Quantcast

anyone use ammo crate?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by ohihunter2014, Dec 27, 2017.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. ohihunter2014

    ohihunter2014 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2015
    Messages:
    5,471
    Location:
    Ohio
    I found some of those plastic ammo crates for a decent deal $16 and says it holds about 2k 9mm in the 50packs. I'm wondering how well these hold up? Just looking for something to keep them all in one area. Right now I've got several ammo cans but kind of a pain having all them sitting around.
     
  2. Hokie_PhD

    Hokie_PhD Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2017
    Messages:
    2,571
    Location:
    Central Virginia
    I have several of the MTM ammo crates. I have both the deep ones and the shallow ones. I actually like the shallow ones better.

    They seem to be well made and survived our move. Now I don't abuse them and most of the time they're on the shelf. Otherwise, they go from the shelf to the bench and back.

    That said, I know that some folks use them to keep gear in their trucks or car trunks, so they must be fairly sturdy.
     
  3. BSA1

    BSA1 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2011
    Messages:
    7,011
    Location:
    West of the Big Muddy, East of the Rockies and Nor
    They seem like a good quality product until the first time you drop one loaded with loose ammunition onto a concrete floor or concrete slab such as at the shooting range. :uhoh:

    The good news is all of the exercise bending over picking up loose rounds scattered all over the ground is good for your heart. :D

    30 caliber metal USGI surplus can will hold 1,000 loose rounds of 9mm and 20 25 round boxes (500 rounds) of 9mm which is really all of the weight I like to carry up the stairs from the man cave and load in the truck for a range trip.

    50 caliber USGI ammo cans are useful for packing miscellaneous gear to the range and for long term storage in the mancave.

    I usually buy a couple of ammo cans a couple times a year at gunshows. Last gunshow I paid $9.00 for a new 30 caliber and $10.00 for a 50 caliber in excellent condition.
     
    tcj likes this.
  4. ohihunter2014

    ohihunter2014 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2015
    Messages:
    5,471
    Location:
    Ohio
    I did that with a brand new plastic 100rd reload box. Dropped it and shattered and i said yep, there goes $5! I cant seem to find cheap ammo cans. everyone wants $20+ for them. I did find some at RK for $10 but made in china. I try and support USA as much as possible if its within $5 but looks like i might have to go to RK.
     
  5. mcb

    mcb Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2008
    Messages:
    1,762
    Location:
    North Alabama
    For storage I like the 20mm/40mm ammo cans (M548). The smaller 30 cal and 50 cal can seem too heavy for all the more room inside. You can get 2500 rds of 40S&W in boxes in there and over 10,000 Federal primers in their bulky trays in the big 20mm cans. It's about all I can do the lift it full of 40S&W but it is not for moving just storing. I have a bunch of cans one for primers and the others for various calibers that I use a lot of, 5.56x45, various shotgun ammo for 3-gun matches etc.

    For pistol ammunition that I reload it all goes into 100rd plastic boxes before it goes into the larger storage cans. I like the 100rd boxes for convenient storage, labeling and as a last level of quality control. I mostly have an assortment of Dillon, MTM and Plano boxes depending on caliber and when I found a good deal.

    For my range bag I have bullet bags from Bagmaster that will hold about 400-500 loose pistol rounds. A good amount for the a USPSA or IDPA club level match. For my moonclip fed revolvers it all goes on moonclips and into Plano tackle boxes before the match.
     
  6. ohihunter2014

    ohihunter2014 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2015
    Messages:
    5,471
    Location:
    Ohio
    For the sake of not making a new thread i found 50 cal grade 3 ammo cans with good reviews for $9.99. Reviews said the grade 3's were on par with grade 2 or better. Is this a decent deal?
     
  7. GunnyUSMC

    GunnyUSMC Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2012
    Messages:
    5,211
    Location:
    Denham Springs LA
    I have two or three of the smaller Plano plastic ammo cans, but don't care for them. I prefer military ammo cans.
    Last year it flooded down here and most areas got three feet or more water that stayed for 3 to 4 days. Everyone I talked to that had plastic cans that went under water said they leaked and lost their ammo.
    By the metal cans with good seals. You will be better off in the long run.
    IMG_0596.JPG
     
  8. Hokie_PhD

    Hokie_PhD Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2017
    Messages:
    2,571
    Location:
    Central Virginia
    The Ammo Crate shattering isn't a flaw with the box, but a limitation of the plastic. Plastics don't do well against concrete when dropped with a lot of force. I'm pretty sure they weren't designed to be dropped. Granted it would be nice if they were, but to me they're more for storing things not moving them much.

    I'm starting to lean Gunny's direction and am planning on getting some metal ammo cans. I'll keep using the Ammo Crates for storing gun gear, reloading supplies, etc, but the ammo cans for actual ammo.
     
    GunnyUSMC likes this.
  9. Riomouse911

    Riomouse911 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2013
    Messages:
    2,278
    Location:
    Ca.
    I have one or two plastic cans, I think they came with 500 .22 magnums inside if I remember correctly.

    I use the metal .30 and .50 cal cans. They just seem to last forever, and the rounds stay cool and dry inside.
     
  10. bersaguy

    bersaguy Member

    Joined:
    May 5, 2011
    Messages:
    540
    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    +1 for steel ammo cans. I've found some at army surplus stores for less than $15, have to do some inspection though as condition can be an issue. Harbor Freight has them on sale for $10 every so often, but I find they don't stack worth a darn. The $12 cans from walmart are pretty decent, and for $20 the Blackhawk cans are good, a little pricey. The Plano plastic cans I have not had good luck with, broken latches, handles and cracked bottoms have turned me off of them
     
  11. SteadyD

    SteadyD Member

    Joined:
    May 5, 2017
    Messages:
    769
    I have 3 of the MTM ammo crates. The large size, when completely full, are quite heavy. I use them for under the bed ammo storage and they work well for that, given that regular size cans won't fit under my bed. I'd like some quality metal cans but am uncertain what brand or where to find them.
     
    Hokie_PhD likes this.
  12. hdwhit

    hdwhit Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2015
    Messages:
    4,689
    Location:
    Frisco, TX
    Good. The few dollars saved between a new plastic box and an ex-GI "Grade 2" box seem to me to squarely put the metal boxes ahead of the curve.
     
  13. Hokie_PhD

    Hokie_PhD Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2017
    Messages:
    2,571
    Location:
    Central Virginia
    Lol

    I see them serving different purposes as they’re very different in shape and size!
     
  14. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2003
    Messages:
    52,082
    Location:
    0 hrs east of TN
    I like them, but not for ammunition. I've stayed with steel ammo cans for quantities of ammo.
     
  15. Havok7416
    • Contributing Member

    Havok7416 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2012
    Messages:
    2,847
    Location:
    Kentucky
    When I started out, I compared plastic to metal and somehow decided on plastic, but I can't remember the particulars of why.

    I now have 1-2 Cabela's plastic ammo cans for each caliber I own due to commonality and they have always served me well. They come with a seal, so I suppose they are at least water resistant. I've honestly never let that bother me though. All but the bottom layer are stacked up off the ground. At the point where I have 12-plus inches of water in my basement, the ammo in the bottom layer of cans is of minimal concern to me.
     
  16. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2008
    Messages:
    7,836
    Location:
    Mount Desert Island Maine
    I like the USGI surplus ammo cans the best. 20MM or 40MM cans on the floor for huge piles of blasting/shotgun ammo then 30 cal, 50 cal, or SAW cans stacked on top. I will use 30 cal for taking ammo to the range, the others (heavier) stay home. This is more for moisture protection and in case of a fire to contain the ammo when it cooks off. YMMV
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice