This ingenious plastic ammo box from SmartReloader comes with three stackable trays each with 12, 2″ wide x 2-3/4″ long x 1-7/8″ deep compartments. The center divider running lengthwise is molded in and the other dividers can be pulled out to form larger compartments. The lid has a moisture tight gasket, both lid and clasps have metal pins running through the hinges and the box can be padlocked. The internal volume of the Ammo Box 50 is the same as a military .50 BMG ammo can. All three trays fit my GI Surplus .50 BMG can and are available separately for $5.95 each. A folding tab on either side of the trays facilitates lifting them in or out. The Ammo Box 50 is rated for 70 pounds max and the handle is ergonomically designed to make toting such weight bearable.
Since the trays are stackable, whatever is put in them will be best protected if the contents do not stick up above the trays. The width of the trays are not great enough for a standard box of .38 Special or 9mm ammo. I puzzled over the best way to use the space as I read Duke’s feature in the October issue on VIMBAR/VIMSAR shooting matches featuring vintage bolt action and self-loading rifles. It turns out by removing every other divider, I can store 12 loaded M1 Garand clips (96 rounds) or 24 .303 British or 8x57mm 5-round clips of ammo per tray (120 rounds). In each instance, the ammo does not stick up above the tray and will remain clean, fresh and easily accessible during a match.
Another tray could be set up to hold five 1911 magazines in four compartments (20 mags per tray) or three Browning Hi-Power mags. In some cases, the compartment may only be able to hold two hi-cap mags depending on the base plate configuration.
Another way to use the trays is to keep a cartridge collection organized. Here, I’ve removed most of the ammo from the plastic bags I keep them in order to show off the versatility of the removable dividers. I use these rounds for reference and being able to keep them compartmentalized will be a boon. Otherwise, I have to dig in the can and sort through the bags to find what I want—which is usually at the bottom. I may have to get a few of these for my cartridge collection as well one for the range. The Ammo Can 50 retails for $29.95 and is available in OD green or Flat Earth. Since it is an airtight “dry box,” be sure to add desiccant.
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