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    Looking for a container

    I need to store the pilots for my case trimmer in ANY more organized way, I think a metal can akin to an Altoids tin (only about 1.5-2x larger) should be ideal, so something like 4" x 6" x 2" tall? Worst case I can 3D print it, just would prefer metal for the case. Then I'll do an insert with legend.

    Before the latest computer's hard drive died I had found a place that sells them for decent numbers, right now I am still trying to get an OS onto my computer though. Can't pull computers up by their own shoestrings very easily, particularly when your computer fixing tools are loaned out. Getting them back soon. Then I can rejuvenate all 3 machines.

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    I have 2 trimmers, each mounted on a piece of 1"x6". I just drilled a series of holes in the boards to fit the pilot's shanks. The pilots are stored in the holes and stay with the trimmer. Its not fancy, but works just fine. No need for a seperate storage container.

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    I know you said you prefer metal but if you would consider plastic, check your local craft store or dollar store.
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    daily pill containers may fit the bill. One that holds a weeks worth morning and night. 14 separate compartments for pilots and other small parts.

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    2 altoids tins, taped back to back?
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    I had thought of those, lots to be said for some of them.

    When you have cats, trust me, you want small things locked away from bored curious paws, my older cat one day discovered a coffee mug full of change I had on the bed's headboard, fish fish with a paw, coin falls to the floor, I complain at her, she maintains eye contact and fishes the rest out of there LOL She is a stubborn lil cuss.

    I store most everything in zippered containers, or tins that keep lil paws out.

    And I try to play with the critters enough that they don't get bored

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    only a closed old G.I. metal ammo box can keep a cat away from playing with something.
    inside it you can keep the trimmer and all the tiny accessories, organized in the daily pill container-14 separated compartments of above...
    ...next thing you know they'll want your pistol and your tobacco...

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    I have lots of loose misc . I bought 8 of the 8×10×1 tackle boxes to consolidate all of the trimmer parts , shell holders , spare die parts etc . It was a boon to me to have it all sorted out and organized .
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    Plan is to 3D print a piece with holes for the pilots' stens, and with text labels, to help organize, shoukd work quite well. Sometimes people ask for a specific thing for a reason

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    Will the Altoids container "pop open" when your cats knock it on the floor?

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    I use a scrap piece of 1x4 with 1/4" holes drilled in it. I just write the punch number in front of the hole.
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    I have a 2x4 with holes also and keep in a drawer my lube sizer.

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    I have a vintage yellow plastic bullet box that I use for Pilots.
    This box dates back to 1990s, and the box held 50 cal lubed TC Maxi-balls.
    The compartments are the perfect size for pilots.
    I guess they still sell 'em...
    https://accessories.tcarms.com/firea.../16007895.html


    Another commercial box that could be recycled for this purpose is the one that Hodgdon's triple 7 50/50 pellets come in, I think I have one of those in the Misc box O junk in the corner of my reloading room
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    Conditor, nope as I fasten the lid closed with a big ol' rubber band, slows 'em down.

    Green Frog, yeah - and I've heard that frog legs are tasty, too. My cats are family, ok? Older one is snuggled against me ATM,

    If you don't appreciate 'em, thats on you. Puppies chew everything, cats get bored, and find playthings, kids get into everything, it's the nature of pets and kids... I wouldn't want a pet that wasn't smart, they are more fun.

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    Oh and I am pretty sure if I just used a board that these pilots would vanish, one by one...

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    The 1990's are considered vintage now? Now I do feel old.
    Quote Originally Posted by JonB_in_Glencoe View Post
    I have a vintage yellow plastic bullet box that I use for Pilots.
    This box dates back to 1990s,
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    I bought a bunch of these at Dollar General. They are made for cream cheese blocks. If you were to cut your block of wood to fit the box and place some sort of rubber band or the like around it, they should be pretty much cat proof.

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    PS, they work real well for 9 mm boxes also if you save the plastic insert the the bullets come in from the factory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch-1 View Post
    The 1990's are considered vintage now? Now I do feel old.
    LOL

    so I typed that word, before I did the search for a linked image. I was thinking they were no longer available and knowing it's over 20 years old (a common thing in my world, is things 20+ years old and no longer available is antique, vintage, or collectable) I just added that word...and I know it way over used on fleabay...I suppose I over use it too


    PS, and yes I see your purple text, but felt compelled to add more info...
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