Plastic vs Metal Ammo boxes?

Plastic vs Metal Ammo boxes?

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    Plastic vs Metal Ammo boxes?

    I'm looking for a better 50 cal ammo box and can't decide between plastic or metal. The site Buy Ammo Cans | Storage SolutionsThe Ultimate Guide to Ammo Cans and Storage - Buy Ammo Cans | Buy Ammo Cans had an interesting article talking about burying ammo - which is better to do with plastic. Interesting idea

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    I tried burying ammo once, but nothing ever grew.
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    And it requires good aeration, you have to shoot several bullets around the bulb to create void spaces that allow fresh oxygen exchange at the root.
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    Had a Marine who, after he got off of Enlisted Duty, was driving in FL and got stopped and searched. Turned out he had a full trunk of Military issued ammo and explosives. He apparently was burying it all over the LZ where the Helos would pick us up for Para-Ops training. He must of applied a lot of gun oil (LOL) because he got something like 16 or more years confinement. The LEO or the State of FL was not impresses with his apparent green thumb............................... Lucky I never personally signed for any of the Lots of ammo/stuff he had....................................... What an idiot! This was back in the '90s, not current.
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    "Ammo cans in particular are an essential part of any hunters gear and choosing a quality can is sometimes the difference between getting the perfect shot and missing."

    In my book, that is a complete load of hooey. I have plenty of ammo boxes. GI issue, and plastic, and not one of them for hunting use.

    I have taken over 50 white tail deer, (not that many I know), and not once did an ammo box have a thing to do with any of them.

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    Plastic will give you less of a detection signature when the Man comes to raid you and sweeps your property. Just sayin..................................
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    Plastic will give you less of a detection signature when the Man comes to raid you and sweeps your property. Just sayin..................................
    Yep, as long as you have it filled with plastic bullets
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    Plastic will give you less of a detection signature when the Man comes to raid you and sweeps your property. Just sayin..................................
    Your tin foil hat will give you away every time though:)
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    You also need to mulch it with cinder blocks.....
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    plastic ... they are 6 bucks at walmart
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    The Main objective when storing ammunition is to avoid high temperature (above 150 Deg. F) and to keep the powder dry.

    If humidity can be controlled, burying in a metal or plastic container, while a somewhat extreme solution would most likely solve any high temp problems but not necessarily extreme temperature fluctuations that can also cause ammo to deteriorate.

    Either metal or plastic boxes work fine. In fact, storing ammo in their original cartons works fine as long as it not subjected to high heat or moisture.

    Here is a link to what SAAMI says: http://www.saami.org/specifications_...Ammunition.pdf
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    Don't know. Down here at the coast you want plastic everything, esp in the ground. Everything rust and fast. I've never been to Chicago so I don't know what your climate is other than you get lots and lots of snow, at least that is the pictures I see on TV. I worked with a lady from there and she thinks she is in heaven here. It must get really cold there.


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    My ammo cans are all plastic with a rubber seal. They work for what they were intended for...holding ammo.
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    Thought about it once but figured the glock bird would just fly over the range and take them all. I don't keep ammo long enough to germinate. My glock is one hungry gun. What I can store ends up in plastic but gets cycled thru pretty regular. Out with the old in with the new.

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