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Old November 5, 2017, 09:22 PM   #1
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I Switched to Metal Ammo Cans and Re-labeled Them

I had most of my ammunition in metal containers already, but after further reading and YouTube viewing, I decided to go with all metal even for short-term static storage. I think I’ll use my three Plano plastic boxes for range trips, or some type of non-ammunition storage. And, given the weight, going forward I think I’m going to focus on metal .30 cal boxes for almost everything. So… if anyone has a good source for inexpensive containers, please let me know!


(Yes, that’s all I have right now, but everybody has to start somewhere.) Originally I’d tried to label the cans with my wife’s old hand-squeeze label maker. And when I say “old” I mean 25+ years old (including the label tape). Along with being too small to read from more than a foot away, the labels had a tendency to just fall off. So, I played around with the font and type size on my laptop, printed off a page, cut them to size and attached with shipping tape.


(Yes, I realize that the handles on the three .50 cal cans covers the bottom of the labels.) However, with the exception of these containers, as I said above, I’ll be moving to .30 cal cans whenever possible. Therefore, just seeing “7.62x51” on a .50 cal box will tell me exactly what’s in it. Each one of these cans contains the same thing: three 4-pouch bandoliers with 12 20-round G3 magazines in them (240 rounds each; 720 rounds total) for my PTR 91 rifle. These are for a grab-and-go WROL situation. The one .30 cal can is my current remaining boxed 7.62x51 ammunition. (Yes, I know I need to buy some more. My favorite online ammo seller is currently out of my favorite surplus ammo.)


The two .30 cal cans on the left each contain 400 rounds loaded on stripper clips for my SKS rifle. I’ll dip into these containers as needed for range trips (and then reload the stripper clips from the boxed ammo later). They could also be used in a grab-and-go WROL situation. The .50 cal can is about 4/5th full of boxed ammunition and it is heavy! So heavy that I don’t even want to lug it upstairs to weigh it on the bathroom scale. I’ll be moving the ammunition to .30 cal cans ASAP.
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Old November 5, 2017, 10:32 PM   #2
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I like the font you used. Do you remember what it’s called? You can buy large sticky labels at the office supply so you don’t have to use tape. That’s what I use to label ammo boxes.

I have no idea where to get 30 cal ammo cans but I do know there are new made reproduction cans. Check google.
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Old November 6, 2017, 05:34 PM   #3
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Getting Organized

I picked up an $18.00 shelving unit at my local Walmart this afternoon. It has adjustable shelves (250 lbs rating per shelf; 750 lbs total) and adjustable feet (if your floor isn't level).



Each shelf can hold: three .50 cal cans and one .30 cal can; or, two .50 cal cans and two .30 cal cans; or, one .50 cal can and four .30 cal cans; or, six .30 cal cans. (The angle of the photo makes the legs looked bowed out.)
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Old November 6, 2017, 08:16 PM   #4
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No argument against being organized.

Just remember that ammo goes Bang! after decades of storage in the original paper boxes.
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Old November 6, 2017, 09:46 PM   #5
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I like the font you used. Do you remember what it’s called?
I used Microsoft Word. The font is Stencil, and the type size was 36 for the caliber and 26 for the words.

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I have no idea where to get 30 cal ammo cans but I do know there are new made reproduction cans. Check google.
I ordered three repops from ammunitionstore.com for $8.99 each plus shipping.
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Old November 7, 2017, 06:47 AM   #6
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I've always used metal for my ammo storage. Not that I ever did any kind of research on it, but it was what my dad used. I have a few that I really like, because they have a small lip sticking up from the lid to aid in stackability. Sadly, I have no clue where I got them. I've just had them for years and years.
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Old November 8, 2017, 09:13 AM   #7
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For metal cans(magnetic);
http://shop.ammocanmagnets.com/main.sc
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Old November 8, 2017, 10:07 AM   #8
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I also use the metal ammo cans, was easy to get them when I was in the AF but now I have to buy one as I find them here or there. To be honest I do perfer the 30cal cans due to the lighter weight but wont turn down a good larger can if the price is right.
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Old November 8, 2017, 11:34 AM   #9
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Thanksmuchto mdemetz for posting the link to the stickers They are even big enough for my 61 rear old eyes to read. This will make grabbing the right can easy!
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Old November 8, 2017, 07:14 PM   #10
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Thanksmuchto mdemetz for posting the link to the stickers They are even big enough for my 61 rear old eyes to read. This will make grabbing the right can easy!
Okay fine! Now I can SEE 'em, fine, but how about somebody to LIFT 'em for me? (Anybody with a strong back and range money want to go shooting? My guns, my ammo.)
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Old November 8, 2017, 08:50 PM   #11
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Bass pro will sometimes have a Black Friday special on the 50 cal cans($10 each)
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Old November 10, 2017, 05:28 PM   #12
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Costco sells new twin packs, a .30 nested inside a .50, for about $15 on sale, normally about $19.
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Old November 10, 2017, 07:53 PM   #13
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Got them for the asking when we ran ranges or at sea firing exercises, the cans were often chucked overboard. Most proud of my 25mm can that I have filled to capacity with primers. PS. If that room is on fire, leave.
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Old November 11, 2017, 10:22 AM   #14
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ut after further reading and YouTube viewing, I decided to go with all metal even for short-term static storage
OP, not sure I've ever heard that metal is really advantageous over plastic as long as there is a seal in the lid. What evidence/advantages have you heard that metal has? Thanks.
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Old November 11, 2017, 11:50 AM   #15
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I have many metal military ammunition cans. I found that over time adhesive labels dry out and fall off. Currently, I am spraying the front of the can with white paint and once that dries, writing in black ink what is inside the box. When the can is used for something else, I spray over that and re label.
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Old November 11, 2017, 07:31 PM   #16
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Looks like I'm the only one using a sharpie on my ammo cans.
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Old November 13, 2017, 07:48 AM   #17
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Looks like I'm the only one using a sharpie on my ammo cans.
I use a sharpie too.

When I use up the contents, I spray over the previous writing with Krylon OD camo paint and use the sharpie to re-label top and front.

I just reorganized my 5.56 this weekend. By dumping the rounds loose into the cans and throwing away the boxes for about half my stash, I was able to get two extra 50 cal cans.
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Old November 14, 2017, 04:07 PM   #18
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Looks like I'm the only one using a sharpie on my ammo cans.
Black Sharpie on blue painters tape. Easily removable if the contents change.
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Old November 17, 2017, 12:18 PM   #19
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I got the 2-pack at Costco with a 30 cal inside a 50 cal. Very good quality. This was my first 30 cal can and I like the size. I filled it with 4 kinds of ammo for grab-n-go during the last hurricane.

You could also bury them with the 30 cal inside the 50 and I bet anything inside the smaller can would stay very clean and dry.
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Old November 19, 2017, 06:44 PM   #20
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I love using 30 cal ammo cans in conjunction with the Federal factory ammunition holders. As far as labeling I prefer to use the heavy paper target tape to label.
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