Had to stop loading. Ran out of MTM boxes


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Peter M. Eick
June 17, 2012, 03:05 PM
http://eickpm.com/picts/mtm_spares.jpg

I hit the spare pile and no more 38 Super boxes. Dang it. I was on such a roll having made over 1500 of them in the last couple of days. I guess I am ok with 3908 38 Super's loaded, but I still have about 1000 more new pieces of brass to load!

Off to Midway for another order of 50 more boxes!

I hate when I don't get the balance right on the supplies vs. resources.

Anyone else have that problem?

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Trent
June 17, 2012, 03:24 PM
Shoot 1000 then load another 1000. Problem solved. :)

ranger335v
June 17, 2012, 03:29 PM
"Off to Midway for another order of 50 more boxes!"

Okay. ??

oneounceload
June 17, 2012, 03:43 PM
plastic sandwich bags and basic green GI ammo cans work wonders

steveno
June 17, 2012, 03:53 PM
that is why they make empty bulk bullet boxes and that is for overruns

dwhite
June 17, 2012, 04:05 PM
Reminds me of when I got started home-brewing. I'm in the kitchen one Saturday cooking up another batch when I look in the corner of the dining room and realize I've already got 7 cases ready to drink, why am I making more?

Couple parties. Couple dinners. Couple hangovers. Problem solved.

All the best,
D. White

Enjoy burning that stuff up!

Walkalong
June 17, 2012, 04:10 PM
Nope. :)

I keep bulk stuff in ammo cans or old first aid boxes (http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=158770&d=1328915420). I take it to the range in smaller containers. I do use the plastic ammo boxes some though. I loaded 350 .45 Colt the other day. It is all in plastic ammo boxes (http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=101343&d=1247345818).


http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=7181523&postcount=12
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gahunter12
June 17, 2012, 04:44 PM
Dillon has the best price on Ammo boxes. I have a few that I carry my ammo in to IDPA matches, but most of my stored ammo goes in Ingles brand Zip lock storage boxes. They sell for $2.50/5. They will hold 200 9mm, or 175 40s&w.

Ky Larry
June 17, 2012, 07:16 PM
For bulk ammo storage I use big plastic coffee cans. I can get an unlimited supply at work. Stickon labels help keep everything labeled and organized.

moxie
June 17, 2012, 08:00 PM
You're obviously not shooting enough.

Paying for boxes? Why? A number of good suggestions above, and I add old vitamin jars.

wdyasq
June 17, 2012, 08:31 PM
New one gallon paint cans seal waterproof and are not expensive.

Ron

tightgroup tiger
June 17, 2012, 08:41 PM
I use the plastic coffee cans and plastic peanut butter jars, anything I can get a hold of.

I can get about 350 9mm in one 26 ounce jiffy jar. Great for small batches. Put a sticky note with the recipe on top of the shells then I don't have to wonder which batch it is.

I only have one blue box per caliber. Just keep refilling them.

You though, definately need some bigger containers.

brow_tines
June 17, 2012, 08:44 PM
Plastic coffee cans, peanut butter containers, my wife buys coffee creamer in a container about half the size of a coffee can, and I have a niece that uses infamil in the oval pastic containers !!!!

clocker
June 17, 2012, 08:49 PM
I'm kinda new to reloading, but put a self imposed limit of 10 plastic boxes per caliber. Figure that when/if I load more than 1k at a time that is what the pretty green surplus ammo cans are for. Seems like a good compromise since that is how I stored bulk factory ammo before starting to reload.

Waldog
June 17, 2012, 08:58 PM
Buy from these guys: http://www.ammoboxes.com/

Cheaper than Midway and cheaper shipping.;)

bds
June 17, 2012, 09:01 PM
Similar to Walkalong, I use Sears Craftsman nylon tool bags for bulk reloads. They are heavy-duty with wired mouth opening that stays open and accommodate up to several thousand rounds. I bought some on sale for $5 - http://www.sears.com/craftsman-13-in-tool-bag/p-00937535000P?prdNo=1&blockNo=1&blockType=G1

Each bag replaced around 20 ammo boxes for me and they are easier to pack for range trips. :D

http://s.shld.net/is/image/Sears/00937535000http://s.shld.net/is/image/Sears/00940947000

Peter M. Eick
June 17, 2012, 09:17 PM
Thanks for the link on Ammoboxes. I will use them next time.

I am too compulsive to use bulk boxes. I like serial numbering every box and knowing how many rounds were fired out of each gun. This way I can keep track of how each load did in each gun.

Great suggestions though. I will have to think about them for shot gun loads. There I am less particular.

MTD
June 17, 2012, 09:23 PM
Sam and Costco have those wooden wine crates that you could use; 3k of .45 can fit in one of those with spare room!

Cherokee
June 17, 2012, 09:44 PM
I am compulsive about keeping track of everything but I find the GI ammo cans and baggies work just fine for bulk storage. For range use, easily transfer a quantity to boxes. That said, I do have a lot of boxes.

oldreloader
June 17, 2012, 09:53 PM
Thanks for the link bds.. I just bougt two of those bags.

JLDickmon
June 17, 2012, 10:17 PM
http://www.glad.com/products/food-storage/containers/potluck-size/

cfullgraf
June 17, 2012, 10:21 PM
I am too compulsive to use bulk boxes. I like serial numbering every box and knowing how many rounds were fired out of each gun. This way I can keep track of how each load did in each gun.



I prefer to use ammo boxes as well. But, when I have run out, I use ZipLoc style bags to put 50 rounds in, mark the bag with the appropriate load information, then put them in some kind of bulk storage like an ammo can.

With handgun ammunition loaded on a progressive, I am doing this more and more due the volume of rounds I make in a short while. Then I have 50 round packages to take to the range.

bds
June 17, 2012, 10:36 PM
Thanks for the link bds. I just bougt two of those bags.

Sears also has 13" and 18" bag combo on sale for $8.99 - http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00937537000P?mv=rr
http://s.shld.net/is/image/Sears/00937537000?hei=600&wid=600&op_sharpen=1&qlt=90,0&resMode=sharp&op_usm=0.9,0.5,0,0

medalguy
June 17, 2012, 11:12 PM
I had these paper cartons made fro 9mm and .45 ammo which are the two I shoot most of. I have extras as long as they last for .25 each plus shipping. These are made and shipped flat, and fold up just like the GI .45 boxes we all know and love. If anyone needs any of these let me know. This is not a business but extras that I had to buy in order to get the box company to run what I needed.

Walkalong
June 17, 2012, 11:18 PM
I use a bag similar to the one bds linked to for carrying boxed and bagged ammo to the range if it is more than a couple of boxes. It is hard to see, but there is a Bagmaster ammo bag (http://www.bagmaster.com/cart/products/379/Bullet%20Bag%20Small.htm) under the .45 Colt ammo. For a quick trip with one or two pistols and a couple boxes of ammo I just use the range bag for guns and ammo, but for multiple guns with multiple calibers of ammo, I use the ammo bag.

Jeff H
June 17, 2012, 11:21 PM
Ammo cans for bulk storage and Zip-Lock bags for quantities of 50 or 100 for trips to the range.

When loading on the LTC, I drop the finished rounds into 50 round used plastic containers salvaged from factory rounds. That way I know exactly how many I am dumping into a Zip-Lock bag. 100 for 9, 38 and 45. 50 for 357 and 223. Larger rifle rounds are stored differently.

Certaindeaf
June 17, 2012, 11:26 PM
One of these will hold like a million rounds. It's about the size of a microwave oven.

http://media.shopwell.com/kp/4178007359_full.jpg

splattergun
June 17, 2012, 11:28 PM
Reminds me of when I got started home-brewing. I'm in the kitchen one Saturday cooking up another batch when I look in the corner of the dining room and realize I've already got 7 cases ready to drink, why am I making more?

Couple parties. Couple dinners. Couple hangovers. Problem solved.

All the best,
D. White

Enjoy burning that stuff up!
Brewing your own ammo, beer etc. is it's own reward. But only if use what ya make.

fields
June 18, 2012, 12:06 AM
Do not order any more boxes for only 50 pieces of ammo. Go for the 100 piece boxes. Your stacks will be neater.
I had the same problem this winter, I just put 1,000 rounds in a cardboard box and labeled it. I will put them in ammo boxes when the time comes. Of course I made a few, 6000 rounds of 9mm.

lono
June 18, 2012, 12:08 AM
.50 cal ammo cans work great for me.

gahunter12
June 18, 2012, 12:12 AM
Buy from these guys: http://www.ammoboxes.com/

Cheaper than Midway and cheaper shipping.

Nice site, but still not as cheap as Dillon's ammo boxes. You can buy 100rnd ammo boxes for 45acp for $1.78 each. The small caliber boxes are even less.

ArchAngelCD
June 18, 2012, 12:13 AM
I agree, 50 Cal ammo cans do a good job and then you don't have to keep so many plastic boxes around. I have a 50 Cal ammo can full of .38 Specials and another full of .45 Auto. I keep about 10X each of MTM boxes around too and fill them from the ammo cans.

Otto
June 18, 2012, 12:46 AM
Off to Midway for another order of 50 more boxes!

Are you aware that they've changed the hinges on the MTM boxes?
They are now a mechanical design and not as secure as the "live hinges" once were.
Personally I don't care for re-design and have stopped buying their boxes.


http://i.ebayimg.com/t/MTM-Case-Gard-P100-41-44-Magnum-P100-44-29-Clear-Red-/02/!CEUcTkQCWk~$(KGrHqIOKk!E0bc2p1L3BNRdsR0Itg~~_3.JPG

Bush Pilot
June 18, 2012, 01:07 AM
I get a headache just thinking about having to box ammo. When the akro bin gets full on the press it gets dumped into ammo cans. When it's time to leave for the range I grab a few rounds and put them into plastic bags and head out. Box ammo? :banghead:

Certaindeaf
June 18, 2012, 01:11 AM
Any time I lay hands on boxed ammo I dump it all out into a pile anyway. It's easier to load

GLOOB
June 18, 2012, 02:17 AM
Any time I lay hands on boxed ammo I dump it all out into a pile anyway. It's easier to load
Except for revolvers. I bought a lot of MTM boxes, myself, when I started out. Now, I only use the 357's. The semiauto ammo is easier to stow in a range bag and to load the magazines when loose in bags!

I still have about 1000 more new pieces of brass to load!

Off to Midway for another order of 50 more boxes!
Maybe my math is off. You are buying 20 rd boxes for 38 Super ammo!?

Certaindeaf
June 18, 2012, 02:22 AM
^
I grab them loose.. from 5-16, to load up what needs loading in one scoop.

GLOOB
June 18, 2012, 03:43 AM
With my revo's, I can load faster grabbing them by the rim out of the MTM box by 2's or 3's.

cfullgraf
June 18, 2012, 08:18 AM
Maybe my math is off. You are buying 20 rd boxes for 38 Super ammo!?

Probably a case of 50 boxes. Cheaper per box than 20 each.

4895
June 18, 2012, 03:05 PM
Don't forget the .30 caliber ammo cans. They work great for small pistol rounds like .22lr .380 9mm 38 special.

A Pause for the Coz
June 18, 2012, 03:26 PM
I use these sterilite boxes from Wally World. My Piggy Back dumps them into the box. When full I pop on the lid, stick them under the bench,then fill my MTM boxes from them when empty.

Lots cheaper.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d66/Kelly2215/100_8214.jpg

dihnen
June 18, 2012, 08:32 PM
Peter, speaking as a fellow RCBS Pro 2000 loader, and knowing how quickly and easily that press runs, and how we just never want to stop loading ammo on it, I sympathize. Please send me as much of your ammo as you can and I will volunteer to take time off reloading to go shoot it. Shooting is not as much fun as reloading, but I'll do it for ya.

Thank you.

Bush Pilot
June 19, 2012, 04:36 PM
One of these will hold like a million rounds. It's about the size of a microwave oven.

http://media.shopwell.com/kp/4178007359_full.jpg
How many cheese balls do you figure there's in the bottle?

Certaindeaf
June 19, 2012, 04:38 PM
^
Three!

higgite
June 19, 2012, 06:17 PM
"RiceSelect" plastic containers. 'Course, you gotta like rice, but who doesn't?

EMC45
June 20, 2012, 01:05 PM
I starting buying those MTM and other plastic ammo boxes when I first started reloading. I also had a friend find a huge box full of them at a yard sale once that I got off him for a song. I now just load my ammo and put it in heavy duty quart ziplock bags and write the data on the side. I put them in a .50 Cal ammo can and carry the whole can to the range. Problem solved. I realized I could buy the plastic cases for around 2 bucks a piece or go to my local pawnshop and buy .30 Cal. ammo cans for a buck a piece and have way more room in them for multiple calibers, and save a buck. I have since given away some of the plastic ones I had from years back. It makes for a much neater shooting bag to have guns in one bag and all ammo in a .50 Cal. ammo can.

winterhorse290
June 20, 2012, 01:12 PM
this may sound a little....hillbilly, but get some new paint cans from lowes or home depot. the ones that have never had anything in them. quart or gallon size. air tight and cheap. i line mine with cardboard as a cushion. purge with N2 if for long term storage.

Certaindeaf
June 20, 2012, 01:47 PM
I just store mine like this.

http://sickeninglyliberal.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/scrooge_mcduck.jpg

mgmorden
June 20, 2012, 02:46 PM
I don't like the MTM boxes (though I have a few) because of the hinge design. The flexing plastic just seems like it will eventually wear out. Admittedly, I've never had an MTM box break, but I've had similar style containers from other manufacturers break.

I have a bunch of the SmartReloader boxes myself - just ordered a few more of these from Midsouth Shooters Supply as they had the 9mm ones for $0.90 each. They have a more traditional hinge type that looks more durable in the long term to me.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-saFQxbt1GOk/T742Gv62rJI/AAAAAAAAA4A/WmvOiIv8JF8/s800/sr-box.gif

I've also recently ordered quite a few of the Plano boxes as well, which also have a better hinge design. These are purtier than the Smart Reloader ones and stack a little better IMHO.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-SzwjBQA3fIw/T-IL2P8rC-I/AAAAAAAAA4g/foiZXPHkIu0/s288/plano-box.jpg

Of various brands I think total I've got 35-40 of the 9mm boxes and another 10-12 for 38 special. For anything I'm loading in quantity I like to have them and it just keeps things organized :).

beatledog7
June 20, 2012, 04:43 PM
I have dozens of boxes from various manufacturers, some actually hinged, some with the flexible plastic thing, and some with completely removable lids. Some are 20-round, some fifty, some 100. All work fine and serve to keep various loads separated, which for me is their purpose.

I also use various other kinds of containers, from ammo cans to zip-lock bags, for plinking rounds and rounds that are built from already-tested recipes. Each kind serves a purpose.

Tom488
June 20, 2012, 05:03 PM
Not so much for storage, but I found my new "completed cartridge" bin:

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc361/tlawrence488/Reloading/CartridgeBin.jpg

TheCracker
June 20, 2012, 05:13 PM
Dang, I bet mtm loves you! To each his own but I store mine in ziplock sack and GI ammo cans.

FROGO207
June 20, 2012, 05:39 PM
I know one thing for sure. A 5 gallon bucket 1/2 full of 45 ACP cant be picked up without pulling the handle off.:banghead: They are good to store brass and finished ammo in if you don't want to move them or stack them.:) I use 5 gallon buckets, 40 MM ammo cans, 50 cal and 30 cal ammo cans, with freezer type Zip-Loc baggies marked with the info. The sandwich bags could split and the contents spill and a round possibly be set off.

armarsh
June 21, 2012, 09:24 PM
If you have not ordered yet, you can buy directly from Berry's. http://www.berrysmfg.com/product-i14524-c29-g8-b0-p0-403_38357_1.63_OAL_Ammo_Box.aspx

Free shipping on orders over $50 and the boxes are less than $1ea if you buy in cases of 50. Pretty good deal and Berry's is super nice to do business with.

beatledog7
June 21, 2012, 11:45 PM
Berry's are a good deal price-wise. The 100-rd ones have that plastic connector strap rather than a hinge (same as on MTM 50s).

I don't know if I'm alone in this, but the ones I bought (100-rd .45-10mm) don't stay closed as well as MTM. Never had one pop open, just found myself thinking one might. The 9mm ones are more secure. YMMV.

zxcvbob
June 21, 2012, 11:53 PM
http://media.shopwell.com/kp/4178007359_full.jpg

How many cheese balls do you figure there's in the bottle?


Almost a week's worth.

armarsh
June 22, 2012, 08:59 AM
Berry's are a good deal price-wise. The 100-rd ones have that plastic connector strap rather than a hinge (same as on MTM 50s).

I don't know if I'm alone in this, but the ones I bought (100-rd .45-10mm) don't stay closed as well as MTM. Never had one pop open, just found myself thinking one might. The 9mm ones are more secure. YMMV.

I don't use the 100 rd boxes, so i can't speak about them. I have never had a 50 round Berry's open inadvertently though and I have hundreds of them.

JSmith
June 22, 2012, 09:32 AM
Since I recently started reloading I don't have large quantities of ammo on hand at any one time. I load a hundred rounds, go shoot 'em, load a hundred more, go shoot 'em...

But it's summer, and I'm fairly busy with other things. This winter, when I'm stuck indoors, I expect to develop a storage problem. I've stored ammo in a Playmate picnic cooler which seemed to work pretty well.

Peter M. Eick
July 1, 2012, 12:36 PM
Otto,

Yes I got burned with the new hinge on some of the 357 max boxes I bought. That is why I am laying in some of the older stock so I have spares.

Like you I am now looking for a new supplier than MTM (much to my chagrin!)

Reefinmike
July 1, 2012, 02:56 PM
Every time i go to the range while waiting for a cease fire, i scrounge through the trash bin for the white plastic federal trays. Great for 380, 9mm, 38, 357 etc etc... And four trays fit perfectly in the bottom of a 50 cal ammo can- nice and snug. Can fit 800 38 specials in trays in a can or 1200 380's

coalman
July 1, 2012, 03:30 PM
Anyone else have that problem?

No. I have lots of plastic PB jars for storage and a just a few boxes to rotate rounds to for range time.

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