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Roll around tool chest for ammo/misc.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by floorit76, Jan 7, 2012.

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  1. floorit76

    floorit76 Member

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    Another forum I frequent had a discusion about how people store their ammo and gun related things. It got me thinking about all the stuff I had clogging up my safe. After a quick trip to the local sears I took the advice of a member over there. I bought a 4 drawer ball bearing bottom box on scratch and dent clearance for under $100. I cleaned out the safe and still had plent of room to spare. I put in all my magazines, holsters, manuals, cleaning stuff, etc. Along with all of my ammo thats not in cans. It's nice to have everything in one spot, organized and easy to find. It's heavy, but still easy to move around. And hides nicely in the corner out of the way. Just though I'd pass it along.
     
  2. jeepnik

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    Now why the heck didn't I ever think of that. I have boxes of stuff. You know the bits and pieces that one accumlates. Parts removed for upgrade, parts for guns one doesn't have any more, etc.

    Now all I have to do is weight for a sale of "floor" models.
     
  3. floorit76

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    Only trouble I have is, now I want a top box for the little parts, and tools and such. Might end up with a middle box too. ;)
     
  4. jeepnik

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    That's my plan.
     
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    Most of my ammo and stuff is kept in a Milsurp mortar ammo chest. Found it at a second hand store for $15 and holds quite a bit of stuff. I need to find more .30 cal ammo cans since they fit right inside perfectly. All my 54r is kept in a .30 cal can and the rest of it is in the factory packaging all sitting in my big hefty steel case.
     
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    I use Sears rolling ball-bearing tool chests as well, but had to move ammo.

    Ammo is much more dense on average than hand tools. The largest drawer of my biggest chest started binding up a bit with a full load of ammo. I moved loaded ammo to wooden chests in another room, and primers took over their space.
     
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    Most tool box drawer slides will be strained with ammo.
     
  8. floorit76

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    As with any gear, if you know it's limits you'll have less trouble. I'm well aware of the load capacity of the slides. Thanks for your concern.
     
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    I had the same thought of moving misc stuff from the safe and into another cabinet. It took me about a year to look directly next to my safe and think...huh...I should move ammo into the empty drawers on the bottom of my craftsman box. It is heavy so I don't overload the drawers and it works great!
     
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    I looked it up to be certain, and as I had thought my drawer slides are rated at 25lbs each. It's a 4 drawer cabinet. 100lbs is a fair amount of ammunition. I keep cans with more in them. But this lets you have a few hundred of several calibers at your fingertips.
     
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    I just completed a move and the ammo was one of the heaviest items. I loaded it all in one trunk, which weighed about 500 lbs. I have a Kennedy stack and a Craftsman stack and I don't think they would have handeled that much ammo well. I do think roll around chests would be great for holding. reloading components and tooling.
     
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    Of course, the ultimate would be something like a Knack job box. But even the smaller ones are over $300. On the plus side, once full, it couldn't be stolen without a forklift.:D
     
  13. floorit76

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    I'd just buy another safe if i was that worried. But out here thats not really an issue.
     
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    Depends on what brand tool box you purchase. Cheap stuff like Husky, Craftsman, and Harbor Freight won't hold up. But quality brands will. For example, I keep my gun cleaning kits and solvents in my Snap-On toolbox, does the job very well:

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    Craftsman chests are not what I'd call cheap--the ones I have are simply designed to carry less weight than your Snap-Ons.

    A Porsche has a far lower load capacity than an F-350. Is the Porsche cheap?
     
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    I bought a Craftsman chest on sale at K-Mart for $99. They have them on & off for the last year or so. I use it for all my reloading supples. Bottom cabinet for powder, separate drawers for primers, brass, dies, tools, etc. It works great for me and in the event of a fire all I need to do is open the garage door and give it a shove.
     
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    I have one tool box with lower chest in the garage with automotive tools and stuff in it. In the reloading room I have the same thing with reloading/gunsmithing stuff/spare parts in it. Been doing it for a lot of years and the ammo goes in ammo boxes, some big enough that they cant be easily moved. Works for me.:)
     
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    Appreciate the ideas. Have a large unused tool box that will work very well for my powder and little used things. Just need to fab a trolley so it can be moved when necessary. Been salivating over the Kobalt boxes at Lowes but their prices drive me off.
     
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    I have three US General boxes in my Arms Room.
     
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    One of the 07/SOT's I know uses tool boxes to store his built suppressors and another one for all his baffles inside his vault.
     
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    This is a great idea, I have not done it but it gives me something to look forward to (I'm easily amused). I like to keep spare mags and other stuff organized so when I'm taking a couple guns to the range, a match, or training I can grab the accessories and go. And the added bonus of keeping them locked up is a plus. When I think about the mags I've gathered over the years between the Glocks, M&Ps, 1911s, BHP, ARs, 30 Carbine and other misc, I've got a lot of money in that stuff. It either has to be cramed in the safe or it ends up in an unlocked cabinet or one thats easily broken into. The tool chest is a near perfect solution, and you can often find great deals on them. :cool: This is great idea, kudos
     
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    20mm ammo cans make excellent storage for ammo, and are very stackable, although very heavy when full. A full box of 22lr will go 100+ pounds.
     
  23. floorit76

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    I think I mentioned twice already that I agree that cans are great, and I keep ammo in them too. This is just for the stuff I want to keep handy.
     
  24. jeepnik

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    I have a couple of Kobalt boxes on my work truck. I wouldn't buy them again. The locks are pretty flimsy, and the mounting hardware supplied wasn't up to the task and had to be replaced.
     
  25. 303tom

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    Like this...........the only corner of my Arms Room you will ever see.
     
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