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Old March 20, 2013, 05:37 PM   #1
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Your opinions on this brass I found today-

I answered a want add in the local paper today. The fella was selling 600+ rounds of .223/5.56 brass.

I contacted him and I met him to examine the stuff. It is mixed military/commercial, mostly clean with some tarnish and some smashed cases.

We dickered on price for awhile. At first, he was wanting $0.50 apiece for them! I offered him $0.05 and we settled on $0.10 a piece. I paid him a total of $60.00.

It looks like I will probably get about 550 usable pieces out of the bucket of 600+.

What are your opinions? Did I get taken on this stuff or was it an OK deal.

I guess it reall doesn't matter, as I already bought it, but what do you think anyway?
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Old March 20, 2013, 05:52 PM   #2
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Last gun show in my area was in Nov 2012. There is a reputable guy there who sells 223 recovered from a police range (which he runs).

I picked up a couple of bags of 223 from him for $30 per bag, all cleaned, nice and shiny. It was 500 cases per bag. It was a mix of Speer and Lake City. You could also pay him a $1.00 extra and he would give you a sorted bag of either all speer or all Lake City.

After a complete examination, there were no reject cases. The only downside is that the speer brass tends to require an extra preparation step. After using a primer swage, I still need to hand-chamfer the primer rim on these things or they will not prime properly.

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Old March 20, 2013, 06:05 PM   #3
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considering that most online dealers are out of once fired 223 brass and the lgs wants $40 per hundred for new brass, i think you made a good deal.
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Old March 20, 2013, 09:13 PM   #4
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Fair deal in today's market, all things considered.

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Old March 21, 2013, 07:36 AM   #5
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here well cleaned and de-capped is selling at $165/1000
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Old March 21, 2013, 09:02 AM   #6
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Damn! The deal just got a bit worse!

I sorted and cleaned the batch last night. There were 198 pieces of commercial brass in a mixture of PMC, Winchester, FC, and R-P. There were 210 usable Lake City military. The remaining 200 were un-useable berdan primed or damaged so bad they went to the recycle bin!

So, in all, I got 408 peices of useable brass for $60.00. $0.15 a piece. Not so good.

I learned my lesson. If you are buying used brass from somebody, take a flashlight and inspect inside any cases that have a head stamp you are not fimiliar with. I should have done this rather than trust the guy selling the stuff to me. He either didn't know about berdan priming, or knew and was not honest!

Lesson learned.
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Old March 21, 2013, 04:25 PM   #7
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After using a primer swage...
highrolls - could you explain this for me please? My son has a mini 14 and we have picked up brass that we couldn't seat primers into and just chamfering the pocket did not resolve the issue.

Thanks for your time!
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Old March 22, 2013, 02:13 PM   #8
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Military cases have the primer swaged in for numerous reasons. If there not removed it’s very difficult to get new primers in the case.
It’s a simple tool that will remove the crimp after the primer has been removed
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/235...swager-combo-2
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Old March 22, 2013, 02:27 PM   #9
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Re: Your opinions on this brass I found today-

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Military cases have the primer swaged in for numerous reasons. If there not removed it’s very difficult to get new primers in the case.
It’s a simple tool that will remove the crimp after the primer has been removed
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/235...swager-combo-2


I just use my chamfer/deburr tool to cut the crimps out of the old Lake City brass I get for my Garand, it does the trick and it's already paid for.
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Old March 22, 2013, 02:30 PM   #10
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It’s a simple tool that will remove the crimp after the primer has been removed
Well hell yeah! I had no idea there was sich a tool! Is it any wonder I spend so much time on this site? I am always picking up useful tidbits here.

Thanks very much Ozzieman!
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Old March 22, 2013, 02:38 PM   #11
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Watched the video for the pocket swager combo and found RCBS also has a pocket cutter for the prep center:

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/146...r-large-pistol

I think I will try this - just one more operation at the prep center.

Cool beans!
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Old March 22, 2013, 09:12 PM   #12
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Wyoredman,

There is a silver lining to your dark cloud. It was still a lot cheaper than new, and if it wasn't fired out of machine guns a lot easier to process than must 556 surplus.

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Old March 23, 2013, 10:20 AM   #13
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Federal 223 and 556 and PMC 223 once fired outta my Colt AR looking for a buyer Leave a message with your offer and shipping cost. Thanks
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