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What to do: Bulk Ammo (after opening the box)?

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Q: What to do about bulk ammo original packaging that falls apart or starts to take up too much space when the contents get low?

I often buy bulk ammo online.
If there are enough rounds, over time, inevitably the original cardboard box deteriorates to the point where it just isn't worth trying to use it for transport to the range. And when the box gets low, it takes up needed space.

I'm investigating the below as a possible solution and wanted to share it with you:

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Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075ZYW694
On sale at Amazon now (-30%). $15 with prime membership for the two bags.
One bag is slightly smaller than the other. (FYI).

Mine arrived today, and I plan to try to stuff about 300 rounds of 9mm in the larger one.
I'll report back.

The bags are well made, with what appears to be a very solid zipper.
The bottom of the bags are reinforced, gusseted (to keep them upright), and made of "2520 ballistic material", whatever that is.

I'm familiar with Klein tool bags that cell tower crews often use -- and those are durable.
I'm hoping the same is true for these smaller bags (and on first inspection, that seems to be the case).
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Why is one storing ammo/ammo cans in a safe? I've got a few boxes of HP's in mine, but I've never "stored" ammo in any container in the safes.

As Rick mentioned, it's easier to grab a handful of loose rounds from one of my ammo cans when loading mags. Also been using an UpLula [ have 4 actually, one double stack, one single stack, one 22lr, and some other one I forget what it's made for ] for the last 2 decades. Nothing beats the Uplula's I've ever tried for mag loaders.
Absolutely !
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I pack my loose ammo into ammo cans (usually 750 in each can) when I go to train, along with my UPLULA and quite a few (at least 10) already loaded mags.

At the weekly IDPA training, and monthly IDPA matches; I put 200-300 loose rounds into a plastic ammo box that lives in my range bag.

It’s much quicker and easier to reload mags when you can grab the cartridges a handful at a time, instead of picking them out of their factory boxes one at a time.

Also; if you don’t own an UPLULA (mag loader), get one. They’re hands down the best mag loader that I’ve ever found. 👍
Agreed . I like canvas tool type bags for ammo to and from the range . UPLULA loaders are indispensable and easy on the fingers.
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30 cal cans for me. 50’s for storage long term, transfering to 30’s for range time. Some time back Trapper and I were going to a revolver class in Sebring area. He had his suv hatchback. I had metal cans, he had plastic cans. Somehow he didnt secure the hatch and coming out of my development he floored the audi and we heard a noise. He pulled over (5:30 on a sunday), and found his plastic can on the ground with 500 rounds of 45acp all over the road. My can was intact sitting on the pavement. Fortunately it was early on a sunday and traffic was non existent. We scrambled around picking up ammo, laughing, and got it all up pretty fast before any cars came through. That incident alone convinced me that metal mil cans were the only way to go……..
I don't know what time of the year this was . I don't travel with any metal ammo cans in the hot weather , plastic never . I use canvas tool type bags for my range shooting and carry several hundred rounds .
Point of clarification: Do you use these canvas bags for storage AND transport of loose ammo, or is the ammo kept in their [factory] boxes in these bags? :unsure:

I like those canvas bags for carrying things around, too and have several. However, since I keep ammo stored in ammo cans with seals, it's quite easy to transport it to/from the range that way, too. Otherwise, I'd have to transfer the ammo to those bags first befor transport.
Negative .. I only use them for transport to the range . The boxes i keep in a large record cabinet & can see them through the glass .. Now as in LGS , I don't keep them in metal ammo boxes per se . However they do not leave the house that way .. Yes factory ammo in my range bags . I never carry any loose ammo ever .
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Ok then .. When inside a vehicle at 98 degrees , the temps can hit 100 + easily . Canvas cannot draw that kind heat .. I am aware of ammo , keeping in moderate temps as much as possible . Just my way ymmv
I'd be more concerned with the chamber temperature of your firearm after firing a dozen or so rounds than the canvas bag you transport the ammo in.

Gunpowder ignites at about 800-deg F (on the low end)
Lead melts at 621-deg F.

So, I guess if you see your bullets melting.... (of course, the canvas bag is already on fire by this point...)

Even Nitrocelulose (found in primers) won't ignite until about 325-deg F.

Personally, I'm not worried about hot ammo in the car on my way to/from the range.
Now for completeness - I never leave ammo in the car to prevent it falling into the wrong hands if someone ever broke into the vehicle.

But I do pay attention to elevated ammo temperature when shooting long distance, as hotter ammo (termperature-wise) can affect barrel pressure and initial velocity. And vice-versa, though it never seems to get cold enough in South Florida to matter much.
Point taken and it's just the way i roll . I've been doing this since 24 years of age . What works for other people is fine . I'd rather be cautious than careless .
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I had so much 223 in cases that took up a lot of space that about 10 years ago I took a military mortar can and started emptying those cases and their boxes into that can. 8K rounds [ 8 cases ] have been loose bulk in the can for that long now. It measures 7'w x 17"L x 14"H. One case of pmc 223 measures 12L x 9W x 5"H.

I needed the space, I created space consolidating the 8 cases into that can in loose rounds. It's a waterproof can vs the cardboard boxes the 223 cases come in which draws moisture from the air to the boxes inside. 32#'s per case [ roughly ] so the mortar can filled weighs 256 pounds. I have to use the dolly to move it and it's now in a location it doesn't have to move again. It'll be the last used in that caliber after the other 8 factory cases get shot up [ and that's just not going to happen at this point in time ].
I have the same mortar can and store powder in it . The rest is out on the floor in my reloading room .
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My ammo stays in the factory boxes inside my ammo cans, except for the times I've bought bulk ammo in cans that come as loose rounds. For example, last year I bought 1K of reman 115 gr 9mm copper jacket ball range ammo from 2A Warehouse for $0.237/rnd shipped that came in two 500 round plastic ammo cans and I left it that way because I was running all of that through the P-365X-MACRO (not a single failure, BTW).
Thanks for the heads up @ 2A Warehouse I just ordered 9mm .
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MTM Case-Guard, 100%. They have stackable crates and cans, can storage solutions, and boxes for various sizes of ammo compatible with them all. Been using them for years, including a cache buried at a cabin that held up for a year and a half. Can't reccomend them enough.
I have their hard plastic individual boxes for revolver / pistol ammo . These are basically crush proof & I can insert all load data under the lids ..
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I would be OK with ammo boxes (metal or plastic), but I just don't shoot enough in the typical range outing to justify filling a complete box. No argument from me that those metal boxes are sturdy, and weatherproof (if not waterproof or even submersible). But it's a lot to lug around.

I think these canvas bags will work well (for me).
I know I'm late posting photos... Sorry about that.

I've got a box of 350 Blazer bulk 9mm FMJ that I think might fit nicely?
It's got a 2018 label, (I date my ammo), so its original cardboard box shows 5+ years of wear.
Just went on Amazon and they are loaded with ammo bags & tool bags ...
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+1 for the pun. :)
I can assure you it was not done as a pun . However after re reading my post , I can see your point
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Harbor Freight ammo boxes. They're typical HF "quality" but I've never had one break - even the handles under load. Only problem is there are so many full ones stacked in my closet that I'm running out of space for clothes and shoes 😁.
just when I thought I was the only one with an impenetrable clothes closet . Truth be told I have about 10 lbs of clothes plus 2 rifles blocking that particular safe in .
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Still late on the photos, but I'm happy to report that the canvas bags (Klein variety) are perfect.
I loaded about 300 rounds of that Blazer Brass 9mm from the original carton.
Fits in the smaller bag with maybe 40% room left over.

This is going to be a way better solution for me.

Next experiment will be to see how many 12 ga shells I can pack in the larger bag.
Although, I already own a few bandoliers for that issue. :)
Awesome ! Me Too
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