This is a discussion on How do you capture your brass for reloading within the Reloading forums, part of the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics category; That's why I wear a hat with a brim when I shoot Originally Posted by iguanadon I take a shot and catch the shell in ...
To add to my previous post, over at the big range we put down tarps and don't have to look in the grass, but we have about 50' of firing line. Another tip is if anyone is shooting steel cases, we roll a roofers magnet over the ground and cull the steel, before we pick up the brass
Last Sunday, we were at the range and the boys were shooting my Thompson 1927-A1 and the tarp was not hanging at the distance they were shooting and I noticed the brass being thrown completly over the fence--still our place, but a pain to pick up over in the leaves and have to walk up to the gate or tear your pants crossing the fence. .
I also get to shoot at a local LE range sometimes and mostly they don't pickup brass. It is on concrete and we use a #3 grain scoop to pick up brass. Great source of .40, .223 and sometimes 9mm.
Pgrass got to it first. I sneak up on it quietly and throw my cast net over it.
I got tired of chasing 10mm brass all over the range and started using a handheld catcher (Graco Models). It's not perfect, and required a bit of adjustment, but I was surprised that it catches about 90% of the brass.
I set out a box propped up with a stick and a trip string,I then stake a piece of brass depending on which type I'm trying to capture 223/40/9/45 etc in the middle,pretty soon other brass will start accumulating under the box and when theres enough I jerk the stick out and trap it
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I was speaking with a young lady in line with me at last weekend's gun show and she explained how she catches her brass. She said she just unbuttons the top two buttons of her blouse and all her spent brass goes right in her shirt. She did say it hurts like heck, but she doesn't have to look far for her brass.
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At my indoor range the Range Safety Officer asks if I am collecting my brass and i tell him yes. My station is clean when i start and when done, he rakes up all the brass into a pile for me to collect. Nice touch. If it someone is not collecting, he pushes it out onto the range in front of the shooting position. Yes, we are required to wear a hat to do away with the Hot Brass Issue.
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Getting hot brass on you must have something to do with your grip or wrist. I really have "no idea" where mine goes while I'm shooting - over to the right somewhere and not on me, doesn't concern me. My sister shoots my gun, same gun same ammo and gets the hot brass treatment. Figure on that.
The range provides a dust broom, we bring a big coffee can. Haven't found a good solution for "free range" shooting, too much grass and/or leaves. Maybe a tarp is in order.
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I've been known to do like Gman and use the bed of the pickup but for me, it seems to work best with rifles.
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10x15 tarp and stand on the front left corner so brass lands onto the tarp. Indoor range? Take a friend with a pillow case.
I rarely shoot at a range. My normal shooting places are on US Forest Service land. I will lay out a tarp where the brass is landing and collect it that way.