What Should I Do With Brass Casings?

My wife would like to make some type of jewelry out of them, but then we’d never get through an airport in time to make a flight.

I’m taking the auto train from Florida to Virginia this summer. Does anyone know if I can carry on the train? I really do not want to leave the Kimber in the car.

I shoot a lot at a friend’s farm that is also a bed-n-breakfast. I always clean up the casings, both out of courtesy and to keep from freaking out some of the guests that may not be into firearms. Should I just take the casings to the scrap yard at some point, or are they of more value to someone who reloads? Most of the rounds are .223, .40 S&W and 9mm Luger. I checked local scrap yard web sites and they don’t even seem to list brass scrap prices. Am I correct in assuming that only centerfire rounds can be reloaded? As you can see, my knowledge of reloading is virtually nil.

PS – my wife would like to make some type of jewelry out of them, but then we’d never get through an airport in time to make a flight. Maybe we can make castanets or whistles? How about wind-chimes that double as a burglar deterrent? The possibilities seem to numerous to just throw them away. Yes, I was joking with some of what we can do with the spent brass.

[From the CCR Editor: The idea about the “burglar deterrent” wind-chimes was hilarious and yet sounds like a cool idea at the same time!]

Last week I started a post about the problem finding the revolver I wanted. I wanted a Ruger GP 100 with a 3 inch barrel. No luck at all but I did find a S&W 627 with a 2.6 barrel. With 8 rounds of .357 Magnum ammo, it should weight about 42 ounces. I think with the right set up I could carry that gun. Anyone out there carrying a large frame revolver such as this? What do you use?