It seems that the Defense Logistics Agency has sent out notices that spent brass “of all calibers, shapes and sizes” is to be mutilated prior to being sold for scrap. This means that it is not suitable for reloading. We already have significant ammo shortages and this is not going to help. When there is a market for the spent brass in it’s current form, it is wasteful to pursue this policy, unless you want to drive up ammunition costs. Here is the text of the email, as posted at Black Bear Log (no relation):
Recently it has been determined that fired munitions of all calibers, shapes and sizes have been designated to be Demil code B. As a result and in conjunction with DLA’s current Demil code B policy, this notice will serve as official notification which requires Scrap Venture (SV) mutilation as a condition of sale for all sales of fired munitions effective immediately. This notice also requires SV to immediately cease delivery of any fired munitions that have been recently sold or on active term contracts, unless the material has been mutilated prior to sale or SV personnel can attest to the mutilation after delivery. A certificate of destruction is required in either case.
Search of documents at www.dla.mil and other sites suggest that this is not a myth.
Update: Georgia Arms confirms and has suspended all sales of .223 and .308 as a result.
Update II: Great News. This policy has been reversed. Brass is once again being sold for use inside the U.S.A.