Picking up spent shells..


New Member
Jun 29, 2008
In anticipation of starting to reload my own ammo, I was thinking about when I go to the range and picking up my own. Then I thought, why not get a few extra off the floor.

My wife pointed out that at the last range I went to, there was a sign which said something to the effect of "only pick up your own shells, any more and you're stealing". Is this normal? Do the ranges sell the shells back to someone so I would be stealing from them?

I've only been to a few different ranges, and this is the first one to have a rule like that, as far as I know, I could have just missed it before...

What are your guys/gals thoughts?
I've been to maybe a dozen ranges and never saw a sign like that. I think it's rather rude. It's nice that they make extra money off the casings but putting too many restrictions will drive shooters away. The worst one I've seen around here is a range that will not let you shoot aluminum cased ammo. I never went back there again.


May 9, 2008
North Zulch, TX
It's possible that they had issues in the past with people picking up someone elses casings before they got the chance to pick them up themselves. Or they could just be pricks. Could go either way.:rolleyes:


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Could be a saftey issue as they do not want people crawling around in front of the firing line then standing up in front of a shooter.

Best thing I ever did in all of my years shooting was join a private gun club. The only thing better would be your own land. My gun club has trash cans full of range brass for the local 4-H. And I've never even with the high price of brass seen it getting ripped off.


New Member
Jun 29, 2008
I 'spose I could just ask them to elaborate on it next time I'm there. Or call on the phone, kind of get a feel of how strict they are on that rule.

It's no big deal really, I just didn't think it would be that big of a deal if I go in with 50 rounds and leave with maybe 75 shells. Either way, I'll be at least picking up my own and saving them.

Going to start building my workbench this weekend.


Active Member
Feb 29, 2008
"only pick up your own shells, any more and you're stealing"
Most of the ranges in the Dallas area that I visit have similar policies. They make money sorting them selling "once-fired brass" at some discount vs new. Looking at their prices, it's obviously a profitable venture, assuming they sell everything they collect.

It is impossible for them to enforce those rules with any consistency, and I've yet to see a range officer so much as question someone picking up brass. My strategy is to just be inconspicuous and gather what's around that could ostensibly be mine.


Active Member
May 4, 2008
I only pick up my own brass if I do not know the policy. At the (private) range I go to, you can pick up as much as you want and there is rarely anyone out there at the same time as me. Makes it easy and safe to pick pretty much all of it up. Also, I go to the local Bass Pro Shop and buy it by the pound ($2.50-ish IIRC), little more expensive - but very high quality and VERY clean, don't even put it in the tumbler.


Active Member
Mar 4, 2008
One of the local outdoor ranges at which I have shot regularly for the past 20+ years has no objections to shooters picking up their own cases. They do not hassle you about whether you picked up exactly the number you fired. This range has a contract with a group who pays a fee for the right to salvage the brass and sell it. The only time I ever saw them raise an objection was for a person who showed up with a box and was gathering huge piles of cases. He was bragging to me (before they ran him off) that he came out regularly to pick up brass and sell it. I told him to let my brass alone as I planned to use it for personal reloading.



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