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    Default 50 cal ammo cans and silica packs??

    I started to put all of my range ammo loosely into 50 cal ammo cans. 45acp, 40 s&w, 9mm and 5.56. I've been buying the cans at rural king at 10.99 each and that seems to be the lowest price around?? Any cheaper for new steel cans? I'd like to put some small silica packs in each can but I haven't found them locally and the ones on eBay seem to come all packed in 1 bag? Any ideas on where to get individually wrapped small silica packs? Thanks.

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    Default Re: 50 cal ammo cans and silica packs??

    I was going to suggest Uline, but they sell 5 gallon pails of 600 each, 10 gram silica gel to protect 470 cubic inches, for $134 plus shipping. Maybe a group buy is in order?

    Of course if you just happen to have 600 cans this might be just what you need.

    Just in case: https://www.uline.com/BL_1004/Silica-Gel-Desiccants

    EDIT: Get the 5 gram size if you figure how much space the ammo takes. Actually a better deal 1250 packets for $97 plus shipping. Rated for 235 cubic inches which should work for a nearly full or better can.
    Last edited by gghbi; September 30th, 2017 at 07:21 PM.
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    Default Re: 50 cal ammo cans and silica packs??

    Not to hijack the thread, but I have a related question. How many small packs do you all put in a full 50 cal ammo can?

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    Default Re: 50 cal ammo cans and silica packs??

    Quote Originally Posted by littlefitz View Post
    Not to hijack the thread, but I have a related question. How many small packs do you all put in a full 50 cal ammo can?
    50 cal M2A1 can 7.25"H X 12"L X 6"W = 522 cubic inches so one should be plenty or get the 5 gram size if you figure how much space the ammo takes. Actually a better deal 1250 packets for $97 plus shipping. Rated for 235 cubic inches which should work for a nearly full or better can.
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    Default Re: 50 cal ammo cans and silica packs??

    As I look into the silica packs I never knew that they can be "recharged" in the oven or microwave

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    Default Re: 50 cal ammo cans and silica packs??

    Desiccare paks are what military uses. They also have humidity indicator cards: the old "if it's pink it stinks" blue-to-pink circles that most ex-military have seen. The desiccare paks can be "recharged" in a low heat oven. It does take several hours to do this. Never try to speed it up at higher heat or you will burn the packs.

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    Default Re: 50 cal ammo cans and silica packs??

    Go to a craft store, you can buy desiccant there or go to Walmart and buy silica cat litter. (Not clay litter, silica, I believe it’s called Mimi Litter)

    Now get yourself some coffee filters and a stapler.
    It’s hard to explain, but I’ll try, you can put the silica on the filter, a little less than a “golf ball” size, bring two of the sides up and do a small fold, staple it in about three or four places, now fold the ends over and add two more staples in each end.
    You’ll end up with a rectangular silica pack just right for dropping into an ammo can.

    Play around with the amount and the folds, you’ll figure it out.

    A bag of that cat litter will probably make at least 100 of these packs, maybe more.
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    Default Re: 50 cal ammo cans and silica packs??

    Quote Originally Posted by Tacgunner View Post
    Desiccare paks are what military uses. They also have humidity indicator cards: the old "if it's pink it stinks" blue-to-pink circles that most ex-military have seen. The desiccare paks can be "recharged" in a low heat oven. It does take several hours to do this. Never try to speed it up at higher heat or you will burn the packs.
    Don't do what's on them or the glue fails and ends pop open. Also the ind cards will change back one you refresh the packs. I got a lot of those packs before I got out.

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    Default Re: 50 cal ammo cans and silica packs??

    I picked up more cans from rural king this morning. Maybe I have OCD because now if they aren't full then I have an urge to fill them. The can man of western pa on Facebook has cans for $9. This is from his Facebook

    Products we carry with prices

    Large field packs digital camo w/o sustainment pouches $45

    Large field packs digital camo with sustainment pouches $55

    3 Day assault packs digital camo grade 1 $40

    3 Day assault packs digital camo grade 2 (minor stains) $30

    Accessories for packs and tactical vests

    US MILITARY GI TACTICAL LOAD BEARING VEST (ENHANCED) - LBV Woodland Camo with 4 mag pouches and 2 utility pouches $16 each

    NEW USGI ACU MOLLE II FIGHTING LOAD CARRIER FLC TACTICAL VEST DIGITAL CAMO $12 each

    ACU MOLLE II Canteen Cover/Utility/MRE/Mag Pouch with used Canteen $8 each

    Sustainment Pouches, digital camo $6 each

    Flash Bang MOLLE carriers $4 each

    -Ammo cans

    30 cal grade 2s $6
    50 cal grade 1s blacked out lettering $9
    50 cal grade 1s with full lettering $10 or 10 for $90
    40MM grade 1s $17 or 2 for $32
    81MM grade 1s $19each

    Call if you need some cans Chuck 412-580-0470

    I think I'm going to order these silica packs from eBay

    https://m.ebay.com/itm/282304300400

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    Default Re: 50 cal ammo cans and silica packs??

    Quote Originally Posted by mpyingling22 View Post
    I picked up more cans from rural king this morning. Maybe I have OCD because now if they aren't full then I have an urge to fill them. The can man of western pa on Facebook has cans for $9. This is from his Facebook

    Products we carry with prices

    Large field packs digital camo w/o sustainment pouches $45

    Large field packs digital camo with sustainment pouches $55

    3 Day assault packs digital camo grade 1 $40

    3 Day assault packs digital camo grade 2 (minor stains) $30

    Accessories for packs and tactical vests

    US MILITARY GI TACTICAL LOAD BEARING VEST (ENHANCED) - LBV Woodland Camo with 4 mag pouches and 2 utility pouches $16 each

    NEW USGI ACU MOLLE II FIGHTING LOAD CARRIER FLC TACTICAL VEST DIGITAL CAMO $12 each

    ACU MOLLE II Canteen Cover/Utility/MRE/Mag Pouch with used Canteen $8 each

    Sustainment Pouches, digital camo $6 each

    Flash Bang MOLLE carriers $4 each

    -Ammo cans

    30 cal grade 2s $6
    50 cal grade 1s blacked out lettering $9
    50 cal grade 1s with full lettering $10 or 10 for $90
    40MM grade 1s $17 or 2 for $32
    81MM grade 1s $19each

    Call if you need some cans Chuck 412-580-0470

    I think I'm going to order these silica packs from eBay

    https://m.ebay.com/itm/282304300400

    Cool! I bought some cans from him several months back at great prices.
    I like that he offers fully lettered cans too.
    At the time he mentioned that he was looking to add some other products and it looks like he did.

    is Facebook page is here.

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