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Free Brass?

Does anybody have any tips on how to get free brass? I have more than enough for my 270 but I need a lot more for my 338. Has anyone just raided shooting ranges brass buckets?

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at a range

Just ask the Range Officer on the line if you can sort through some of the brass they've swept up.  Most are fine with you doing to, but some can be jerks about it.  Also when you go to the range keep an eye out for someone shooting factory loads of the cases you want and politely ask them if they reload.  If they don't then politely ask them if you can have their brass.  Most times shooters who don't reload are happy to give you their brass.  Don't bother asking anyone who has obvious reloads they are shooting, they'll be keeping their own brass.  You can usually tell who is shooting reloads when someone has a MTM or Plano cartridge box or very well worn factory boxes that look several times reused. 

For my own reasons I avoid using brass of unknow loadings or from shooters who I do not know.  But that's just me.  I typically get my free brass from friends, aquantences, or co-workers who shoot factory loads of the same calibers I'm looking for and ask them to save their brass for me.  They usually do.  The rest I buy new or get from the occasional least expensive factory load I sometimes buy just for the hell of it.

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With the cost of scrap brass

With the cost of scrap brass going up I doubt that a shooting range would let you pick it up unless it was your own.  I also agree that I wouldn't use any brass that I didn't know where it came from or how many loading that it had gone through. 

While buying new brass is a little expensive it is the best way to go.  At least you know what it has been through.

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It is stadard practice at my

It is stadard practice at my range to pick up any brass left behind by folks who don't reload.  I take all the rifle brass laft behind since I reload a fair number of cartridges.  The rest I just accumulate until I have a few boxes worth then put it up for sale for about $5 plus postage. :thumbsup1:

Several boards also have a brass or bullet swap thread.  For instance if I have 338 and don't load it and you have 375 H&H and don't load it, we just swap for the price of postage.  Free brass is also a popular item in the many "pay it forward" threads on other boards.  If this site doesn't have one - it might be a great thread to start!

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I would accept one-time fired

I would accept one-time fired factory brass from someone shooting at the range, but I wouldn't reload brass from unknown origins.  The savings is just not worth the potential disaster from loading brass that is old or had very hot loads shot through it multiple times.  But that is just me.

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Thanks for the tips

Thanks for the tips guys.

 Groovy Mike... what does a pay it forward thread consist of?

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'pay it forward' explained

hawkeye270 wrote:

Thanks for the tips guys.

 Groovy Mike... what does a pay it forward thread consist of?

 

"Pay it forward" is an idea of giving something away for free knowing that somewhere down the road something good will come back to you.

On other boards the "pay it forward" thread is usually the top thread in the classified section.  people post things that they just can't bear to throw away but probably aren't worth selling.  Like for example 20 pieces of fired brass, or a partial box of projectiles for reloading.  If you want it, you contact the poster and they ship it to you at their expense.  So you get it totally free.  BUT then you are obligated to post something for someone else to claim.  Some boards recommend that you can only claim an item after you have put something up for grabs.  And it must be a one to one match, so no one can claim 5 items but only pay back 1.  These are usually things worth under $20 and with the USPS flat rate shipping boxes, nobody is hit for more than $5 or $10 in shipping so it all works out and everyione gets something they want in the end.  It seems to be a win : win for everyone involved.

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It's all about Karma man.  If you believe in that sort of thing, which I surely do.

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I've got a box of once fired

I've got a box of once fired Remington 338 Win Mag cases you can have for the price of shipping. Don't know what that would cost, can't be that much. Send me a PM with an address and it's your's.

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Don Fischer wrote:

I've got a box of once fired Remington 338 Win Mag cases you can have for the price of shipping. Don't know what that would cost, can't be that much. Send me a PM with an address and it's your's.

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A kind and generous offer Don. Hats off to you. As long as the cartridge cases are empty you can ship them by USPS and a box for cartridges has room to spare in the small $4.95 flat rate priority postage box.  The $4.95 covers the cost of the box and 2-3 day shipping.

 

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