Ammo boxes

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by oil pan 4, Nov 6, 2020.


  1. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    Well if you're like me and picked up all the range brass that goes to your guns, for years and actually reloaded it. Then you probably have a few piles of ammo that are just hanging out in ziplock bags.
    It's hard to look at a ziplock bag and know how many rounds are in it. Or at least it is for me.
    I find it easier to just be able to grab boxes by 50, 20, sometimes 25 at a time.
    So to fix that I bought all the cheap 44mag ammo boxes on ebay. Since all the factory ammo I ever bought for 44 mag has been fired and reloaded or originated from range brass pickup.
    I went to buy some used 45acp boxes and there weren't any cheap ones. Other people must have had the same idea as me.
    But then got it idea to search "1911 ammo" box, figured maybe I might find something.
    No not something, that's the mother load.
    There's a seller called "the ammo box guy" (but with no spaces between the words). His name is as functional as his products. He or they sell some original but mostly reproduction cardboard WW2 ammo boxes. That's it. The 45ACP boxes are pure utilitarianism, just single piece ammo boxes that fold up and hold your bullets, for $2 each shipped to your door, I think there's 7 different ones. So now my ammo can stuffed loose packed with 45acp reloads can actually go into boxes.
    There's also 30carbine boxes, you can get 1 or 2 piece 30 carbine boxes. The 2 peice ones are $3. I splerged and got the deluxe 2 peice boxes.

    Also there's 38spl, 30-06, 22LR, maybe some more.

    The blank white Styrofoam boxes are cheaper, if you want a lot of boxes. These are definitely cooler and the minimum order isn't 25 boxes.
    I'm pretty sure I don't need 25.

    These old style boxes pack the same number of rounds in about 2/3 of the same space and ammo cans were designed around holding boxes this size.
    So if you're going to put your ammo on a shelf, the cheap white boxes are best, assuming you need exactly 25 or 50... If you are going to put them in ammo cans the old style is better, unless you want to buy more ammo cans.
     
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  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

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  3. oldman11

    oldman11 Monkey+++

    The metal ones are the best,better seals.
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  4. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    You can also get these:
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    Same MTM can as @Brokor 's post, but three of them and a tray. $25 bux on Amazon. The tray is handy to help keep them sliding around in a vehicle. The benefit of these over a metal can is that the lid makes it just a wee bit taller so you can store 30 round AR mags vertically. Ammo Cans for Ammo Storage by MTM Case-Gard

    They are also great to organize other things like first aid and other things you might want to be able to quickly load up and split. You can get then in four and five can trays, but with progressively smaller boxes.

    I use the metal ones for loose ammo: 50 cal cans for 5.56 and 30 cal cans for 7.62. I only use surplus, but the new manufacture ones at Harbor Freight and Costco are reputedly as good. My only issue with them is they are manufactured "you know where", so in addition wanting to send minimal dollars off shore I'm not convinced the seals will hold up over time. Mil-Spec for me on these.
     
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  5. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Yes, those MTM boxes come in handy. I also have some for .308 and it has 4 cases inside to hold the ammo.
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    --Reloading necessity for me.
     
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  6. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    Yeah I was talking about what goes inside the ammo cans, assuming you just aren't dumping loose packed ammo in there.
    I buy actual surplus ones from cannon airforce base.
    I inherited some plastic ones and just don't care for them.
     
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  7. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

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  8. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    Pack a "Strap, carrying, universal." In each can. Makes carrying them much easier.

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  9. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    Looks like it's all in pretty short supply, and where available has doubled in price. Metal cans are still available.
     
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  10. oldman11

    oldman11 Monkey+++

    If you filled a steel ammo box full of ammo and sunk it in the pond ,how long would the ammo be safe? A good friend wanted to know.
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  11. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Unless the Ammo Box was sealed AND Water-Tight, a month on the outside depending on the depth of the box...
     
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  12. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    I would test each ammo can first by submersing it in the same location ()or at least the same depth for a month.
    Ammo can always be vacuum sealed before it goes into the can.
     
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  13. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    I for one on here don't recommend vacuum sealing boolits.....Try it out and wait...
     
  14. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    I shot ammo from 1953 and it wasn't vacuum sealed, worked fine.
     
  15. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Rather than Vacuum Sealed, it would be much better to seal it Flooded Nitrogen containers....
     
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  16. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Pulling a vacuum on a cartridge might do something funny. Like pulling the bullet loose. Don't take that to the bank, but do test it with ALL the calibers you have in mind. Or better yet, do the nitrogen trick after pressure testing the box.
     
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  17. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    I get so tired of this SHIT!!! (Nothing against you) If it's time to hide it it's time to use it. If the Biden disaster actually happens we will find out pretty soon.
     
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  18. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    If you're talking about the bullet points eventually popping the bags wrap the ammo in cloth before sealing. If not, please explain.
     
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  19. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    From what I've been reading the powder can out gas some nasty stuff as it ages, but it would seem that storing in a sealed ammo box would have the same issue. Also bullets that don't have enough neck tension or a proper crimp can move with the vacuum pressure.
     
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  20. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Sea tried it...Ended up with loose powder,projectiles,cases....Ask him
     
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