Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Show me your brass storage solutions!

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by UltimateReloader, Nov 5, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. UltimateReloader

    UltimateReloader Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    Messages:
    253
    Location:
    Bothell, WA
    Hey all- I'm currently trying to scheme up a solution for storing brass (I sort by headstamp for most brass, so it takes up a lot of bins currently!)

    I was thinking possibly about something like this:
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=95736

    Perhaps put it on castor wheels or something.

    Stackable containers would also work well I suppose...

    What do you all do to sort, store, and generally keep track of all your brass?
     
  2. RandyP

    RandyP Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2009
    Messages:
    1,263
    Location:
    Illinois
    I use small plastic bins with lids (like food storage/shoe storage etc.)

    Gallon size ziplocs work well too and buying the "freezer' ones gives you a small label area to write on.

    Open bins IMHO end up as dust collectors and increase the chance for mixing stuff up that you are trying to keep separate.
     
  3. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    23,648
    Location:
    Los Anchorage
    The problem I see with that rack is you may have hundreds of one kind that you'd have to scatter around. I just use freezer bags and totes. You can label the bags based on brass quality, etc. The problem I have is getting it all cleaned and prepped.

    Also--the dust issue is a very good point against open-top storage.
     
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2009
  4. Horsemany

    Horsemany Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2007
    Messages:
    1,320
    Location:
    Midwest
    I use stackable plastic bins sized for shoes. You can store a lot of brass in one and being stackable keeps things neat. All my brass takes up 1/2 a closet shelf. Ends of plastic bins are marked for cartridge. Some bins have more than one caliber seperated by plastic bags inside.
     
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    59,082
    Location:
    Eastern KS
    I use clear plastic storage canisters with wide-mouth screw-on lids for odd calibers.

    Ammo cans on steel shelving for larger quantities of common calibers.

    Square plastic stacking cake frosting buckets & lids for shotgun hulls.
    (free or very inexpensive from any bakery)

    rc
     
  6. delta5

    delta5 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2007
    Messages:
    162
    Location:
    Ohio, USA
    [​IMG]

    This would also work to keep your reloading die sets organized. Keep a die set, and case trimmers etc in their own bins..
     
  7. MichiganShootist

    MichiganShootist Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Messages:
    57
    Location:
    Central Michigan
    I use large coffee cans (the 3 pounders) They stack well, are relatively air tight, and cost nothing.
     
  8. ForneyRider

    ForneyRider Member

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Messages:
    849
    Location:
    Forney, TX
    freezer bags in large Ovatine containers.
     
  9. Wilburt

    Wilburt Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2008
    Messages:
    319
    Location:
    North Carolina
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I got them from http://www.quantumbins.com/

    There are two "quantum bins" kinda like two master cast. The only problem is it wasn't the cheapest and they charge a fee if you don't order by the "carton". But I do like them. Also I went to look at HArbor Frieght before I ordered from Quantum Bins. The Plastic at Harbor is flimbsier (spelling?). The plastic at quantum is more like the stock bullet catcher from hornady.
     
  10. flashhole

    flashhole Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2005
    Messages:
    1,061
    Location:
    Owego, NY
    Zip Lock Baggies
     
  11. bullseye308

    bullseye308 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2007
    Messages:
    1,386
    Location:
    Smyrna Tennessee
    Sterilite containers from wally mart @ $1.00 each. Store lots of brass and are stackable too. They are 13" x 7.5" x 4"
     
  12. Steve Marshall

    Steve Marshall Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2009
    Messages:
    281
    Location:
    Grafton N.H.
    I use the orange 5 gallon pails from Home Depot. Unlike the $1 containers from WM, when these start getting full you can still stack them. As to capacity one of these will hold well more than 1,000 30-06 cases.
     
  13. tding

    tding Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2008
    Messages:
    46
    Jif Peanut Butter Plastic Jars
     
  14. rondog

    rondog Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2007
    Messages:
    6,773
    Location:
    Commurado
    These are cheap and work well, I use the 3 quart size, I think it is. They're bigger than these, but I couldn't find a photo of that size. Kinda square-shaped instead of round, three to a package.

    But I prefer to keep my brass in new 2.5 gallon paint buckets w/lids from Home Depot or Lowes. I don't sort by headstamp, just caliber, so I need bigger containers. But the 3 qt. Ziploc containers are great for lots of things, and stackable. I keep bullets and tumbling media in mine, plus other things too. But they'd be great for sorted brass. Cost something like $5 for three at WalMart. Come in lots of sizes and shapes.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Claude Clay

    Claude Clay Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2007
    Messages:
    2,700
    Location:
    CT
    very inexpensive--free--half gallon milk containers with tops trimmed
    and 8 fit in a large dog bones box. i can sort while watchin tv with the mrs.

    the tumbler is a lyman 1200 and a full jug fills the tumbler. 9mm=500; 45acp/38's are about 300. 30-30 etc are about 125.

    store above press area the same way.



    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2009
  16. rondog

    rondog Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2007
    Messages:
    6,773
    Location:
    Commurado
    CC - I use cut-open jugs like that for collecting brass with, they're excellent for carrying around the range and scrounging.
     
  17. Safetychain

    Safetychain Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2009
    Messages:
    234
    Location:
    Charleston, SC
    I use 5 gallon plastic buckets left open air for same caliber uncleaned brass. As I separate, I clean and keep in 3 lb. plastic coffee containers with lids. These will hold well over 500 rnds of 45 ACP and more .40 and 9mm.

    I have even some overflow in taped up cardboard boxes.

    When picking up after myself, I usually get a lot of somebodyelse's stuff so I just check that everything is reloadable and throw it back into the buckets to start again.
     
  18. rbernie
    • Contributing Member

    rbernie Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2004
    Messages:
    20,450
    Location:
    Norra Texas
    I buy white 5gal buckets from WallyWorld (in the paint section). I fill them with tumbled brass and mark the chambering on the lid. They stack well, and they hold a fair bit - 6000 cases of 9x19, 5000 40S&W cases, 4000 45ACP cases, 1500 308 cases, 3000 7.62x39 cases, and so forth.

    When I'm ready to load a batch, I'll resize the cases and store them in gallon ziplock freezer bags. Next, I hand prime the cases and place the primed cases into large ammo cans. I then load on a turret press, with the finished ammo going into ziplock sandwich baggies in 100rd increments. Ziplock sandwich baggies are useful at the range since they can hold any extra brass that I collect on the way.
     
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2012
  19. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2003
    Messages:
    3,363
    Cleaned, sorted, and counted out into lots of 1010 per bag.....then heat sealed in food saver bags.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  20. Bush Pilot

    Bush Pilot Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2007
    Messages:
    1,592
    9mm, 40 and .45 ACP go into 5 gallon buckets (have unlimited supply) Everything else goes into Sterilite containers (lockable lids) from Wal Mart.
     
  21. ole farmerbuck

    ole farmerbuck Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2009
    Messages:
    2,109
    Location:
    Western Ks
    Here's some of mine

    [​IMG]
     
  22. Jaybird78

    Jaybird78 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2007
    Messages:
    334
    Location:
    Peoples Republik of Illinois
    Jif Peanut Butter Plastic Jars

    +1 to the above.

    I label mine and you can have multiple jars set up for different stages of processing.

    I also "stole" some large mouth 1 gallon food containers from my old man's garage for larger quantities of range pick up pistol calibers.

    Of course the red lids clash with my green press.

    Also half the fun is getting the jars empty.....PB & J anyone?
     
  23. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2008
    Messages:
    1,951
    I use 18 gallon tubs. Holds about 11,000 pieces of .223 brass in each tub. I've got two full plus about 8,000pcs in the third tub. All the 9mm, 40 S&W, 45 ACP, and .223 brass is stored in these tubs. Each cartridge gets 3 tubs each.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  24. bluetopper

    bluetopper Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2005
    Messages:
    3,221
    Location:
    Northeast TX
    I use multiple 2lb. Folgers coffee plastic cans with sealable lids........after I use up the coffee.
     
  25. Seedtick

    Seedtick Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1,049
    Location:
    Central Arkansas
    Kitty liter buckets (40 pounders) work great for storing brass, powder, primers, cat or dog food, etc, and they also stack well. I don't know for sure how many pieces of brass they will hold but you don't want to grab up a couple of buckets and travel very far.

    After the brass is tumbled I fill up quart zip lock freezer bags with them and stack them in 'ready to load' buckets. Smaller quantities of brass are placed in bags and stored in smaller (10 lbs.) liter buckets or ammo cans. Also most any small container that has a lid - ice cream bucket, butter bowl, coffee can, and so on - is used for storing something.

    ST
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page