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Ammo can round count

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by .cheese., Jun 15, 2008.

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  1. .cheese.

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    In a relatively recent thread, after I asked how many of certain rounds can you fit an an ammo can, a member suggested that there be a thread that lists known quantities that will fit. So I'll start with what I've figured out so far.

    .40SW - 1750 in a 50 cal can, or 1000 in a 30 cal can.
    .38 special - 1500 in a 50 cal can

    I haven't figured out 5.56 yet, but it looks like 1000 will fit in a 50 cal can. I'll post when I know. These amounts are posted as loose ammo in the can, not in any box or tray.
     
  2. clone

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    3300rds of 22lr will fit in to a 30cal ammo can.
    100rds of 12ga 2.75 will fit in to a 30cal ammo can.

    How much 7.62x39 will fit into a 30cal ammo can?
    What about 9mm and 45acp in a 30cal ammo can?

    Woops, for got to mention these are loose.
     
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  3. goon

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    In standard 20 round Wolf/Barnaul sized boxes, I think just about 500 rounds of 7.62x39mm will fit in a .50 caliber can.
    I have seen anywhere from 2900 to 3500 rounds of .22 ammo fit in an ammo can before depending on which brand it is and how large the boxes are.
     
  4. bnkrazy

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    500 rounds of 7.62x39 fit in a 30cal can if left in the boxes (25/can). I was packing them up quickly, and they fit very tight, so I'd guess you would only get an extra hundred or so if you packed them loose.

    [​IMG]

    EAT: beat me by a minute, goon. :)
     
  5. jrfoxx

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    I know about 300 LOOSE rounds of 8mm Mauser will fit in a 30 cal ammo can, for what thats worth. Probly do 400 fairly easy if you stack it in some way, or have it in paper bundles, boxes, etc. The 300 rds was basically just dumped in, and shaken a little to settle, then topped off.
     
  6. justin 561

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    I know you can fit about 1000-1300 7.62x39 in a M193 5.56 can. It says "800 CRTG 5.56MM BALL m193" I'm guessing it wasn't filled to the top when issued. I have 6 of these that contain atleast 6500+ rounds, loose of course.
     
  7. .cheese.

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    justin - are those SAW cans you're referring to? If so, I believe those rounds are belted when issued, hence the extra space.
     
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    I didn't really think about that, DOH! I thought they loose packed them, I guess I learned something new. I don't know if they're SAW cans or not.
     
  9. Walkalong

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    750 .45, or 1050 to 1100 .38 Spl, or 1200 9MM fit in a 30 Cal ammo can. Loose that is.
     
  10. tacweapon

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    300 12 gauge in .50 Caliber can
    800 .45 ACP in .30 Caliber can
    1250 5.56 in a SAW can ( with a little room left )
    1000 .40 S&W in .30 Caliber can
     
  11. crimsonaudio

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    If you take them out of the boxes, you can fit 2500 .40S&W rounds in a .50 can...
     
  12. .cheese.

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    how? I could only fit 1750 in a .50 can. Did you stack them somehow?
     
  13. Hanzerik

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    Pfff, you guys use the small cans :)

    I have a can that I use as a lock box in my Jeep. It's a can used for linked 7.62 for the GAU-2 Minigun, if I remember right it held 3k.
     
  14. justin 561

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    I've never bought a ammo can in my life. The people I work around (a ton of war vets) give them to me. So basicly they're "bring backs." and serve my purpose pretty well, I have 5 empty 30 cal cans, a few russian and some cans with russian look alike writing. The only ones I have filled right now is the SAW cans 6 filled 4 empty. (If thats what they are)
     
  15. clone

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    Hanzerik,

    I see no reason to rupture myself with anything bigger.
     
  16. Hanzerik

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    Yea, that big one I have is kind of heavy even when empty. I was just joking around about using it to store my ammo. I have a few of the smaller 50cal and 30cal cans that I store my ammo in. I couldn't fill that big sucker up right now if I wanted too. But it does make a nice lockable storage box when a hasp loop is bolted under the latch so it fits in the slot.
     
  17. Smiling Bob

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    A 30 cal ammo can will hold 560 rounds or 28 twenty round boxes of Wolf 7.62x39 ammo. Placing the box with the tabbed end up and the bottom or top facing the side of the ammo can you can stack 2 layers of 10 each boxes. The top row of 8 each boxes is placed in the can with the tabbed end facing the front or back of the can. Hope this helps

    Smiling Bob :D
     
  18. Just Jim

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    My ammo doesn't last long enough to get in a can, it's too fun to shoot up.

    jj
     
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    880 7.62x39 in a .50 cal can in the boxes
     
  20. Big Matt

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    The surplus yugo 7.62X39 on 10 round stripper clips will fit 320 rounds (in 40 round boxes) in a US 30 cal ammo can.

    The M75 8X57 in 15 round boxes will fit 320 (or 300 can't remember) rounds in a US 30 cal ammo can.

    7.5mm Swiss battle packs (60 rounds each) can fit 4 (giving 240 rounds total) a US 30 cal ammo can.

    Not 100% sure but believe I have around 300-340 rounds of .30-06 on Garand en bloc clips in a a US 50 cal ammo can (packed 'loose').
     
  21. ServiceSoon

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    Something doesn't feel right putting ammunition in cans without boxes.
     
  22. Walkalong

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    Then I am in deep doo. :D

    I do agree, however, if it is already boxed up, it should stay that way.
     
  23. eng23ine

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    A SAW can will hold 1k rounds of 5.56mm in loaded mags.:cool:
     
  24. 7.62X25mm

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    Ammo cans -- I remember big piles of them along the roadside in Ft. Hood Tx. We'd dump them in a single "spot" because they'd take up space in the armored personnel carriers.

    Then I think some detail in a deuce n' a half would pick them up and drive them to the dump.

    I remember tossing cases of 7.62 blank ammo overboard out in the field because it was taking up space in the vehicle and we needed the space more than we needed the ammo.

    -- that and smokin' a lot of pot. And that's part of the reason we lost that war . . . :uhoh:
     
  25. 22-rimfire

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    Interesting trivia subject. For me I would not store loose ammo in a ammo can unless I bought it that way. I don't want the stuff to get dirty or banged up. I'll just buy extra cans if I need them.
     
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