Show me your brass storage solutions!


November 5, 2009, 12:07 PM
Hey all- I'm currently trying to scheme up a solution for storing brass (I sort by headstamp for most brass, so it takes up a lot of bins currently!)

I was thinking possibly about something like this:

Perhaps put it on castor wheels or something.

Stackable containers would also work well I suppose...

What do you all do to sort, store, and generally keep track of all your brass?

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November 5, 2009, 12:15 PM
I use small plastic bins with lids (like food storage/shoe storage etc.)

Gallon size ziplocs work well too and buying the "freezer' ones gives you a small label area to write on.

Open bins IMHO end up as dust collectors and increase the chance for mixing stuff up that you are trying to keep separate.

November 5, 2009, 12:15 PM
The problem I see with that rack is you may have hundreds of one kind that you'd have to scatter around. I just use freezer bags and totes. You can label the bags based on brass quality, etc. The problem I have is getting it all cleaned and prepped.

Also--the dust issue is a very good point against open-top storage.

November 5, 2009, 12:27 PM
I use stackable plastic bins sized for shoes. You can store a lot of brass in one and being stackable keeps things neat. All my brass takes up 1/2 a closet shelf. Ends of plastic bins are marked for cartridge. Some bins have more than one caliber seperated by plastic bags inside.

November 5, 2009, 12:52 PM
I use clear plastic storage canisters with wide-mouth screw-on lids for odd calibers.

Ammo cans on steel shelving for larger quantities of common calibers.

Square plastic stacking cake frosting buckets & lids for shotgun hulls.
(free or very inexpensive from any bakery)


November 5, 2009, 01:49 PM

This would also work to keep your reloading die sets organized. Keep a die set, and case trimmers etc in their own bins..

November 5, 2009, 02:09 PM
I use large coffee cans (the 3 pounders) They stack well, are relatively air tight, and cost nothing.

November 5, 2009, 02:50 PM
freezer bags in large Ovatine containers.

November 5, 2009, 05:03 PM

I got them from

There are two "quantum bins" kinda like two master cast. The only problem is it wasn't the cheapest and they charge a fee if you don't order by the "carton". But I do like them. Also I went to look at HArbor Frieght before I ordered from Quantum Bins. The Plastic at Harbor is flimbsier (spelling?). The plastic at quantum is more like the stock bullet catcher from hornady.

November 5, 2009, 05:07 PM
Zip Lock Baggies

November 5, 2009, 05:54 PM
Sterilite containers from wally mart @ $1.00 each. Store lots of brass and are stackable too. They are 13" x 7.5" x 4"

Steve Marshall
November 5, 2009, 06:24 PM
I use the orange 5 gallon pails from Home Depot. Unlike the $1 containers from WM, when these start getting full you can still stack them. As to capacity one of these will hold well more than 1,000 30-06 cases.

November 5, 2009, 06:33 PM
Jif Peanut Butter Plastic Jars

November 5, 2009, 06:36 PM
These are cheap and work well, I use the 3 quart size, I think it is. They're bigger than these, but I couldn't find a photo of that size. Kinda square-shaped instead of round, three to a package.

But I prefer to keep my brass in new 2.5 gallon paint buckets w/lids from Home Depot or Lowes. I don't sort by headstamp, just caliber, so I need bigger containers. But the 3 qt. Ziploc containers are great for lots of things, and stackable. I keep bullets and tumbling media in mine, plus other things too. But they'd be great for sorted brass. Cost something like $5 for three at WalMart. Come in lots of sizes and shapes.

Claude Clay
November 5, 2009, 06:46 PM
very inexpensive--free--half gallon milk containers with tops trimmed
and 8 fit in a large dog bones box. i can sort while watchin tv with the mrs.

the tumbler is a lyman 1200 and a full jug fills the tumbler. 9mm=500; 45acp/38's are about 300. 30-30 etc are about 125.

store above press area the same way. ( ( (

November 5, 2009, 06:53 PM
CC - I use cut-open jugs like that for collecting brass with, they're excellent for carrying around the range and scrounging.

November 5, 2009, 06:59 PM
I use 5 gallon plastic buckets left open air for same caliber uncleaned brass. As I separate, I clean and keep in 3 lb. plastic coffee containers with lids. These will hold well over 500 rnds of 45 ACP and more .40 and 9mm.

I have even some overflow in taped up cardboard boxes.

When picking up after myself, I usually get a lot of somebodyelse's stuff so I just check that everything is reloadable and throw it back into the buckets to start again.

November 5, 2009, 07:25 PM
I buy white 5gal buckets from WallyWorld (in the paint section). I fill them with tumbled brass and mark the chambering on the lid. They stack well, and they hold a fair bit - 6000 cases of 9x19, 5000 40S&W cases, 4000 45ACP cases, 1500 308 cases, 3000 7.62x39 cases, and so forth.

When I'm ready to load a batch, I'll resize the cases and store them in gallon ziplock freezer bags. Next, I hand prime the cases and place the primed cases into large ammo cans. I then load on a turret press, with the finished ammo going into ziplock sandwich baggies in 100rd increments. Ziplock sandwich baggies are useful at the range since they can hold any extra brass that I collect on the way.

November 5, 2009, 08:06 PM
Cleaned, sorted, and counted out into lots of 1010 per bag.....then heat sealed in food saver bags.

Bush Pilot
November 5, 2009, 09:33 PM
9mm, 40 and .45 ACP go into 5 gallon buckets (have unlimited supply) Everything else goes into Sterilite containers (lockable lids) from Wal Mart.

ole farmerbuck
November 5, 2009, 09:38 PM
Here's some of mine

November 5, 2009, 09:39 PM
+1 to the above.

I label mine and you can have multiple jars set up for different stages of processing.

I also "stole" some large mouth 1 gallon food containers from my old man's garage for larger quantities of range pick up pistol calibers.

Of course the red lids clash with my green press.

Also half the fun is getting the jars empty.....PB & J anyone?

November 5, 2009, 10:07 PM
I use 18 gallon tubs. Holds about 11,000 pieces of .223 brass in each tub. I've got two full plus about 8,000pcs in the third tub. All the 9mm, 40 S&W, 45 ACP, and .223 brass is stored in these tubs. Each cartridge gets 3 tubs each.

November 5, 2009, 10:35 PM
I use multiple 2lb. Folgers coffee plastic cans with sealable lids........after I use up the coffee.

November 5, 2009, 11:15 PM
Kitty liter buckets (40 pounders) work great for storing brass, powder, primers, cat or dog food, etc, and they also stack well. I don't know for sure how many pieces of brass they will hold but you don't want to grab up a couple of buckets and travel very far.

After the brass is tumbled I fill up quart zip lock freezer bags with them and stack them in 'ready to load' buckets. Smaller quantities of brass are placed in bags and stored in smaller (10 lbs.) liter buckets or ammo cans. Also most any small container that has a lid - ice cream bucket, butter bowl, coffee can, and so on - is used for storing something.


November 5, 2009, 11:46 PM
The weight factor is why I stick with no larger than 2.5 gal. buckets. Those are heavy enough to suit me.

Looks like we're all just a bunch of brass rats!

November 5, 2009, 11:57 PM
I drink a lot of coffee..Therefore the coffee cans are my best route.

November 6, 2009, 12:06 AM
I only load pistol ammo. I pick up range brass with the preferances/highest quantities in the order below. The top two/three are my go-to favorites.

I also sort by headstamp and use plastic coffee containers in four colors. They hold about 1000 9mm cases and stack two high ok. The cans are labelled: Range Brass (needs cleaning-depriming-polishing) or Ready To Load.

Red: Win
Green (decaf): Remington/PPU
Blue: R&P
Darker Red (don't remember the coffee brand): FC

November 6, 2009, 08:50 AM
My reloading area is in my garage below the bedrooms. Since space is tight, I use the ceiling for my storage. I attached 3/8 plywood to the joists thru the plaster ceiling @16" o.c. Then I secure jars to the plywood, both glass and plastic (the large size nut jars) thru the caps with screws. Label the jars and fill with misc screws, nuts, washers, etc AND sized cleaned shells. They are at reach since the ceiling is 7'-0" aff. They screw on/off for easy access. bb:)

November 6, 2009, 10:50 AM
another plastic coffee "can" guy here....

November 6, 2009, 10:58 AM
Jif Peanut Butter Plastic Jars

That's what I use. The big PB are really nice. Mayo jars work too.

November 6, 2009, 11:40 AM

Mine did not cost me one cent! We kept along the years the spaghetti sauce jars. We bought between 2 format: the one at the time we needed that was in special:

First row is the small ones.
Second is the biggest ones.

If you have only one size, you can put the back row on a 2x4.

The trick is to use 2 screws to screw the cover and screw the jars on the screwed cover. It can be any jar plastic or glass.

November 6, 2009, 12:09 PM
+1 on the cat litter buckets. I fill gallon ziplocs with polished brass and then put those in the buckets.

November 6, 2009, 12:46 PM
I use large coffee cans (the 3 pounders) They stack well, are relatively air tight, and cost nothing.

Get your company to start using Folgers or Maxwell House in the 2# resealable cans and your problems are over!

November 6, 2009, 08:56 PM

Kestak, very nice.

November 6, 2009, 10:55 PM
I use empty case holders from ammo boxes for clean brass ready to load. For bulk brass storage I use plastic 3 lb coffee cans. Shot unclean brass is put in plastic freezer bags.

November 7, 2009, 01:21 AM
I sort most of my brass by headstamp. I have a particular order I sort in in and it is memorized. I sort in a semicircle pattern near me on the floor. Prior to sorting, the brass is cleaned/polished. I use latex or nitrile gloves while sorting and storing. I place the brass in freezer storage bags and label how many by weight and about how many, size and headstamp. I then use the FREE USPS flat rate boxes to place the bags into and label the box with the info on the bags. I have a harbor freight plastic bin system with headstamp labels on the front of each bin(6in x 4in x2 in). It covers most of the headstamp names. It is inexpensive for me and the boxes stack well when full. For me it is really all about keeping the cost down so I can buy more bullets, primers and powder.
Augusta, GA

November 7, 2009, 05:37 AM
I use the same containers that ole farmerbuck does. They stack well and keep the dust and dirt out.

November 7, 2009, 10:55 PM
Exact same as RC. Ammo cans and square sealed tubs for large amounts.

Ziploc bags for less.


November 8, 2009, 12:11 AM
+1 for peanut butter jars and plastic shoe boxes. Zipslock are great for untumbled brass.

November 8, 2009, 06:45 AM
Zip lock bags. Then the bags are placed in cardboard boxes, a low tech approach.

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