AMMO Storage?


November 14, 2008, 03:58 PM
i can only fit about 600 rounds of wolf 7.62x39 in my can if i keep them in their 20round boxes. but if i pour all of it loose into my ammo can i'm pretty sure i can fit at least 1000 rounds. should i do this or should i keep it in the box? are there any cons to not keeping them in 20round boxes? the only ones i can think of are that it would be harder to count and if i needed to sell then i might lose some value.

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November 14, 2008, 04:01 PM
In the event you do need to sell them, they will be worth more in sealed factory boxes then rattling around loose, where it would be hard to say what their origin was.

At least they would be if I were buying them!

November 14, 2008, 04:05 PM

packed all mine into 2 cans, didn't try to fit all 1000 of them into one.

November 14, 2008, 04:40 PM
Are you storing them until you can get to a range and shoot 'em? Dump 'em in loose. But if you're storing them for long term, leave them in the boxes.

Myself, I don't want to put so many in each can that they're a pain to lift and move around. But, I'm going to have a LOT of .30 cal. cans full of ammo! That's if I ever get all my brass loaded up, that is.

November 14, 2008, 04:41 PM
Just buy a few more ammo boxes, they are about $10.00 a peice. Which is about 2 boxes of ammo. But a lot of companies sell bulk ammo loose in boxes.

November 14, 2008, 04:49 PM
$10 apiece?! Where you gettin' 'em? The local surplus store sells 'em for $4.99, and I've found an individual that bought a pallet full at auction and is selling them for $3.00 ea. for the .30 cal. Need to go see that feller.....

November 14, 2008, 06:31 PM
Put 'em in your can loose. Keep the boxes and wrap that came with it incase you want to resell.

November 14, 2008, 11:13 PM
I have never resold ammo. I would take them out of the box, you can get 1000 in a can. I have an SKS and an AR so I put the rounds on stripper clips. It takes up more room but is faster to reload. Every thing else goes in loose and ammo cans are marked for caliber, manufacturer, and age.

November 14, 2008, 11:29 PM
I've had loose ammo dumped in boxes for over a decade with no adverse effects on the rounds. Of course you have to store the box in a friendly environment. If you hide it in the pond behind the house, all bets are off. I think that some ammo like rare nitro express rounds would loose value with the loss of the box, but SKS rounds? Most of us buy it in bulk anyways. Who cares?

November 14, 2008, 11:43 PM
I would keep them in their boxes, if you want to go shoot a bit you dont have to lug around a 12 pound can, give or take a few pounds. If your ammo has prices on the box in a few months or years you can even look back and say, "Darn wish I would have bought more when it was that cheap.":banghead:

November 15, 2008, 01:06 AM
the only time i re-sell ammo is when i have a caliber that i don't have a gun for anymore. since i don't intend of ever selling my AK, i guess i could just dump all of it into the can. thanks for the input so far. keep'em coming!

needs me some more ammo canssss!

November 15, 2008, 11:32 AM
Sell Ammo?? NEVER!! :D

Just Jim
November 15, 2008, 11:35 AM
fill the can and shoot the rest in practice.


November 15, 2008, 12:39 PM
I store ammo packaged the way it came from the vendor. I'm not a big fan of loose ammo cans full of ammo unless I bought it that way. I seldom buy 22 ammo in bulk packs just because I don't like it loose. But if I'm planning on a major plinking session with family, I'll pick up a couple bulk packs for the day.

I've never sold any ammo to anyone. I occasionally give a box of 22 ammo away if I'm shooting with friends or family (especially family).

needs me some more ammo canssss!
Part of the storage cycle. Buy yourself about 10 cans and you will be set for a while.

November 17, 2008, 10:43 AM
fill the can and shoot the rest in practice.


Anything that does not fit gets shot. I need to find some smaller ammo cans ;)

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