Military Destroying Once Used Brass… AGAIN! Adding to Ever Worsening Ammo Shortage

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Military Destroying Once Used Brass… Again, Adding to Ever Worsening Ammo Shortage
Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea
Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea

USA –-( One source the civilian market particularly looks at is for cartridge casings, and in a time of high demand, having them available for reloading ammunition becomes a significant interest.

One of the prime suppliers for expended brass is the military, so their compliance with appropriations requirements and public law becomes a matter of heightened public interest.

Thinking that compliance issues over unauthorized destruction rather than resale of brass had been resolved back in 2009 and again in 2010, tips that the practice was ongoing and continuing resulted in a special Gun Rights Examiner investigative report in January about reports of destruction at Fort Drum in New York, but not in clarification from responsible authorities.

With that as backdrop, independent reports and tips continued to be provided to this column by interested readers, including a military combat veteran relating not just the alleged destruction of ammunition but also the financial advantages he said the Oregon National Guard benefited from by deforming and selling casings as scrap, and also a report alleging similar destruction at an Army base in Wisconsin, Fort McCoy.

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  • 12 thoughts on “Military Destroying Once Used Brass… AGAIN! Adding to Ever Worsening Ammo Shortage

    1. I notice that I never did give any numbers on the reloading life question. Nothing specific can be given because of the mulitude of variables. Generally, however, cases will last about four shots on high pressure/max loads. With care, good equipment, and lighter loads a case may last for eight to ten loads. Sort your brass carefully…gage your cases and size and trim carefully. Reloading is a labor of love as much as a money saver. Do your best work. When you find yourself saying “well, that’s good enough” quit and come back another day.

    2. Phil…The reloading life of a cartridge case is quite variable depending on the firearm, the quality of loading dies and type of load used. high pressure loads will shorten the reloading life and low pressure loads will make the case last longer. I’m along in years now and now longer reload…but I found that max loads had no utility for me. I stayed away from max. For target loads a 190 grain .30 caliber cast bullet at 1400 f.p.s. worked every bit as good as an expensive jacketed bullet at 2600-2700 f.p.s. For my purposes SR-4759 powder worked just fine. For serious shooting, however, I’d boot it up a bit but always stayed well away from max.

    3. I could be mistaken, but the “heated popper” listed in some of the auctions at is to ensure they are not selling off live rounds or rounds that did not fire and got mixed in with the spent brass. As a member of the VA ARNG, I know that duds get put in with the rest of the brass on occasion. I am not sure the heated popper is any different than annealing would be.

    4. The problem is that we have a complicit congress and house. BOTH are guilty of allowing this and former administrations to essentially go rouge and ignore the will of the people.

    5. I personally like 62gr.NATO green tip for my AR15’s & Ruger mini14.I purchased PLENTY of that and 45ACP for my 1911’s over the last two years.It can still be found and it is coming back around @about (5.56)a buck a round ! My sons and I have committed to reloading when this nightmare is over.HBH

    6. It would appear that the present administration is doing everything it can to prevent the public from buying ammunition. They cannot ban guns so they make it impossible to buy ammo. Guns are pretty useless without bullets. There are statutes that prohibit the government from passing laws that make it onerous to buy ammo. IE. it would be illegal for government to create a situation that would increase the cost of bullets to an amount that no one could afford, therefore rendering guns useless.
      Can someone sue the government for this type of action?

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