Posted: 12/22/2009 3:32:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/4/2012 10:15:48 AM EST by AssaultRifler]
Part 10 - Storage
For powder and primers, store them as you would for powder and primers you use in metallic cartridge reloading. Rule of thumb here is a cool, dry place.
Shotshell powder is no bulkier than pistol and rifle powder, in fact it doubles as a pistol powder. Shotshell primers are larger than other primers so they'll take up a bit more room, otherwise they have no additional storage requirements.
Wads are easy to store, even though they're bulky, they're impervious to heat, cold, and moisture. I keep a supply in my unheated garage and a sizeable amount in my reloading room.
Hulls are like wads in the sense they're bulky but they're more sensitive to environmental conditions, especially moisture if you have hulls with fiber basewads.
Stuff stored in my garage tends to get dusty, dirty, and bug infested so I store my hulls inside and use dedicated clean recycling bins for them. Works out great.
Shot is heavy, it comes in 25 lb bags. Storing a bag or 2 inside the house is not big deal, but for large quantities I suggest storing it on a floor that can support a lot of weight such as a concrete garage floor, basement, etc. For this reason I store my shot in my garage except for 25 lbs at a time I use for reloading.
I have two types of shot: new in original bags and reclaimed.
I store the new stuff inside a plastic tub in the garage. If the bag ever splits and the shot spills out, it'll be contained. Spilled shot is something you always want to avoid!
For my reclaimed shot I store in a plastic pail, in my case a Tidy Cat bucket. These buckets are great, they're cheap, have a lid, have a large opening you can use to scoop the shot out. I use a dedicated plastic cup as s scoop. Don't fill the bucket up all the way or else you want be able to move it.
An even better method of storing reclaimed shot is 2 liter drink bottles. They will hold 25 lbs of shot with a 2-3 inch airspace below the neck. They're translucent so you can see how much shot you have, super strong, easy to organize, and easy to pour shot out of. I used a plastic funnel to fill them up.
You can store your reloads in almost anything: boxes, jugs, pretzel jars, bags, whatever. I prefer to be organized and settled on the MTM Case-Gard shotshell trays http://www.mtmcase-gard.com/products/shotgun/shotshell-boxes-st.html.
They're great. They hold 50 each, stackable, fit inside an ammo can. One benefit is you can tell if a reloaded shell's crimp has opened up or "mushroomed" just looking at the height of all the shells. You can store your empties in them and as you reload them replace it with a reloaded round.
I always try to have a adequate supply on hand. Note how nicely the trays stack.
If you like reusing the cardboard boxes shells come in, MEC makes something called the E-Z Pak. It's convenient because as you finish reloading each shell you can put it in the E-Z Pak and when you get 25 of them loaded up, you can fill up a cardboard box
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