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50 caliber ammo can capicity - brass?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jblackfish, May 2, 2013.

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  1. jblackfish

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    I'm aware of this thread (http://www.thehighroad.org/archive/index.php/t-324927.html) but has anyone ever figured out how much brass a 50 caliber ammo can will hold? I'm looking for a shortcut to inventorying my 9mm and .45 brass if anyone has already done it.

    If I have to count and weigh I'll post in here (if anyone cares) but don't be in a hurry. ;)
     
  2. Certaindeaf

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    Weigh the brass that the can will/can hold and if you don't want to decant it, find out how much a can weighs empty and subtract that from the full can weight.
     
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    Dump the brass in, and when its full, you have a full 50cal can full of brass. Haha. I have about 1300 5.56 cases in a 30cal can, and there is a little room left.
     
  4. jblackfish

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    I know how to do it. I'm trying to avoid the time it takes to figure it out and I thought maybe someone here had been through the exercise. I guess not. I'll let you know what I come up with.
     
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    Tell us the weight of the brass that fills x and we'll tell you the count.. and tell you how it's done so you can do it and understand. The bottom line is weight is weight.
     
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    People that do this don't generally have a certified/fine scale. For anything of any appreciable weight and not the value of gold etc., a bathroom scale will suffice. Check out the scrapyards.. though they certify those monsters.
     
  7. Texan Scott

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    Easy to do in three measurements.

    1) weigh empty can. This is weight B.
    2) fill can and weigh it. This is weight A.
    3) take and weigh a big handful of brass; divide by however many pieces for a good average weight, C.

    (A-B)/C =~ brass count.

    Question answered in two minutes or less.
     
  8. Reefinmike

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    I bought a cheap "jewelry" scale from a gas station that carried all types of funny looking colorful glass tobacco pipes, razor blades and tiny baby ziploc baggies for $20. works great for weighing out brass, weighing lead ingots up to a couple pounds, weighing random range finds bullets that ive pulled with intention of reloading, weighing guns, loaded mags etc etc etc. very useful to have around. for what its worth, a 50 cal can will hold about 1400 rounds of loaded 230gr ball ammo... very heavy might i mention.

    And before anyone says anything, my username alludes to the fact that another hobby/ small business of mine is maintaining saltwater(reef) aquariums!
     
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    I have a number of .50 cans filled with cleaned brass.

    I counted out a can's worth at one time. What I have written down is that a .50 can will hold 1600 rounds of .45acp, or 3000 rounds of 9mm.

    The .30 can will hold 1000 rounds of .45acp or 1600 9mm.

    I imagine all of these numbers were rounded to the nearest 100...probably rounded down, just based on my general conservative tendencies.

    That was a while ago, but I have been using those numbers to estimate my brass stash ever since. No guarantees, but I think it is pretty close.
     
  10. jblackfish

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    That's EXACTLY what I'd hoped to get - reasonable estimate instead of forumlas (which I didn't need!) Thank you so much, Orionengnr, for the info and saving me the time of having to go to the trouble! I hope I can return the favor some time.
     
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    You can buy a used bathroom scale for like fifty cents. They come in handy since they weigh things.
     
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