Price for used brass

Price for used brass

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    Price for used brass

    I have a 5-gallon bucket full of once-fired brass. With the bucket, it weighs 71 lbs on my bathroom scale. Most of it is .45 (about 80%). The rest is .40 and 9mm. I collected it b/c I thought I might get into reloading, but never did. (I switched from .45 to 9mm and with the cheaper ammo it's like I'm reloading!)

    So, I want to sell this brass I collected. What is a fair price?

    Thanks


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    9mm/40/45 goes for $30-40 per thousand shipped (USPS flat rate box for $9.80).
    07/02 FFL/SOT since 2006

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    Thanks... Any idea how much 1000 cases weigh, or how many cases there are in a 5-gallon bucket?

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    Approximately 80 45 acp to a pound
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    You will be pleasantly surprised at how how scrap is going right now.Just sold
    5 gallon pails of brass keys for work got $150 a pail.We use to get thirty to fifty
    on a good trip so this last trip was out of sight.Now, I know why cost of ammo going crazy!

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    Scrap metal places around here are paying up to $1.40 per pound for brass. 1000 cases weigh roughly 12 lbs. I missed a sale to a reloader yesterday. They wanted to give me $25 tops for 1000 once fired 40 S&W cases. I would have had to get at least $32 to partially cover shipping. Midway had the 40cal #3 brass on sale for $28.49. Their shipping would have been $11+ to total almost $40. Both the reloader and I figured they could find a better deal at a gun show or anywhere that wouldn't involve shipping costs.

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    THANKS!!! (I love this forum!)

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    I have a real bone-headed question.....

    Can any brass be used for reloading? Or are there "special" reloading casings? I always pick up my brass because I shoot at my parents house. So I have a bunch of used commercial casing from various manufacturers in .22lr, .380, 9mm, .40 and .45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morintp View Post
    I have a real bone-headed question.....

    Can any brass be used for reloading? Or are there "special" reloading casings? I always pick up my brass because I shoot at my parents house. So I have a bunch of used commercial casing from various manufacturers in .22lr, .380, 9mm, .40 and .45.
    The 22 cannot be reloaded because it is rimfire. If you bought the rest from US manufacturers, you should be good as long as it is brass or nickle plated (silver). Some foreign stuff is no good due to being Berdan primed (two holes in the head vs one center hole). The Blazer aluminum (grey) cases and the Wolf steel cases (brown) cannot be reloaded.
    eschew obfuscation

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    Thanks CopperKnight for the info. Now, I might start picking up my brother's brass too.

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    The last time I sold copper and brass (not cases) I got $850.00 witch bought a new Glock and other things. It's hard to believe how much these two metals are worth

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    I was told .45 brass is approximately 80 to a pound. Any idea on 9mm and .40?

    Thanks

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    380 Auto- 8.5 lbs
    9mm-9 lbs
    40 S&W/357 Sig-10 lbs.
    38 SPL-10 lbs.
    357 Mag-12 lbs.
    10mm-11 lbs.
    45 ACP-12.5 lbs.
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    Thanks for the weights. ... I forgot we have a digital kitchen scale. I found out the weight per pound (if anyone is interested)

    .45 - 78 cases = 15.9 oz
    79 cases = 16.2 oz

    .40 - 100 cases = 16.1 oz

    9mm - 114 cases = 16 oz

    Thanks for all the help!

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