Saving Brass

Saving Brass

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    Saving Brass

    I'm not reloading now, but am thinking about learning to and taking it up later. Should I start saving the brass cases that I'm shooting at the range? I'm shooting target grade ammo in .9mm and .45 caliber.
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    I just started saving a few months ago. I dont reload... yet.
    I say it doesnt hurt.

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    Id say to grab all that you can. If you dont, someone else will...
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    I don't reload yet either, but I have already saved buckets of .45, .40, 9mm, .380 from my own guns and probably as much again from floor sweeping.

    It costs nothing to ask the guy next to you if he's saving his brass, if he says no then tidy his brass up too.

    Worst that can happen is I trade the stuff I don't want for some that I do.

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    0.02 has it - save all you can - it'll always trade if you don't reload or want different.

    It is tho good to have a large stock as you can then if wanted do a bunch of cleaning and have loads ready for use - enough to keep you going for ages.
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    Yup, save it if you have any interest in reloading. Its not like its going to spoil, and its easy to get rid of if you get tired ff looking at it.
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    In case you need any more persuading...

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    Brass in your basement is almost as good as money in the bank!

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    SAVE IT!

    I had the same thoughts and so I started saving it up about 8 months ago. Made the plunge and started reloading 2 months ago, and am I ever glad I saved all that brass. Not including the brass, which is either already paid for or I even get for free from people who don't reload, I can make my own 9mm and 38/357 rounds for about 5 cents each, a box of 100 for $10. Can't beat it with a stick, and reloading's fun and has taught me a lot that I wouldn't have learned otherwise, too.

    Save the brass starting today, and some day buy a reloading press and kit and start doing it.

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    Is it worth reloading 9mm? I routinely buy 50 rounds WWB for $11. I've wondered what I would save by reloading. Let me put it this way: ow much does it cost to reload 9mm per round? How about .223?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LBrombach View Post
    Is it worth reloading 9mm? I routinely buy 50 rounds WWB for $11. I've wondered what I would save by reloading. Let me put it this way: ow much does it cost to reload 9mm per round? How about .223?
    Brass is the most expensive component of ammo, it is only going to go up, cheap 9mm will be a thing of the past before long.

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    Xsquidgator must have posted while I was typing. So, how long does it take to reload 100 rounds?

    Still need price per reload of .223
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    "How about .223?"

    All my reloading equipment is old and i do not count any cost there. i buy my .22 bullets in huge lots. They usually cost 5-10 cents each. Powder charge is about 7 cents. Primer is another 2-3 cents. Case lube is about .5 cents. So we are looking at 15-20 cents per round for a full house .223 load.

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    I'm with LBrombach... does it really save you that much money to reload? And... maybe more importantly, is it a safe hobby?
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    does it really save you that much money to reload?
    Depends whether you amortize your investment on equipment. Many reckon if you reload you shoot more anyways I doubt it is a major saving for many but it does give control - which is useful. It certainly saves more the bigger you go in caliber - for instance things like 45-70 and .454.

    I am loading up stock right now and I reckon my .357 loads have to be half the price of factory - even using pricey VV powder - and my gear is long paid for now. If you cost your time tho then I doubt anyone saves.

    And... maybe more importantly, is it a safe hobby?
    It is inherently very safe indeed - as long as pretty much common sense rules followed. I reckon reloading is barely 1% the hazards I face when bike riding!!!
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