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    Storing Handloads

    I have been storing my 9mm handloads in some MTM boxes (100rd), but I am finding that they are hard to store that way. They don't fit well into the ammo boxes I have.

    With my factory loads, I keep them in the cardboard boxes with the plastic dividers for long-term storage (since they come that way), but then usually dump 300-400 rounds into a sealable Tupperware container that I keep in my range back. They are easier to load this way and they take up a lot less room in the range bag.

    Is there any reason that I should keep them in the MTM boxes for long-term storage? It certainly makes inventory a lot easier since you can easily count them. If I just dump the bulk rounds in my ammo boxes with some desiccant, is that a safe way to store them?
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    Should be fine to store them with desiccant. Not likely that there will be any damage done to FMJ, JHP, etc. I shoot a BTSP and those bullets come from the factory shipped as you describe. I don't see a significant amount of damage to the nose, but I am researching a meplat uniforming tool to try to make them consistent.

    In the end it comes down to what type of bullet and the intended use.

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    I put mine in ammo cans loose with desiccant, never had an issue. I'v been doing it that way for 30 years now. I use blue masking tape with the date and load inside. It saves a lot of space. I also keep my factory rounds in ammo cans.

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    I just toss all my reloads in a plastic or metal ammo can. I usually put a couple dissectant packs in there as well. But stored ammo for years without doing even that. Bulk ammo and components are in my garage. Ammo always goes bang. I wouldn't sweat it OP.
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    In ammo cans no desiccant here.
    Stored in the basement
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    Most of my stuff goes into 20 or 50 round plastic boxes.
    Calibers like .45ACP or 9mm that I do in batches of 4-500 at a time get tossed in a plastic ammo can.
    Have never used a desiccant, have never had a problem.

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    I use old factory boxes/dividers, with large white labels on the handloads with the load info.

    Why would storage of handloads be any different than storing factory ammo?

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    Sounds like an almost unanimous response, thanks everyone.

    To address LP1's question:

    Why would storage of handloads be any different than storing factory ammo?
    Of course there is no difference, but I store my factory ammo in the boxes they come in, and then put them inside of big ammo boxes as they are. I only take out several hundred at a time and put them in a bulk storage format for convenience. I know you can buy bulk ammo in cans and buckets, although I have never done so, but that is what got me to thinking that it was probably OK for long-term storage of my handloads as well.

    Thanks again everyone.
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    I only use metal ammo cans for my storage, put a foam pad in bottom store them loose and with desiccant too

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    Metal ammo cans with desiccant. I used to use the plastic ammo boxes but found that I can store more ammo with less space just putting them loose in ammo cans. For indoor range trips, I'll put ammo in the plastic ammo boxes or a G-Code bang box instead of lugging a full ammo can for a 30 minute trip to run a drill or 2. I also used to use plastic zip-lock bags inside the ammo cans to separate in to 100 round "packs".


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