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Anyone else OCD about organizing Ammo?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Joe13, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I have a safe that has turned out to be 90% ammo cans or so.

    I keep either trading one kind of ammo for another or finding a great deal I can't pass up (even on calibers I don't have but plan on having some day).

    Then I feel like I have to organize it as best I can in the space I have right away.

    It's not like I have so much that I can't keep track of it but there is something very satisfying about reorganizing things to get ready for my next trip out shooting.

    Anyone else get that itch?:rolleyes:
     
  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I used to fuss about and try to maximize efficiently the loading of ammo cans with factory boxes etc. but for many years it's just strewn/stored all over the place.. the den, the basement, the attic, closets.. most reloads are just loose in .50 cal ammo cans.. when I go shoot, I scoop up a couple handfuls and put them in a Ziploc or cottage cheese container or something. Most I haven't seen for years and years but I know it's there.
    so no, I'm kinda over that
     
  3. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    I have too many guns in my safe to store ammo in it, as it should be. Most of my ammo is in unlabeled ammo cans. I really should label them.
     
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  4. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Yes. Labeled and sorted by purpose (defensive, target & plinking)
    & grain.
     
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  5. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I use a different safe for my guns ;)
     
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  6. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    I am just plain OCD period:D

    When it comes to organization I think I am just a bit weird..... now if I can just remember where I put things I will be ok:D
     
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  7. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Labeled and stacked by caliber, & bullet style. Part of MY problem is over the last couple of years I have been GIVEN so many components I am loading something different every session it seems. As soon as I get through the many different bullets I have on hand it will get easier as I get back to the 'standard' styles I use and like.
     
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  8. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Not quite OCD about my ammo, but with my new safe coming, I'll have more room to better organize - who knows, I may become a little OCD about ammo storage at that time ;)
     
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  9. Daryl Coda

    Daryl Coda United States New Member

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    What Certaindeaf said. I throw away the boxes, store it loose in labeled ammo cans, and forget about it:
     
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  10. oremike

    oremike Creswell, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I store ammo in ammo cans by caliber. My OCD ritual is that I have a tote I carry my ammo in when I go shooting. When I get back the brass gets sorted and the shot ammo replaced so the tote is ready for the next session.
     
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  11. evltwn

    evltwn Gold Hill Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I ended up with so much reloaded ammo it was sagging the shelves in my safe. I smiled a bit when I tried to pick up a .50 cal can filled with 45 ACP and grunted with the effort!!! I am pretty ocd about reloading data, I must admit...index cards with each receipe, but only my .22-250 rounds stored by specific grain, powder, oal, since that is my tiny holes at long distance toy.

    My plinking ammo is just in cans by caliber.
     
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  12. 2beaucoup

    2beaucoup Kent, WA Member

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    I think we are brothers from different mothers. You described my compulsion to a T!
     
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  13. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    I have turned down buckets of 22lr because it wouldn't stack correctly in my safe... I just reorganized my safe again last night.
     
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  14. techiej

    techiej vancouver, wa Active Member

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    In ammo cans by caliber. Only further separation is if there is a load difference then it gets its own can.
     
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  15. Capn Jack

    Capn Jack Wet-Stern Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    As all of my rifles are AR's, I have to organize by caliber and magazine. :eek:
    There is only one rifle per caliber and all I shoot is hand loads, so the ammo,
    other than .22lr, takes care of itself.:p
     
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  16. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    At first I just had a can for each caliber.

    Then I had to start ditching the factory boxes for ziplocks inside the .50 cal cans.

    Now I have cans for
    .22lr hunting (high V and HP)
    .22lr plinking (RN)
    .22 shorts longs and wmr share one,
    .22 federal 525 bulk,
    .22 lr Winchester hollow point,
    Deffense ammo (all calibers no .22),
    Hunting ammo (all calibers no .22),
    .38spl,
    .357mag,
    .9mm and .45acp (no .45 guns yet),
    .308win,
    7.62x51,
    7.62x39,
    20ga hunting,
    12ga hunting,
    And 20&12ga target loads.

    My next endeavor is to redo the shelves in my "ammo" safe as it is now reffered to lol, to fit the .50 cal cans without any gaps between shelves so that I might fit a couple more in there as everything is starting to overflow.


    Glad to know I'm not the only one that likes to play with my ammo;)
     
  17. ridnjon

    ridnjon vancouver wa Active Member

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    Just wait till you start reloading!!
     
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  18. CIPuyleart

    CIPuyleart La Center, WA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I went to the point of buying clear plastic ammo boxes for all of mine and then stashing those inside ammo cans by caliber. Each ammo box has the front tab from the original box inside so I can tell brand and bullet weight. Even bulk ammo I've bought has been sorted, counted, and put into 100rnd boxes.

    I need to get more ammo cans though, as I have a few calibers that aren't in cans yet. And I'm thinking about getting some different colors of boxes too, maybe too further differentiate weights.

    Yeah...I'm a little OCD.
     
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  19. 156256Hunter

    156256Hunter Fairview-ish Active Member

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    Ammo cans by caliber are great, but it's also a good idea to diversify. Have one or two cans full of boxed ammo of different calibers, such as .45, 9mm and .22. Storing factory boxed ammo means the can has fewer rounds, but if you're in a hurry and can only grab one or two diversified cans then you've got something for different firearms.
     
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  20. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    I thought my ammo was organized but the other day when another NWFA member stopped by to pick up some .22LR it tool 10-15 minutes worth of digging around and unloading boxes to find what I was looking for.