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Copper primer scrap value

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  1. BIGBIRD49

    BIGBIRD49 TS Member

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    I have a lot of spent copper primers and was wondering if they had any scrap value? Has anyone taken used primers to a scrap dealer?


    Dick
  2. TOOLMAKER 251

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    Put a magnet next to your copper primer and watch what happens.
  3. trapshooteraa27aa

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    I took 5 12lb 700x drums full to a junkyard once and they laughed. I dumped them in my driveway for fill. That was many years ago. Things may have changed since then,
    Chris
  4. grntitan

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    The local scrap metal buyer here bought all my spent primers. They paid scrap steel price(which is what it is). Your not gonna get rich off of them but it is still a scrap metal. I didn't make a special trip but waited until I had a whole truck load of various metals. There is no reason a scrap metal buyer should not buy them.

    As instructed above, put a magnet on them and be ready to frown.
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    They are not copper, but I sell them locally for the scrap price of tin. It recoups a few bucks.

    Jon Reitz
  6. RLC323

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    Last I heard was 6 cents a pound here in Il, but scrap tin is down some since then. Probably around 5 cents a pound now.

    Plus you get the good feeling of recycling them, better than the nothing you get from throwing them in the trash.
  7. TOOLMAKER 251

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    Sounds like a few of you guy are somewhat confused on what tin is. Tin is selling for more then $14 a pound.
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    Local scrap prices explained a bit. Note the price for sheet tin. If you haul in an old car, combine, old roof steel, or just thin metal junk in there you get the "tin" price per ton. Brake drums and rotors, steel wheels, and steel pieces under 36 inches long get the big "prepared steel" price.

    Doing the math the "tin" price comes out to about 10 3/4 cents a pound. But hold on, this is not the most "customer friendly" place so you are you bothering them by bringing in less than a load like your bucket of primers. They have to fool with weighing them and they know that the primers are dirty and not completely made of steel so they pay you about 6 cents a pound.



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  9. skeet_man

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    So in other words, unless you are making a trip to the scrap yard anyways, there's NO way you could even cover gas with the amt of primers the average person would produce in a year.
  10. John Galt

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    You might not cover your expenses by recycling your primers but you will feel so good by being green and saving the planet from global warming. On second thought it might make more sense to dump them in the garbage then by some carbon credits from Al Bore. It's a dilemma for sure.
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    My six year old son uses my spent primers as ammo in his WristRocket.

    He just carries a small drawstring bag with him when we are camping etc.
  12. BIGBIRD49

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    They looked like copper, but the magnet said otherwise.

    Dick
  13. Jason Hassler

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    Hmm a 100 straight with a wrist rocket and spent primers.....is it possible?
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    Changing the subject slightly, can anyone tell me why pistol primers are non-magnetic? (win at least)???

    Bill
  15. TOOLMAKER 251

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    Rifle and pistol primers are made of a brass cup and anvil.
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