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Old November 23rd, 2021, 09:40 AM #1
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Brass, Brass, Brass

Gauging interest in a large assortment of brass. Helping a recent widow in getting rid of her husbands hoarding of brass from a range from where he was safety officer. She is not looking to get rich but what is a fair price for fired brass? I have sorted about half of the rifle brass, predominately 308, 30-06, 270, and 243 but also decent numbers of others. Another question is there any interest in mil stamped brass? Thanks Mark
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Gauging interest in a large assortment of brass. Helping a recent widow in getting rid of her husbands hoarding of brass from a range from where he was safety officer. She is not looking to get rich but what is a fair price for fired brass? I have sorted about half of the rifle brass, predominately 308, 30-06, 270, and 243 but also decent numbers of others. Another question is there any interest in mil stamped brass? Thanks Mark
Demand and condition mean a lot when it comes to brass. 9mm, .223/5.56 and .308 are typically free to anyone who wants to spend a few minutes going through buckets at any given range. Demand goes up after that.
EDIT- There are some unicorns that are worth north of $1 per piece.
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How much brass are we talking? A couple hundred rounds? A few thousand rounds?
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Lots of variables there. Condition, times fired, caliber as mentioned, etc.

Also, depends how much time/effort you want to put into it.
Sorted by caliber is worth more, deprimed/cleaned more, and if you're willing to ship it to someone.
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Spot price for brass as scrap is about $1.75/pound, as a point of reference.
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In some calibers, mil brass is preferred.

Common calibers are desired, but easy to find free at ranges. Less common brass may be worth a lot, to the right person.

And quantity matters. I would be interested in .308 and .30-06, but only if a reasonable amount. Less than a couple of hundred would not be worth trying to meet.
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A 5 gallon bucket gets from about 50 pounds of rifle brass to about 75 pounds with pistol brass. The smaller the cases, the more packs in. The last bucket of scrap (no good for loading) cases I took to recycle was a bit over 50 pounds and I got $90 for it.

Unless you sort and clean the brass, it is really hard to get rich. Even sorted and cleaned, itís still hard to get rich unless you donít value your time.
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I would be interested in all of it.


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In some calibers, mil brass is preferred.

Common calibers are desired, but easy to find free at ranges. Less common brass may be worth a lot, to the right person.

And quantity matters. I would be interested in .308 and .30-06, but only if a reasonable amount. Less than a couple of hundred would not be worth trying to meet.
Like Pinecone mentioned, less common brass may be worth alot, "to the right person."

An example with less common brass might be .41 Magnum. No, you're typically not going to find .41 Mag laying around at the range. And if you did, you're likely frequenting the one odd range where there's only one guy who shoots .41 often who is leaving it. But even if you do find some, it's probably going to be of any value to less than 1 shooter in 300.

Even with the more common brass, "to the right person" will be the key.
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Thanks for all the reply’s folks. Currently I have sorted by caliber but have not cleaned any. Some cases are shiny clean still in empty box, others not. At the moment I am up to 3 buckets of 308, 1 bucket of 30-06, 1 bucket of 270. Several buckets of 223/556 and mil stamp 30 cal. Various other calibers in smaller quantities. Trying to determine whether it is worth further sorting by head stamp and cleaning. Definitely not going to decap. It has taken several hours to get to this point.
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