Modern Ammo Cans You Should Own

By Jason Reid
The classic metal ammo cans in part symbolize the hard fought freedoms of this country, but ammo storage options have evolved, here are some cool product examples.

Ammo Cans
Ammo Cans
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USA –  -( Why do we love ammo cans? Besides the obvious of holding plenty of ammunition for responsible storage or use on the range and in the field, classic metal ammo cans in part symbolize the hard fought freedoms of this country.

While metal .50 cal cans will always hold a special place in the hearts of shooters everywhere across this country, ammo cans have evolved with the advancements of manufacturing providing more storage and organizational space than ever before.

Here are five ammo cans to check out for yourself.

Classic M2A1 5.56 – .50 Caliber Ammo Cans :

M2A1 5.56 Ammo Can
M2A1 5.56 Ammo Can

Since metal ammo cans are as American as Apple Pie, lets start there with the Military surplus M2A1 Ammo Can. These true surplus can have a rubber seal in lid makes them air and water tight. Unlike many of the “new” cans on the market, these are made in the USA. The heavy gauge steel box has dimensions of 11″ X 7″ X 5.5” and a removable lid with a rubber gasket. It is simple, classic, and retails for $20.00 or less online.

MTM 20 Round Belt Style Ammo Carrier :

MTM 20 Round Belt Style Ammo Carrier
MTM 20 Round Belt Style Ammo Carrier

MTM Case Gard offers a 20 Round ammo case which clips right to your belt. Available in three different sizes for a wide range of rifle cartridges. this handy plastic ammo carrier is perfect for easy access to your ammo while in the field. The box is designed to prevent tip damage and the Snap-Lok latch keeps the case from popping open on accident.

Worn on the belt, the RS-20 keeps twenty rounds at the hunter's fingertips. With each cartridge fitting projectile down, into its own recess, ammo is always ready for easy removal. The calibers listed will provide bullet tip protection with very little rattle; however, calibers not listed will fit loosely: .17, .221, .222 Rem. Mag., .223, .256 Win. Mag., 30 Carbine, .35 Win. SL, 6 x47

Plano Deep Ammo Cans :

Plano Deep Ammo Can
Plano Deep Ammo Can

Plano is known for their tough outdoor boxes for general gear their famed fishing tackle boxes. The Plano Deep Ammo Can carries on the tradition of tough outdoor gear features measurements of 15″ X 8″ X 10” and can hold six boxes of 3” shotgun shells. Great for the range or for a weekend dove hunt, the large latches snugly secures the box and the moisture seal keeps shells dry to and from the field. Plano has also built a quick access compartment on the top of the box to help organize accessories. Retailing for $17.00 shooters get simple reliability from this ammo box.

Evans Sports Wood Ammo Box :

Evans Sports Standard Ammo Box
Evans Sports Standard Ammo Box

Some ammo boxes are made to be beat up in the field. Others are meant to hold ammo but add stylish decor to your man cave. The Evans Sports Wood Ammo Box is made of solid pine and comes with beautifully drawn wildlife pictures on the sides of each box. 16” x 8.25” x 10.5”, this box stores ammo and accessories at home with style but won’t break the bank retailing for $22.99.


Plano 100 Count Handgun Ammo Case

Plano 100 Count Handgun Ammo Case
Plano 100 Count Handgun Ammo Case :

I keep coming back to Plano products for two reasons, they make great quality gear and their ammo boxes are stupid cheap. The simply engineered Plano 100 Count Handgun Ammo Case is great for storing and organizing your ammunition at home or at the range, and are designed to fit multiple calibers. They also work great for transporting and protecting hand-loaded ammunition. Did I mention the best part? They are only $3.79 each, I bought 25 while writing this article.

Tarnshed ammunition is no good to the shooter and can damage guns. With so many so many Ammo Can options on the market, you shouldn’t have an issue finding an ammo carrier that fits your needs or budget.

About Jason Reid:
Jason Reid is a writer and business professional from upstate New York. After deciding to pursue his dream of becoming an outdoor writer, Jason started a blog from his dorm room at Houghton College, growing it and working hard to earn opportunities. While bowhunting big game is his ultimate passion, Jason welcomes all outdoor challenges which force him to push his limits. Jason’s work can be viewed on his website

  • 10 thoughts on “Modern Ammo Cans You Should Own

    1. Let me also mention, which I forgot to do earlier, that this “journalist” does not know the history of the items he is “reporting” on nor did he bother to learn it.

      He states, “Classic M2A1 5.56 – .50 caliber ammo cans.”

      This statement is not correct and shows lazy journalism, ignorance, or both. The can does not hold 5.56 – .50 cal ammo. It is called the M2A1 can for a reason as it was designed to hold .50 BMG rounds which were used in the M2 machine gun (the A1 refers to the “upgraded” M2 which was designated as M2A1). Anything smaller than that does indeed fit… All the way down to .22 shorts, pellets, and BBs. Calling it a .50 cal can is sufficient but I’m sure these young lads and tacticool mall ninjas truly know little beyond their precious AR-15s and think anything that can be used for that round must have been designed for it and therefore should bear its name somehow. If you want to be politically correct and all inclusive as somehow deemed necessary in today’s world, well just call it the “classic M2A1 BB – .50 cal + (as other larger calibers do fit albeit awkwardly) ammo can.” Otherwise just stick with the true name.

      Still salty,
      HMLA-167 Warrior

    2. You guys had me until you brought out the plastic crap. I have a four gun range bag that carries all the ammo I need for the day, and I have gun safes and 50cal mil-spec’s for storage. If I put all the ammo I store in plastic box’s in my safe, the weight of the ammo would crush the bottom containers, and I would be cleaning up a mess. I tried a cheap plastic box from a gun show once, and I filled it with boxe’s of ammo and when the latch failed, luckily my foot wasn’t under the box when it hit the floor. Now I’m not bashing any particular company as some make other products that are alright for fishing tackle, but leave the ammo storage to the heavy hitters like the mil-spec cans.

    3. MTM is a far better ammo can than the cheap fall apart Plano version, why would you put hundreds of dollars worth of ammo in a crap ammo can,

    4. I have 70 year-old + .38 Spcl ball ammo I use for practice only. I have not experienced any propellant or primer failure, thanks to the hermetically-sealed ammo cans. A worthwhile investment, for sure. ALL of my ammo is in cans: .12 gauge, .38 Spcl, .357 Mag., .45ACP, 7.62X51mm, .22LR, .45-70, 9mm, etc.

      Should The Hildebeeste have stolen the election, some of these cans would have been encased in heavy plastic and buried. Not necessary now 9I think).

      1. But even that one isn’t going to stack as well or as securely as the good ol’ mil cans and it is the only other one listed that is remotely decent for storage. The others are either decoration (wooden box) or for carrying only.

        If your purpose is extra rounds on your hunting trip, an amazon description copy and paste plagiarized description (just click the link to see) is provided as a decent option in this “article.” I love how the new generation of “journalists” think copy and paste from another online source serves as journalism. No real first hand experience with the item they are reporting about other than a google search.

        I use MTM 100 round ammo boxes to haul my reloads out to the range for testing. I find them much more sturdy with a better hinge than the Plano version. And they are about $1 less each at my local Sportsman’s Warehouse than the Plano. I bet this “author” hadn’t actually had either of these in his hands prior to “writing” this article although he did buy 25 of them after his google search.

        Feeling a bit salty about the current state of “journalism.”

        1. I wish there was a way to edit posts… That post should read “And even the closest one isn’t going to stack well…”

          My saltiness affected my proof reading, or maybe it was just old age lol.

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