It is very important to sell scrap ammunition because the metal can be recycled to reuse several times. Basic components of ammunition that recycle include:
People sell scrap ammunition in order to recycle it which creates new ammo through the reloading process. Most importantly, Scrap brass ammo is the popular shell casing to recycle in the industry due to:
- Corrosion Resistance
- Ease of Reloading
Because of the mass production of scrap brass cartridges, most people are strong advocates of recycling scrap ammunition as opposed to trashing and dumping.
Buy Scrap Ammunition
Recycling companies buy and collect spent brass ammunition and take it through a reusing process where they are able to reuse 90% of the metal. Why buy scrap ammunition?
- First, many organizations –including gun stores, ammunition manufacturers, firing ranges, defense contractors and the military —have issues with disposing of their unwanted or expired ammunition.
- As a result, recycling companies work with these organizations to buy scrap ammunition so they can reuse the ammo within the industry.
- Most importantly, the typical materials that companies who buy scrap ammunition are able to recycle include:
- Spent Brass Shells & Cartridges
- Indoor/Outdoor Range Lead
- Demilled Military Ordinance
- Tactical Munitions
- Artillery Shells
It is important to allow professional companies to recycle your ammunition as improper personal disposal has hazardous health implications. Above all, there are many common misconceptions of safe ammo disposal. For instance, people often toss ammo in the trash, mix ammo with motor oil and water, or most commonly just bury it. As a result, there are many harmful side effects of improper ammo disposal. For example, when you bury ammo the lead found in most bullets can leach into the surrounding soil and into the local water supply.
The Recycling Process
It is only possible to recycle spent rounds. Therefore, you cannot recycle ammunition that is live because it is a safety hazard as it may explode. To clarify, live rounds also contain a lead slug that is difficult to separate from the shell’s brass, which contaminates it. So, what are the steps involved?
- First of all, recyclers sort the shells by material – brass, aluminum, or steel— sometimes the shells have a chrome, nickel, silver, or even gold plate on them.
- Next, recyclers must remove the shell
- After they remove the shell, shells are “popped” in a high temperature kiln that would cause any live rounds to explode.
- Subsequently, they clean the shells to remove any impurities such as lead and dirt.
- After that, the clean shells go through inspection, they move through a shaker table that removes any unwanted materials.
- Then, shells pass through a hammer mill or shredder that chunks them into smaller pieces.
- Next, an aggregator gathers the pieces and loads them up so they are ready for transport.
- Finally, they ship shells to the brass mill where they are melted and combined to form rod or ingot.
Therefore, because of the mass amounts of spent brass cartridges and their re-manufacturing potential, it is highly advisable to recycle scrap ammunition. You can take or sell them to Interco for recycling purposes.