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Do you lock up components?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by RockRat64, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. RockRat64

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    Do you lock up your componets? If there have been a few thefts in the neighborhood, would you then?
     
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  2. Arkansas Paul

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    I don't.

    Also, we were the victims of a theft.
    My father's shop was broken into and every bit of our reloading equipment was stolen. Two RCBS presses, scales, dies, everything.

    That is everything but the components. Every primer, pound of powder and bullet were left. Go figure.
     
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  3. AJC1

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    I keep my press on the bench and everything else is inside the house to prevent rust. If your safe is in the house and you have the space the I would. No powder or primers in the safe for me, as a fire would turn it into a giant bomb.
     
  4. entropy

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    No. The only theft my father ever had of components was by me, :D and my kids never did swipe my powder to burn up toy soldiers or make small black powder 'fireworks'.
     
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  5. Texasgrillchef

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    I lock up all the Gun powder, black and smokeless. If that gets into someone’s hands that could actually be danergous. Empty brass and projectiles can’t cause to much damage by someone who steals them, not without extensive effort. Gun powder is much different. Yes I lock up the primers as well.

    The powder and primers is kept in a small home built bunker, with humidity control. Along with all my homemade fireworks.
     
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  6. GRIZ22

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    Never.

    I would find it strange if burglars stole components. They're looking for a quick flip.Components aren't in that category. I've investigated a good amount of burglaries where nothing was stolen because there was nothing of value out. Burglars want to get in and out in less than 3-5 minutes. That's the high end when there is plenty of high value stuff out.

    If you have to lock up powder because of your kids, that's another story.
     
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  7. ballman6711

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    I started reloading two years ago in a small apartment. Maintenance workers sometimes came in for inspections/repairs, so all my stuff was kept put away but not locked. Rarely had visitors and never any children.

    Then last year my gf and I moved in with her mother to help her out. I did lock my stuff in a cabinet while living there since she sometimes had visitors, and occasionally a very curious grandkid or two.

    This year we are in our own place again, rarely have visitors, and I keep stuff in a cabinet with the ability to lock it. But since it's just the two of us I generally don't.

    chris
     
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  8. FROGO207

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    Nope. Presently single and the whole house is hardened against theft. Everything here indicates the truth. I am poor, no huge TV, no X box, etc. Why bother with me.
     
  9. Demi-human

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    I have my accoutrements in a room downstairs, behind a locked steel entry door.
    Not for theft, but so I don’t have hang my kids by their toes.:)
    All my ammunition is in a closet in my room and everything else is locked in the safe.
    I keep the shop locked, too, because that is where the actual dangerous stuff is. Machetes, chainsaws, various sharp metal things, power tools


    I have a very strict way about my handloading things and firearms.
    Nazi-esque in fact. There is no other way than mine. And I don’t want anyone or anything messing with my Tao.
    I am a ten year old boy about it, “Don’t touch my stuff!”
    No Ditch Tigers knocking over brass at two in the morning.
    No nephews, even super cute ones, taking apart my calipers. (Yup, into pieces. And also, how?! I almost didn’t get them back together!)

    I thwarted Ditchy Momo with the door, I had to put a lock on it because of the kids.

    If thieves are not distracted by the TVs and truly want my handloading things, I hope they take the tool box with all the extra bullets in it.
    It will be heavy and cumbersome, it will also have a Milwaukee Tick in it. They will be found in short order. And I’ll get to tell them of all the stuff they missed.
    If the police get to them first...:fire:
     
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  10. kidneyboy

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    Ok. Whats a Milwaukee Tick?
     
  11. Demi-human

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    Milwaukee brand power tools have a chip that can be attached to the tool or boxes, even other tools, that can be tracked by an App on a smart phone.
    When your phone syncs to your truck it runs the search program and alerts you if there is a missing Tick.
    No more leaving expensive tools in the rain or attic.
    No one running off with your impact driver because “Oh, it looks just like mine!”(No. It doesn’t. Yours is a piece of crap that you use like a hammer, thief.)
     
  12. GBExpat

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    I do not. If there were kids around or the increased possibility of a smash&grab occurring, I would seriously consider it.
     
  13. Walkalong

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    I was broken into a couple of years back, they ignored a lot of bullets/powder/primers/old scopes in boxes/etc.
     
  14. jmorris

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    All the locks I have are just there to keep honest people out. Anyone with a cordless dremel or even a good rock could bypass many of them, a portable oxy/act rig could defeat the rest.
     
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  15. Chuck R.

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    I do, behind a vault door, and it's part of my alarm system too!

    But it's really just because my reloading room is located in my "safe" room.
     
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  16. JDeere

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    Nope, no need to and will never store ammo or components in a safe. Thieves are looking for big ticket items they can flip quick.
     
  17. Armored farmer

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    Yes. Most of my powder. All of my emergency ammo stocks are locked up.
    That doesnt tell the whole story though, because they are locked with only a padlock and stored in my shop with hammers, boltcutters, and a sawzall. If someone wanted into the metal cabinet, it wouldn't take long to get in.
    ETA
    I keep about 10-12lbs of 3f black in that cabinet. Mostly keep it locked up so I do t have a 'Yosemite Sam incident' while sharpening my lawn mower blades.
     
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  18. Eugen

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    No. I don't lock up components. I don't store ammo in a safe. I do lock my firearms/ reloading/ammo storage room when I have visitors or grandkids at the house.
     
  19. Jack Ryan

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    I lock the house.
     
  20. rkittine

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    I picked up two used refrigerators from a local appliance store for free. Both work, though are older models that the owners upgraded. I removed the hasps and put on a magnet to keep them closed without locking them up so any pressure inside would let the door expand except for the lightweight locks and hasps that I installed. So if primers or powder go off, the door will have enough force to easily rip off the hasp and lock without an explosion. The lock is really just to keep unwanted hands out. One for Primers and one for powder. The run at low settings just to keep the moisture level down.

    Bob
     
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  21. doubleh

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    No, I don't. It sits on a dedicated shelf where it is easy to get to. Same deal on ammo. It's only protection is an alarm system for when I'm gone from home.

    I have great grand kids that help me with reloading but they know not to mess with any of it unless grandpa is supervising and, believe it or not, they leave it alone.
     
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  22. George P

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    Never have and have never seen the need. The average thief, if he can get past my dog and me, will be trying to grab the laptop, TV and similar stuff, not gun powder - most are too stupid to know what to do with it.
     
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  23. whughett

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    Guns, except those for ready defense, are locked in a large safe. Everything else just kept in various parts of the basement of a locked and alarmed house
     
  24. dh1633pm

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    If they want to lug off brass and bullets, they better have a strong back. I do have a lock on the interior door to the reloading room.
     
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    Nope, lock up loaded ammo and the things that make them go bang.
     
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