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« on: March 27, 2011, 04:27:53 PM »
I was browsing the government sales website and found the page where they list spent brass cases. Most of them specifically say they do not require the cases to be mutilated. So it's basically once-fired military brass. By the TON!

I'm going to watch some of those auctions to see what they actually sell for. The opening bids on all the lots are $150, but I'm sure they don't sell for that. But the thought of even 500lbs of once-fired military brass for under a thousand bucks that is reloadable is exciting. A dumpster of brass for any price just makes me giggle.

If I found one of the smaller lots within reasonable driving distance, I would seriously consider it.
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2011, 05:34:42 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2011, 11:13:17 PM »
And I finally have a good price on 30MM brass!http://www.govliquidation.com/auction/view?id=4304150&convertTo=USD :neener
No- seriously, if there was a great deal on 5.56 or 7.62 it would be worth buying to re-sell at the retail level on eBay or gunbroker or whatever. Or to swim in your own room-full of once-fired empties. (What? - you've never dreamed of that?)
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2011, 01:24:57 AM »
Or to swim in your own room-full of once-fired empties. (What? - you've never dreamed of that?)

Actually, I saw one of the auctions for 200K+ lbs of brass, and thought about replacing my fence with a steel-reinforced concrete wall and turning my back yard into a brass hopper.
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2011, 02:25:57 PM »
I've heard of manufacturers bidding on this stuff to make re-manufactured ammo, but I'd be curious how this would work out for an individual to buy, and how one would process it.  A few years back, I looked into something like this with a friend when we were talking about getting into reloading as a business.  The problem was that it was all range brass, so you might wind up with a lot of really beat up brass and odd stuff in the mix, like the occassional 20 year old weathered case, steel or aluminum cases, etc...  Probably not an issue for a guy just reloading for himself.  This brass looks a lot cleaner and better than what we were looking at.  Nice, clean brass like that would be running about $2 a pound just scrap prices, so even if, for some crazy reason it was unusable or impractical for reloading, you could probably recoup your costs if you paid less than that for it.
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2011, 11:39:07 PM »
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2011, 01:11:22 AM »
Outbreak, you can put it down anytime you want to, right?  :neener



If you got an ass-ton of brass, I could see you buying a second Dillion or something...just to speed up production.
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2011, 03:37:19 PM »
Outbreak, you can put it down anytime you want to, right?  :neener



If you got an ass-ton of brass, I could see you buying a second Dillion or something...just to speed up production.

I'd be buying a warehouse, and Cookie would be building an automatic sorter/cleaner machine which feeds a never-ending supply of brass to a row of a dozen automated Super 1050's.
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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2011, 04:21:00 PM »
You guys should then buy a couple of registered machineguns.  You know, because they can make you some more brass quickly.  >:D
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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2011, 06:49:22 PM »
Super 1050's...pfft. ::)

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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2011, 02:14:17 AM »
Any word on what they sell for?

BTW, any pistol brass (almost exclusively 9mm) would not be a problem but almost all of the rifle brass will have crimped primers that require special tools to remove them.

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« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2011, 02:20:17 AM »
Any word on what they sell for?

BTW, any pistol brass (almost exclusively 9mm) would not be a problem but almost all of the rifle brass will have crimped primers that require special tools to remove them.

It doesn't take anything special to remove crimped primers, but getting the primer pockets uncrimped can be made easier with a swaging tool or a primer pocket reamer. In a pinch you can clean them up with an Xacto knife.
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« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2011, 04:30:02 AM »
I have the RCBS primer pocket swager set, and I'll admit, it's a PITA. Swaging the pocket, on the upstroke, is easy. Getting the case off the swaging "nipple" is pretty tough. I'm seriously considering the Dillon swager, which I've been told is a lot easier.
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« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2011, 02:12:41 PM »
Getting the case off the swaging "nipple" is pretty tough.

Use a hammer.

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I don't know about the swager, but IIRC a friend of mine just uses a primer pocket uniformer on military brass.  I imagine you could also get a reamer of the correct size that you could chuck in an electric screwdriver or drill that would also do the trick.
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