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Nullus Anxietas
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How do y'all do it? I don't mean exact storage methods, per se, but, more "organizational?"

When I first started shooting "in earnest," my friend, the same one who's giving me all the reloading stuff, was carefully keeping all his separated by brand, (original) bullet weight, what firearm it'd been used in, etc. So that's what I've (mostly) been doing.

But that results in a lot of mostly empty cardboard ammo boxes. They're kinda startin' to pile up.

So I'm wondering if it isn't sufficient to store it merely by caliber--only separating the nickel-plated cases from the straight brass. I suppose it'd be best to keep the 5.56 brass separate from the .223, too.

We have these empty kitty litter bins that are stackable. Each one could hold a lot of loose brass Smile




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I keep all the different calibers separate, and cases separate.
 
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Hand gun ammo by caliber. With match ammo separated by head stamp. Rifle is kept in lots, mfg and caliber.


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My brass is stored in zipped baggies. I then put that into storage bins. The 23 qt size I believe. I probably have at least 10,000 pieces of brass for each caliber I shoot. The loaded stuff goes into ammo cans. The factory stuff is on the bottom shelf organized by caliber.




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I use the clear plastic shoe boxes.
I got a case of them at the Container Store.
They come in different sizes.

http://www.containerstore.com/...d?productId=11003153

An old pic...the shelf is now full, and there's about 30 more shoe boxes stacked up nearby.


I stick a label on the inside so I can quickly identify the caliber.




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To clarify: Do y'all separate your brass by anything other than caliber? And, perhaps, whether or not it's plated?




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No, caliber only. I thought about segregating by how many times the casing has been fired, but after picking up range brass, that count gets lost too easy.




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No, caliber only. I thought about segregating by how many times the casing has been fired, but after picking up range brass, that count gets lost too easy.

I wondered about that. Also: Sometimes you can't tell your brass from another's. One time some guy gave me a box-full of brass. Etc.

Maybe sort and bag by headstamp?




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I only shoot and reload pistol, so by caliber only, mixing brass and nickel plated together. I do take the time to retrieve my own brass and keep only mine, because of known provenance.
 
 
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Sorting by headstamp. Something else i did when i started out but that quickly fell off as well. That being said, some brass is thinner than others. If I recall correctly, Remington brass is one of the thinner casings on the market. Starline is one of the most durable.




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5 gallon buckets, by caliber, and by clean or dirty. Also one extra bucket for scrap cases. A small bin for calibers that I don't load for, but that I know people who do.




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Big plastic coffee cans. They're great for brass, and will hold 1,000 rds of 9mm and 500 rds of 45.

The only pistol brass I sort is small primer 45's. I just save 'em until I've got 100 rds, load 'em, and use them if shooting at a place where I may not be able to pick up my brass.



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I am only reloading handgun calibers at this time and I sort by caliber and whether they are nickle or not.

I am using the 5 gallon pail process for storage. Each caliber has at least 2 open 5 gallon pails for dirty brass and at least 1 covered pail for clean brass. I also have 1 open 5 gallon pail that collects all split or unusable brass. All nickle cases are just stored by caliber in zip-lock bags.
 
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Pistol I sort by caliber and whether brass or nickel. Rifle (AR and M1A) I sort by headstamp.
 
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By caliber and then by cleaned or not are separated into big Plastic coffee cans.


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Big plastic coffee cans. They're great for brass, and will hold 1,000 rds of 9mm and 500 rds of 45.

Folger's coffee cans are the best.



I only reload handgun (only 4 calibers) and I do sort by headstamp, I put a piece of painters tape and label with a magic marker. It just makes it easier to tune loads by eliminating variables

It got a bit much when I got beyond 8 major manufacturers (I lumped trash like FM/Ammoland together) of 9mm, so I just kept the 3 I liked the most and sold off the other 10k pieces to a new owner of a Dillon 1050. I give away any Rem, IMT, or FM I find in my pile after a match.

In .38SPl, I have about 10k cases of personally once-fired Winchester brass that I use for competition. Not only are they sorted by headstamp, but by font and cannelure (number and placement). I also trim them to get a consistent roll crimp




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Cleaned by caliber,zip bags in five gallon bucket.
Dont sort by head stamp as I have found that is a waste of time on pistol.
I am cranky on rifle,it gets head stamp sorting and put in Jiff peanut butter jars.
Mostly it gets loaded and stowed in ammo cans .
 
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cleaned by caliber, loose in a 5-gallon bucket.

Dirty brass gets sorted into plastic shopping bags which are them put in the same bucket as the clean brass. When I collect up enough dirty brass of 1 caliber, I'll run it through the tumbler.




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Handgun brass and rifle brass for plinking/practice loads I just sort by caliber. Brass for match loads is sorted by caliber, manufacturer, and (when known) number of firings. I use a mishmash of storage methods: ammo cans, gallon-size ziploc bags, and cardboard boxes.
 
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For .223, .300 AAC, and 9mm I toss everything into the same 2 gallon bucket when at the range, and that's what I bring it home in. I have 5 gallon buckets at home that store it all until I sort it by caliber. .308 goes from my chamber back in my MTM ammo cases.

My bulk stuff gets sorted by caliber. For that stuff - I don't care to sort by number of firings or headstamp. Then I tumble it and store it in clear plastic shoe boxes.




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