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How do you store/transport your pistol reloads?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Triumph, Mar 13, 2013.

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  1. Triumph

    Triumph Member

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    When reloading pistol how do you store your bulk reloads?

    I saw a thread with one of the THR members that put his .45 ACP reloads in a 50 cal ammo can. It looks like he had a whole can full. They appeared to be cast reloads. I've lost track of the thread now & cant remember which one it was.

    Is this o.k. for pistol rounds? I realize people probably don't transport like this but just talking about storing in your home.
     
  2. kingmt

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    Why not transport like that? Wish I had some but I'm to cheap to buy them. I use USPS boxes.
     
  3. GCBurner

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    In 100-round plastic ammo boxes of the appropriate calibre, labeled with date, powder charge, and bullet.
     
  4. ngaither

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    I use alot of the MTM boxes for the storage and make my own labels. But you can just use old factory boxes if you have them laying around. They just don't last as long.
     
  5. Jeff H

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    A 50 cal ammo can is going to be really heavy, 30 cal can is heavy enough. It holds 700 rounds by the way.


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  6. dtalley

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    I also use plastic ammo boxes but I have started attempting to fill some 50cal ammo cans with loose rounds. Just started with .223rem recently and only have a single stage press but I have put 750 rounds in a can and still have lots of room. When I get it full I will start on 9mm and 45acp. as long as my componets last anyway. Hope we can start getting Primers, powder and bullets again soon.:fire:
     
  7. Fire_Moose

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    The 250 count Berry's boxes are great for finished rounds.

    Sent from my CZ85 Combat
     
  8. esheato

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    Dillon Border Shift bag....2 pouches and you fill one with empty brass as you empty the loaded ammo side.
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    Bagmaster makes great ammo bags.
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    EDIT: I load in quantity for pistol, and everything gets dumped into ammo cans..usually 30 cal ones. My main practice gun, usually my .40, goes in the Dillon bag with the stuff I shoot less of in the Bagmaster bags. I refill as necessary.
     
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  9. holdencm9

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    If you wrap some duct tape around them to stiffen/reinforce them, they last a lot longer.
     
  10. 45lcshooter

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    Mtm boxes in ammo cans. Can walk up to the ammo can get how many MTM boxes I want to take and walk out the door.

    For overstock yea just throwing loose in a ammo can you can get a lot more ammo in. But if you decide to have a last minute range trip, it can take a few minutes to load into MTM boxes or factory boxes.

    All my reloads go in factory boxes that I robbed from the range's trash cans and neatly organized.
     
  11. James2

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    What do you have handy?
    Cardboard boxes, cloth bags, empty ice cream buckets, etc.
    I have stored and hauled ammo in all sorts of containers even down to Zip-loc freezer bags.

    I like that. I seldom go to a public range and seldom buy any factory ammo so regular ammo boxes are in short supply.
     
  12. dnite

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    I like the MTM boxes of 100ct but Plano makes a nice more compact box.

    For my tw0 buddies that I reload for I use a zip lock bag with the date,cal.,bullet etc written on a sticky in the bag.

    I use 50cal ammo cans like JeffH does also for long term storage.
     
  13. gamestalker

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    Most of my reloads are stored in plastic ammo boxes. As for metal ammo cans, I don't really like them because you have to take an entire can full where ever you go. Back when I first started reloading I would just make my own cardboard ammo containers that would hold 20, 50, or 100 rounds. I still use that method form time to time, usually when I'm loading for a friend or family member that doesn't have a box to store them in. But I always, always, label all containers with the specifics of the load, and the caliber cartridge.

    GS
     
  14. Zardaia

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    The zip locks work great to keep a few rounds each seperate taking test loads to the range. Once I settle on what to make in bulk, some goes in a few empty factory boxes and the rest in .50 cal can with a stickie note load data. Found that a piece of cardboard can be used to split up the can for diff calibers. Yes it's heavy, but not like I'm taking the whole can to the range.
     
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    I just use a gallon freezer bag and mark it with the load specs
     
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    If you order bullets from Berry's, they come in nice plastic containers and are great for storing your loaded rounds for taking to the range.

    No, I don't have connections with Berry's:)

    Smokeyloads
     
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    I store them in ammo cans. I have a can for each caliber. When I go to the range I just grab the cans that go with the guns I'm shooting.
     
  18. JSmith

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    I ordered 1000 each of 220 gr. .44 and 125 gr. .38 last spring and those came in cardboard boxes.

    I store finished ammo in those MTM boxes.
     
  19. Sam1911

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    Some stuff in the plastic MTM or Midway boxes. A lot just dumped into cardboard boxes the bullets come in. A 500-count bullet box holds 350-400 loaded 9mms.
     
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    I cut the good part off of the legs of old jeans, sew up the bottom and but a draw string in the top. The sizes are whatever I want to make them. I have a 100ct. size for my IDPA matches, etc. Something soft sided like that takes up less room, especially in my range bag. I also use them for spent brass. They are plenty strong.
     
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    This is another one of those 'depends' situations.

    Multiple bulk loads, .40 S&W & .45 ACPs come to mind. These are standardized loadings and get zip lock bagged in groups of 100. To store or move will be determined by how many, how long, how far. To take to my range, carry the baggie out the door to the pick nick table and shoot. 50 cal ammo cans when full of the above, are a bit much to tote about for long very far. They work better for storage.

    Moving on to limited loadings or testing loads or specialty loads. Plastic boxes work well. Loading blocks do well for me. Sometimes a baggie with a note listing what that load is may be in order.

    Larger/rifle loads will come down to who many and what. My .375 H&H Mags go into plastic boxes (not that I load that many at one time). Bulked out .223/5.56 get zip lock bags like .40s and .45s.

    Back when.... .38 Spec wad cutters came in short white boxes with plastic standing holders. These when flipped over would hold 50 .45 ACPs very well. 500 round of .45s in these boxes fit well into a 50 cal ammo can. Just don't plan on carrying them around all day. Too bad I don't see them anymore.

    Use what you've got that works. I have one of my grand daughters discarded school back packs with a small supply for a quick grab bag. So, don't laugh at my 'Dora' bag :D
     
  22. Adk Mike

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    All my bullets I use milk cartons cut at 4 inches. Loaded in one and empties in another. My range box is eight inches wide so they sit in it side by side. Very simple system. The older I get the less stuff I buy .
     
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    For handgun cartridges, I use alot of 50 round plastic ammunition boxes which are then stored in metal ammo cans. If I have more rounds than boxes, I load up ZipLoc (r) bags with 50 rounds per bag and put them in a metal ammunition can.

    When I go to shoot, I like to go with fixed amount of ammunition for the plans of the day. Easy to grab the appropriate number of 50 round containers and I do not shoot more than I budget for.

    Rifle rounds get packaged in plastic boxes, stripper clips or enbloc clips, then stored in metal ammunition cans.
     
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    I store my bulk ammo in 50 and 30 cal. ammo boxes. Some loose and some boxed up.
     
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