February 16th, 2012, 06:32 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Originally Posted by Dale Rader
I was told they won't take cartridge cases because it is too easy to have a live round in with it and when it goes into the furnace to be melted, the live round puts a hole in the furnace. Some places won't take them and some pay less for it. If you have a way, melt it down yourself and take an ingot to the recyclers and sell that. Dale
In eastern PA there are recycle places everywhere. My friend is a Plumber and he has to scope out a place first before he scraps his old copper . He says a lot of places are "ex-cons like" and want to low ball you on everything, even clean copper. Best place is to check out a place in person and see what the deal is. You can Google or ask a good Plumber where to scrape metal.
I keep 5 gal buckets of "spent" brass until the metals price goes near a high. I always tumble clean the brass first, even before its scarped. Spent brass to me is berdan primed, cracked, crushed, split, or shot out. What I try to do is trade my spent brass to other shooters that don't reload but scrape only. That way I always have fresh once fired brass, mainly from .30-06.
You your getting a hard time with cartridge case, you can smelt it or take it to a smelter. You better have a lot of brass for this, then cast it into ingots or pigs (bars) is old steal pots. You can also cast it into "green" fishing weights and sell them!
Edit: There are a few websites that list the value of recycle metals and there grade value. The Boy & Girl scouts taking pop cans there everyday. Rifle brass is good brass if it's clean! Don't let them cheap you, they will just pocket the rest ($) themselves. Know what the value is per lbs and have a estimate weight before you go. If they don't have state calibrated scales, don't go there!
Last edited by Ezekiel; February 16th, 2012 at 07:26 PM.