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Old 09-02-2010, 3:44 PM
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Hey all,

Just moved into my dinky little apt for school and i am trying to figure out the best/safest way to store my reloading components. My primers i plan on just keeping separate from the powder because i use federal and they come in those big plastic trays that would make a mass det highly unlikely. Then for the powder i was just thinking of one of those flammable materials lockers like what you can get from home depot.

Well that's the plan as of right now, anyone that knows of any improvements please feel free to share. I still need to let my landlord know as well. He was pretty cool about it when i told him i would have firearms hopefully he won't freak out about gun powder.

Thanks in advance, Jon.
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How many primers? How many pounds of powder?
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Never more than 10K primers or 15# of powder.
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Just keep them away from each other and out of sight.
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I store lots of primers(30,000+) and just use the plastic shoe box size storage bins you can get almost anywhere. I get mine from big lots stores. Just put them on a self or in the closet if you do not have a room just for reloading. Same with powder. If you only have a few cans just stick them in the closet. I also store my bullets/brass in them but have two 4'X8' 6' tall foot racks for them. I store my powder on large plastic tubs. You do not want to know how much of that I store. No need to get a locker for it really. ALSO "I" see no need to inform the landlord about reloading. Would you inform them if you got a new toster?? That is your private business as are your firearms. Make your bench(reloading) portable so you do not attach it to the place. I store my ammo in the plastic boxes from MTM/midway or in GI ammo cans.

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Gotcha, out of sight, out of mind. My press is probably just going to be bolted to the backside of my computer desk and covered when not in use. Its just a little lee challenger so it doesn't take up too much room. Also i honestly won't have enough for a separate table/bench of any type.
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cardboard is good enough to get it to my house thats what i leave it in
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Hey all,

Just moved into my dinky little apt for school and i am trying to figure out the best/safest way to store my reloading components. My primers i plan on just keeping separate from the powder because i use federal and they come in those big plastic trays that would make a mass det highly unlikely. Then for the powder i was just thinking of one of those flammable materials lockers like what you can get from home depot.

Well that's the plan as of right now, anyone that knows of any improvements please feel free to share. I still need to let my landlord know as well. He was pretty cool about it when i told him i would have firearms hopefully he won't freak out about gun powder.

Thanks in advance, Jon.
Be careful with a flammable materials locker. I'm not sure if those will hold pressure or not, but gun powder isn't particularly explosive unless it's under pressure. So it's better to keep them in plastic containers.
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I like to store my primers and powder right under the C4 next to the fireplace.
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I would definitely leave the powder in the container they came in and stored in a way that there is adequate ventilation. (no sealed storage cabinets)

For the heck of it (after removing five bullets for being seated to deep) I dumped the powder (Varget) onto a piece of aluminum L channel... about 12" in length (about 125 grains) and used an incense stick to ignite it.
It threw a flame about 8" for at least 12 seconds.

Pretty amazing... and gained that much more respect for the stuff.

But yeah, I wouldn't mention it to the landlord. He might not like what he hears.
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But yeah, I wouldn't mention it to the landlord. He might not like what he hears.

I can see it now, "do you have a preferred method for me to store my explosive powder and trigger mechanisms for my miniature shape-charges(cartridges)?"
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I can see it now, "do you have a preferred method for me to store my explosive powder and trigger mechanisms for my miniature shape-charges(cartridges)?"
Yeah that's how it was sounding in my head. I just don't want to risk losing my$ 300/month apt (200 cheaper than any other place i checked out in slo). However, thinking more into i have to agree with you all that some things will be better left unsaid.

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Cal Poly student??? What is your major?? So was I. I had my rifles/pistols in my dorm room with my reloaders. We had some of the speer plastic 44mag bullets/cases and would practice in the dorm room. We were in the old dorms by the campus cop station and for a year I lived at the swine unit with my stuff(and both of the other guys had their firearms. I had a RCBS rockchucker and a pacific 12 ga reloader.
Then I moved off campus.

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Cal Poly student??? What is your major?? So was I. I had my rifles/pistols in my dorm room with my reloaders. We had some of the speer plastic 44mag bullets/cases and would practice in the dorm room. We were in the old dorms by the campus cop station and for a year I lived at the swine unit with my stuff(and both of the other guys had their firearms. I had a RCBS rockchucker and a pacific 12 ga reloader.
Then I moved off campus.

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I store primers in ammo cans (I can fit 5k in one small can) and powder I just leave in the jug.
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like the direction says:

"store in cool and dry room temp".

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I just keep em in my closet in the factory packaging in their own little corner.
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Storing primers(or powder) in an ammo can(especially a GI ammo can) is turning them(it) into a potential bomb. They need to ne vented not enclosed tightly. Probably will never happen but if they should go off there would be trouble. That is why powder mags always have one weak side(usually top) so it is not contained if it should ignite.
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You can keep them at my house... im never home and have plenty of room... If u go to the slo range u prob know me... I keep primers in their box and powder in their jugs on the top shelf... I suppose to keep them away from heat flux...
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I use a metal ammo can for primers. Powder get stored in a cabinet.

Cool & dry is important.
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i live in a good-sized apartment with a large walk-in closet. being a tradesmen, i don't have much in the way of hang-up clothes, so i've got an old desk on my side of the closet with all my reloading stuff. powder goes on the shelf above and primers stay under the desk. no need to disclose more info than necessary. my landlord/manager is ex-military/LE and cool so we'll discuss things, i've even shown him some of my stuff, but for the most part, he knows i have stuff, just not what or how much, and doesn't care. keep it simple.
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Just keep them away from each other and out of sight.

This ....and away from moisture ( Bathroom/shower close = bad ) ...and keep them both in their factory packaging. If it was good enough to ship across the country in , then it will be fine in your closet
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