My Name is Sebastian …

… and I’m a brassaholic.

Went to the range today to fire off some .44 Special.  Notice a guy there doing some instructing, firing fresh boxes of .45ACP.  Waited around until they finished up.  The haul is 50 count of Federal .45ACP and 115 count of Remington .45ACP.   Plus 114 count of NATO stamped 9mm.  I don’t usually dig through the brass bucket for goodies, but when I know that the brass in question is only once fired, I couldn’t resist.

At least I’m not scrounging scrap lead to smelt and cast into bullets yet.

19 thoughts on “My Name is Sebastian …”

  1. LOL!

    My frequent quote at the range is :”I can sweep that up if you want?”

    As a fellow brass hog and rogue, I find the haul from fresh boxes of 9mm, .40, and .45 to be a wonderful thing! That coupled with my 3000 round of 9mm 124gr. and I got fresh recipe for some more ammo!


  2. Previously I always thought those guys had too much time on their hand, but at current prices — they are basically just cleaning up on the free money people are leaving all over the floor. It’s like your gun spits out dimes onto the floor every time you pull the trigger. Only some people don’t realize they are dimes.

  3. ***It’s like your gun spits out dimes onto the floor every time you pull the trigger*** – in the case of 25.20 brass, it’s 50cent pieces.

    I’ve been reading about reloading, and might start soon, so I’ll be going to a public indoor range near me, where the brass is all over the range. At the end of the day, it’s simply swept up, and put into drums for recycling. Not sure if they get any money for the recycling though. Anyway, that place is 99.9% once fired brass.

    I might like being *that guy*.

  4. I pick up all of my brass, though I haven’t started reloading yet (I plan to; I’ll have a nice cache of .30-06 and 12 gauge when the time comes). I don’t scrounge for other people’s brass, though. Maybe I’ll start when I begin to get into reloading.

    One of my friends I sometimes shoots with does it, though, at least for 12 gauge hulls. Anything left on the ground that isn’t rusting gets tossed into his bag.

  5. This sort of behavior left unchecked will lead to further experimentation with harder stuff. I know, I have buckets with my name on them at 3 tire shops.

  6. You are not alone, my friend.

    And among pistol brass, the intensity is usually heightened when it comes to .45acp!

  7. As the price of scrap goes up and up I suspect some ranges will no longer allow scrounging brass.
    My dad competes with blackpowder behind 500+gr bullets. I remember he used to comment about the retired guys who would stay an extra day after a shoot to dig lead out of the berms. Now that he’s semi-retired himsef and doesn’t have to be at work Monday morning he’s becoming one of those guys. Heh.

  8. I’ve also been saving my berdan primed brass figuring the day will come where it’s economically practical to reload it.

  9. Hey, just because I pick up wheel weights you don’t have to get nasty!

    And just because a couple of the shelves in the shed are full of brass, doesn’t mean I’ve got a problem…


  10. Sebastian,

    I too have taken to collecting brass. I try to be discreet about it though, not wanting to become known as “that guy.” But I reason that it’s not impossible that some of my brass may have strayed a lane or two over when I am sweeping up….is it?

    Enjoy reloading.


  11. At least I’m not scrounging scrap lead to smelt and cast into bullets yet.

    Why wait? ;-)

    I’m saving my .38 brass, and I don’t even have a press. Yet.

  12. I became “that guy” when listing a building to sell (that had been a dentist’s office previously). I asked if the lead sheets were still in the walls near where his x-ray equipment had been installed.

    The owner had no problem with some renovation and updates to make it more appealing. We actually did make the building better, got a good price, and most importantly, got that pesky lead out of there…….

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