Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Triumph, Mar 13, 2013.
Being a cheap SOB, I dive the garbage cans at the range for empty cardboard ammo boxes. You can use .40S&W boxes for 45ACP.
I have several various sized ammo boxes I store loaded ammo in. First I put a fixed amount in a quart Zip-Loc freezer bag with load info on a piece of paper and close after removing the excess air. Then those are stored in various larger ammo boxes. This keeps the rounds dry and from tarnishing among other things. I transfer what I want to use by the bag to several 30 CAL ammo cans to transport ammo to the range. Then the fired brass gets put back in the baggies with the load info paper so I know what to replace to keep my stock the same and dropped into a 5 gallon bucket to take home and reload. Keep the amounts of ammo small and use freezer bags (not sandwich bags) and they will not puncture the bag and fall out causing a possible dangerous situation.
I store my bulk ammo in 50 and 30 cal. ammo cans.
50 and 100-round plastic ammo boxes are not space efficient.
Peanut butter jars and coffee cans are the most often used here. Any semi-sealable container that has been thoroughly cleansed of oils/corrosives. Long term is usually in ammo cans.
I dig through the trash at the range for boxes, I dig through the brass in front of the firing line and I dig lead out of the berm. There is no shame to it when im blasting away as much as I want while others are slowly plinking away with their 16 cent per round 22lr. Federal champion and blazer ammo trays for 380, 38, 357 9mm are my favorite for 35 cal ammo. They are sturdy and fit nice and snug 4 to the bottom of a fiddy cal can. These trays http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=178129&d=1358895017 are great for 45, you can fit 20 boxes of 45 in a 50 can with these.
I just box em up, slap a sticker with the date of manufacture on em and throw them in a can. Ive done 45 loose in a can but I got tired of wiping off the alox on each bullet. let me tell you, 1,350 rounds of 230gr 45 weighs about 70 pounds and isnt easy to move around.
I'm another MTM user, and I usually put them in ammo cans. Some just gets dumped in the can, depending on its intended use. I wipe the ammo can out with a soapy rag and squirt some silicone spray on the gasket. Some ammo cans come from military bases or even from war zones and can be quiet dirty. Some type of label gets put on the handle side of the ammo can, and on the MTM boxes. Lightman
MTM boxes, 1 gallon paint cans, salted peanut cans.
I also pick up empty ammo boxes at the range and turn them inside-out and reglue them to make plain boxes for stuff where I only want 50 and I want it to look nice.
MTM boxes, in MTM plastic 'ammo cans'.
30 cal. ammo boxes. Each is marked with caliber on the lid.
I used to use the MTM boxes until I reloaded so much that they became cost-prohibitive.
Now I just use generic Ziploc bags and those semi-disposable Ziploc/Glad/whatever food containers.
I store my reloads in plastic 50 or 100 round ammo boxes of the correct size with cheap stick on 1X3 label with the data , date, bullet, primer ect.If I run out I use empty bullet boxes also correctly labeled.I then store them by caliber in mostly 50 cal ammo cans that I got from various sources including one that I stored my shoe shine kit when I was in the Army.
This is a few of many way's I do it. I like the gal. size Ice-cream tub's a lot and they are stackable. Just be sure to have the lid on when using carry handle. Very sturdy and I know you can eat a gal. of Ice-cream a week.
Don't take a .50cal ammo can full of .45 to the range. You'll leave with an empty ammo can and a dirty 1911.
I store my bulk plinking rounds in .50cal cans, have a couple of each caliber. I have them in 500round bags that I seal with a desicant pack at work. Probably overkill, but it's free, and can't hurt.
Coffee cans usually. Sometimes just a gallon sized ziplock for short term storage.
For Bulk Pistol: Berry's & Zero bullets come in small boxes that hold 1000 & 500 "bullets" respectively. I use those boxes for those cartridges I load. They hold about half that many loaded cartridges. For other brand bullets, I relabel more boxes-- They stack neatly and aren't awkward to handle or even throw into a range bag.
I keep a good supply of color coded and labelled MTM (hinged) boxes loaded and carry 200-400rds to the range or matches. The MTM hinged lids don't self-close!!!
I refill the MTM boxes out of the bulk boxes already marked from the manufacturer with the bullet and have my load labels on them.
Works for me
I use two gallon plastic buckets with lids.
You can get these used from your local supermarket, just go talk to someone in the bakery dept.
I use plastic ammo boxes. But I only have a few of them. 6x 9mm/.380, 4x 40, 2x 223 and 2x .357. The rest go in plastic bags. However they are stored, there is a label with the load recipe in it. With plastic bags, I'll write it on the bag.
I use plastic ammo boxes for some of my reloads, the smaller amounts of specialty ammo. For my bulk stuff I keep them in plastic coffee containors I get from work.
For all my ammo, not just pistol rounds, I use either 4 x 6 or 6 x 8 poly bags, 4 mil thickness. I bought a seam sealer on Ebay. Count out the bullets into bags, put in a load identification tag, then seal the bag. The bags of pistol rounds then go into a 50 cal ammo can, rifle rounds into a 30 cal can. When I go to the range, I just grab bags of ammo from the cans and toss them into the range bag and I'm ready to go. To help with bagging large numbers of rounds I bought a counting scale. That way once I set it for 50 rounds, I no longer have to count out the rounds into the bags. I've been using this system for about 10 years now, and it works great. The poly bags I get from ULine for around $20 per 1000. I sold all my plastic ammo boxes.
You can say that again. When I first started reloading, I would always use the plastic MTM boxes marked and labeled. Ran out of storage space quickly, especially when doing 500 rounds at a time. It gets expensive and is not efficient. Tried ammo cans, but they get very heavy fast with all that lead in them.
Today it is the Zip Lock bags marked with a perm marker (be sure to use the freezer bags), not the neatest method, but effective.
Your ideas intrigue me, and I'd like to subscribe to your newsletter. I have a vacuum bag sealer (the brand just flew out of my head) but vacuum bags are expensive. This don't really need a vacuum, and it should pull some of the air out and then seal those slick bags just fine...
Ammo cans for storage. I just toss them in loosely. MTM boxes for the range if I have them. I stopped using them early on so I don't have that many. Most of the time I count out the rounds and throw them in a ziploc bag. I have a few "SHTF" packs made up that are vacuum sealed. Those were more of an experiment with the sealer since the ammo cans are sealed tightly enough.
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I'm like most here. I use most any kind of plastic container that I can get my hands on. Peanut butter jars, coffee cans, butter bowls, mayonaise jars, etc. My wife has finally gotten it too. She doesn't throw anything away now. I'll go in the kitchen and there will be a couple of jars on the bar washed for me.
I also have a couple of .30 cal ammo cans full of .40s.
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