Plastic Ammo Boxes??


August 6, 2010, 10:51 PM
Hello everyone,

I have a basic question for all the reloaders out there lol. What kind of plastic ammo boxes do you use? Do you have any problems with the plastic cracking off so the top will not stay on anymore?

What are the good ones to use?

** Had a few J & J ammo boxes crack on me the pass few weeks now. Got them from a gun show.


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Jesse Heywood
August 6, 2010, 11:10 PM
I usually buy Berry's at the gun show for $1 a box. I also have Frankford Arsenal and MTM Case Guard. No problems with any of them.

August 6, 2010, 11:34 PM
I have a dozen different brands, including Herters and some "no name". I prefer the slip top type. They don't have hinges to break and you can put your empty cases in the top as you are shooting and reloading to shoot again. Convenience counts!!!!!!

August 7, 2010, 12:02 AM

What year are the Herters from? Or should I say what century?

August 7, 2010, 12:17 AM
+1 for MTM. I abuse them for my range test loads bending the hinge area all the way back and forth. No sign of cracking on any ammo boxes.

I ordered different colors for each caliber so I can quickly identify different powder/load charges.

August 7, 2010, 01:03 AM
Up till now, MTM Case-Gards. But they have recently redesigned the box with a mechanical hinge which I don't care for.
In fact, I just returned 5 of the new style boxes.

August 7, 2010, 01:34 AM
I'm kinda partial to the MTM Case-Gard P-100 series plastic ones. I use the 100 rd boxes and have had no failures, mine are a couple years old and have seen lots of use. I also hav3e an equal number of Frandford 100 rd boxes and have had the same luck with them. I do believe the Frankford will fail before the MTM, but it will still take a while and lots more use. No matter, I will have gotten my money's worth long before either give up the ghost though.

August 7, 2010, 01:59 AM
Up till now, MTM Case-Gards. But they have recently redesigned the box with a mechanical hinge which I don't care for.
In fact, I just returned 5 of the new style boxes.

Same here Otto, I have a bunch of the older MTM boxes that have stood up to plenty of abuse(including dropping them by accident on concrete when full of ammo).

A little while back though I bought some MTM boxes, when I got 'em home I found the hinges had defects and when I took them back to the store to exchange them, discovered all the ones on the shelf had the same defects as well.
Been buying Fankford Arsenal ammo boxes since and haven't had any problems with those.

August 7, 2010, 06:15 AM
I have a bunch of different brands and I don't think I ever had a cover break off.

August 7, 2010, 06:54 AM
20 years ago I used to buy the colored ones from midway, that have hinged lid. After I put all of them in use I bought some of the white cardboard utility type boxes from midway. Ran out of them a few years back. Now I just use cleaned Miracle Whip or peanut butter jars.

Now my container budget goes towards gunpowder.

August 7, 2010, 09:33 AM
I don't have any idea when the Herters were made, I get lots of stuff in trades. I also have some brand new, never used Williams Gun Sight Co. paper rifle cartridge boxes, neat old collectibles.

August 7, 2010, 09:55 AM

The Bushmaster
August 7, 2010, 10:15 AM
MTM with slip covers. No hing and no problems. Flambeau. also with slip covers...

August 7, 2010, 10:32 AM
MTM, Midway, J&J, Dillon, and one I can't remember. All have held up so far. J&J makes them for other folks as well as selling them with their name on them..

Oh yea, Berrys too

Hondo 60
August 7, 2010, 10:51 AM
I have Berry's & MTM boxes.
None of them have cracked.
Had most of them for over a year.
Had 'em outside in temps from the teens to the eighties.

August 7, 2010, 11:01 AM
Mostly Frankford Arsenal but also a few MTM. I like the size, shape and capacity of the 100rd MTM pistol boxes but they're the only ones I've had the hinges fail on.

August 7, 2010, 12:59 PM
Most of mine are Dillon, make sure to order the 100 round boxes. If you get 10 or 20, they are cheaper especially considering shipping.

August 7, 2010, 03:12 PM
I have a bunch of MTM plastic boxes---they always worked fine until I got up
in the thousands of rounds & gave them up.
Now I use tupperware containers to hold pistol bullets.
Midway 50 rd. foam & cardboard boxes for rifle.
Have fun..........

wild willy
August 7, 2010, 07:20 PM
For rifle ammo I like the Plano when open the lid lays flat on the bench. For handguns I use whatever plastic storage container I find on sale or coffee cans

Jeff H
August 7, 2010, 07:25 PM
for pistol ammo I use Ziploc brand plastic cases (bags) The normal size holds 100+ .45 or 357s.

August 7, 2010, 07:51 PM
MTM slip top

Put the re-load label on the bottom of the "bottom":o
Now with the label facing up, the slip top won't slip off when you pick them up:D

August 7, 2010, 10:23 PM
MTM with plastic hinge. I like the color coding.

I shoot a lot of 9mm and my favorites are free at the range---once used, 50 rd. Win White Box with styrofoam inserts. I dig through the trash and get another 3 or 4 when I shoot at the range. I make labels on the computer and tape them on the boxes with scotch tape. I color code the labels.

They last quite a while ( 10+x?)and are easy to get 'almost' new.

Greg Mercurio
August 7, 2010, 10:58 PM

August 8, 2010, 06:34 AM favorites are free at the range---once used... I dig through the trash and get another 3 or 4 when I shoot at the range. I make labels on the computer...They last quite a while ( 10+x?)and are easy to get 'almost' new.
This is exactly what I do. Gotta stretch every dime as far as possible, especially now during the dollars waning year(s).

August 8, 2010, 09:11 AM
I have ones made by Plano. The lid actually swivels on and off so you don't have to worry about plastic cracking. Also, the plastic is very heavy duty and these boxes afford the ability to put a small padlock on them. They are pricey and run about $5 a piece.

wild willy
August 8, 2010, 10:17 AM
giggitygiggity I don't know where you are buying your Plano boxes but you can buy 2 for $5

August 8, 2010, 12:11 PM
When I first started reloading many years ago, I bought and used the plastic boxes to put my reloads in. They sure looked purty sitting on my shelves! But, after arriving at the loads I liked, I just started putting the reloads into 30cal ammo cans in bulk. When I go out to shoot, I grab the ammo cans and go. When they start to feel light, I know it's time to fill them up again. I still use the plastic boxes whenever I just want to run out and pop off a few, just fill them out of the can and go.

The Bushmaster
August 8, 2010, 12:50 PM
Hey Wild Willy...They're lookin for you at the other place.

For some ungodly reason they think they miss you...

NC Cruffler
August 8, 2010, 12:54 PM
Frankford Arsenal that I get from Midway. Many sizes, different colors so I can differentiate between different loads of the same calibre.

August 8, 2010, 04:16 PM
Mostly MTM but also Frankford Arsenal, full length plastic hinges.
MTM has their factory here in southwestern Ohio, so I try to support the locals. :) And I haven't had any defect issues yet.

August 8, 2010, 11:03 PM
I like my 'old style' MTM caseguards, mostly because of the color coding. Looks cool in the ammo closet.

Berry's MFG
August 9, 2010, 11:57 AM
All Berry's plastic is made in the USA and Guaranteed for life.

August 9, 2010, 08:34 PM
MTM boxes with hinge or slip top that I bought at Academy. I also have old style, Plano and a couple of the new style, Plano, which I also purchased from from Academy.

August 10, 2010, 11:28 AM
I have several 100 round MTM case guard plastic boxes for my .44 Mag rounds. I set a full box of 240 gr. rounds on a stool about 18" above the concrete floor. Of course the box fell off the stool and landed on the floor. The hinge ripped loose about 2/3 the way across and spilled all the rounds on the floor. Up until then I hadn't had any issues with the MTM cases. Actually I still don't. 100 rounds of 240 gr. .44 Mag ammo is HEAVY.

So the moral of my story is, that they work fine until you drop a loaded box, but Gorilla tape will make it like new again. :eek::):D

PS. I also use Midway's foam inner tray with their cardboard outer box. They are a lot less noisy than the plastic cases.

August 10, 2010, 11:38 AM
I have been using MTM products for years never had a single problem.

August 11, 2010, 09:47 PM
MTM because they stack better than the Midway(Frankford)

Red for jacketed or plated, blue for lead.

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