Packing my reloading room.

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So a couple years ago my brother moved into my garage ( we built it into a nice apartment for him), and I had to move all of my reloading stuff from the room I had it in into the shop. It was a mess, went from a nice space to a shared work bench and a big floor to ceiling cabinet. As all things go with hobbies, I kept accumulating stuff, even though I'm not loading as often as I was.

Flash to today, we are packing up to move to Montana early next spring, and major changes are happening around our house leading up to it, so I am packing up my reloading stuff yet again. As I started moving projectiles, I was surprised to find a few thousand 30 cal projectiles I didn't remember, as well as another thousand 55grn 22cal projectiles. And brass? Holy crap, where did it all come from?!

I have several totes packed up and barely made a dent it seems! I guess you never have too much reloading gear until it's time to move!
 
In 2020 and 2021 I had to evacuate due to wildfires.

The first year we didn’t have much warning, 6 hours.

The second year we were under a voluntary evacuation order for 9 days before it became mandatory.

Both years I took reloading equipment, the second time I took nearly everything.

Unpacking what I had packed weeks before was like Xmas!!

I can’t imagine what you’re going through? Christmas in Heaven???
 
Yup. I’m still trying to figure what can be saved versus what got too rusty from the summer roof debacle. I just tossed a bunch of empty plastic 3-ring binders. Tried to save them but the internal mechanism froze up. The paper that was in there pretty much turned to moldy pulp.
Good luck and don’t spare the bubble wrap. And buy the best tape you can find.
 
I recently moved after being in place for 32 years. I found lots of stuff that I had forgot about. Enough stuff that me and buddy got a table at a local gunshow!

Get lots of boxes and lots of tape. Maybe a roll of bubble wrap. And mark everything well, maybe even on mutable sides.

Good Luck with the move.
 
I am going to pass a few things along PIF style, been kinda doing that over the last few years. Setting up new reloaders amongst my friends has been the majority of my reloading activities recently. The weird thing is, I really have a lot of new interest to expand my reloading stuff even though I'm packing. I want at least one more press to swage bullets on, and the primer hunt never stops. Just taking a break until I have a place to put it all. I have a feeling I'll be loading a ton once I get my range set up on the new property out in Montana.
 
Best of luck on the move and Montana’s beautiful country! I moved a couple of years ago and decided some organization and note taking was critical as the intended destination didn’t have a reloading place. It’s helpful to know which box has the key items to set back up for certain processes. I used a combination of Home Depot 27 gal totes, clear bins and home made wooden boxes for the really heavy items. Then there were all the wine boxes full of brass and assorted other stuff…. Fun.
 
Jealous of your move to Montana. I'm still a couple of years away from retirement, and that will no doubt involve a move. I've already started looking at my gear and thinking now would be a good time to downsize a bit so as not to take stuff I don't expect I'll use again. Definitely want to cull the handguns while in a state where individual transfers are simple.

Oh, and pack the heavy stuff in smaller boxes. Lesson from experience. :)
 
I guess you never have too much reloading gear until it's time to move!

You can really say that about anything... most people don't realize how much crap they really have... be it gun stuff, tools, hobby stuff, books, or whatever... until it's time to pack it and move. I joke.... sort of... with my wife, that when it's time to move, we back the moving van up on one side of the driveway, and drop a dumpster on the other. For every one thing that goes in the truck, 2 things have to go into the dumpster. It will probably work fine... until we get to the Cave upstairs... where I have all my shooting and reloading stuff, my books, and all my nick-knacky junk from over the years... ;)
 
My next move with be from Above Ground to Below Ground. Nowhere else I want to go so I'll stay here!

Thats a good plan and what I intended to do myself.
But things changed and I ended up moving. We built the house that we just moved from with the intention of being there forever and I knew what was in the walls and slab. 2X6 walls on 16" centers, 1"urethane on the outside walls, lots of insulation, lots of extra steel, wire and concrete in the slab, the kitchen was wired like it would be used commercially, a nice shop wired like it would be used commercially, ect.
 
Best of luck on the move and Montana’s beautiful country! I moved a couple of years ago and decided some organization and note taking was critical as the intended destination didn’t have a reloading place. It’s helpful to know which box has the key items to set back up for certain processes. I used a combination of Home Depot 27 gal totes, clear bins and home made wooden boxes for the really heavy items. Then there were all the wine boxes full of brass and assorted other stuff…. Fun.
Sounds like my plan. Already have a mobile powder magazine built and lots of 27 gal black totes...

Best wishes for your move to Montana.
What area are you moving to?
My nephew works on a ranch near Anaconda.
We are building about 60 miles east of Missoula, so out of the city, and ten miles up a gravel road. It's awesome, off-grid, and ready to be a farm. My kids are going to have a great life. Got some good neighbors up there that shoot and reload, so the range will be popular. Might actually set up my reloading building at the range. Nothing like walking out of the reloading room and having the range right there...
 
Sounds like my plan. Already have a mobile powder magazine built and lots of 27 gal black totes...


We are building about 60 miles east of Missoula, so out of the city, and ten miles up a gravel road. It's awesome, off-grid, and ready to be a farm. My kids are going to have a great life. Got some good neighbors up there that shoot and reload, so the range will be popular. Might actually set up my reloading building at the range. Nothing like walking out of the reloading room and having the range right there...
If you need any help controlling the rainbow trout population......I'm available.
 
I want to move but then look at my garage, yard shed, reloading room and kitchen and have to lie down and rest!:eek::eek:
 
Moving is too drastic a measure, just "take inventory", "clean up the clutter". or "relocate from room A to room B" with help from your wife. To briefly summarize, I "found" 40# of 45-70 cast bullets, 3 K small pistol primers, 2 K large rifle primers, and 4K small rifle primers, 16 # of powder, 5 gallon bucket of lead ingots, approximately 10 K of loaded ammo in 9 MM, 38 Spl, 357 Mag, 45 ACP.

I did not need more primers, to cast more lead bullets, or load more ammo. I must go to the range. Time to reduce future estate sale inventory.
 
Ammo cans are your friend... Sturdy and still light enough to carry.

Boxes that paint gets shipped in are great for moving too. They are sturdy enough for 50 pounds. And most paint stores are happy to give them away.
 
So a couple years ago my brother moved into my garage ( we built it into a nice apartment for him), and I had to move all of my reloading stuff from the room I had it in into the shop. It was a mess, went from a nice space to a shared work bench and a big floor to ceiling cabinet. As all things go with hobbies, I kept accumulating stuff, even though I'm not loading as often as I was.

Flash to today, we are packing up to move to Montana early next spring, and major changes are happening around our house leading up to it, so I am packing up my reloading stuff yet again. As I started moving projectiles, I was surprised to find a few thousand 30 cal projectiles I didn't remember, as well as another thousand 55grn 22cal projectiles. And brass? Holy crap, where did it all come from?!

I have several totes packed up and barely made a dent it seems! I guess you never have too much reloading gear until it's time to move!
I just went through the same struggle. Found thousands of primers and bullets that I had forgotten about. Upended a range bag and found a bunch of 40 and 22 ammo.
Counted my powder and realized I had to make 3 trips to stay legal. Then I got into my bullet casting lead...
God speed and label everything to try making it easier.
 
I love it when i find something i forgot i had.

I'm still looking for all the primers I was hoping I forgot I had. Not having any luck.

Moving is a bite. I'm glad we are in our final house, retirement house. Garage, natural gas, and no steps in the entire house, and nice reloading area that is air conditioned and heated. I can't go through moving again.
 
................. Moving is a bite. I'm glad we are in our final house, retirement house. Garage, natural gas, and no steps in the entire house, and nice reloading area that is air conditioned and heated. I can't go through moving again.

You can go through another move anytime you want. Just sell all your reloading stuff and one-half of the ammo.
 
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