223 fan said:
840 rd 223 can holds nearly 1500 rds of loose .45 ACP, so why bother with lots of .50cal cans,hmm?
The only ammo I have "loose" in cans is .38 special 158 SWC that I loaded up probably 7 or 8 years ago, and don't often use anymore. Maybe 50 rounds or so at Christmas when a bunch of us go shooting down at the pond, but even then we're using mostly .22's and military-caliber stuff (cheaper that way if you don't want to mess with reloading).
I doubt I have 1,500 rounds of .45acp anyway. I have one can (iirc) and it's a combination of 225-grain flatpoints (my loads) or factory stuff. Don't know what you assume I have on hand, but it's not like I have rooms full of these cans.
One issue is the fact that I shoot 14 different calibers, so if I want to keep things organized (not mixing multiple calibers in any one can), it obviously takes a number of cans to do so; even if I rarely or almost never shoot that caliber.
One can for .30carbine, one for 12-gauge, one for .45acp, etc; it adds up. Before you say there's no need for all those calibers, let me say it. There's no need for all those calibers. There's no "need" for a radio in my truck, or a dvd player in the house. But there's no harm in it, either.
One "30-cal" can will hold 2,700 rounds (54 boxes) of .22LR. Just filled one up with Rem-subs this past weekend, is how I know.
One "50-cal" can will hold 1,040 rounds of 5.56/.223, either in the USA Q3131A boxes or the 40-round USA .223 boxes; as I have one of each. Don't know how many rounds it would hold "loose" as I have no desire to store my ammo as if it were M&M's. :eatpointe
FWIW, one double-30-round AR magzine pocket (on the rifle case) will hold the Ciener unit, the Ciener magazine, and three 50-round boxes of .22LR. Second pocket holds two 30-rounders of .223 softpoint. Third pocket holds suppressor, suppressor holster, and copy of suppressor's ATF paperwork. Now THAT's handy storage.