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Old 02-04-2020, 07:43 PM
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I found these ammo can magnets on eBay. Really great in identifying what is in each can, plus it is very easy to change labels as needed.
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Old 04-18-2020, 12:25 AM
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I put the Browning Zerust in the can as well and I have had Ammo in there for years with no problems. The Zerust last 2 years I write the date on them so I know when to change them.


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Old 04-18-2020, 06:28 AM
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I keep my ammo in a mix of ammo cans and plastic bins with lids. The bulk pistol rounds I mostly keep in the plastic bins, labeled, so that I can have easy access. I used to transfer into 100 round MTM or similar boxes when going to the range but that was time consuming so I now use spare zip-lock plastic bags that once held gun parts.
I keep all my ammo in the basement. Iím the summer I run a dehumidifier with a separate hygrometer and winter the basement is heated.
I have some mi-surplus 30-06 that is OEM cardboard that looks as good as when it came off the line. I think humidity control is the most important factor to ammo storage. The container is just a convenience.
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Old 04-18-2020, 07:39 AM
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My 50cal cans hold 1300-rounds each of 230gr God's Caliber. Since being off-work, I have filled a second one. Not concerned w/ moisture build-up, as beginning May1, I plan to empty them.

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Old 04-18-2020, 09:18 AM
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1300 rounds eh? Hope you get to park close to the firing line. That's a pretty heavy load to hump.......
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Old 04-21-2020, 09:42 AM
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Have been storing my ammo in GI cans for as long as I have been reloading. Never boxed in the cans, just loose. Now I use smaller boxes most of the time when I head to the range. Mainly the the 30 cal or smaller size. Just fill from the 50 cal cans.
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Old 04-21-2020, 09:51 AM
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Since I have started this thread I have moved to storing my loose 45acp ammo in 30cal GI cans .
It carry's about 700 rounds and it's much easier to move around than 50cal cans are .
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Old 04-21-2020, 10:21 AM
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It carry's about 700 rounds and it's much easier to move around than 50cal cans are .
Spot-on there, buddy. Ask me how I know........

At last count, my gun room contains 66 ea. of .50 cal cans, all filled with my rifle, pistol and revolver ammo. Add in 19 .30 cal cans also, the result of doing this since 1968. With no ill effects whatever.

Isn't this what these can were designed for in the first place?
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Old 04-21-2020, 01:42 PM
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I just had another case of .30 carbine ammo shipped in.

The other day, Korean surplus from the seventies. I never would have guessed that you could fit 1080 rounds of .30 carbine in a .50 cal can. In stripper clips and bandoliers no less. Pretty tight, but they did it.
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Old 04-21-2020, 05:36 PM
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1300 rounds eh? Hope you get to park close to the firing line. That's a pretty heavy load to hump.......
I load my 28 1911 and 12 2011 mags at the house. Load once, shoot once.
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Old 04-21-2020, 08:29 PM
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The can storage seems very efficient space wise, but problematic if you keep a round count through your guns. Ziplock bags of “X” number of rounds in the can would solve that problem.
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Old 04-21-2020, 08:48 PM
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All my ammo is stored in these cans loose with no problems. And all the cans are kept indoors in A/C. When I go to the range I put what I want into 50 round plastic boxes. I use both types for the bulk. The metal GI cans and the plastic ones from Harbor Freight no problems with either.
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Old 04-22-2020, 04:00 PM
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Round Count? Oh man. Tried that once with one gun; the builder requested we do it. Gave it up pretty quickly. When queried about how many rounds we had thru the gun we told him it was "a bunch", with no problems. He was satisfied and so were we.
Volume ammo in cans is the only way to go!
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Old 04-25-2020, 11:27 PM
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Loose ammo is sold in ammo cans, so i cant imagine its a problem.

Does anyone use/ put those tea bag sized moisture absorbent packets that come with certain retail items in with their ammo? Just random curiosity...
Ya do. I buy the 2 oz? desicant paks from Dillon by the dozens. The smaller GI cans get 1000 rounds of .223 ammo (100 on stripper clips), a charging handle, a 30-rnd Magpul magazine, and a desipak. I put those paks in all my .308Win cans too. Probably never to be shot by me in my remaining lifetime; my son is wondering what heck to do with all those loaded cans.
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Old 04-26-2020, 12:00 AM
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Spot-on there, buddy. Ask me how I know........

At last count, my gun room contains 66 ea. of .50 cal cans, all filled with my rifle, pistol and revolver ammo. Add in 19 .30 cal cans also, the result of doing this since 1968. With no ill effects whatever.

Isn't this what these can were designed for in the first place?
That's about where I'm at. 60 & 64 respectively, but I've only been at it since early 2000s.
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Old 04-26-2020, 10:51 AM
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About 1992 I got the chance to buy 2 pallets of 50 caliber ammo cans for less than a dollar each. At that time I started storing bulk ammo in them. Every so often I'll open the oldest ones up and check. I usually spray the gasket with silicon spray when I have them open. I've never seen an signs of corrosion or deuteration. I label the cans on the outside and have a note inside with the load info and date. I try to use the oldest dates first. These are stored in a stable environment.

I agree with the others, a full 50 caliber can is heavy! But I got the 50's because that was what they had.
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Old 04-26-2020, 12:49 PM
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We are sure it's just our perception that a .50 Cal can full of ammo is now heavier than it was just a few years ago.
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Old 04-29-2020, 05:09 PM
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While we are on the subject of packing ammo cans I want to pass this on about some boxes. Most .45 acp ammo comes in boxes that are too big to stack more than a few of them inside an M2A1 ammo can (the .50 cal can) and that is mostly because of the styrofoam tray in the box having too much space between the individual cartridges. The website liked below sells boxes that hold 50 rounds packed tightly together in the boxes. I order a couple of hundred of these boxes and you can stack 20 of them in an M2A1 can for an even 1000 rounds of .45 acp.

https://www.repackbox.com/collection...31666643730504
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Old 04-29-2020, 09:09 PM
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My 50cal cans hold 1300-rounds each of 230gr God's Caliber. Since being off-work, I have filled a second one. Not concerned w/ moisture build-up, as beginning May1, I plan to empty them.

This post makes me happy, thanks KR.
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Old 04-29-2020, 09:53 PM
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For loose Reloads? Sure. With store bought ammo I like having the original box with production numbers in case there be a recall.
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Old 04-30-2020, 10:30 AM
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.303 Ammo

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the flip side is 303 ammo I shot some of 20 years ago, is now giving me duds. sometimes old ammo just does not shoot. But my reloads all seem to work fine, stored as is...
More than 13 years ago I bought 500 rounds of bulk WWII .303 ammo of assorted headstamps. I assume it is all corrosive; but the fun part lies in shooting it:

Most of it goes bang; no duds however (and I assume the rounds are cordite loaded) several rounds went pop (primer), sizzle (could actually hear the sizzle), then bang. As long as I remained sighted in until the round actually fired, it was MOM (minute of man) accurate.
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Old 05-02-2020, 09:56 PM
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As long as the gaskets on the ammo can are good it should be fine. For longer term storage you could always throw in a silica packet if you're worried about moisture.
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Old 05-03-2020, 07:42 AM
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For as long as I can remember I have been storing ammo in metal G.I. ammo cans. Some times its ammo that's in the original factory packaging. Sometimes its just loose rounds. But as has been stated a .50 cal can full of loose 45 ammo weighs a lot.

My favorite method of storing my 5.56 and 9mm reloads is in 6mil zip lock poly bags inside of 50cal or 7.62 ammo cans. The bags measure about 3" x 8" and I fill them with 60 rounds of 5.56 or 100 rds of 9mm. Makes it easy to grab just what I need at the range. And to quickly inventory what's left in the can.
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Old 05-04-2020, 07:17 PM
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the flip side is 303 ammo I shot some of 20 years ago, is now giving me duds. sometimes old ammo just does not shoot. But my reloads all seem to work fine, stored as is...
More than 13 years ago I bought 500 rounds of bulk WWII .303 ammo of assorted headstamps. I assume it is all corrosive; but the fun part lies in shooting it:

Most of it goes bang; no duds however (and I assume the rounds are cordite loaded) several rounds went pop (primer), sizzle (could actually hear the sizzle), then bang. As long as I remained sighted in until the round actually fired, it was MOM (minute of man) accurate.
I remember that ammo!

Mine came from some vendor in Shotgun News. I forget who.

Click-------BANG!!!!

The ones that didn't fire at all I pulled the bullets and the cases were full of spaghetti sticks! (Cordite)

I got a beater M1 Garand from the same vendor for about 175.00
Bad stock, bad barrel, bad op rod.....

I wish I could remember the name.
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Old 05-09-2020, 09:38 AM
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I've never had an issue with ammo stored in cans or original boxes kept on a dry shelf. The humidity in TN hasn't had any effect over years of storage.
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