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    Shotgun components storage

    I wanted to ask how yall store shot and wads after opening the bags. I would like to keep the items readily available to use but contained. I was thinking a Folgers plastic coffee container for the shot but Im at a loss for the wads.

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    I leave the wads in their original bag but sitting upright in file cabinet drawer. I put shot in Gatorade or 2 liter plastic bottles.

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    Those plastic chip bag clips are useful for wads. I tie a string around the shot bag after wrapping it around the top a few times.
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    I've used just about anything for shot. A 50 caliber ammo can works fantastic if you can lift 75 pounds. For wads, I use the original bag for most. Claybuster bags are my favorite. They are either zip loc, or have a bread style twist tie. I keep them in a plastic tote. For wads that the orignal bag doesn't work well, I use Hefty jumbo 2.5 gallon bags. I do similar for hulls. Hulls that I keep a lot of, I use 5 gallon buckets.

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    See through shoe containers for my wads, stackable.

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    Powder bottles work well for partial bags of shot. Wads I keep in there plastic bags stored in Claybuster cardboard case of wad boxes. Hulls are in a big tote that holds 3000 hulls.

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    Large plastic coffee cans for shot. Large clear plastic pretzel jugs for wads.

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    I am with BB on this... the large clear pretzel or cheese ball containers are perfect for a good quantity of wads....
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    Original bags but I store the bags in a plastic tote or cardboard box to protect them from sunlight. No problems so far./beagle
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    Quote Originally Posted by beagle View Post
    Original bags but I store the bags in a plastic tote or cardboard box to protect them from sunlight. No problems so far./beagle
    This. Basically just use big boxes

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    I use a Truck tool box for some of my wads.
    I leave them in the original bags for easy identification
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    I use similar methods above (except for the cheese ball containers, I’m going to have to run out and get a bunch so I can do that. Good excuse to tell the wife; I need these for storage. )

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    I typically buy wads by the case of 5,000 so theyre in the factory case cardboard box . I generally leave them that way .
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    I also generally leave shot in the bag even once I’ve cut the bag open . After I cut it open and use some I twist the bag and put a piece of wire around it like a twist tie .
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    I pour my shot out of the cloth bag it comes in into a plastic jug that held fabric softener. It's got a handle and a good pour spout - makes it easy to handle.
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    Plastic booze bottles for shot. Wads I store in Paper barrels in the bags to keep sunlight away.

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    I never realized the sun degraded wads. Thanks for the shot bottle idea, that would be so much easier than holding a big 25lb bag up above the press.

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    I leave the shot in the bags it came in but might give the plastic jugs a try. I have bought such a large variety of wads that I use the stackable plastic containers about the size of a shoe box and mark the ends with a felt tip marker. These boxes also work well for new primed hulls. Gp

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    GONRA sez - maybe large Round Oatmeal Containers might verk for relatively low density stuff like this?

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    Plastic bottles for the shot, leave the wads in The case they came in, in the dark storage they will last for years!!
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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