Roll around tool chest for ammo/misc.


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floorit76
January 7, 2012, 01:53 PM
Another forum I frequent had a discusion about how people store their ammo and gun related things. It got me thinking about all the stuff I had clogging up my safe. After a quick trip to the local sears I took the advice of a member over there. I bought a 4 drawer ball bearing bottom box on scratch and dent clearance for under $100. I cleaned out the safe and still had plent of room to spare. I put in all my magazines, holsters, manuals, cleaning stuff, etc. Along with all of my ammo thats not in cans. It's nice to have everything in one spot, organized and easy to find. It's heavy, but still easy to move around. And hides nicely in the corner out of the way. Just though I'd pass it along.

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jeepnik
January 7, 2012, 01:57 PM
Now why the heck didn't I ever think of that. I have boxes of stuff. You know the bits and pieces that one accumlates. Parts removed for upgrade, parts for guns one doesn't have any more, etc.

Now all I have to do is weight for a sale of "floor" models.

floorit76
January 7, 2012, 02:01 PM
Only trouble I have is, now I want a top box for the little parts, and tools and such. Might end up with a middle box too. ;)

jeepnik
January 7, 2012, 02:03 PM
That's my plan.

USAF_Vet
January 7, 2012, 02:09 PM
Most of my ammo and stuff is kept in a Milsurp mortar ammo chest. Found it at a second hand store for $15 and holds quite a bit of stuff. I need to find more .30 cal ammo cans since they fit right inside perfectly. All my 54r is kept in a .30 cal can and the rest of it is in the factory packaging all sitting in my big hefty steel case.

beatledog7
January 7, 2012, 02:26 PM
I use Sears rolling ball-bearing tool chests as well, but had to move ammo.

Ammo is much more dense on average than hand tools. The largest drawer of my biggest chest started binding up a bit with a full load of ammo. I moved loaded ammo to wooden chests in another room, and primers took over their space.

Drail
January 7, 2012, 02:31 PM
Most tool box drawer slides will be strained with ammo.

floorit76
January 7, 2012, 02:42 PM
As with any gear, if you know it's limits you'll have less trouble. I'm well aware of the load capacity of the slides. Thanks for your concern.

asahrts
January 7, 2012, 02:55 PM
I had the same thought of moving misc stuff from the safe and into another cabinet. It took me about a year to look directly next to my safe and think...huh...I should move ammo into the empty drawers on the bottom of my craftsman box. It is heavy so I don't overload the drawers and it works great!

floorit76
January 7, 2012, 03:44 PM
I looked it up to be certain, and as I had thought my drawer slides are rated at 25lbs each. It's a 4 drawer cabinet. 100lbs is a fair amount of ammunition. I keep cans with more in them. But this lets you have a few hundred of several calibers at your fingertips.

dusty14u
January 7, 2012, 04:17 PM
I just completed a move and the ammo was one of the heaviest items. I loaded it all in one trunk, which weighed about 500 lbs. I have a Kennedy stack and a Craftsman stack and I don't think they would have handeled that much ammo well. I do think roll around chests would be great for holding. reloading components and tooling.

jeepnik
January 7, 2012, 04:28 PM
Of course, the ultimate would be something like a Knack job box. But even the smaller ones are over $300. On the plus side, once full, it couldn't be stolen without a forklift.:D

floorit76
January 7, 2012, 10:06 PM
I'd just buy another safe if i was that worried. But out here thats not really an issue.

Murphy4570
January 7, 2012, 10:58 PM
Most tool box drawer slides will be strained with ammo.

Depends on what brand tool box you purchase. Cheap stuff like Husky, Craftsman, and Harbor Freight won't hold up. But quality brands will. For example, I keep my gun cleaning kits and solvents in my Snap-On toolbox, does the job very well:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v634/MurPHy4570/IMG_0591.jpg

beatledog7
January 7, 2012, 11:17 PM
Craftsman chests are not what I'd call cheap--the ones I have are simply designed to carry less weight than your Snap-Ons.

A Porsche has a far lower load capacity than an F-350. Is the Porsche cheap?

Twiki357
January 8, 2012, 12:24 AM
I bought a Craftsman chest on sale at K-Mart for $99. They have them on & off for the last year or so. I use it for all my reloading supples. Bottom cabinet for powder, separate drawers for primers, brass, dies, tools, etc. It works great for me and in the event of a fire all I need to do is open the garage door and give it a shove.

FROGO207
January 8, 2012, 07:25 AM
I have one tool box with lower chest in the garage with automotive tools and stuff in it. In the reloading room I have the same thing with reloading/gunsmithing stuff/spare parts in it. Been doing it for a lot of years and the ammo goes in ammo boxes, some big enough that they cant be easily moved. Works for me.:)

06
January 8, 2012, 08:32 AM
Appreciate the ideas. Have a large unused tool box that will work very well for my powder and little used things. Just need to fab a trolley so it can be moved when necessary. Been salivating over the Kobalt boxes at Lowes but their prices drive me off.

303tom
January 8, 2012, 09:30 AM
I have three US General boxes in my Arms Room.

crazy-mp
January 8, 2012, 09:36 AM
One of the 07/SOT's I know uses tool boxes to store his built suppressors and another one for all his baffles inside his vault.

locnload
January 8, 2012, 09:56 AM
This is a great idea, I have not done it but it gives me something to look forward to (I'm easily amused). I like to keep spare mags and other stuff organized so when I'm taking a couple guns to the range, a match, or training I can grab the accessories and go. And the added bonus of keeping them locked up is a plus. When I think about the mags I've gathered over the years between the Glocks, M&Ps, 1911s, BHP, ARs, 30 Carbine and other misc, I've got a lot of money in that stuff. It either has to be cramed in the safe or it ends up in an unlocked cabinet or one thats easily broken into. The tool chest is a near perfect solution, and you can often find great deals on them. :cool: This is great idea, kudos

xfyrfiter
January 8, 2012, 10:45 AM
20mm ammo cans make excellent storage for ammo, and are very stackable, although very heavy when full. A full box of 22lr will go 100+ pounds.

floorit76
January 8, 2012, 10:57 AM
I think I mentioned twice already that I agree that cans are great, and I keep ammo in them too. This is just for the stuff I want to keep handy.

jeepnik
January 8, 2012, 11:22 AM
Appreciate the ideas. Have a large unused tool box that will work very well for my powder and little used things. Just need to fab a trolley so it can be moved when necessary. Been salivating over the Kobalt boxes at Lowes but their prices drive me off.
I have a couple of Kobalt boxes on my work truck. I wouldn't buy them again. The locks are pretty flimsy, and the mounting hardware supplied wasn't up to the task and had to be replaced.

303tom
January 8, 2012, 01:06 PM
I think I mentioned twice already that I agree that cans are great, and I keep ammo in them too. This is just for the stuff I want to keep handy.
Like this...........the only corner of my Arms Room you will ever see.

floorit76
January 8, 2012, 03:19 PM
I'm not lucky enough to have a "Arms room" yet. But we have an old farmhouse, with enourmous rooms. So my safe and box fit nicely in the master bedroom. Far from ideal, but at least I have quick access.

Walkalong
January 8, 2012, 03:40 PM
Cheap stuff like Husky, Craftsman, and Harbor Freight won't hold up.Husky is pretty good. Craftsman is cheap. Harbor Freight has one that is heavy duty. When it goes on sale it's a real deal.

Dinger
January 8, 2012, 03:46 PM
I have a friend who picked up at surplus one of those large filing cabinets for storing/filing full sized drawings and it sits in his shop/reloading area. The drawers are shallow but deep and wide and he keeps all his T/C barrels in one drawer now lined in felt and beautifully displayed. These guys do take up some floor space/room but they will store a multitude of tools and toys.

One_Jackal
January 8, 2012, 04:12 PM
I use Plano clear plastic tackle boxes to keep small items organized. The boxes are cheap, stackable and I can see whats in them.

Dnaltrop
January 9, 2012, 02:17 PM
+1 for avoiding the bigger name brand inexpensive tool boxes. I have dozens of older Craftsman tools, and had an older tool box that was solid as granite.

For Christmas I was gifted with the stackable 3 drawer sets from Craftsman... I had to return them twice.

The sliders of the first set came apart in the box. and the bottom (where the wheels mounted) was crumpled in shipping on the first one. On the second one the sliders came apart , and the fronts of the drawers were bent in.

Not very secure if someone trying to break into a locked toolbox can simply push the drawer in like tinfoil and reach past it. They can't even survive being transported to the store.

It was NOT fun having to drag my gift-giver out repeatedly to exchange, then to get the items refunded to their accounts, rather than turned into gift cards. Thankfully they were nearly as offended in the drop in Craftsman's quality as I was.

Maybe I'll have them spend the money on Snap-On gift certificates and save up the difference in price myself.

beatledog7
January 9, 2012, 02:31 PM
+1 for avoiding the bigger name brand inexpensive tool boxes.

It all depends on one's budget and the planned use. I agree some tool boxes don't accommodate ammo very well due to its density. I learned that by trying it.

For my current purposes, the Craftsman roll-arounds work fine.

ErikO
January 9, 2012, 04:17 PM
I so wish I still had my Dad's sears blue 'burnables' rolling cabinets. Basically, they were metal cabinets on casters, the same size as a bottom drawer cabinet but with only one shelf behind a pair of doors. He stored thinner and stain in it, would have been great for my reloading stuff. I may have to find one of those now.

floorit76
January 9, 2012, 07:53 PM
I got mine for under $100, but it was a scratch and dent special. It was actually one of their better boxes, I just got a good deal. I have at least 20 lbs in a couple drawers. They are rated to 25. But they are not sagging or buckling, and still roll beautifully. There are lots of boxes out there that wouldn't.

Rembrandt
January 9, 2012, 08:18 PM
Roll cabinets make excellent storage for ammo and gun related items. Have a number of Snap-On's and they are the best built. For the money, the Seville line from Sam's Club is a good buy.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/reload%20room/reload2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/reload%20room/ammostorage-3.jpg?t=1318060742

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/reload%20room/room-5.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/reload%20room/ammostorage-2.jpg?t=1272757896

oneounceload
January 9, 2012, 09:04 PM
I have an old Steelcase ten drawer card file cabinet. Each drawer holds 42 boxes of 12 gauge or 54 boxes of 20 or 28 gauge ammo. Drawers are ball bearing glides and work perfectly. It does not have wheels and weighs a lot when fully loaded, but works great

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