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ok, now i know i'm not the sharpest tool in the shed

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by bdhawk, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. bdhawk


    Mar 18, 2000
    last night i was doing some organizing in my reloading shop. i was inventorying, and putting my brass in plastic containers i found, cheap, at walmart. when i got to my 10MM brass, i panicked. i was missing about 170 of 'em. i have way too few 10MM brass and i try to keep extra close tabs on 'em. i went from cleaning and organizing to scrambling around, dragging stuff out of the cabinets, trying to find where i put em. you 10MM guys know, 10MM brass is kinda spendy and hard to find.

    after way too much handwiringing, and fretting, i realized i had not allowed for some brass i had reloaded this past weekend. they were setting there on my worksurface in plain sight.

    now, my shop looks like it was hit by an earthquake. i will need to spend a good deal of the weekend trying to get things back in their proper place.
  2. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    Sorry... can't resist....


  3. dkf


    Aug 6, 2010
    For what coffee costs now you'll have to spend $500 to get all those containers.:wow:
  4. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

    Jan 25, 2008
    Clarksville, Tn.
  5. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    The last company I worked for was small, they supplied coffee and it was usually bought in the metal cans that are about that size. I would bring them home when they were empty, nobody else wanted them. I have about 10 or so, handy for holding different types of brass. Didn't cost me a penny.
  6. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Mine looks quite similar, except I was too lazy to tape the labels to the sides of the cans like you have. My labels hang out from beneath the lids. Those Folger cans make excellent case holders for the smaller quantities of various calibers. They are not nearly large enough to hold the 9, 40, 45 or 223 that I have, and I'm already doubling them up for the 38spl.
  7. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    Coffee cans are for newbies. Use five gallon buckets.
  8. Hogpauls


    Nov 6, 2009
    No arguments there. I've only been doing for 3 years now so I haven't graduated to the 5 gallon buckets yet. Although I find it is easier to have 20 or so of these to seperate calibers, headstamps and have them still fit under the bench.
  9. I know the feeling about 10mm brass. Couple weeks ago when I picked up my new press, it came with thousands upon thousands of rounds of 38 super brass. Literally boxes, bags and cans of the stuff. Much of it new Starline. I was okay with that. Figured I could trade or sell it off. I started inventorying everything and came across a Big ziplock freezer bag that just looked different. What was in this bag you ask. 400 rounds of new Starline 10mm brass! Boy I was happy. I think I was more excited about the brass than the new 1050 on my bench. Pretty sad now that I think about it.
  10. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

    May 24, 2000
    No. Just ask your friends that drink Folgers, to give you the empty containers.

  11. buyobuyo


    Nov 22, 2008
    Socorro, NM
    I find that I can fit more into one of the large 12x12 flat rate boxes than I can into a 5 gallon bucket. Also, the boxes are free. Just grab an extra one when you're mailing stuff anyways or keep the ones you get stuff in that are in good shape.
  12. craig110

    craig110 Wasted bits.

    Jul 14, 2006
    I use 5 gallon buckets for raw brass, but I find the coffee containers (I use Maxwell House containers from work as I like their more pronounced handles) are quite useful for lead and for separating rifle brass that are in various stages of brass prep.
  13. bush pilot

    bush pilot

    Jan 29, 2004
    When I saw the title to this thread I assumed Jack was finally coming clean.
  14. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    Your going to have to stop talking about getting a 1050 really cheap and then finding a boat load of brass in the box. It just not fair. :crying::crying::crying:
  15. I can't help it man. :wavey: