How much ammo fits in 50 cal can?


April 28, 2009, 01:13 PM
How many rounds of .223, 9mm, and 45acp can I fit into a 50 cal can?

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April 28, 2009, 01:15 PM
1000 to 1200 .223

750 to 800 .45

Loose, of course.

April 28, 2009, 01:17 PM
You do realize that there's no answer to your question since it could 1 round of .223+X rounds of 9mm+Y rounds of .45 as easily as X rounds of .223+ 1 round of 9mm+Y rounds of .45.

Then there's the tall 50 cal can variable.

On the other hand if you're asking about how much of each can you put in a can full of one type, I'll have to look when I get home. Mine are in boxes though.

April 28, 2009, 01:17 PM
I don't know. I only use them to hold .50 cal.

150 loose
100 linked :D

Eric, if you're anywhere near Alachua County, I know a guy selling empty cans for $5 each.

April 28, 2009, 06:12 PM
I store it the way I buy it. Most is stored in their factory boxes inside ammo cans. I generally don't even buy much bulk 22 ammo.

Art Eatman
April 28, 2009, 06:26 PM
Linked Ma Deuce stuff, 105 rounds in a can. Two cans for each of the four magazines on an M-16 halftrack; 840, total. Max tuning on each gun, 600 rounds/minute, but usually down around 500. Fire an upper and a lower in "fire a burst of six" mode, so the ammo handlers can keep up.

You can go empty sorta quick, though.


April 28, 2009, 07:39 PM
I have .223 in bags of 50 an some in bags of 100....I have just under 900 rds. in a can with room for a little more, some of my .50 cal. cans are marked for 5.56, 840 rds. those would be boxed an probably in bandalers......Handy aren't they!

April 28, 2009, 07:46 PM
I use the standard .50's I can get 1,000 rounds of 7.62x39 and 1,200 rounds of .223 with a couple dessicant bags as well.

Same can'll take 250 2.75in 12ga shells but that's packing 'em in carefully.

Zach S
April 28, 2009, 08:44 PM
TOO MUCH! They get heavy. .30 cal cans FTW.

It seems like I've had about 2k of 9mm in one. Loose, of course.

April 28, 2009, 08:55 PM
yeah i have 500 9mm rounds in mine and it still looks empty haha so id say quite a few more than i have the supplies to keep loading up

April 28, 2009, 09:04 PM
I have 1K .223 in 1 .50 cal can. 800 on strippers and 200 in the "battle pack" they came in. Fits nicely.

April 28, 2009, 09:18 PM
Well, I can fit 1,042 rounds of .45ACP in a standard .50 ammo can. Staggered rounds of 230 gr RNL plus an MTM box of 50 FMJ 230 gr. It packs tight and it's HEAVY.

Just my experience. :D


April 28, 2009, 09:42 PM
i leave my ammo boxed so i can more easily keep track of how much i have. for a 50 cal can:

680 .223
1000 9mm

30 cal can:
400 7.62

all of these are monarch and/or brown bear.

April 28, 2009, 10:57 PM
It's actually interesting how .45ACP, even in its cardboard boxes (the kind with a plastic tray...I think there's about 500 rounds in there) is HEAVY, but 1000 rds of .223 isn't bad at all. I have another box with about 250 rounds of 12 ga. 10 pellet 00 buck, which isn't nearly as heavy as you'd expect-there's a lot of empty space, plastic, and powder taking up all the room. I suppose the same goes for the rifle ammo.....more powder pushing less lead=lighter tactical wheelbarrow of ammo.

Kinda adds to the old .45 ACP "slow & heavy" thing

April 28, 2009, 11:09 PM
I have placed 4 UMC bulk pack .45 acp(25 each) into a single can.
I have put 12 Federal bulk pack .223 (100 each) into a single can.

I prefer to leave it in a box if I can.

April 29, 2009, 01:27 PM
As already noted, a full 50 cal can is heavy.:( I use 50 cal cans for STORING ammo and 30 cal cans for CARRYING ammo. I just transfer the rounds as needed. I typically have a 30 cal can of each caliber that I regularly shoot "at the ready".

I find that a couple of 30 cal cans is usually sufficient for a range trip - the only exception is when my youngest son is "helping" me shoot. Our last trip to the range included 120 rounds of .30-06, 80 rounds of 7.62 TOK, 150 rounds of .357 Mag and 500 rounds of .22LR - all fit nicely into two 30 cal cans, (with magazines) and nobody got a hernia.:)

April 29, 2009, 01:45 PM
I know a 30 cal can holds about 400 rounds of 7.62x39.

April 29, 2009, 07:43 PM
I have 1,000 rounds of .40 cal in 50 round boxes in each of my 50 Cal cans. I have found that the surplus cans with desiccant and humidity indicators is the way to go for storage. I have thirty 50 cal cans full for what if the SHTF and two 30 cal cans for range use. I have at least 1,000 rounds for each of my guns to include shotguns.

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