Dave C. shared this photo of some brass he is processing. His son Cullen is helping him go through the approximate 88k rounds of once fired brass. Do you guys reload? Do you process this much brass?


  • Adam Green

    Looks like there’s only one caliber so I think I would build an automated peumatic reloading chain that I can contain in a steel safe in an empty building. Most important thing is to evacuate the reloaded cartridges constantly and feed the the powder sequentially.

    • Or you could just buy an automated reloading machine.

  • Mike N.

    TBH, I would not want my toddler touching fired brass with his bare hands. It’s the residues from the expended primers (which contain lead styphnate) that pose the greatest risk of lead exposure. Mostly that’s a problem with indoor ranges, but a lot of it stays on the casing too.

    • TimmyStrick

      Holy lead poisoning batman!

      I wouldn’t want to be near that container without at least a proper air filter, if not a hazmat suit. With kids being especially prone to lead absorption (and attendant developmental issues), I would not want my toddler to even be in the same facility.

      I hate to say this, but this is borderline child endangerment.

      • Although I agree the kid shouldn’t be near it. As long as you take reasonable lead precautions it isn’t that big of a deal for an adult.

        When I am handling large quantities of spent brass beyond the usual lead precautions that I would use post shooting, I just wear disposable gloves. Never felt the need to break out a respirator, let alone a Tyvek suit.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      I did the same thing when I was a kid and Ive never had any probzemvewlksandomzatic.

      • PersonCommenting

        My Granddad was an electrician and something he worked on contained mercury and he use to bring it home for my dad to play with… I turned out fine ; )

      • Badwolf

        That explains alot

    • Ebby123

      Its kind of a soccer-mom thing to say, but I do have to agree. Those casings are covered in lead residue.

      OP – Its not a problem for a once-in-a-while thing, but if you’re doing this on a regular basis, I urge you to consider the cumulative nature of lead exposure (if you haven’t already).

    • Sasquatch

      Sooo I shouldn’t lick them…..

  • Drew Coleman

    Needs to not allow his kid to handle those.

    • TheNotoriousIUD
      • Lt. Dan

        I laughed way too hard at this…

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          When you get to hell maybe I can hook you up with a job.

          • Don Ward

            Just wait til he tells you his idea on how to increase production at the hinge manufacturing plant…

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            “You’ve been here all day and so few hinges…”

      • Bernardo Costa

        You, sir, are a bloody genius.

    • USMC03Vet

      Small children make the best brass bandits.

  • I have at least 80k in 9mm brass, probably close to 100k as I have 10 five gallon buckets full.

    There are some commercial level products, like 55 gallon drum tumblers. But I just use a cement mixer.

    My process:
    Toss a 5 gallon bucket full of sorted brass into cement mixer.
    Fill with water and dish soap.
    Run that for 15 minutes
    Drain and refill with water.
    Put Lemishine (gets rid of the tarnish) and Wash & Wash liquid (which cleans, and helps prevent tarnishing)
    Run for 1-2 hours
    Drain and rinse
    Leave out in sun to dry

    While it is drying I will remove steel cases (with a magnet), aluminum cases (which turn pink from the Lemishine), and 223 (as those both get stopped by the 9mm shell sorter basket).

    But this is for 9mm where the cleaning requirement isn’t much beyond getting the dirt out of the interior and making the exterior clean. If you want the interior and primer pockets clean you will have to deprime, and clean with stainless pins.

  • winterhorse

    I see a young man at the age when EVERTHING gets put in his mouth.
    I wear a dust mask and gloves until the brass in taken out of the tumbler and
    still wear gloves even after the tumbler. I’m 63 and didn’t follow best work practices until I turned 40. something about build up of lead in the human body.
    it is great the father and son are spending time together.

  • Ace of Lances

    I remember being a kid and having to scrub with soap after firing my air gun. With my own girls’, it’s a strictly no hands near your face policy when handling ammo and spent cartridges, then a thorough scrubbing with soap. I don’t think that’s overboard.

  • Uncle Mike

    Reading these comments is the most fun I’ve had all day.

  • Sam

    Ok but where the F does all that 5.56 brass come from…

    • Klaus Von Schmitto

      Missouri and Taiwan would be my guess.

      • Sam

        Missouri? Explain.

        • Klaus Von Schmitto

          Lake City Arsenal.

          • Sam

            Wow. So, check it out. I had no idea Lake City was in MO. And I’m from MO. I feel like an idiot.

            Learn something new errday!

          • Random Disabled Person

            There are about 20 Lake City (ies) in the USa but only one “Lake City Army Ammunition Plant ” located in Independence, Missouri. So confusion on the actual state is expected.

            I link the wiki page but it is just so sad…. the above image shows more brass.