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  1. #1
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    Aug 2006
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    bullet shells

    when i go metal detecting in the woods i always come across a few shells, rifle and shot gun. does anyone save them and cash them in for brass scrap?
    also i noticed in the shot gun shells there a piece of non-brass metal by the part of the shell that gets hit to by the gun to ignite the powder(don't know the name of it ). what is that? steel? lead?
    and my final question what is a good website for scrap prices? i used to have a really great one that showed the prices for everything but i can t find it.

    thanks,
    whitesid
    How to clean your copper coins using peroxide:
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  3. #2
    us
    Sep 2003
    SW VA
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    Re: bullet shells

    I always save all of the casings of what I shoot. I also save stuff I dig up, but haven't really accumulated enough to sell. I would recommend saving it if you can. You put forth the effort to dig it up so you should try to get something out of it.

  4. #3

    Jan 2007
    (RS)Discovery 2000, white's bullseye, NEW DFX!!!
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    Re: bullet shells

    I have not found a site right now. I call the local scrap companies to get prices. I cash in yellow brass this weekend at .65 cents a pound. Most of the scrap yards are pretty good on the phones.

    Happy hunting /scrapping
    Rumblebelly
    Treasure is everywhere, calling you. You just have to find it.

  5. #4

    Mar 2007
    2

    Re: bullet shells

    hey there. new couple here from PA. Well i just so happen to ask my scrap company about amunition casings the other day. they do take them as yellow brass. and the primers are fine left in the casing to. Had the office girl write down on my slip what they are paying for yellow brass. It was: $.90-1.15 per pound.

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    Re: bullet shells

    Quote Originally Posted by couplehunter in PA
    hey there. new couple here from PA. Well i just so happen to ask my scrap company about amunition casings the other day. they do take them as yellow brass. and the primers are fine left in the casing to. Had the office girl write down on my slip what they are paying for yellow brass. It was: $.90-1.15 per pound.
    thanks alot for the info.
    How to clean your copper coins using peroxide:
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...gen.html?cat=6

  7. #6

    Dec 2006
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    Re: bullet shells

    you must take the primers out of the center fire ammo as well as the shotgun ammo. its the little area where the firing pin hits the end of the shell try a magnet on that end and you will see that it sticks

  8. #7
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    Sep 2004
    TX
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    Re: bullet shells

    I sold a couple hundred pounds of brass casings a little while back, and did not have to take the primers out.

  9. #8
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    Re: bullet shells

    Quote Originally Posted by wayne1956
    I sold a couple hundred pounds of brass casings a little while back, and did not have to take the primers out.
    you get full price?
    How to clean your copper coins using peroxide:
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...gen.html?cat=6

  10. #9
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    Sep 2004
    TX
    Whites Vision/V3 Spectra, AT Pro
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    Re: bullet shells

    As far as I know of. The dealer told me what he was paying for scrap brass, and did not ask if the primers were in or out when I told him I had brass bullet casings.

  11. #10
    us
    NJ

    Nov 2006
    Middlesex County, New Jersey
    Whites DFX w/ Sunray DX-1 probe and Minelab Excalibur 1000
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    Metal Detecting

    Re: bullet shells

    Lets bring this post back from the dead.

    Anyone have recent prices for scrap Shell Castings. Over the weekend I was hunting an old WWII training area and the shell castings were everywhere. Each one was approximately 2 1/2 inches long. The weight of my trash pouch started building up pretty quickly so I stopped digging them. Now I wondering if it would pay to go back and focus on gettting as many as I can...lol

    The only problem I can see is thay many of them have dirt inside which I assume I would have to clean out and that maybe a big pain in the rear. The casings are tappered at the end so the openning is not that big.

    Any thoughts? Is it worth the effort.

    NJ

  12. #11
    us
    Apr 2008
    Russell KS.
    195

    Re: bullet shells

    I usually just soak them in a bucket for awhile and then empty them out. Sometimes takes more than once to get most of it but its the only way I can think of without washing each one out one by one. Last time I took some in they were all .22 shells which have no primer and still only got $1 a pound this is when yellow brass was almost $2 a pound. They said its because all shells pay a lower price no matter what. Later I was told by someone else its because they cannot ship shell casings over seas and seeing how it was because of china buying everything up that the prices were so high and they could not ship them to china.
    Whether or not that's true I have no idea but it seems that you never get full brass price outta them.

  13. #12
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    I sold some casings (Think it was 25 pounds) about a month ago got $1.80 a pound. Primers were in the shells. I always make sure i do not give them any live primers but fired primers do not bother them.

  14. #13

    Mar 2005
    Newport PA
    Bounty Hunter Discovery 2200 and ACE 250
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    i just cashed in my brass for 2.00 us dollars a lb. in harrisburg, PA

  15. #14
    Conscripted COBOL programmer

    Oct 2006
    somewhere in the middle of nowhere iowa
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    when i was in VA the scrap yard wouldnt take em, deprimed or not. still looking for a scrap yard in IA near where i am to take stuff to.
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  16. #15
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    Jun 2007
    Central Wisconsin
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    A scrapyard near me pays 1.80 for yellow brass, and 1.00 for shells.

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    Thunter

    Oct 2004
    Garrett AT Pro
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    The local scrapyard here requires them to be completely separate from other brass.

    Any metal I find detecting (even pull tabs & bottle caps) ends up at the scrapyard. Every kind of metal has some kind of value. Even a rusty tin can is worth about 8 cents a pound. Makes those finds of bare copper wire seem like treasure!

  18. #17
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    Sep 2008
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    I've gotten shell casings from the local Vfw, and we got full price for them when we turned them in with our brass.

  19. #18
    AMMO (IYAAYAS)

    Nov 2006
    Arizona
    Whites DFX
    53
    I have a cement mixer which I put shell castings an add some sand and run it for come out all nice and cleaned
    I'll find it sooner or later with a little help from my friends

  20. #19
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    Nov 2011
    Sulphur, NV
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    Good brass casings, y'all should sell to someone who reloads. Its worth far more than scrap value to someone like that. FWIW.
    austin likes this.

  21. #20

    Feb 2008
    Texas
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    Quote Originally Posted by one8orz View Post
    I have a cement mixer which I put shell castings an add some sand and run it for come out all nice and cleaned
    A Cement mixer works great!!

    I had an issue with a local bank, about 5 years ago. It was a Friday afternoon, and they counted $849.20 in clad coins of nickels, dimes, and quarters that I'd found metal detecting over a 4-1/2 year period. Now, to completely understand this nightmare, all the coins had been soaked and shaken in a dishwashing liquid soap and water mixture, inside a clean plastic instant coffee jar. Then rinsed and let air dry. After drying they weren't completely clean, and over the years, inside the heavy Zip-Loc baggies, a fine dust could be seen on the baggie... The fine dust would get on the sensor of the bank's new electronic coin counter machine they had purchased and set in the center of the bank for its customers to use, and would stop the machine....

    To solve the problem the clad silver coins were counted on the bank's old manual coin counter, but the head Cashier refused to take them...REFUSED To Take Them!!! .... Why? It wasn't because they were lightly dusty!!! Her quote: "...Because they're DARK, they're NULL COINS, and MY Customers don't want DARK coins...." and she shoved the canvas bag of coin back across the "Customer Service Counter"....

    With that amount of money, a Coin Star machine would have cost me almost $90.....it was out of the question. So, I went to Home Depot, and bought 50lbs of sandbox sand, some hail screen, and a large Rubber Maid plastic tub. The dry sand in the cement mixer did start to clean, but the iron in the sand caused the coins to turn yellowish. I added water, but it didn't make much difference. Then, I added a half-cup of "CHEER" laundry powder and let the mixer run for 2 hours. The soap was the magic and kept the dirt and iron off the coins. I dumped the coins out of the mixer and rinsed them with clear water as they laid on the hail screen supported by the plastic tub. Then, I spread them out on kingsize sheets to let them dry over night.... Just don't let the coins touch each other as they dry or the contact surfaces will turn dark again. Pulling all the sheet corners together, the dry coins easily emptied into a big Orange Home Depot 5-gallon bucket. The following Monday morning, I took the "SHINEY" coins back to the bank. When finished counting on the lobby's electronic coin counter, one of the bank tellers took the paper reciept and asked, "Do you want to deposit this?" I took my paper cash with me....

    Add a bit of water and Cheer with your sand on the next batch of empty brass shells in your cement mixer, I'll bet it will cut the cleaning time in half.

    Bill
    Last edited by billjustbill; Jul 03, 2012 at 09:38 AM.

 

 
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