I'm a little surprised the price of 223 brass is getting!

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George

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I see new 223 brass selling at $0.50 around! What the heck is new loaded ammunition going for these days. I have a thousand rounds of Federal 223? Can't help but Wonder what the heck it's worth these days? More Curious than anything. George
 

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" What the heck is new loaded ammunition going for these days. "
$0.50 a round. May as well buy new factory loads and "chute 'em".
The new brass is/may be [may NOT be] superior to the once fired brass you end up with.
Here's an interesting [but off topic] observation I made yesterday: My morning regimen involves firing 5 rounds of .223 at the 300 meter gongs. I'm down to the 6 incher after a few days of determining hold allowances. I hit 5 of 5 yesterday using ammo I'd loaded at least 10 years back and labeled as 'hunting grade' and stored in metal ammo cans. When I looked at the brass later, I found the 5 cases had different headstamps ranging from foreign and US military to foreign and domestic commercial--no 2 alike. The group @ 300 meters was in the 3" range, and this isn't from a locked down benchrest shooting position.
Guess I should have driven to town and bought a lottery ticket??
 

Biggfoot44

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Even in normal times , new empty brass vs generic loaded ammo has slim difference in price .

There are niches for new brass : Particularly high quality benchrest quality brass , handloading for rare or wildcat calibers , etc . But for common mainstream calibers , with mainstream expectations , indeed it's more cost effect to buy reasonably priced loaded ammo , and turn it into once fired brass yourself .


With .223/ 5.56 , the demand for loaded ammo is still high enough , that mfgs put the priority on using the available cases for loaded ammo .
 

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I'm vindicated!! Years ago, I was buying .223/5.56 brass by the pound-- cleaning, sizing, and priming it. Looking at this foolishness now, I see just how far ahead of the curve I was.
 

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Out of stock, but Starlines price on their 223 brass is 29 cents. Midway is out as well but they're only 38 cents.

So wherever you priced it must have it in stock & has the price jacked up. Having it means a lot these days, but it's still worth shopping around IMO.

All the shortages has the price jacked up on everything & some of it isn't warranted, like 223 brass as it's so available. But sellers hoping buyers will fall for it.
 

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Nope didn't price it any place I don't even load 223 ammo I just have 1000 rounds of Federal 223 new ammo had it a few years in an ammo box and was curious what it was going for after I found on the classified ads here someone had 200 rounds of 223 brass they were selling 200 rounds of 223 new styling brass they had sold was $100 so that's $0.50 a round! So it was just my curiosity more than anything else wondering what my thousand rounds of Factory Federal rounds would be worth at this point in time. Not selling them just curious! That is the whole reason for the question I do load pistol calibers in 45 Colt and 45 ACP and 44 Magnum. I do like Starline brass! I can usually get 45 Long Colt or 44 Mag for around 23 bucks per hundred new through Midway or one of the other popular places! George
 

John in WYO

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When are we going to get back to $35.00/1000 once fired military surplus Lake City .5.56 brass?

Sorry, that was me having a flashback….
 

The Norseman

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Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply has new
reloading Starline brass, .223/100ct bags
for $35.00.

Must be a Regional thing. Oh wait! Just noticed
where your from!

The Best to you and your Endeavors.
 

dwayne

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I hasn’t been that long ago that I tried to give away (actually the cost of a flat rate USPS box) a bunch of once fired, mixed headstamp 5.56 brass on this forum and had no takers. Times have changed. Since I couldn’t give it away I loaded it up and bought a new Wilson Combat AR to shoot it.
 

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This is why I love the .38 special to reload. Straight cases, can use carbide dies, cases last forever! Not hard to find. I can load the .38 spec on My Rock Chucker, 310 tool or even a Lee hand set, and they work fine every time.
 

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Agree the few calibers I reload, 38 special, 45 ACP, 45 Colt, 44 special, 44 Magnum. All very forgiving and very long-lasting case life if you're reasonable with the load! George
Lots of crazy prices out that lately for 223, or actually any caliber & a lot of it is for 20 rounds instead of 50 or 100 rounds. Many guys trying to make a quick profit off of those that get in a hurry.
A few days ago I stood & watched 3 young kids shoot 3, 20 round boxes of 223 through their AR & left all of the brass on the ground. After they left I picked it up, along with the boxes (young kids) & added it to my stash. It was labeled $17.95 a box for 20 rounds.

Dick
 

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Lots of crazy prices out that lately for 223, or actually any caliber & a lot of it is for 20 rounds instead of 50 or 100 rounds. Many guys trying to make a quick profit off of those that get in a hurry.
A few days ago I stood & watched 3 young kids shoot 3, 20 round boxes of 223 through their AR & left all of the brass on the ground. After they left I picked it up, along with the boxes (young kids) & added it to my stash. It was labeled $17.95 a box for 20 rounds.

Dick
Did you ever ask yourself why these three young kids were burning rounds through an AR instead of shooting a bolt gun etc? I own two and they are going to get sold as soon as I can figure out the best way to do it. I have owned and sold at least (6 ) of them and every time I buy one, I soon regret it. Sits in the safe taking up more room than other rifles, bcasue of the grip etc, i shoot it very little because it is too easy to waste ammo, it tosses the brass, and it ruins or at least 'dings" the brass, which is a pita to correct for reloading. Just an Ammo burner that does nothing that I can't do with a bolt gun, except burn through ammo in 5 mins!
 

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So it was just my curiosity more than anything else wondering what my thousand rounds of Factory Federal rounds would be worth at this point in time.

Well that I can give a data point for .

At the GS weekend before last , the going rate for Federal AE 55gr was +/- $400 per 1,000 .

Actual .223 vs 5.56 is sometimes same price , sometimes a cpl $ less for .223 .
 

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" i shoot it very little because it is too easy to waste ammo, it tosses the brass, and it ruins or at least 'dings" the brass,"--I don't believe the 'ammo wasting' is the fault of the firearm.
Yes, the AR 'tosses the brass'--that's the idea. This is why there are 'brass catcher' devices available. While hunting, I'm nearly as likely to lose brass while operating a bolt action.
I would argue with the comment about ruining brass. Depending on the 'tuning' of the gas system, the AR may not do any more 'damage' to brass than a bolt action.
I'm a fan of the AR platform--it's like a LEGO for grownup gun guys. I use AR type rifles/pistols for hunting, target shooting, and SD. The design has a place in all of those pursuits and is equal or superior to other designs in some cases.
 

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" i shoot it very little because it is too easy to waste ammo, it tosses the brass, and it ruins or at least 'dings" the brass,"--I don't believe the 'ammo wasting' is the fault of the firearm.
Yes, the AR 'tosses the brass'--that's the idea. This is why there are 'brass catcher' devices available. While hunting, I'm nearly as likely to lose brass while operating a bolt action.
I would argue with the comment about ruining brass. Depending on the 'tuning' of the gas system, the AR may not do any more 'damage' to brass than a bolt action.
I'm a fan of the AR platform--it's like a LEGO for grownup gun guys. I use AR type rifles/pistols for hunting, target shooting, and SD. The design has a place in all of those pursuits and is equal or superior to other designs in some cases.
Yes, the AR is often used in target shooting etc. because the design is easy to tune. The bras catcher is a pita (IMHO) Like a Lego for grown ups? except it is not always grownup playing with the Legos. How much do you shoot hunting? In all my years of hunting deer I never fired more than two rounds? The point is really this. Would your life change without one? If your honest you know the answer is NO. You would still be shooting ,hunting etc just using a different platform.
 

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I can carefully aim & squeeze perfectly well with an AR ( or whatever MSR) . Just because something could fire rapidly , doesn't mean you have to , any more than just because Mrs Biggfoot's SUV has a V-8 , she has to always drive 100mph everywhere .

The Lego ( or Tinker Toy) analogy can get trite when overused . And I prefer my AR's without kitchen sink hanging off of them . But it is still a positive to be able to switch from 10.5in to 16in to 20in 7.62 , or my shooting & hunting partner #2's Beowulf . And the cliche is true about adjusting LOP when putting on and off heavy parka .
 
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