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Old March 6th, 2017, 02:04 PM   #31
 
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Bonk: Brilliant! Couldn't have said it better myself. Wish I could have that made up as an "inspirational" poster, or even better yet a t shirt. I would wear it with pride everywhere. You definitely "shook" the .380 tree with that one.

Pampurrs: We both now have a common enemy, lol. I believe everyone here that reloads 9mm, has experienced that frustration at least once. You think it's bad at the gun range, try buying once fired 9mm brass sometime. I've several friends who do, and always end up with a few dozen .380 mixed in.



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FWIW I also stopped using a broom to avoid stirring up whatever lead is on the floor after learning that some kids who routinely swept up brass had higher than expected lead levels. Paranoid, maybe . . . but I had noticeable blood lead levels which began to come down once I stopped doing that. Now I pick up by hand or using a scraper . . . which BTW the indoor ranges in my area have switched to.
Have you ever tried one of those rolling brass collectors before? The ones that are like, what people use to pick up pecans in their yard. Really great! And best of all, no bending over required. Just bring along and empty 5 gallon paint bucket (like the HD homer buckets, or lowes brand), attach your "spreader" tool that comes with it....and bam. Instant collection.
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There is a lot of good .380 acp ammo out there. I particularly like the Underwood Ammo .380 in all it's iterations. It is not cheap but it is quality stuff. Come to think about it, I like all of Underwood Ammo and have bought .223, 5.56 Nato, .30*30, .308, .30-06, 7mm Rem Mag, .380 acp and 9mm. The .380 acp+p and 9mm+p are very respectable. The brass is polished and the bullets are very fine. The 7mm Rem Mag is elegant looking to me. www.underwoodammo.com.
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Sorting 380 and 9mm is a pain. I also dislike sorting small primer from large primer 45acp.

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I have run Into that on 45acp as well. Its annoying. Same problem with 6.8spc, remington factory ammo is large primer, all others are small. But given the price of 6.8 brass, I will gladly seperate them.
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I think a brass catcher would help somewhat. Mine tends to catch most of the brass. I want to avoid the bending and sorting. I have the Caldwell but saw a guy at the range last week with an adjustable height rig. I'm gunna hunt that one down.
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I think a brass catcher would help somewhat. Mine tends to catch most of the brass. I want to avoid the bending and sorting. I have the Caldwell but saw a guy at the range last week with an adjustable height rig. I'm gunna hunt that one down.
For what it's worth, I believe I got mine from midway. Really glad I have it. I save the bending over, for when I have to see the doctor. And even then, not happy about it, lol
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Simple do not shoot the .380 or 9mm when you go to the shooting range shoot .380 one time you go. Then 9mm the next time.......can't get much simpler then that!!!
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How about this, not as good as an automated coin sorter, but it might help:

Take a short piece of 2 x 4, cut a recess that is the height of the 380 round for however long the piece is (I'm picturing maybe 12") and the depth of a single case. You can dump a handful of cases in it, turn them to fit the height and if they are too long toss it in the 9mm bucket.

If you can figure out a way to keep the case turned the right way, you could almost go the manual coin sorter route. A slot in some sort of material that has a short "tunnel" where the short ones go one way and the long ones go the other way, but I can't yet picture how to keep them from turning and all just falling randomly... I'll keep thinking about that one unless someone has some ideas!
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Sorting 380 and 9mm is a pain. I also dislike sorting small primer from large primer 45acp.

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Send your .45 auto brass to me, I will sort it.

I mainly shoot Large pistol primer brass for .45 auto cause that's what I started with, but I did obtain 50 SP primer brass & I like using them to make test rounds for new bullets/powders.
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Simple do not shoot the .380 or 9mm when you go to the shooting range shoot .380 one time you go. Then 9mm the next time.......can't get much simpler then that!!!
Yes it can, When you done with 1 or the other, just police the brass. We put it all in different plastic bags & it's easy. you will occasionally get 1 mixed, but I catch it in deprimming as a 9mm will not fit in my .380 acp shell holder.
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It was sarcasm fellas, hence the smiley face.
The finer points of sarcasm is at times a tough balancing act ...
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Simple do not shoot the .380 or 9mm when you go to the shooting range shoot .380 one time you go. Then 9mm the next time.......can't get much simpler then that!!!
Apparently you didn't bother reading my original post. I don't shoot 380 EVER. I was talking about when I'm shooting my 9mm and someone next to me is shooting 380 and it gets mixed into my brass when I sweep it up.
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Apparently you didn't bother reading my original post. I don't shoot 380 EVER. I was talking about when I'm shooting my 9mm and someone next to me is shooting 380 and it gets mixed into my brass when I sweep it up.
I don't care much for public ranges, but finding brass in the woods can be a PITA also.

You should have a case gauge for 9mm since it is a tapered case. The 380 will drop right through it. Take it home, sort it, sell the the 380.
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Pampurrs, Consider yourself fortunate. I have been to several ranges where any brass that hit the ground became property of the range. You could not pick up your own empties but the range would sell them back to you for a nickel a piece. So .... maybe sorting out the 380s isn't so bad after all.
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Pampurrs, Consider yourself fortunate. I have been to several ranges where any brass that hit the ground became property of the range. You could not pick up your own empties but the range would sell them back to you for a nickel a piece. So .... maybe sorting out the 380s isn't so bad after all.
I wouldn't shoot at a range that had such a rule.

Furthermore, the shooter's right to retrieve his/her own brass is protected under the legal theory, "Animus Possidendi" or the "Right of Possession". I would love to be the law firm that challenges this in court.
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