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Show me your brass storage solutions!

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by UltimateReloader, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. UltimateReloader

    UltimateReloader Well-Known Member

    Hey all- I'm currently trying to scheme up a solution for storing brass (I sort by headstamp for most brass, so it takes up a lot of bins currently!)

    I was thinking possibly about something like this:

    Perhaps put it on castor wheels or something.

    Stackable containers would also work well I suppose...

    What do you all do to sort, store, and generally keep track of all your brass?
  2. RandyP

    RandyP Well-Known Member

    I use small plastic bins with lids (like food storage/shoe storage etc.)

    Gallon size ziplocs work well too and buying the "freezer' ones gives you a small label area to write on.

    Open bins IMHO end up as dust collectors and increase the chance for mixing stuff up that you are trying to keep separate.
  3. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    The problem I see with that rack is you may have hundreds of one kind that you'd have to scatter around. I just use freezer bags and totes. You can label the bags based on brass quality, etc. The problem I have is getting it all cleaned and prepped.

    Also--the dust issue is a very good point against open-top storage.
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2009
  4. Horsemany

    Horsemany Well-Known Member

    I use stackable plastic bins sized for shoes. You can store a lot of brass in one and being stackable keeps things neat. All my brass takes up 1/2 a closet shelf. Ends of plastic bins are marked for cartridge. Some bins have more than one caliber seperated by plastic bags inside.
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I use clear plastic storage canisters with wide-mouth screw-on lids for odd calibers.

    Ammo cans on steel shelving for larger quantities of common calibers.

    Square plastic stacking cake frosting buckets & lids for shotgun hulls.
    (free or very inexpensive from any bakery)

  6. delta5

    delta5 Well-Known Member


    This would also work to keep your reloading die sets organized. Keep a die set, and case trimmers etc in their own bins..
  7. MichiganShootist

    MichiganShootist Well-Known Member

    I use large coffee cans (the 3 pounders) They stack well, are relatively air tight, and cost nothing.
  8. ForneyRider

    ForneyRider Well-Known Member

    freezer bags in large Ovatine containers.
  9. Wilburt

    Wilburt Well-Known Member



    I got them from http://www.quantumbins.com/

    There are two "quantum bins" kinda like two master cast. The only problem is it wasn't the cheapest and they charge a fee if you don't order by the "carton". But I do like them. Also I went to look at HArbor Frieght before I ordered from Quantum Bins. The Plastic at Harbor is flimbsier (spelling?). The plastic at quantum is more like the stock bullet catcher from hornady.
  10. flashhole

    flashhole Well-Known Member

    Zip Lock Baggies
  11. bullseye308

    bullseye308 Well-Known Member

    Sterilite containers from wally mart @ $1.00 each. Store lots of brass and are stackable too. They are 13" x 7.5" x 4"
  12. Steve Marshall

    Steve Marshall Well-Known Member

    I use the orange 5 gallon pails from Home Depot. Unlike the $1 containers from WM, when these start getting full you can still stack them. As to capacity one of these will hold well more than 1,000 30-06 cases.
  13. tding

    tding Well-Known Member

    Jif Peanut Butter Plastic Jars
  14. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    These are cheap and work well, I use the 3 quart size, I think it is. They're bigger than these, but I couldn't find a photo of that size. Kinda square-shaped instead of round, three to a package.

    But I prefer to keep my brass in new 2.5 gallon paint buckets w/lids from Home Depot or Lowes. I don't sort by headstamp, just caliber, so I need bigger containers. But the 3 qt. Ziploc containers are great for lots of things, and stackable. I keep bullets and tumbling media in mine, plus other things too. But they'd be great for sorted brass. Cost something like $5 for three at WalMart. Come in lots of sizes and shapes.

  15. Claude Clay

    Claude Clay Well-Known Member

    very inexpensive--free--half gallon milk containers with tops trimmed
    and 8 fit in a large dog bones box. i can sort while watchin tv with the mrs.

    the tumbler is a lyman 1200 and a full jug fills the tumbler. 9mm=500; 45acp/38's are about 300. 30-30 etc are about 125.

    store above press area the same way.

    Last edited: Nov 5, 2009
  16. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    CC - I use cut-open jugs like that for collecting brass with, they're excellent for carrying around the range and scrounging.
  17. Safetychain

    Safetychain Well-Known Member

    I use 5 gallon plastic buckets left open air for same caliber uncleaned brass. As I separate, I clean and keep in 3 lb. plastic coffee containers with lids. These will hold well over 500 rnds of 45 ACP and more .40 and 9mm.

    I have even some overflow in taped up cardboard boxes.

    When picking up after myself, I usually get a lot of somebodyelse's stuff so I just check that everything is reloadable and throw it back into the buckets to start again.
  18. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    I buy white 5gal buckets from WallyWorld (in the paint section). I fill them with tumbled brass and mark the chambering on the lid. They stack well, and they hold a fair bit - 6000 cases of 9x19, 5000 40S&W cases, 4000 45ACP cases, 1500 308 cases, 3000 7.62x39 cases, and so forth.

    When I'm ready to load a batch, I'll resize the cases and store them in gallon ziplock freezer bags. Next, I hand prime the cases and place the primed cases into large ammo cans. I then load on a turret press, with the finished ammo going into ziplock sandwich baggies in 100rd increments. Ziplock sandwich baggies are useful at the range since they can hold any extra brass that I collect on the way.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2012
  19. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Well-Known Member

    Cleaned, sorted, and counted out into lots of 1010 per bag.....then heat sealed in food saver bags.

  20. Bush Pilot

    Bush Pilot Well-Known Member

    9mm, 40 and .45 ACP go into 5 gallon buckets (have unlimited supply) Everything else goes into Sterilite containers (lockable lids) from Wal Mart.

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