Looking for ideas for storing brass neatly


April 4, 2010, 06:08 AM
I need to figure out a way to store my brass neatly and still be able to get to it.

I reload for 28 different calibers and it is getting hard to get to the brass I need for today’s loading session.

Here is my current organization, brass is sorted and stored in freezer bags and stacked in large cardboard boxes.

About 200 lbs of brass shown

Currently I have to remove all the top bags to get to the bottom bags and put them all back.

The main problem is weight. Whatever I use needs to be able to handle a lot of weight.

How are you guys handling your brass organization?

I am looking for ideas!:D

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April 4, 2010, 06:12 AM
How about this? $29



April 4, 2010, 06:30 AM
I have seen those HF poly bins but I have to admit that they are too small and too flimsy.

I am thinking more larger scale. Something that can hold several of the 1 and 2 gallon freezer bags.

It appears others do make a larger scale.

Quantum Storage 5-Shelf Wire Rack with 12 Bins $329.99

Looking into this now.

Keep those Ideas coming.

April 4, 2010, 06:32 AM
They also have a larger/sturdier powder coated unit for $99

- 32 Small Bins: 6-1/2" L x 4-1/10" W x 3" H
- 15 Large Bins: 9-1/4" L x 6" W x 5" H



Deus Machina
April 4, 2010, 06:34 AM
On the cheaper route, there are some Tupperware or Rubbermaid bins that are built to stack neatly. Check your local hardware store or Wally World.

Different sizes, and would fit on a shelf you already have if that's a plus. If nothing else, a dozen probably wouldn't cost you $330.

April 4, 2010, 06:49 AM
Looks like this Quantum company makes all kinds of configurations sold thru Target and Northern tools.

The shelves are rated for 800lbs a shelf so that will work.

Anybody know where I can get the Akro bins they are using in the quantum stuff?

If I can find the akro bins I can buy the bread racks locally.

Here are some quantum configurations I could use. I need those bins.


I really like the second blue one but any of these would work for me. I am going to need 2 or 3 racks.

April 4, 2010, 06:51 AM
I use various plastic jars. You can see through them and the lids stay on securely. The labels are easily removed with water and/or gun cleaning solvents.

April 4, 2010, 06:53 AM
Anybody know where I can get the Akro bins
Grainger carries them


Personally, I use 5 gallon buckets - they stack and store a lot (about 10K)

April 4, 2010, 06:55 AM
I use empty plastic coffee containers (large ones) and 5 gallon plastic buckets they are stackable.

April 4, 2010, 06:57 AM
Oh, I really like these on the Grainger site.

I wonder if they come in clear?


Shipping Container, Volume 2.28 Cubic Feet, Nesting Ratio 4:1, Size 17 Gallons, Outside Height 17 Inches, Outside Length 21 1/2 Inches

The Akro mills website has these. They might be too flimsy though.

12 gallon. Ideal for all household storage needs. Clear bottom allows instant identification of contents. Lids are attached with full-length steel hinge pins for durability. Ergonomic handles make carrying easy, even under a full load. Unique rib design prevents jamming when nested on store shelves. Nesting feature makes it easy to safely store any household item. Also nests to take up less storage space.

April 4, 2010, 07:15 AM
Very wierd, it appears that grainger site shows the same quantum shelves are made by akro mills. Same simular price too.

April 4, 2010, 07:24 AM
How about clear plastic 5 gallon buckets? $5 at Amazon.com


April 4, 2010, 07:33 AM
Dang those buckets are cheap.

I think I will stay with the square shipping containers or Akro bins and bread racks. If I can find them in clear I will get them. Heading out to the store today...

Uh, wait, are the stores open today? Easter!

I do credit you, (bds) for the idea.


I will post pictures before and after. I have about 500lbs of brass, who knows in shotshell hulls. It needs to be pretty, cause we are trying to sell the house.

Trying to clean up my mess.:o

April 4, 2010, 07:38 AM
Graingers prices are ridiculous, but they always have good inventory.

April 4, 2010, 07:58 AM
I have a sturdy rack of shelves and I use the clear tupperware-like containers with a white top. The 8"x14" containers cost $1.99 at the loacal do-it-yourself supply center. They look nice and at that price I have zero complaints.

April 4, 2010, 08:08 AM
I use freezer bags if they are not reloaded
When they are reloaded---50 round boxes, tupperware containers, original boxes,etc

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April 4, 2010, 08:18 AM
I've found that these coffee "cans," which are plastic, are terrific:


I can store upwards of 600 .45 ACP cases in one, they're stackable, and they seal, which means the brass is protected from the air.

I also use plastic "shoeboxes" that I bought from the Dollar Tree (everything's a dollar!). There is a clear version so I can see what's in them, they stack, and they're compact.


I usually store brass in the shoeboxes in ziploc bags, as they're not air tight. But I've got one full of prepped .223 cases ready to reload.

I also have a ton of these, which are 24oz, and two smaller sizes as well, including one which is about 12 oz and has a small screw-on lid:


They cost $1 for two, there are several sizes, and I find them invaluable for storing small amounts of brass and segregating by headstamp.

If you have a dollar store in your area, you might stop in just to see what they have in plasticware. It's cheap and you might get some other ideas that apply to your situation.

In my case, I need something that stacks on normal shelves and these things are great.

April 4, 2010, 08:52 AM
Lots of good ideas here, Akro bin space would be a problem for my area. Been very happy with vacuum heat sealing brass and inserting a descriptive label. Bags are much heavier than zip locks and won't break open if dropped. Been storing them in tool box drawers.



highlander 5
April 4, 2010, 09:07 AM
I use plastic coffee cans as well. Purchased a Brother Label maker to make labels The cans will hold up to 500 45 colt cases at a time. The other option is plastic cartridge case made by MTM,midway etc. Hold 100 at a time and are quite stackable

April 4, 2010, 09:25 AM

You're gonna need a BIG DILLION---LOL

April 4, 2010, 09:27 AM
Plastic coffee cans is what I use too. They work brilliantly and cost nothing after the coffee is used up.

April 4, 2010, 09:57 AM
A couple 5 gal. square kitty litter pails will hold all my 45 cal cases. And they stack.

Peter M. Eick
April 4, 2010, 10:08 AM
Same as above, Use the kitty litter pails and store them in the garage. Tumble again before loading.

Rollis R. Karvellis
April 4, 2010, 10:16 AM
Sam's Club sell a set of shelf's call Georella Shelf which is very nice and extremly strong. they go for about $70.00.

April 4, 2010, 10:29 AM
Dont have any pictures, But I use old cookie tins giving to me. Little piece of duct tape on the lid to mark whats in them.

April 4, 2010, 10:49 AM
Have a look at submaos's setup. http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=218720&highlight=Bench&page=7

I'm thinking the clear plastic totes are my next step.

April 4, 2010, 11:19 AM
Rembrandt....You're gonna need a BIG DILLION---LOL

You're right, have a XL650.....contemplating a second one.

April 4, 2010, 11:29 AM
I use military ammo cans, .30 for small stuff, fat 50's for intermediate and 20mm for large stuff like 5.56 and 7.62, stack and easy to ID with tags on the ends.

April 4, 2010, 11:31 AM
Here is my current organization, brass is sorted and stored in freezer bags and stacked in large cardboard boxes.

I am giggling because your pile looks just like mine. :)

I do have a couple of #10 cans with 45 auto brass in them.

I am only reloading 7 calibers at present, so I get by. With 28 calibers you definitely need some better organization. There are some good ideas in this thread.

April 4, 2010, 11:41 AM
There is one on costco.com for $99 that looks like the harbour freight $99 version with wheels.

April 4, 2010, 11:53 AM
+1 on the kitty litter buckets.
Mine have a small hole about two inches at the top. I made a funnel from an empty 1pound jug of ramshot zip powder with the bottom cut out. I found that it will work for a funnel for most containers with a mouth about that zize.

If you really like 5 gallon buckets, lowes and home depot have them for about $2 to $4 each, would save more than half that price.

Empty peanut butter jars are also good, they are clear and sturdy.

Lastly, check Lowes or Home Depot if you like the acro bins. last I checked at Home Depot, they had a good selection of sizes for good prices.

April 4, 2010, 01:53 PM
If you really like 5 gallon buckets, lowes and home depot have them for about $2 to $4 each, would save more than half that price.

I got my 5 gallon buckets for free from Costco brand laundry detergent. Now they are smaller 3 gallon square buckets, but better because of smaller size and no wasted space between buckets - still, can't beat the price of free :D

If you ask, many restaurants will give you their empty plastic/translucent 5 gallon buckets for free too - they have other sizes too.

April 4, 2010, 04:45 PM
Barrels come in handy too.

April 4, 2010, 05:19 PM
Do you bathe in brass or something Offfhand?!? :what::eek:

April 4, 2010, 05:39 PM
OK, I finished for the day.

I bought this. 3 bread racks and some plastic boxes.

Before I started organizing.

After organization.

I was only able to fit 2 racks in the closet. The third will have to go back as it did not leave enough room to get the big boxes out.

I am Eh, some what happy with it. I will probably shift things around and organize more tomorrow.

I can now get a inventory of what brass I had, and never knew I had, and that I am really low on 308 brass and overstocked on .223/5.56. :banghead:

April 4, 2010, 05:53 PM
Well done, Myke!

That's a nearly optimum soluyion for you; and you can add more calibers without starting over.

If you scrounge range brass, every caliber will move to the next larger container size, freeing up the smaller containers for new calibers.:cool:

April 4, 2010, 06:20 PM
I just use ammo cans. I use 20MM cans for larger quantities. Mark the lids with a Sharpie.


April 4, 2010, 06:23 PM
Well done! Nice looking setup that's flexible too. :D

April 4, 2010, 08:23 PM
Rembrant-----got 1010 .380 ACP you wanna sell me? I'll pay shipping, etc.

April 4, 2010, 08:54 PM
I just use ammo cans. I use 20MM cans for larger quantities. Mark the lids with a Sharpie.

I only use ammo cans for loaded ammo. Those get stored in my ammo locker. I use SAW and 50 cal boxes.

April 4, 2010, 09:03 PM
I second the rubbermaids, use em for everything, brass, primers, and bullets
The home depot sells em wicked cheap a dollar for the small ones. I even use them
at work for storing respirators they are awesome simply love em :cool:

April 4, 2010, 09:07 PM
Got these from Walmart, they also make them in twice as tall which I need to get for my 40 cal.

April 4, 2010, 09:12 PM
Because I did not have enough bins or space for each caliber to have its own box, I had to improvise.

I put my 40 and 10mm in the same box, 380 with 9mm mak, 44 mag with 44 spl, 454 casull with 45 colt, 357 mag with 38 spl, created a misc pistol box with all my small quantity and rare brass, created a misc rifle box with my small quantity and rare rifle brass.

Each is still seperated by quart or 1-2 gallon freezer bags.

It should be a little easier now to dig stuff out.

My only issue is that the lower bin is packed full of .223 brass and it weighs close to 100lbs.

The shelves say they can hold 250lbs each but that .223 box is sure bowing it.

We will see how it holds up.:)

April 4, 2010, 09:12 PM
+1 to mongoose. the coffee mess at work has supplied me with about 100 of those folgers containers. I use a marker to denote the caliber and state (dirty, clean, clean and lubed, etc.)

evan price
April 4, 2010, 10:15 PM
Depending on the quantity, I store my brass in recycled plastic containers.

For 9mm, .40, 45 acp, 223, etc, stuff I get a lot of, I use the plastic yellow kitty litter buckets with lids. They stack nicely, and hold about 40-50 pounds of brass securely.

For 30-06, nickel brass, 308, etc. I use the 2-gallon plastic jars Utze's pretzels come in. Buy the pretzels at Sam's and they are great when rinsed an dried.

For 380, 762x39, 8mm, etc. I use the 1-gallon plastic jars the bananna peppers come in, I get them from the pizza shop in town. Also the large palstic coffee cans work great here too.

For .25 acp, 32 auto, small primer 45, I use the 1-qt jars that spices come in. We use up a few a year. Great stackable size and they fit into the buckets nicely.

For bullets (especially rifle) i keep some small plastic peanut butter jars for each size. Great for taking from the 2800-count bulk box and having a couple hundred easy to grab on the bench.

For sorting and cleaning I use the 3# Country Crock margarine tubs. They nest up to take little space when empty and hold a tumbler load of brass when full.

I'm also the guy who always grabs empty 5-gallon and smaller buckets when I see them.
Perfect for storing bulk dirty brass, bulk cast bullets, wheel weights, lead ingots, etc.

There are also 2 gallon buckets (20# quickrete) that are perfect to sort brass, pick up at the range, or transport scrap brass to the bulk bin for recycling.
I found a bucket that is half of a 5-gallon (2.5 gallon) and it is a great size to have, now need to find more.

Look in the recycle bins on trash day as you drive down the road, you will find a lot of great containers to repurpose and freecycle. It's the Green thing to do, eh?

April 4, 2010, 11:01 PM
evan price, you are making me hungry! :D

April 4, 2010, 11:10 PM
I'm with mongoose-
I use the large plastic coffee "cans" too. They hold plenty of cases (especially pistol cases), stack well, and, best of all, are free after you free the caffeinated goodness contained within.

April 5, 2010, 12:25 AM
I used cat litter jugs until Coyotes killed my two cats, now I just use 5 gallon buckets with snap-on lids.
For rifle cases I use 20mm ammo cans but they have become too expensive of late.


April 5, 2010, 03:33 AM
Nice job building the rack and using plastic storage boxes. When storing brass for any length of time you should try to keep it air-free. I use 3lb coffee cans, especially the new Maxwell House ones which have a really good sealing cover. Those disposable plastic Tupperware like food storage things with the blue covers work well too and they don't cost much either.

April 5, 2010, 11:53 AM
Sam's club has a chrome rack with the Akrostyle bins that would probably work for you. Otherwise a good "Gorilla" rack and containers of equal size - either plastic or even shoe boxes would also work.

April 5, 2010, 12:38 PM
The oxygen issue has been raised above, but I think it is VERY important for the longevity of brass. I used to think that Gamma Seals were expensive until I factored in the cost of 20mm cans! Brass goes in:
30 cal cans or
50 cal cans or
6 gal buckets with Gamma seals.

For the price of 3 20mm cans, I can buy about a dozen gamma seals.

Eventually shelves out of 2x4's or pallet racking will hold the ammo cans/buckets.

Good Luck!

April 5, 2010, 12:48 PM
+1 on any of the sealed, stackable containers. The open top variety attract way too much dust.

April 5, 2010, 01:25 PM
My lunch usually evolves around a sandwich made with the meats that come in those Glad plastic containers (Hillshire Farms, Foster Farms, etc.), large and small. While they are great for storing leftovers in the fridge, I use them to store brass and bullets. They are fairly sturdy, free, and if treated with some care, will last almost indefinitely.

April 5, 2010, 02:17 PM
I bought the same kind of wire shelves at Lowe's, I added a Sixth shelf to mine.


April 5, 2010, 02:26 PM
I use a wide legal 4 drawer file cabinet and the plastic shoe boxes to store my unloaded brass.

April 5, 2010, 03:29 PM
I bought the same kind of wire shelves at Lowe's, I added a Sixth shelf to mine.

Good Idea CVO. I can buy some extra shelves and move every shelf down to where it just fits the boxes to get more storage boxes in there.

I will run out to my lowes and see if they got any.

I now need to work on my shotshell organization too.

I wish hulls did not take up soo much space.

Selling the house, to buy a farm.
Just showed the house a few minutes ago and received no reaction from the potential buyers, I do notice you can see a lot more brass in these clear containers than previously.

I might need to make a bread rack cover to keep from freaking out the Democrats.

Kinda like this but less translucent.

Might head to the fabric store to get some big sheets of nylon or head to walmart for some solid color bed sheets. Dunno, what do you think?

April 6, 2010, 08:56 AM
I use empty coffee cans for brass, loaded shells, or primed and sized only. Label the side with a sharpie for different calibers and number of times re-loaded.


April 6, 2010, 09:53 AM
I dont have this problem. Not enough brass... :banghead::banghead:

April 7, 2010, 06:02 PM
I use the 99cent plastic shoe boxes.


April 7, 2010, 07:38 PM
You will all laugh but for smaller scale storage I use Baby wipe containers. Holds about 300+ 9mm brass. I also use those little cottenelle wipe containers for bullets. Holds about 500 124 grain bullets.

Like I said on the small side but I just started loading last week.

April 8, 2010, 06:11 AM
I also use the clear/transparent kitty litter jugs for storing brass.

I generally have 2 for each of the main calibers I shoot. One for dirty/unprocessed brass and the other for clean/processed brass. They are cheap, pretty sturdy, easy to get brass in and out of and a side benefit it that a few good shakes helps get stubborn media out of freshly tumbled cases. Since I batch load and hand-prime I generally put cleaned&primed cases in one along with couple of dessicant packs until I can reload.


Rollis R. Karvellis
April 8, 2010, 10:01 AM
Baby wipe contaners are geat for tool's, I, always have a couple laying around becuse I use them on the truck, to give a quick wipe down if it will be a few hour's before I, can get to the truck stop. They also work good for recites, and give's them a fresh smell for when you are at the accountent doing stinck work.

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