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How store / track cases?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by RugerSAFan, Jan 19, 2003.

  1. RugerSAFan

    RugerSAFan New Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Barry County, Michigan
    I'm using a single stage, and just starting out last night.

    I have 500+ cases.

    Many of been cleaned in tumbler and returned to factory ammo cases.

    Last night I started resizing/depriminging in batches; then store shells.

    Later clean primer hole and tap shell on wood to get out crud.

    Tonight will prime; store.

    Later will expand shell; add powder; add bullet; store.

    Later crimp. store.

    Someday: shoot; store empty case.

    Segregate for tumbling; store.

    Tumble; store.


    How does one keep track of it all?
  2. ARGarrison

    ARGarrison Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Indiana, USA
    I also reload in small batches on a single stage press. I reload mostly .38 spl, with .357 mag close behind and assorted other calibers to round things out. I tend to reload by box (50) when loading pistol ammo. One box is tumbled, but with other boxes of another caliber, say .38, .357, and .44 all together. Sorted and placed back in box. Box then moves over to be deprimed and sized. May do more than one box at a setting, but always work from the same box. Prime. Then load and crimp at same setting. I then mark the box with a small X in top of the face for each time that box/batch has been through. Add a load data card to the box with powder load, bullet weight and type, primer make, date loaded, sometimes will even do the math and write out estimated fps. Box is then placed with loaded ammo ready for the range or the field.

    At the range I load from one box, and replace the empties back in the box from where it came.
  3. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    Winter Haven, FL
    I use plastic tupperware containers for all of my assorted brass. I keep a 3x5 card in the container with the current status of the brass so I know what needs to be done next. This also helps if I'm experimenting with different loads. This way, I can keep track of how many times they have been loaded and which ones I've used for some "hot" loads. Anything to minimize my screwups. I really hate depriming a live primer!:)
  4. Bacchus

    Bacchus Active Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    I use a similar system to that already mentioned. I keep the brass sorted by box of 50 and put a piece of duct tape on the top of the box corresponding to number of loadings. I keep once fired brass in a separate container until I need it (if the brass gets weak or I lose it).

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