I'm a brass 'batch' segregator.
I keep brass batches seperate. cleaning seperate.. etc. I even keep brass bags marked as to what gun they are fired in.
I keep my batches marked for the number of reloads.
I inspect while cleaning and depriming / sizing, trimming.
I do the same with batches of range brass.
I sort it by what I feel it's condition is.
sure.. a good deal of it gets tossed as soon as it comes out of the tumbler.
at least on necked rifle brass.. it's usually easy to tell 1 fire from amny fires looking at mout trim profile.. extractor marks.. wear ont he head stamp.. etc..
iven if you have 60-75% toss / trash rate.. that 25-40% is free. given the cost of brass.. all you loose is some tumbler time and electricity.
for reloading on a budget.. small injection of free brass is nice. even if it only gets a single relaod or maybee 2. it drops your average 'brass' total cost for your hobby by measureable points.
just my .02 anyway..
Originally Posted by LDBennett
Suppose you reload and go to the range. You find that finally after many reloads your brass is in need of replacement. So you just leave it on the ground for some unknowing scrounger to pickup and attempt to reload. There is no better ways to get crummy brass than to use range pickup brass. Some may be good and only once fired. Some will be aluminum or even steel cased. The aluminum brass is not reloadable and the steel may hurt your sizing die and is for all practical and safety reasons not reloadable, nor intended to be. Some might be Berdan primed and sure to break a depriming pin in the sizing die and for all practical purposes not reloadable. Range pickup brass is risky and in my opinion not worth the trouble.
Once fired brass from a know good source is a good option but I prefer to buy new brass and use it over and over again for decades. I have some that is 25 years old and been reloaded at least a dozen or more times. I have most certainly got my use out of it. I buy Remington or Winchester because that is what my source sells. I have some Starline brass that is good too.