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Old February 16th, 2012, 10:34 AM   #1
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Recycling Brass

I'm trying to find a scrap metal recycler near me that will take spent brass cartridges, and thought it would be easy. Any idea why some won't take crass from spent cartridges?

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Old February 16th, 2012, 10:50 AM   #2
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In north west Pa. they will, but pay about a dollar less per pound.

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Old February 16th, 2012, 01:00 PM   #3
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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.

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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!


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Old February 16th, 2012, 07:12 PM   #5
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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 were to scrape metal.
What he is saying is the Absolute Truth.As in there is Always someone some where trying to Cheat someone
Where I live there are 4 recyclers all within eye sight of each other. 3 of them tried that with me the 4th paid top dollar and was happy to take it off my hands

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Old October 30th, 2013, 06:56 AM   #6
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I am not sure why some recyclers won’t accept the brass cartridges you’re trying to sell. I usually sell all my metal scrap at the scrap metal recycling facility by SIMS. They've facilities all over the country and buy both ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal. In fact, you can get a quote on their website http://us.simsmm.com/Services. Hope it works out for you at SIMS Metal Management.


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