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Old 02-03-2018, 10:45 PM
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Default It is possible to fit a case of 2.75" shotgun shells into a .50Cal can.

Normally, it's only possible to fit a few boxes of shotgun shells into a .50 cal can, and there is a ton of wasted space.

If you are willing to spend a little time, you CAN fit an entire 250 shell case into a .50cal can. The same process can be used to fit 125 shells into a .30cal can, but that is left as an exercise for the reader.

Step 1: Start with an empty can, and the cardboard box the shells came in:


Step 2: cut the narrow edge of the cardboard into two strips the length of the can, fold them in half. I worry that the non-flat floor of the can may eventually dent the plastic hulls, so we're going to put a cardboard floor in the can.


Step 3: cut the large side of the cardboard into the right size to complete the "floor"


Step 4: You'll be tempted to lay the shells into the can this way. Don't. This is ever so slightly less efficient space-wise, and will cause a bit of trouble when you try to use a .30 cal can.


Step 4.5: lay the first layer of shells this way. 6 wide.


Step 5: the second layer is 5 wide. Fit the shells between the layer below. As you go back and forth between the two layers, you'll eventually find some high and low points developing. If you press gently on a high point is will bring the low points back up as well.


Later: Eventually, the empty spot on the end of the can will be tall enough to fit in some vertical shells, like this:


You'll eventually get two vertical sets of shells in. Here is the case with 248 shells in place.


We don't want that dead space at the top of the image (makes sliding around too easy), so we're going to take 2 shells already placed and use them to make the top layer look like this:


toss in some desiccants, seal the box, and wait for revolution to come.

The shells aren't tightly held in place, if you shake the box hard it will no doubt get a bit jumbled, but minor shaking won't hurt... and may in fact help settle the shells into a more even pattern

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Old 02-03-2018, 11:49 PM
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Nice,thanks.
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Old 02-08-2018, 10:12 AM
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One correction I've discovered.

Above, I state that you shouldn't put the shells into the can in alternating front/back orientations (the way they come in the ammo box). My statement stands IF you are trying to put half a case of ammo into a .30 cal can. You'll run out of space a few shells from completion.

However, if you are putting a full case into a .50 cal can, the "forbidden" orientation is actually superior. It's less prone to the shells falling out of position while you work, and the fact that it fills the can slightly more works in your favor, as the packing is more stable. What you end up with is, partway through your 10th box of shells you'll have a solidly packed case with a more or less flat and true top level, and the last half-ish of the last box will just kind of sit on top and roll around with the dessicant packs.
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and, let me say, I realize I'm likely the only one dumb enough to do this. :-)
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Normally, it's only possible to fit a few boxes of shotgun shells into a .50 cal can, and there is a ton of wasted space.

If you are willing to spend a little time, you CAN fit an entire 250 shell case into a .50cal can. The same process can be used to fit 125 shells into a .30cal can, but that is left as an exercise for the reader.

Step 1: Start with an empty can, and the cardboard box the shells came in:


Step 2: cut the narrow edge of the cardboard into two strips the length of the can, fold them in half. I worry that the non-flat floor of the can may eventually dent the plastic hulls, so we're going to put a cardboard floor in the can.


Step 3: cut the large side of the cardboard into the right size to complete the "floor"


Step 4: You'll be tempted to lay the shells into the can this way. Don't. This is ever so slightly less efficient space-wise, and will cause a bit of trouble when you try to use a .30 cal can.


Step 4.5: lay the first layer of shells this way. 6 wide.


Step 5: the second layer is 5 wide. Fit the shells between the layer below. As you go back and forth between the two layers, you'll eventually find some high and low points developing. If you press gently on a high point is will bring the low points back up as well.


Later: Eventually, the empty spot on the end of the can will be tall enough to fit in some vertical shells, like this:


You'll eventually get two vertical sets of shells in. Here is the case with 248 shells in place.


We don't want that dead space at the top of the image (makes sliding around too easy), so we're going to take 2 shells already placed and use them to make the top layer look like this:


toss in some desiccants, seal the box, and wait for revolution to come.

The shells aren't tightly held in place, if you shake the box hard it will no doubt get a bit jumbled, but minor shaking won't hurt... and may in fact help settle the shells into a more even pattern
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The .50Cal cans sold by Walmart are a bit smaller than standard, it seems. They only hold slightly over 9 boxes of rounds, not a full 10.

The Rural King boxes seem to be the best option, if you don't want real surplus.
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What does the 50 caliber can weigh after being filled?
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What does the 50 caliber can weigh after being filled?
almost exactly 30lbs... basically the same as the shipping weight of a case of ammo. :-)

Shotgun ammo is MUST lighter than handgun ammo. I've got some .50 cal cans full of 9mm ammo that are very challenging to carry for long distances.
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