Just a curiosity... ammo storage in boxes.


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O_Blade_O
November 3, 2009, 04:18 PM
Hi there,
just for fun i bought some MTM case-gard for my 9mm pistol ammo reloads. Then, i put the ammo inside the boxes with the classic way i see it is stored, bullet down, case rim up.
But i was wondering... why all ammo is stored this way? That's because the MTM boxes have a flat base, so bullet up is way nicer and with a lot less rattling.

Just a curiosity, though.

Thanks.

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freakshow10mm
November 3, 2009, 04:46 PM
Subtle repetition marketing. Bullet down means you look at the headstamp first which you see the brand again and that is constantly driven into your head. Visual repetition.

RandyP
November 3, 2009, 04:47 PM
Easier to grab and lift the bottom of the case than the rounded nose of most bullets I'm thinking.

rcmodel
November 3, 2009, 04:50 PM
Probably historically, it started with grease lubed lead bullets.
If the grease gets hot and melts, it doesn't run down in the powder and contaminate it.

There is a lot to be said for looking at caliber headstamps instead of bullet tips though when it comes to I.D.ing whats in the box.

rc

griz
November 3, 2009, 06:17 PM
Cause rimmed and bottleneck cases only fit with the skinny end down.

The Bushmaster
November 3, 2009, 08:25 PM
Hummm...All My handgun rounds are stored bullet down. .30-30 are stored bullet down (because of the rim) and My .30-06 rounds are stored bullet up...That's just the way it is...:D

JJE
November 3, 2009, 09:27 PM
It's easier to get them in the box bullet-down and it's easier to pull them back out that way. Also, when I'm developing a handgun load, I often will have a box of 50 rounds with different powder charges, usually in batches of 10. I use colored markers to mark the bottoms of the cases as I load them so I know how much powder each cartridge has.

However, I store rifle rounds bullet-up because the cartridge is much heavier than a handgun cartridge and I'm paranoid that bullet-down cartridges will have their bullets pushed down into the cases (I don't crimp rifle cartridges). Also, since rifle rounds are so long, it's just as easy to pull them out of the box bullet-up.

O_Blade_O
November 4, 2009, 12:25 PM
Yes people,
i guess you are all right, are them all good reason, but after got a nice box of bullet up ammo, oh how they look good, it is almost impossible to pick them up. Too slippery...

Mistery solved... i'm really a d*umbas*....

rcmodel
November 4, 2009, 12:30 PM
I'm paranoid that bullet-down cartridges will have their bullets pushed down into the cases (I don't crimp rifle cartridges).Uncrimped ammo with proper case neck tension should require upwards of 60-70 pounds pressure to move the bullet in the case.

If the weight of the cartridge in a box causes bullet slip, you have a major reloading die problem that you need to fix.

rc

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