me then. About a month ago I took 101 pounds of brass shell casings and got $185.00.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 12:31:18 PM EDT
1.30 to  1.60 locally depends if their contract is filled or they are low . I’m allowed to sort out any cases I want at mine  for trade lb for lb  or purchase  barrels of it .
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 1:13:28 PM EDT
Q what is a five gallon bucket of mixed 9 and 40 worth  found a bucket  full to the top  or how many cases is it  approximately?
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 7:37:21 PM EDT
A friend was quoted .65/lb for brass by a scrapper/recycler, here, a couple weeks ago.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 7:44:45 PM EDT
Has anybody here gone to a scrap yard to BUY brass shell casings off them?
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 7:46:32 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:

Why don't you sell it to reloaders?  That price is MUCH higher.
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Because its all Berdan primed.

Had 29 lbs of it. Not anymore...
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:18:49 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:37:19 PM EDT
Just checked price lists.  One place by me is 0.90 for cartridge brass, the other is 1.20.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:47:42 PM EDT
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Q what is a five gallon bucket of mixed 9 and 40 worth  found a bucket  full to the top  or how many cases is it  approximately?
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I just sorted 5000 9 mm and 1500 40s out of that 5 gal bucket  about1/4 bucket to go .
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 9:52:57 PM EDT
If it’s anything like bitcoin. I’m holding, till the next panic. Hopefully there is never a next panic and I can pass on my brass from one generation to the next.
Link Posted: 7/24/2018 10:39:12 PM EDT
I'm holding on to my brass for now.

have 18 5-gallon buckets full.
Link Posted: 7/25/2018 2:07:12 PM EDT
5 gallon Bucket is empty I ended up with 6x  -9 pound bags of 9 mm , 1x 7 pound bag of 9 mm and 1x 11 pound bag of .40 cal,a couple hundred 380  handful of .45. Using a kitchen scale

72  73 lbs.
Link Posted: 7/25/2018 2:18:40 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By WeimaranerDad:
Has anybody here gone to a scrap yard to BUY brass shell casings off them?
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Not a scrap yard exactly, used to buy 5.56 and 7.62 by the bucket full off of Ft Hood PDO. Clinton put an end to that.

Since most folks selling brass are selling stuff THEY cannot reload, I would not touch any of it.
Link Posted: 7/25/2018 3:05:48 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By John-in-austin:

Not a scrap yard exactly, used to buy 5.56 and 7.62 by the bucket full off of Ft Hood PDO. Clinton put an end to that.

Since most folks selling brass are selling stuff THEY cannot reload, I would not touch any of it.
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I think you're mistaken:
http://m.govliquidation.com/c/fired-brass.html
Link Posted: 7/25/2018 3:13:35 PM EDT
Scrap place around here won't take firearm brass anymore. A few years back they wouldn't take it unless it was deprimed. Someone probably gave them a bunch of mixed brass, steel, and aluminium stuff and they just said fuck it not worth the effort.
Link Posted: 7/25/2018 3:42:26 PM EDT
My LE agency used to send ours back to a commercial reloading company for cash or credit on any of our practice ammo purchase. We would send back on average 40-45K empties a year. We would generate about $1K-1.5K year cash/ credit. By no means a great amount of money but it bought 4-5 extra cases of ammo/yr or repair parts for the other weapons systems or essentials for new hires.
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