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    How do you store your boolits?

    I have been on a casting frenzy today with a new to me 4 banger. I have some time sort of seasonally to do this that I may not have later this year, so I am accumulating a pile big enough to probably last me a year or two (possibly more depending on how many more days like this I get). It occurs to me to wonder: what is the best way to store these? Unubed and unsized? As a finished boolit ready to load? The alloy in this case is AC COWWs and I tumble lube with Ben's red.

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    The best way I've found is to store them inside a brass case with a little powder below it.
    I always store mine ready to load.
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    Lubed in plastic bags sorted and labeled and dated .

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    1. unsized And No coating.
    2. unsized and Coated PC or Hi-Tek.
    3. Sized and Coated.

    I do not size my 358-125's because I use them in 9mm 38 sp and 357 mag. I size when I decide what to load them into. Most everything gets coated before it is in storage for more than a month.
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    Labels on cardboard cut from index cards and in zip lock bags, I keep the bags in .30 caliber ammo cans. Larger than that the weight gets too great filled with cast bullets.
    Finished ammo also goes in zip lock bags with a label card. The bags are stored in those plastic ammo cans they sell at Harbor Freight for between $4 and $7 dollars depending on if on sale, or at Walmart pretty regular for around $6.

    I found cutting piece of index card allows me plenty of room to record alloy, mold, date, processing done such as sizing, counts and anything else I can think of. I drop it into the bag and don't have to wonder what is in there. Bag plus sealed can seems to keep them fresh.
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    Feedback page http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...light=RogerDat I do trade a bit from time to time.

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    I shoot my boolits as cast and tumbled loobed, I keep them in large plastic screw top containers. I cast & tumble loob whenever one of the containers gets to looking about half full.
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    Some stored in Gallon freezer bags. Others stored in washed empty Kraft mayonnaise jars. Those are stored unsized and unlubed. For the ones I stored sized and lubed, I made several layers in a "shop box" or tray about 3" deep, approximately 12" X 24". After sizing and lubing, I sprinkled with mica powder to keep the lube from sticking together. I have a few of these full of 230 grain, round nose H&G #34. Have a small typewriter table that works just fine to keep rolled just under the bench.

    I hope this helps.
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    My manic casting sessions

    I basically cast in manic episodes. When I get on a roll it is hard to get off. We had a power outage here for 5 days from the Halloween storm, so I was able to cast for almost 3 full days. Couldn't work and phones were out. What else is a poor boy to do?
    I did a ton of H&G #51 pb and gc bullets. I cast with 4 cavity moulds so I got a fair number done. The casting shed is on the generator circuit. Priorities you know. Kept that Lee 20 pot going for days on end.
    Kept the Star sizer nice and warm with Magma lube. Pretty fun when you can start at 8 and quit at 5 with an hour lunch...almost like a real job!
    Then, over the next few weeks I got them sized lubed and gas checked. Easily some 4000 finished bullets ready to load.
    They are stored in quart Zip lock bags in lots of 500. Put into plastic coffee cans with snap lids. Labeled as to alloy, cast and lube dated.
    I have had them last for years that way.
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    I get some containers from the dollar store.

    The ones that are not sized/lubed get a ziplock bag until it's their time.

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    Cardboard boxes, cardboard between layers

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    Quart mason jars

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    I should add I do store some in those MTM ammo boxes with the dividers. Usually a special load, bullet, or brass. Something that I don't bulk produce as plinking ammo. Good example might be brass fire formed to a specific rifle so I can neck size only. Or full power 357 or 44 magnum loads. I usually bulk produce those as moderate loads but every once in a while it is good to remind oneself what full power feels like. Those go in the 100 round or 50 round MTM boxes.
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    Feedback page http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...light=RogerDat I do trade a bit from time to time.

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    I was presuming the OP is talking about projectiles only, not finished cartridges, though I could be wrong.

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    Varies by purpose of the bullet. Just regular plinking bullets for the revolvers get dumped in a plastic or cardboard box or even a coffee can, usually after sizing and lubing. More carefully preserved bullets are lined up carefully in cigar boxes or perhaps other cardboard boxes, and schuetzen bullets, which are fired in the order cast, are stored in order in the plastic liners from factory pistol boxes... I especially like the ones from Federal and Remington, but use a wide variety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundguy View Post
    I was presuming the OP is talking about projectiles only, not finished cartridges, though I could be wrong.
    Yes, projectiles only. I am loading up all the brass I have, but I have cast more than I have brass.

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    Before size/lube--akro bins, zip lock bags, tin cans. After size/lube--range scrounged pistol ammo boxes. keeps them clean and orderly and I can get a very quick count of what I have ready to load.

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    Assorted cleaned( washed) peanut butter & mayonnaise/M.Whipp/salad dressing jars,chip dip, sour cream, cottage cheese containers, "Take home" soup containers, & margarine /cool whip tubs, parts trays - large & small... etc..
    Anything I can get my hands on that the missus doesn't throw out to recycling before I get to it, usually works.


    Interesting subject & Thanks for posting it!
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    In the past I used cigar boxes. I stacked them neatly in rows and used cardboard between layers. But cigar boxes have gotten hard to find around here and I'm looking for something new. For now I'm putting unsized bullets in plastic coffee cans and and stacking lubed bullets in used small flat rate postal boxes like I did the cigar boxes. Both of these will have a tag or label with the alloy, lube and date.

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    Generally I cast one day, powder coat the next day and size the next day. So most of my bullets are ready to load. However I have a box with a variety of bullets that I've cast and never got around to doing anything with.

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