Storage And Transportation Of Ammunition

Although .30 caliber military ammunition can have many uses, it is primarily used for storing and transporting ammunition. Can you imagine it? It seems that they are made for this. However, I will be honest with you. I have no .30 caliber ammunition in my cans. What's more, I have no .308 rifles or ammunition at all. The most important thing for me is to know how many other calibers can fit in a can of .30 cartridges and how much they weigh when full. Since this is a loose fill so that space does not increase, the numbers below are approximate. Add about 15-25%, depending on the caliber with careful stacking. Remember, weight also increases significantly.

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It is important to note that this works to store in place all the calibers listed in the table. In my subjective opinion, the first three calibers are too heavy to move in this configuration. Therefore, as an option, I load them into small 7.62 caliber belt boxes. They have approximately half the volume, which reduces weight and size, which in turn simplifies transportation. For you to understand, I rarely use 775 rounds from .45 ACP, 1100 rounds from 9mm, and certainly not 5000 rounds from .22 LR per day.

However, the capacity and weight of a full can are not the only issues. If the goal is storage and transportation, other problems may arise.

One of the most common problems is weatherproofing. If you buy a new stock, keep in mind that if it is not completely submerged in water, the rubber/silicone seal is completely intact and does not allow most air and all moisture to pass through. Alternatively, you can add a pack of desiccant and stay calm. However, if you have surplus cans, as most people do, then it is worth replacing these seals. You can pry them off with an old paint scraper and use an RTV gasket seal to make a new one. Remember to clean both surfaces to spotless cleanliness with acetone, methyl ethyl ketone, or something similar.

After that, you need to apply a little painter’s tape or vegetable oil to each edge and leave the RTV bead between them overnight. In the morning, when the breadsticks and hardens, you can remove the tape.

As a result, you will receive a new seal and do not even remember that you had problems yesterday. For cans that you do not open often, you can simply dab a thin bead of silicone bath caulk over the gasket provided and some vegetable oil on the mating surface of the can, then close the lid. However, if you are having trouble managing a thin bead, apply a generous amount of vegetable oil where the bead might come out. Then cut and peel after 24 hours of curing.

Caliber

Quantity

Ammo Weight

Total Weight

.22 LR

5,000 rounds

25–27#

29–31#

9mm (115–24 gr.)

1,100 rounds

28–30#

32–34#

.45 ACP (230 gr.)

775 rounds

.34–38#

38–42#

5.56 (55–77 gr.)

600 rounds

15–17#

19–21#

6.5 Creedmoor (125–142 gr.)

320 rounds

13–15#

17–19#

12 gauge 2.75”

140 rounds

12–18#

16–22#

Damage to the cartridges is the second thing to worry about. Except for precision ammunition and very soft .22 LR lead tips, this is somewhat not a serious problem. If you, like me, do not store and transport your precision ammunition in such conditions, you will not face this problem. For the .22 LR, you can buy cartridges in 500 round bricks. They are quite compact, so you don't have to give up a lot of cartridges in .30 caliber belt boxes to keep them from getting damaged. Even though their number drops to about 2,500 rounds, it will still be a good deal. 

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