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Best plastic ammo boxes?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Odnar, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. Odnar

    Odnar Well-Known Member

    I'm looking for 50 or 100 round semi-transparent boxes for handgun rounds (.357, .40, 9mm) or 25 round semi-transparent for shotgun (12 ga, 2 3/4 or 3") rounds. I'll probably buy 10 of each.

    I have several MTM brand plastic ammo storage boxes and I like them a lot. ($3.63 each) I've found two brands that are cheaper, the Frankford Arsenal boxes ($20 for 10) and the Cabelas brand. ($8 for 4) Anyone had experience with either or can compare them? I'd rather pay a little extra if they're going to break if dropped, etc. Other suggestions for the price? I'm trying to move away from paper/styrofoam boxes.
  2. cdrt

    cdrt Well-Known Member

    A little off the subject, but the best boxes I've ever used are the old Fitz Ammo Safes for .45 ACPs and .38 Specials. They're not transparent, but they last forever. I have some that I bought in 1975 and they're still like new. I think maybe one of the moderators might be able to help you find some. :)
  3. spankaveli

    spankaveli Well-Known Member

    i just bought some cheapo food storage boxes from walmart for a few bucks each :eek:

  4. Odnar

    Odnar Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I'm a bit of an order freak sometimes. I'd bet that you can store a lot more rounds for the money that way though.

    Not familiar with those, and Google isn't turning up much. More info?
  5. captain54

    captain54 Well-Known Member

    I use both MTM and frankford arsenal. the frankfords cost less and are not built as well as them MTMs. That being said, they aren't bad, but I would rather spend the extra dollar on the MTM.
  6. trickyasafox

    trickyasafox Well-Known Member

    i have a bunch of frankford boxes, and they arent bad at all, but lately, i've been using old sherbet containers they are pretty clear and hold a bit over a hundred rounds for most pistol calibers.
  7. cdrt

    cdrt Well-Known Member

    Fitz Ammo Safes

    Paul "Fitz" Jones, one of the moderators, owned the company that made them. He sells them occassionaly on eBay. Not sure what he still has in stock, but you might send him a PM and ask.
  8. pinkymingeo

    pinkymingeo Well-Known Member

    The Frankford boxes are made heavier than Cabela's and will probably last longer, though they both last a long time. Cabela's are easier to see through, which is handy for me because I use a loose label inside the box to tell me what I'm shooting. Cheap as both are, I haven't been able to damage either brand yet.
  9. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    The best I've found are the Berry's boxes. They come in 4 colors and for just about any caliber you need. They also have a lifetime warranty. You can order them direct at www.berrysmfg.com. I order them in cases of 50 boxes, but they also offer them in 4 packs. A 4 pack of 50 round .45 acp boxes is $6.81, and a case of 50 is $50.39. You'll have to check on shipping, but since I've got a wholesale account with them, they don't charge me shipping on plastic. I'm not sure about shipping on retail orders.

    Hope this helps.

  10. BruceB

    BruceB Well-Known Member

    Depends on just what you want/need...

    The Frankford (Midway) 50-round boxes are not as secure in latching as the MTMs, and will often spill if dropped from waist- or table-top level. They're also made of a brittler plastic, and will break easier under impact. For hunting or other field use, I prefer and use MTMs.

    Having said the above, the FA boxes suit my purposes so well that I must have at least 200 of them in 50-round fliptop style, for both rifle and pistol ammo. The pricing in lots of 10 is attractive, and the boxes serve me well. I also like dealing with Midway, and usually add a ten-lot of ammo boxes to any order I send them.... I NEVER have enough ammo boxes!
  11. ZeSpectre

    ZeSpectre Well-Known Member

    I like having one or two 100 round boxes for each caliber so that I can transport to the range and still keep a relatively accurate tally of my round count per gun. Any more ammo than that goes into some old ammo cans I have.

    While I like spankaveli's idea, I don't like transparent containers for ammo because it tends to cause my wife to say "isn't that enough?"
  12. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member


    My problem is just the opposite. When my wife looks at the ammo shelf and only spots ten 100 round boxes of her favorite ammunition, she tells me I better get busy and start loading again. Then life is good..........

  13. shadowalker

    shadowalker Well-Known Member

    MTM boxes are very good and affordable, Midway dealer prices put them at about the same price as Frankford.
  14. dmftoy1

    dmftoy1 Well-Known Member

    +1 for Berry's. I really like their covered reloading blocks as well.

    That being said, I just started reloading for .357 magnum again after a 20 year layoff . .it was pretty cool to pull out the old MTM boxes an see the date tag and think back to what I was doing the last time I put reloads into that box. :) (reloading in a closet in my college apartment)

    Have a good one,
  15. Peter M. Eick

    Peter M. Eick Well-Known Member

    Berry's and Midway boxes will "shatter" if dropped in cold weather or on a hard surface.

    MTM's will not "in general".

    I buy MTM's.
  16. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member


    You're not supposed to drop them..........

  17. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    www.midwayusa.com They have a wide assortment of ammunition storage boxes of all discription, size and color...
  18. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

  19. Odnar

    Odnar Well-Known Member

    I think I'll give those Cabella's boxes a try. The main thing I didn't like about them was the color, but I see that they're available in smoke too. Thanks, everyone!
  20. Peter M. Eick

    Peter M. Eick Well-Known Member

    I know I was not supposed to drop them, but things happen at times.....

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