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Thread: Brass and match ettiquette
03-24-2012, 06:07 AM #21
03-25-2012, 08:38 PM #22
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03-26-2012, 01:39 PM #23
03-26-2012, 04:16 PM #24
I don't know when this all changed but it has. Brass has become another cost of shooting the match. I guess I am a little different. I reload 9MM so it is nice to get brass back but it has become the exception rather than the rule on outdoor ranges.
I think it is only fair to the people putting on a match to leave the ground as clean as it was when you got there whether you want the brass or not.
03-27-2012, 08:22 AM #25
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03-27-2012, 08:39 AM #26
Part of it is that many people now shoot 9mm or 40S&W, both of which are available on the used brass market for about the same cost as primers. In the old days, it was 45's if you were new to the game; 38super if you had been in long enough to be in open (back then, eveyone's goal seemed to be to buy an open gun). If those were still the dominant calibers, my guess is that you would still see clean ground as both are considerably more expensive (and, in the case of 38 super, bulk once fired brass is generally not available so you have to buy new at about $200/K)
03-27-2012, 10:00 AM #27
When I shot in MA, I got a lot more super brass back then down here in NY/NJ. But back in MA, there was usually a couple of other open shooters brassing after they shot. Not true here, very few shooters here pick up there brass, even fewer shoot super.
Last year, I shot 9 and 40. Left it on the grounds. I found the matches much more enjoyable to shoot if I wasn't scurrying around on the ground looking for my brass. This year I'm going to 9major, going to shoot it once and leave it, not going to pick up brass, not going to clean brass.
03-27-2012, 09:11 PM #28
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Helping run a match I'd say the thing that's changed a lot is the volume of shooters. There are so many people attending matches that as long as the stages gets taped and steel reset everything else is a bonus. At NB if you leave brass on the range it is gone by that afternoon or the next day so picking it up is not a big priority when we're running our match. I leave a lot of 38 SC on the range at NB because I typically don't have time to pick it up while running a squad - I have to say - I get most of it back. I've had many people pick it up and hand it to me because they know I'm busy. The other thing that far overshadows anybody not picking up brass is the help we get breaking down the match. That happens all the time at the matches I attend and most people don't know just how much it is appreciated. It just goes to show what I already knew - people in this sport or pretty great.
03-27-2012, 09:34 PM #29
revolvers with moonclips eliminate the problem On.one match the wife came and picked up my brass while I was with the scorer.
DaveThe only part of the metric system America has embraced is the 9mm