Progress labels


May 14, 2008, 11:00 AM
I've been loading handgun ammo for years and recently started loading for .223.

With the extra steps like lubing cases, crimp removal etc. I'm ending up with coffee cans of brass in different stages of completion. I found somewhere, though probably linked through this site, a neat label for completed boxes of reloads. This brings me to my question.

Has anyone created a label for the different stages of brass prep? Or, how do you folks keep track? I can't trust myself to remember where I stopped so I have to have a brain helper.

BTW, I did a search on this. If this is a redundant question, my apologies. I couldn't find anything. :banghead:


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May 14, 2008, 11:09 AM
MTM Case Guard has reloading labels as does Lyman. They are available from most reloading places like Midway and Graf's.

I don't deal with primer crimps anymore and only lube cases when I load them. Just use cheap 2x4 inch address labels and write the caliber and stage on them and put them on to the cans. No need to get fancy.

May 14, 2008, 11:10 AM
Any scrap of paper with a note on it will do just fine.

For completed rounds, I use the label program on my computer to make labels that show the complete load information, date, primer, etc. The 1/2" x 1 3/4" return address labels work just fine and I use the smallest font in bold.

You could probably make up similar labels for the stages of processing by using the larger 1" x 2 5/8" labels. Just pre-print them and peel off as needed. It's really simple to do and you can save the labels on your computer for later use, or to revise as necessary.

Or you can just use Post It notes and write what information you need on them.

Hope this helps.


May 14, 2008, 11:29 AM
I keep brass in heavy duty Zip-Lock bags in ammo cans.

Blue masking tape on the bag & a Sharpie Pen have worked well for me.

The blue tape comes off clean and allows the Zip-Lock bags to be used over & over again.


May 14, 2008, 02:37 PM

I use this spreadsheet to keep track of my loads and create labels for my ammo boxes. Just enter data on the first label and the other thirteen will automatically populate. Since I change loads much I save them on different sheets in the workbook so that I only need to change the date when I am ready to load more.

dagger dog
May 14, 2008, 04:53 PM
I use mini POST ITS , and the color coded net bags from LYMAN.

May 14, 2008, 07:02 PM
Its all about Zip Lock Bags and Masking tape w/ a sharpie.

May 14, 2008, 07:13 PM
Hornady ships a couple of labels with each box of bullets, iirc.

May 14, 2008, 07:20 PM
I use coffee cans also, but as an avid coffee drinker, I have lots. I use a magic marker and keep them permanantly for each stage. I also get brass from a LE range, and all headstamps (99% of the time) are the same, so I only have one to worry about. Currently I use a 5 step process DIRTY (fired) CLEAN (tumbled) SIZED TRIMMED DONE. I load on a single stage, so I will grap 100 fromthe done bucket and load them up. I keep recent pick-ups in a 5 gallon bucket until I have time to check head stamp and do an initial inspection. When I do get odd head stamps I just use a sandwich bag to keep them seperate. I get 100 of those, I reload them.

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