After a few hours on the firing range, it is easy to burn through a lot of ammunition. All of those fired bullets result in a great deal of empty casings and shells. Each one of those bullet casings has the potential to be reused and recycled, and gun enthusiasts everywhere are reaping the benefits.
The most common way to productively reuse these casings is simple, practical and easy to do: reloading. Reloading is the process of taking the old brass shell or casing and building a new functioning bullet. It is a multi-step process that involves checking the brass for defects and excessive dents, removing dirt and powder residue from the inside of the casing with a soft cloth or brush, and then lubricating the casings. You must use a shell loader to size the casing back to the original specifications and remove the old primer, and then measure and trim the casing to the proper length. Once those things are completed, a new primer can be inserted and the casing filled with powder. The final step is seating the bullet in the prepared casing. Reloading used casings can be incredibly beneficial as it reduces cost and waste, and is a fun activity for many gun owners.
Some gun enthusiasts are using old shells to make bullet casing jewelry pieces. Bullet casing jewelry is becoming more and more popular these days, and these pieces make great gifts for gun enthusiasts. Set with beautiful gemstones and precious metals, gorgeous pieces of jewelry can be created with what would otherwise have been thrown away. Some online retailers offer pendants, bracelets, cuff links, tie tacks, earrings, and essentially any type of jewelry imaginable, all made from spent casings. You can opt for the rugged, sparsely designed pendant consisting of the long bullet of a World War II sniper rifle, or you could find a beautiful, crystal adorned casing that has been crafted into a stunning ring or pendant. Just about any type of jewelry can be designed to include a bullet casing.
Other casing products available online include crosses, rosary beads, decorative hair pieces, money clips and even ceiling fan pull chains and tire stems. The sky is the limit when it comes to the many ways in which bullet casings can be reused and recycled.
Bullet casings are the byproduct of a popular sport, but they can be made into so much more. For the gun aficionado, reloading or creating casing-based products can be a great way to celebrate an exciting lifestyle, have fun, and look good doing it.