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    Brass not worth trading? What to do with it?

    Like a couple folks here, I'm back after an illness. I'm getting back into my hobby of reloading/casting/shooting. However, I'm cleaning out brass that I won't be reloading. I have received brass from fellow shooters over the past 40 years. I haven't accepted any in sometime. Anyway, I'm not particularly in need of any brass. So I question trading in my case. I want to get rid of, what I would call, less desirable brass. For example, I have 1000s of 38special. I'm currently considering throwing this brass overtime into the brass buckets at the range. I gave some to a friend who appeared to want some who has now changed his mind. I thought about scrap metal value, but I doubt it would be worth my time to drive it over and the gas I would use... The other day I was offered 9mm and thanked the friend but declined. God I don't want any 9mm. I'm only going to reload 45acp and 357mag and some 8mm Nambu. (I form my own brass) So anything else I come across has got to go. I simply after being ill have lost any desire to reload anything else. I have more than a lifetime supply of this brass, so I'm not interested in a trade. Some thoughts I had was listing the brass on Craigslist, Facebook. Where if someone is willing to pick it up, give it away. I don't particulary want to box up, stand in line at the PO, pay postage, etc. Does anyone have any thoughts on what to do with what I would consider low value brass? Thanks! BTW If I come across desirable brass I'll bring it here...

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    I would try to find someone in your club....or at the range...and just give it to them.

    I take my rejects and mess ups...and weird range pick ups....and melt it down and make brass hammers...which I give to some of my maintenance guys at work. If you know someone that does metal work...maybe have them make you something cool out of the brass...makes cool Christmas presents.

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    I'm glad to hear that you are recovering from your health issues. Most brass other than 9mm, 40 S&W and 223 would sell but you would have to ship it. Maybe an ad in your local swap shop or Craigslist? Scrap brass brings between $1-$1.50 per pound so it might be worth while to drive to the scrap yard. I just hate to see good brass being sold as scrap.

    Where are you located? Some of us may be willing to travel if you want to give it away or sell it cheap.

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    I live in the SE Denver, Co. area. If anyone lives close... I'd meet you at a Starbucks and they are yours. Well, I probably will put them in the range bucket. As a reloader, it just bugs me not to reuse them. But realisticly I never will. Time to part ways...

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    Facebook and craigslist don't allow people to sell, trade or give away brass casings on their site, but MeWe does. It's similar to facebook where there's a lot of reloading groups. There's a group on MeWe called " Colorado Gun Traders " and another one called " Colorado Springs Freedom Keepers and Guns " you could join and post in. MeWe is free to join.
    As far as not wanting to wait in line at the post office I can understand not wanting to do that. That's why I print my shipping labels at home using paypal and then I just give the flat rate package to the mailman or leave it on the counter at the post office and walk away.
    Here's the paypal link if you ever want to use them to print a label.
    https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now

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    I wish we were closer. I would meet you for coffee, brass or not. I respect the fact that you want to see your surplus brass get used and not scrapped.

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    I'm going to the range Tuesday. I'm going to take some and dump it into their range buckets...

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    38 Specials!!!!

    I'll pay postage and toss in some extra $$$ if you'll pack it all up and send it to me. I am my shooting buddies are ALWAYS looking for matched head stamp 38's. And, your pile of it would be worth looking and sorting through. My shooting group shoots over a thousand 38 specials a week, reloading it, and installing cast lead boolits. We're always seeking replacements for the splits that always seem to happen.

    So, before you just toss it to the club, send me a PM with details, and I'll send some $$$ to get you to ship it to me.

    This is the sort of thing this site (ammobrasstrader.com) is perfect for. Against the rules to just sell it for cash here? Yes. But, since you aren't trying to openly sell it, I'll openly offer to buy it.

    Let me know. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DukeInFlorida View Post
    38 Specials!!!!

    I'll pay postage and toss in some extra $$$ if you'll pack it all up and send it to me. I am my shooting buddies are ALWAYS looking for matched head stamp 38's. And, your pile of it would be worth looking and sorting through. My shooting group shoots over a thousand 38 specials a week, reloading it, and installing cast lead boolits. We're always seeking replacements for the splits that always seem to happen.

    So, before you just toss it to the club, send me a PM with details, and I'll send some $$$ to get you to ship it to me.

    This is the sort of thing this site (ammobrasstrader.com) is perfect for. Against the rules to just sell it for cash here? Yes. But, since you aren't trying to openly sell it, I'll openly offer to buy it.

    Let me know. Thanks.
    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Let me take a look. I have them separated by head stamp. I gave a large tupperware container to a friend who now doesn't want it. It's all PMC and CBC. I have Federal, Winchester, R-P and some other assorted headstamps. I might have to send it in multiple USPS large boxes. You don't have to give me any extra $$. I'll send them to you and then you decide. The same friend who didn't want the 38 special is buying a new Kimber. So if you would like to send me 45acp that would work. What ever you think is fine. Glad I looked here. I was ready next week to start taking them to range and dump them. Please PM me your address and I'll get them sent off.

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    Well I looked and I have a big tupperware of Winchester, several medium containers with Federal, RP and S&B. I have another medium of mixed headstamps with W-W, Zero, etc. Then I forgot to mention I have another large container of nickel of mixed headstamps. I sent my friend an email so I might be including the PMC and CBC I gave him. I usually send this stuff priority because of the fixed cost. The boxes can get a little heavy. I'll get you tracking numbers. Like I said you decide if you just want to cover my shipping, or send me some 45acp and some $$ to cover shipping, whatever you decide is fine. Just wait and when you get them all you decide.

    I spoke with my friend that I gave the PMC and CBC cases to. He is going to give them back to me. So I can send those along. I'll go get priority boxes from the post office today.
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    I can do a combo of 45 brass and shipping costs. Thanks for your kindness.

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