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Old January 19, 2000, 04:20 PM   #1
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I would like t o know how you all store your brass. I have mine in coffee cans, rubbermaid square containers, old cardboard type powder containers and what ever else I can find. It's a real pain especially when you start segragating by manufacturer, and clean, clean and sized, cleaned sized and trimmed; oh, I almost forgot dirty.
Well, you can see my point I have brass every where and need to get it organized.
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Old January 19, 2000, 05:08 PM   #2
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I bought a couple of six-packs of the plastic tubs from Price Club (Costco, Sam's Club, BJ's, etc.). They will hold several thousand each and nest together for a neat stack.
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Old January 19, 2000, 05:30 PM   #3
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I load mine up and put them in the plastic ammo boxes from

Then I lock up the boxes in an office style metal file cabinet.


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Old January 19, 2000, 06:19 PM   #4
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Mal H, Thats a great idea. I have mine in all kind of different shoe boxes. I'm going to Sam's Club. Thanks, Rod Black
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Old January 19, 2000, 06:57 PM   #5
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Ziploc bags.
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Old January 19, 2000, 11:54 PM   #6
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I store my brass in those 3 gallon plastic paint buckets you get from the hardware store. They are stacked up under my loading bench. I also use a five gallon bucket to drop my used brass until I sort and tumble them.

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Old January 20, 2000, 03:53 AM   #7
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55 gal drums.

Actully fifty cal ammo can work fine, sometimes use zip locks to.
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Old January 20, 2000, 09:27 AM   #8
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Keep cleaned cases covered (airtight) to resist corrosion.

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Old January 20, 2000, 09:38 AM   #9
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I have been using different size coffee cans for years. I keep my empty brass as well as my loaded ammo and magazines/speed loaders in them. I mark the contents on the lid with a magic marker that wipes off with solvent when I want to re-label them.
The guys at the range used to kid me about them but they are sturdy, relatively water proof, and cheap.

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Old January 20, 2000, 12:25 PM   #10
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If the brass is dirty, I keep it in open bins like come with the Dillon presses until full, then I move it to a larger plastic container, like tupperware. The 99 cent store is a great place to find such containers. they are cheap, and you can have everything consistent in size, thus taking up less room, and being a little more tidy.

If it's clean brass, it's not long before it's loaded. then it either goes into 50 cal ammo cans or 50 count plastic boxes.
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Old January 20, 2000, 07:01 PM   #11
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Just about everything....ammo cans,20mm are good and have handles, very heavy so use a hand truck....and that plastic container Idea Ive just seen and it works real good...fubsy.
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Old January 20, 2000, 07:29 PM   #12
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A 5 quart ice cream bucket holds 1000 .45acp brass. They stack well and I like emptying them.
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Old January 20, 2000, 07:44 PM   #13
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Mentioned before, but COFFEE CANS DO WORK. the 3# size will hold between 500 and 550 rounds of 45ACP, and a whole lot more of 9mm or 38 Special. The snap on plastic covers are at least reasonably dust free, and they stack neatly.

30-06 and 308 went into paper cartridge boxes, which were placed into 30 cal ammunition boxes, ex G.I. ammunition cans, which held 400 rounds of 30-06 or 460 rounds of 308. One used to get them almost for nothing. They cost more now. The 30 caliber ammo cans, above mentioned are good for storing either pistol brass or loaded ammunition too, and they are virtually waterproof. LOL.
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Old January 20, 2000, 10:07 PM   #14
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Try zip lock storage bages. They seal airtight and you can see through them to I.D. the brass. I put a small piece of paper in the bag to describe the brass (cal and headstamp) and what has been done to it(tumbled, deprimed, trimmed, etc). These bags are then placed in large boxes until I need them.
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Old January 21, 2000, 11:22 AM   #15
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A local Italian restaurant sells its carry out in a plastic tub about 3 inches in Diameter and 3 inches deep. I put my brass that needs work in these. When is ready to load I put it in zip lick bags and then put the bags in 50 cal ammo cans. A 3 1/2 floppy label works great on the locking handle to tell me what’s in each can. Usually each can has one type of brass.
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Old January 21, 2000, 01:21 PM   #16
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I used to put rifle brass in shoe boxes or anything else I could find. But finding dead beetles in bottleneck cases pointed out the need to keep them in some sort of sealed container. Since my wife is a coffee junky, I use her empty 3# cans. I bought about 7000 once-fired LC 5.56 cases last winter and needed to keep them segregated as I completed prep steps. A 3# can will hold nearly 600 5.56 cases. For my 600yd. cases that are sorted by weight and neck turned, ziplock baggies work fine, since I don't put that much work into large numbers of cases, and like to keep them separated by lots of 50 or less.
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