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Old February 5, 2012, 11:36 AM   #1
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What do you find at your range?

The range where I shoot sells used brass by the pound and lets you pick out the calibers you want, so I've spent a fair amount of time scrounging through their brass barrels. It's a military range, so 9mm and .223 make up a HUGE fraction of the discarded brass. In fact, I'm excited when I find .38 Special or .380 ACP.

What seems to make up the bulk of the discards at your range?
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Old February 5, 2012, 11:40 AM   #2
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I cant belive all the 40 and 9mm I found now I have an excuse to buy a 40 cal. I wish I could find 45/70 as easy.

ps I throw at all 380
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Old February 6, 2012, 01:13 AM   #3
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For many years, I would frequent public ranges and picked up all brass in my area. I have my own range now, so it what I shoot.
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Old February 6, 2012, 02:03 AM   #4
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Knob Creek has every caliber you can think of. Mostly 40, 9mm and 223 though.
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Old February 6, 2012, 03:21 AM   #5
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The only public range I occasionally (very rarely) visit is also a police training range. I regularly find lipstick rounds, blanks, SMG-specific ammo, and other "oddities".
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Old February 6, 2012, 09:54 AM   #6
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What seems to make up the bulk of the discards at your range?
At my range it seems I am still finding shotgun wadding. I walk it almost every day and I still find the plastic wads. No one has fired shotguns since Thanksgiving. (Sorry, I know you meant public )

At the Public Range: I stop by there once in awhile and mostly find steel cases and rim fire. Once in awhile I will find some .40 or 9 mm. And lots of trash that people bring to shoot, but never take home. I usually put it in a trash bag and leave it by the garbage barrel.
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Old February 6, 2012, 10:12 AM   #7
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My range is a private club. When one of the Police departments are qualifying I find a lot of 40 and 223. When I RO a match I find a lot of 9mm and 40 with some 45 thrown in. A couple of time there were some 1911 classes and I picked up a bunch of 45.
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Old February 6, 2012, 12:46 PM   #8
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I found a nice spotting scope once.....A week or so went by and a guy was up there..Said he left his scope here and will never get it back..I walk over to my truck and say hey,is this the one..his eyes bugged out and he offered me 20 bucks..I said no way...I was waiting to see if and who lost it....some guys would have kept it.....and one time I found a 22 rifle and I knew whos that was...Boy was thay little boy glad to see that..I was surprised his dad didn't miss it when they packed up....oh well
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Old February 6, 2012, 12:56 PM   #9
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^^^ I'm Genuinely Impressed. ^^^

Too many other folks these days would have been gleeful to have gotten something for free at others' expense. That's no better than thievery, IMHO.
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Old February 6, 2012, 01:05 PM   #10
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At the law enforcement range the majority of the brass is 40S&W, with some 9mm, .45ACP, 380 Auto, .223 and other.

Our gun club has to many reloaders; therefore, the pickin's or slim or none.
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Old February 6, 2012, 01:13 PM   #11
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Mostly, 40 and 9mm. I bring home and toss in a bucket. Once in awhile I find some .45ACP. That I keep to reload. In all my years, I have never ran into rimmed cases on the ground (.38/.44/.45 etc.). People keep that and never let it hit the ground (box to gun, gun to box) .
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Old February 6, 2012, 02:14 PM   #12
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After being a member for six months at my range I just last week got my 50th. round of .38 spl brass. I have accumulated 20 10mm, all Starline. Also 37 .38 Super, and a few odds and ends.
Gobs of 9mm, a bunch of .40, couple of hundred .380 (suprisingly quite a bit of Starline), and much more .45 ACP than I lose (probably 400 rounds.)
Can't imagine someone buying Starline brass and leaving it lay. I wounder if maybe some ammo manufacturers use Starline brass for their .380 and 10mm?
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Old February 6, 2012, 02:40 PM   #13
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+1 Savagelover. This nice old guy left one of his old Henry Boy's rifle and a nice Browning .22 hand gun at the range one day by accident. I was the only one there when I found them and could have easily walked off with them. I ended up staying at the range for about a extra 2 hours that day because I knew he would probably come back to pick them up. When he did, he was overjoyed that I kept an eye on his guns. If felt good to do the right thing. We ended up talking, and he invited me over to his house the next week and taught me how to reload.
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Old February 6, 2012, 02:51 PM   #14
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This is what I find at the range on a weekday after a busy weekend.

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Old February 6, 2012, 04:18 PM   #15
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Probably half of what I sweep up at my local indoor range is 9mm...some .40S&W or .357 Sig ( especially if local police agencies have been in training) ...and some .45acp .../ but the other day, I swept up 200 cases in .357 mag...

The range I go to ....rents 40 or 50 guns cases laying around depend on what's being rented...
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Old February 6, 2012, 07:32 PM   #16
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I shoot at a private club that's infested with brass hounds. Like me. So I don't find a whole lot unless the police have been out. Then .223 and .40
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Old February 6, 2012, 07:37 PM   #17
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I don't think very many people scrounge brass at the Marine range I'm going to. The "brass barrels" are 55-gallon drums, and when one gets full it gets sealed and moved into storage. When they've accumulated enough drums to fill the bed of a stake truck, it all gets carted off to the recycler.

I think that there's probably a lot of everything in those barrels if I were willing to spend some time looking. I just got some of those nesting shell sorting bins, so maybe that will help me winnow away the 9mm and .223 chaff and see what else is in there.
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Old February 6, 2012, 07:52 PM   #18
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All the ranges I've been to around here sweep at EVERY cease fire so we don't have the chance even to collect our OWN unless we can catch it somehow. The public range (still a fee) is on dirt so collection is by finger, not sweeping.
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Old February 6, 2012, 09:00 PM   #19
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our range lets us look though the buckets pick out what we want, but for some reason there is never any .45colt brass. either noone shoots it at our range, or everyone is like me and scarfs it up as fast as possible,
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Old February 6, 2012, 10:42 PM   #20
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I find a bunch of 9mm and .40, which I give away to people who load those cartridges.

I find a bit less .45 acp, which I keep and load. Once in a while I find some .45LC, which I keep and load. If I find some .380 or .357 Mag, I clean it and put it away, and will load for those one day soon.
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Old February 12, 2012, 09:09 PM   #21
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I used to buy mine at a place in Louisville that no longer sells range brass.
40% 40SW
20% 9mm
20% 45acp
20% the rest 357sig, 10mm 380, etc

Out of a 5gal bucket I would sometimes get 50 5.7x28 and a hand full of 45LC.

I would exchange the 40SW at topbrass for credit on 5.7x28 brass.

Don't own a 40sw and after looking at all the bulged cases not sure I would ever want one.

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Old February 12, 2012, 09:39 PM   #22
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I started going to a local gun club($20 yearly membership fee)and the first half of the summer I could find 50+ of.40,maybe 100 of 9mm,50 of 45acp,here and there 10-20 of 45LC or 357mag,then 20 of 10mm.Suddenly the buckets were empty and stayed empty except .22 ,shotgun,and .223 sometimes, till winter now(even though I would go there and people were shooting everyday).One day I even helped a guy with his newly aquired 8mm Mauser and he had 50 once fired empties he was leaving there,others were there so I didn't take them out so I went back first thing the next morning,empty
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Old February 13, 2012, 02:23 PM   #23
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I will try to go to the public range right after ice has melted, lots of 9mm, 40's, and 380s then. Rarely any 38spl or 357mag brass. Sometimes 223 or other rifle brass but in very small quantities. My private club has lots of reloaders so very little brass is ever missed there!
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Old February 13, 2012, 02:36 PM   #24
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The rifle range:
Mostly .223 steel case
then 7.62x39 steel and berdan brass mixed
then .223 brass
then .308 berdan primed brass
then 7.62x54 steel and berdan brass
then 8mm berdan primed brass
a smattering of hunting calibers in various small amounts
Any boxer primed commercial stuff doesn't even make it to the brass can, much less the trash can these days.
.22lr is far more common now, but I see less .22Mag and .17HMR.

The indoor range uses a sealed drum, so I can't scrounge it or evaluate it anymore.
The outdoor pistol/plinking range is mostly 9mm and .40S&W. The 9mm is mostly steel cased. We get a few .38 and .45ACP, but not many.
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Old February 13, 2012, 03:05 PM   #25
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Can I make money off of other's trash?

My LGS has a range attached, and one is supposed to police ones own brass, but a ton of people don't. It's mostly 9mm from the carbine they rent out, but last time I was there I saw a ton of 380 auto, and six or seven shotgun shells. If they’ll let me collect this stuff can I make some money or credit off it to buy more ammo? Cause you can never have too much ammo

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