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 How much ammo will fit in a .50 Ammo Can
MantaRay  [Member]
1/6/2008 6:29:37 AM
I have lots and lots of ammo lying around, and need to organize it somehow, and I'm going to buy some ammo cans. But how many rounds of each caliber will fit in a .50 ammo can?
This is the ammo I have:

.223
.308
.30-06
9mm
7.62x39
.22 LR
12/70
GENESMITH  [Life Member]
1/6/2008 6:35:26 AM
How are they stored right now?

Are they in the original package, or loose, or in mags?
MantaRay  [Member]
1/6/2008 6:49:07 AM
They are stored in the original package now, but I plan to store them loose in the ammo cans to conserve space.
sprayandpray  [Team Member]
1/6/2008 6:59:01 AM
760 7.62*39 on stripper clips.

Other then that you are on your own
Firefoxammo  [Member]
1/6/2008 2:26:49 PM
I dumped 1400 rounds of Guat in a fat fifty "saw box" cans and still had room for more. Hope this helps.
rob78  [Team Member]
1/6/2008 2:30:22 PM

Originally Posted By Firefoxammo:
I dumped 1400 rounds of Guat in a fat fifty "saw box" cans and still had room for more. Hope this helps.


Yep, I've got 500 rounds of loose LC M855 and it's only ~1/3 full.
AK_Zeke  [Team Member]
1/6/2008 3:34:51 PM
.223 on strippers, loaded in 5 pocket British bandoleers, 3 strippers in each pocket, I can fit 150 rounds per bandoleer.

6 bandoleers in each can = 900 rounds per can.


If you just threw them in the can loose. Maybe 1400-1600 rounds???
M4Madness  [Team Member]
1/6/2008 3:49:20 PM
You can easily fit 1000 rounds (boxed) of 5.56 or 7.62X39 in a SAW can.
DavidC  [Team Member]
1/6/2008 4:02:08 PM
About 400 rounds of 7.62x51, 900 rounds of 5.56, in standard 100 round .50 can.
Dawgsquat  [Team Member]
1/6/2008 4:06:32 PM
I have several regular .50's loaded with 1350 rounds of .223 in each.
TaylorWSO  [Life Member]
1/6/2008 5:25:02 PM
reg 50 cal can loose

2200 9mm full

500 308 full

1000 223 (about 1/4" from top)

45acp- wont even try, way too heavy

3400 22lr
thezman  [Member]
1/6/2008 6:07:20 PM
If you do store them loose, I would recommend that you include some empty boxes that have the lot #s printed on them. That way if you have any issues with the ammo you may have a leg to stand on.
coltm4sp1  [Member]
1/6/2008 8:24:29 PM
I get 1200 rds (loose) of .223 into a standard .50 cal. can but is still a little room at the top , I might be able to get another 100 but I never tried to
phoenix27  [Member]
1/7/2008 10:29:09 AM
1,250-to-1,275 rounds of loose 5.56mm ammo for me in a standard 50-cal box.
buckfever34  [Team Member]
1/7/2008 11:06:03 AM
1300 is the most 5.56 I can get in loose.
callgood  [Team Member]
1/7/2008 4:57:13 PM
I have 2023 rounds of 9mm in one. Packed pretty solid. They are segregated by mfg in Ziplocks, so if you just dumped them in you could probably stuff another 100 or so.

ETA: taking South African 7.62 out of the battle pack, I can get 540 rounds (in their 20 round boxes) in a .50cal can.
B-trash  [Team Member]
1/7/2008 10:42:09 PM
I use standard size 50 cans.

In 9mm, I can get 1,000 rds in the original 50 rd boxes.

In 5.56mm, I can get 1,000rds boxed, provided the boxes don't have spacers (Q3131A). I can get 1,000 rds on stripper clips, stacked neatly, with spoons sprinkled on top, and I can get 840 rds loaded in 4 pocket bandolieers.

In 7.62x39, I can get around 900 rds boxed.

In .22lr, about 4,000 rds boxed.

I also keep two cans of mixed ammo. These cans sit in front of the closet floor (there is over 25 cans stacked 4 high behind them). Inside of each can is 250 rds of 9mm boxed, 3 four pocket bandolieers of 5.56mm and 4 loaded 30 rd AR mags. (It takes some fiddling around to get it all to fit) These are my "Grab and Get" cans.