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Old April 9, 2008, 07:33 PM   #1
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Home made brass catcher

Hi everyone,

After picking up brass far too many times, I decided to make my own brass catcher. After going to the local gun shop and saw one for $135, I thought there had to be a better way. I’ve 12 photos (of every step) for you’re thoughts in case you're interested in making your own.

This was made from an old table lamp with stand (making it completely adjustable), some aluminum rod, which I put together by bolting together (tap and die required), and a removable hand made canvas bag with snaps. Total cost: $20. I also tried it out last weekend. It worked GREAT and it easily held 100 rounds of 223 form my AR15, and could probably hold a few hundred more.

Any questions, feel free to ask. In the meantime, if this idea can help you, please feel free to copy as desired !!

PS: Seeing that I cannot seem to upload no more than 3 photos per thread, I'm going to upload a sample for now
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Old April 9, 2008, 07:35 PM   #2
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very clever. I like it!
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Old April 9, 2008, 07:40 PM   #3
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That, my friend, is pure genius. I'm going to the second hand store right now to pick up a lamp.
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Old April 9, 2008, 10:00 PM   #4
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Nice. I love making these type of things myself too. Always trying to build a better mousetrap.
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Old April 9, 2008, 10:22 PM   #5
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very cool, man
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Old April 9, 2008, 10:44 PM   #6
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Great idea! All the accessory companies are doing the "D'oh!" forehead slap right now...expect a $59.99 version for sale at Cheaper than Dirt in three weeks...with a "tactical" camo paint job.
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Old April 9, 2008, 11:14 PM   #7
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Yeah but it'll be what we call at work "CPS" Cheap Plastic Sh--t! (Yes I work for a company that produces some CPS.). It'll cost fifty cents to produce in China and will also come in white camo for the winter shooters.
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Old April 9, 2008, 11:28 PM   #8
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Nice work! Now you just have to talk the local range into letting you drill a hole in their bench so you don't have to lug the base weight around.
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Old April 10, 2008, 05:04 PM   #9
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Thanks for the positive comments!!

I'll post all photos in order over a couple threads so you can see all steps. The system will not let me upload the pictures previously posted, so here it goes!!
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Old April 10, 2008, 05:05 PM   #10
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another set.......
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Old April 10, 2008, 05:07 PM   #11
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and another.....
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Old April 10, 2008, 05:08 PM   #12
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and the last one......
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Old April 10, 2008, 08:52 PM   #13
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Neat!! I thought about getting the velcro strap one one. I dont have a hard time with brass at the range, but I lose them all when I go Pig hunting. And sometimes Ill rattle off as much as 100 rounds at a squad of Pigs. Thats a lot of wastes brass.
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Old April 11, 2008, 03:13 AM   #14
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spray and pray??? naughty......

so when you rattle off 100 rounds at a squad of pigs are you being the ethical hunter and taking sure shots at their kill zone?? or are you spraying the squad of pigs with as many bullets as you can trying to get blood trails??? your version of hunting is :barf::barf::barf:
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Old April 11, 2008, 06:38 AM   #15
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Not really spray and Prey. When we cut our hayfields down, the hogs run out single file to the nearest cover. We usually have several stations set up as to cover the entire field. This is not as much hunting as it is extermination. We have millions of wild hogs here and they are destroying everything from fences to crops , including the Turkey and Quail population. I can hit them running at a pretty easy 250 -300 yards running broadside. Dont judge me damnit! Its kinda like mowing the grass.
Some of them run another 15-20 yards but stop soon after. I use vmaxs , not FMjs so I am being more ethical. These Hogs are Tanks and rather hard to stop. I doubt being in Wisconsin you would have seen the devastation a herd of 300 hogs would do to a wheat crop .
( Kinda sucks being judged dont it)
Anyways, Brass catcher is a neat Idea. You could patented it yo know.
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Old April 11, 2008, 09:09 AM   #16
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i have seen the damage that 1000 hogs can do, a nearby pig farm (total population-5000 hogs) lost about 1000 hogs after a tornado ripped through the area when i was younger so i know the damage......now that you said that they are all running broadside that does make me feel a little better, from the way it sounded in the original post it didnt sound good.....made me think of "market hunting" back in the 1800's when market hunters would load cannons with grape shot and shoot them at flocks of birds, dropping hundreds with a single shot.....you may be an ambassador of firearms owners but remember that hunters need a good image too....
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Old April 11, 2008, 06:31 PM   #17
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Sorry , the "Spray and Prey "thing kinda torqued me a bit. I sit on top of a truck mounted platform in the Prone position, With a Bipod and AR-15. I usually have at least 3 mags within reach. I got a scope on mine and pretty much lethal with it. Ive had my Ar15 for about a year now and really love it. I have killed durn near 50 pigs at least with this one. And nearly as many with a Bolt action Ar-30 Anyways, the Pig shoot, They are fun and really necessary. My worry is , the brass flys every where , into the freshly cut Hay, that will be baled in the few following days. Most likely the brass will just fall to the ground too close for the Baler to pick it up. I have not found any brass in Bales,,, yet.
I need a brass catcher methinks. Lookin for brass when you have a field full of pigs to clean aint my Idea of fun.
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