August 04, 2021
By Eric Conn
Every experienced shooter has likely faced the same dilemma at one point or another: You’ve got a range outing on your schedule but when it comes time to gather your gear and hit the road, everything is scattered. You can’t find what you’re looking for. As a result, all that time you could have been shooting is now spent trying to locate ammunition, cleaning supplies, patches, earplugs, and batteries for your chronograph. When you do finally make it to the range, you realize you’ve forgotten a vital piece of gear like a set of ear plugs or a tool to adjust your sights or tighten down your scope rings. Time gets wasted and frustrations rise.
One of the best solutions I’ve found for organizing my gear and avoiding the hassle of trying to locate all my most important shooting items is the Tri-Can Triple Ammo Can from Berry’s Manufacturing. The Tri-Can is a game changer, featuring three main compartments that can be subdivided with up to two removable spacers per compartment. This allows shooters to customize each Tri-Can for their own personal storage needs.
Likewise, the Tri-Can features extremely tough injection-molded polymer construction that’s made to last. Each Tri-Can comes with cam-locks, three total, that secure your gear without the worry of accidental spills. The can has a ruggedly built carrying handle, which is great when you’re on the go. In addition, the Tri-Can utilizes clear polymer lids so you can see what’s in each container, as well as rubber gaskets for each compartment that protect your most important gear against moisture, dirt, and debris.
Organization for Range Day
One of the best ways to utilize the Tri-Can is for cleaning tools and supplies, including patches, gun oil, takedown cleaning rods, multi-tools, patches, and wire brushes. While many quality cleaning tools come with their own cheap or disposable storage cases, the Tri-Can allows shooters the ability to organize their gear in a single location that is durable and highly transportable.
Another great way to use the Tri-Can is for ammo storage, especially when you’re using military surplus rounds like the 7.62x39mm or 5.56 NATO that come in obscure packaging that’s not easy to transport. In my case, I used an entire can for SKS ammunition I’d accrued over the years, all of which came in military sardine cans and small cardboard boxes, none of which is easy to lug around.
I also found great use for a second Tri-Can for rimfire ammunition. For example, there's a certain ammo I like to use for varmint hunting, but the boxes aren’t always easy to operate, especially when you’re shooting prairie dogs or ground squirrels all day. Instead, I use the Tri-Can to store copious amounts of rimfire .22 LR loads, and it makes reloading magazines much easier when you’re shooting in volume.
Muzzleloading Made Easier
One of the biggest headaches I’ve experienced as a shooter is keeping track of all my muzzleloading supplies. And the last thing in the world you want to happen is to get to the range or in the field for a hunt, only to discover that you’ve forgot an essential component. This can cause quite a bit of anxiety. The Tri-Can is perfect for muzzleloaders, as a result, since it offers a clear lid so you can view everything and double check without opening the lid, and it allows you to organize everything in one place. Likewise, the rubber gaskets come in handy because they keep moisture—which is a muzzleloader’s arch nemesis—from getting to your components.
My preference is to store patches, bore cleaner, and takedown cleaning rods in one section, while bullets, speedloaders, primers, spare rod tips, and other non-powder items go in the middle compartment. Finally, powders or pellets can be stored in the third container. It’s a fantastic combination that ensures I always have what I need in one consolidated location.
Reloading Components at Your Fingertips
Finally, I’ve found the Tri-Can makes an ideal companion for reloading purposes, even if it’s just for storage around the reloading bench. The Tri-Can is a great way to ensure that primers, bullets, or brass gets categorized and stored without the threat of moisture creeping in. Likewise, you can visually inspect boxes to see what’s what, which makes organization a thing of beauty.
Likewise, when you’ve got your loads worked up, Berry’s offers premium storage options with the 200 Series Ammo Boxes, which come in either a #209 or #210 offering. The #209 covers .243 Win., .308 Win., and 6.5-caliber cartridges, while the #210 houses .270 and .30-06. The boxes are color coded for convenience and organizational purposes and house 20 rounds each. The high-impact polypropylene construction delivers added strength and prevents cracking, chipping, warping, expansion, or contraction. The boxes are also stackable, making them a great choice for getting your shooting bench organized. A flip-up lid makes them ideal for use at the shooting range, as well.
When it comes to storage of gear and ammunition, Berry’s Manufacturing has got you covered.