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Ruff
03-08-2017, 03:12 PM
For those that don't know, Costco has been selling a bundle of 2 ammo boxes, a .308 and a .50 calibre size, for $27 for some months now. Today I found they've been put on clearance and are being sold for $18.97, basically $9.50 each for new boxes that sometimes go for maybe $40 each. These are made in China but are of obvious quality and are of the type where the lid is completely removable after opening, if that's what you like. The smaller is packed inside the larger, the product number is 731258. Call ahead before making a special trip because most of these sales are at the store manager's discretion. I was at the warehouse in Kanata, ON.

88 louie
03-08-2017, 06:51 PM
I noticed they have them at the location in Edmonton for about a month or 2. 50th street & 136 ave. A few days ago they were $27.00. Maybe they are on sale now, I'll have to check.

Lazagna
03-09-2017, 02:41 PM
Costco in Calgary, Heritage location only had a couple dozen left, but not on sale. Picked one up anyway because I need it and because it's still an okay deal.

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Cavs42
03-09-2017, 04:17 PM
Victoria was all sold out in about 5 minutes.

Petamocto
03-09-2017, 04:27 PM
What is the allure of these things? They don't strike me as as good balance of practical / dividable / size (?)

Is it just that they're Army-like and that's cool?

Ruff
03-09-2017, 04:55 PM
What is the allure of these things? They don't strike me as as good balance of practical / dividable / size (?)

Is it just that they're Army-like and that's cool?

I already posted this elsewhere on this site today, but they represent decades of military experience and development. They're not the end all and be all, not for everyone, but they are great items. I will go further and say they are much like the US GI P-38 can opener, one of the noblest ideas of military history, and one that can be deployed by civilians.

Lazagna
03-09-2017, 04:55 PM
What is the allure of these things? They don't strike me as as good balance of practical / dividable / size (?)

Is it just that they're Army-like and that's cool?
For me it's because my father was in the military and that's how he stored his ammo. So basically yes! :D

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Petamocto
03-09-2017, 05:12 PM
Thank you for your replies. The way the Army uses these is very different than the manner I would see the average person using them, though, and that's why I am confused.

When it is delivered in the Army, it is part of a compartmentalized logistical system of delivering massive amounts of ammo to the soldiers. Giant pallets of ammo boxes get broken down to ammo boxes, which get broken down into several 30-round boxes of ammo on three 10-round clips, and then those get dispersed and given to the troops to replace their expended mags.

But due to the shoebox style size of them, I can't think of a practical purpose for that in going to the range. It's too small to hold anything big, so you'd have to make several trips back and forth from your vehicle, and the squarish shape of them doesn't really allow them to be compartmentalized in a convenient way.

They're definitely and obviously the perfect size and shape for what they were meant for, but unless you are filling these with the 30-round clipped boxes, they just don't seem to be the right size. If you're storing bulk loose ammo, I'd think it was better to store them in strong plastic bins.

Ruff
03-09-2017, 05:33 PM
Thank you for your replies. The way the Army uses these is very different than the manner I would see the average person using them, though, and that's why I am confused.

When it is delivered in the Army, it is part of a compartmentalized logistical system of delivering massive amounts of ammo to the soldiers. Giant pallets of ammo boxes get broken down to ammo boxes, which get broken down into several 30-round boxes of ammo on three 10-round clips, and then those get dispersed and given to the troops to replace their expended mags.

But due to the shoebox style size of them, I can't think of a practical purpose for that in going to the range. It's too small to hold anything big, so you'd have to make several trips back and forth from your vehicle, and the squarish shape of them doesn't really allow them to be compartmentalized in a convenient way.

They're definitely and obviously the perfect size and shape for what they were meant for, but unless you are filling these with the 30-round clipped boxes, they just don't seem to be the right size. If you're storing bulk loose ammo, I'd think it was better to store them in strong plastic bins.

What you say depends on how much ammo you take to the range. I can shoot off a full can of 12 g reloads in an hour, very easily. However, I mostly use them for storage. If you don't have a certain amount of ammo put by these days, you run the risk of not having any when you want it, and the cans keep the ammo safe, clean, dry, untarnished and uncorroded and if there should be a fire, the rubber seals will melt allowing the ammo to burn off harmlessly while the primer pops are incidentally safely contained. They are also great for geocaching and they are the original drybox for all manner of outdoor pursuits such as sailing and canoeing. They are also good (if heavy) anti-bear food containers, easily hung out of reach, hopefully, and they contain the scent of food inside. I also know someone who claimed he used one for an emergency boat anchor, filling it with beach sand. All that said, I now have at most maybe 10 cans of various sizes, I haven't filled a room with them or anything.

Ruff
03-09-2017, 05:53 PM
Oh yeah, wildfowl hunting. After watching a collection of loose shells wash around an inch of water in the bottom of the duck boat in my early days, along with bits of soggy pasteboard from the cartons they'd been contained in, we made it point to use ammo boxes.

mrg372k9
03-09-2017, 07:48 PM
For those that don't know, Costco has been selling a bundle of 2 ammo boxes, a .308 and a .50 calibre size, for $27 for some months now. Today I found they've been put on clearance and are being sold for $18.97, basically $9.50 each for new boxes that sometimes go for maybe $40 each. These are made in China but are of obvious quality and are of the type where the lid is completely removable after opening, if that's what you like. The smaller is packed inside the larger, the product number is 731258. Call ahead before making a special trip because most of these sales are at the store manager's discretion. I was at the warehouse in Kanata, ON.
So Kanata location has them at clearance price?

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harbl_the_cat
03-09-2017, 08:18 PM
These things stack nicely, make very efficient use of space and are easy to keep ammo sorted.

I think I have about 40 of them in my gun rooms.

Too bad I missed out on the sale.

FlyingHigh
03-09-2017, 09:54 PM
My dad and I use one in our boat for emergency signalling stuff. We only run freshwater though, so corrosion hasn't been a problem. A saltwater environment may not be as kind.

I have a couple more kicking around here too. One has my SHTF bail out ammo, another has brass casing to be reloaded etc. I bought them back when Princess Auto sold them for $14.99 or something like that, not the $40 or whatever ludicrous price they ask now. I haven't bought any since the price sky rocketed.

Petamocto
03-09-2017, 10:00 PM
My dad and I use one in our boat for emergency signalling stuff.

That is actually the best use I've seen so far. Something like that size worth of equipment seems like the best practical use, be it an emergency/first aid use.

Thank you for the input. I remain unconvinced at all the other reasons for civilian-based ammo storage, because several option options are better solutions.

But for something like am emergency kit, that makes sense for size/storage reasons for me that have nothing to do with "oh, cool, this is sort of like an Army thing".

And even if it were just because it were an Army thing, if people could just say that, that would be fine. But other than an emergency/first aid kit, I haven't seen a practical use for a box this size.

Lazagna
03-09-2017, 10:20 PM
That is actually the best use I've seen so far. Something like that size worth of equipment seems like the best practical use, be it an emergency/first aid use.

Thank you for the input. I remain unconvinced at all the other reasons for civilian-based ammo storage, because several option options are better solutions.

But for something like am emergency kit, that makes sense for size/storage reasons for me that have nothing to do with "oh, cool, this is sort of like an Army thing".

And even if it were just because it were an Army thing, if people could just say that, that would be fine. But other than an emergency/first aid kit, I haven't seen a practical use for a box this size.
It does have two sizes, so I'm going to use the small one to carry my ammo to the range on range days, the larger one to hold my extra stuff around the safe, and my big plastic one that locks nicely to hold the rest at home.

And I like it because of my dad using it, so that fits in with the "look" of it.

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Battle Beaver
03-10-2017, 12:00 AM
When Costco prices things $x.97 (97 cents at the end), it means it's clearance. Could mean it's not going to be re-ordered for some time, or could be never. Got that info from the store manager.

Costco in Ancaster (Ontario) still has 70 left, $18.97 each. There was 80 left when I got there, only 70 now. :)

Battle Beaver

PS - These are excellent quality, with a good rubber gasket. When I opened mine at home they "hissed", because they were in my truck and were cold. Also, who cares what people use them for? Whatever you choose to use them for, they're a great price and great quality.

oddjob70
03-10-2017, 09:54 PM
Anyone in Edmonton see these things on sale at their local store ?

88 louie
03-10-2017, 10:42 PM
Anyone in Edmonton see these things on sale at their local store ?

I'll be going on sunday to see if they are on sale. Last week there was a pallet full, about 4' high.
2 weeks before that it was 6' high. Referring to the store on 50th & 136 ave.

oddjob70
03-10-2017, 10:47 PM
Thanks. I haven't seen then in the far West end one (near the Enoch casino) thus far and only hit the gas bars usually at the others ones

Cavs42
03-11-2017, 12:52 AM
The ones I have are loaded up with my ammo. I have 1000 rnds of loose 9mm in my 556 box, and 500 rnds of .223 in my 762 box. The .223 is in 20 rnd boxes and fits in there perfectly. I like them because they stack nicely, and are easy to grab and throw in my truck.

road kill
03-11-2017, 05:45 AM
I've never seen them in the Saskatoon store but then i'm not a walk around look at everything type. I tend to hit the area that has what I need then get the hell out. Bastichees keep moving stuff to try and make me look around.

Cavs42
03-11-2017, 07:13 AM
They had em right at the entrance here.

soulchaser
03-12-2017, 08:19 AM
Costco Scarborough (Ellesmere and Warden) have them @$18.97

Just picked up 5. Probably 50 to 60 left.

soulchaser
03-12-2017, 08:21 AM
I've never seen them in the Saskatoon store but then i'm not a walk around look at everything type. I tend to hit the area that has what I need then get the hell out. Bastichees keep moving stuff to try and make me look around.

Try and find the article online.

There is a method to the madness why they are always moving stuff around.

Ruff
03-12-2017, 02:27 PM
Try and find the article online.

There is a method to the madness why they are always moving stuff around.

The online store does not stock everything the brick and mortar 'warehouses' do, and vice-versa. Most of the online stuff seems to be to be higher end, or at least the online store has more of it. The online store is also able to sell things like freeze dried "year's supply of food" stuff that you won't see in person, both have their advantages. And the online store doesn't require a membership, anyone can buy there. But no ammo boxes.

88 louie
03-12-2017, 04:02 PM
Anyone in Edmonton see these things on sale at their local store ?

They must be working through their second pallet. A little over 160 boxes still available, the pallet is 5.5 feet high, priced at $26.99 per set of 2 boxes. 50th street & 136 ave in Edmonton.

soulchaser
03-12-2017, 06:14 PM
The online store does not stock everything the brick and mortar 'warehouses' do, and vice-versa. Most of the online stuff seems to be to be higher end, or at least the online store has more of it. The online store is also able to sell things like freeze dried "year's supply of food" stuff that you won't see in person, both have their advantages. And the online store doesn't require a membership, anyone can buy there. But no ammo boxes.

LOL. That isn't what I meant whe I said try and find the article online. I wasn't referring to the ammo box as the article to look for online.

I was responding to a poster who mentioned Costco seems to move merchandise around in the stores a lot.

I was suggesting he go online and find the news article I read about there being a reason, a method to their madness, for constantly moving things around.

WSA
03-12-2017, 10:50 PM
Thank you for your replies. The way the Army uses these is very different than the manner I would see the average person using them, though, and that's why I am confused.

When it is delivered in the Army, it is part of a compartmentalized logistical system of delivering massive amounts of ammo to the soldiers. Giant pallets of ammo boxes get broken down to ammo boxes, which get broken down into several 30-round boxes of ammo on three 10-round clips, and then those get dispersed and given to the troops to replace their expended mags.

But due to the shoebox style size of them, I can't think of a practical purpose for that in going to the range. It's too small to hold anything big, so you'd have to make several trips back and forth from your vehicle, and the squarish shape of them doesn't really allow them to be compartmentalized in a convenient way.

They're definitely and obviously the perfect size and shape for what they were meant for, but unless you are filling these with the 30-round clipped boxes, they just don't seem to be the right size. If you're storing bulk loose ammo, I'd think it was better to store them in strong plastic bins.


They are perfect for my ammo storage and transport needs.

I mostly use the 50 Cal boxes. I can dump a 1000 round case of ammo into each can, and discard the cardboard boxes.

I also transport magazines in them, so I can have individual pistol and rifle mags separate.

They are designed to stack on top of each other and stay in place, and are strong enough to carry those 1000 rounds by the convenient carry handle.

So I've got my bulk ammo all ready to transport and use at the range without dealing with cardboard boxes, I've got separate ones for magazines, and they are easy to transport.

The thought of them being "Army cool" never crossed my mind. I don't have any other "army" stuff that I can think of.

soulchaser
03-13-2017, 08:58 AM
One thing re the Costco cans:

I stacked a few on top of each other and they were a little wobbly, not sturdy like my other stacks.

I flipped them over and there is an ever so slight "bow" in the bottom from both outside edges running to the centre handle well.

Maybe having the 30 cal inside deformed the bottom slightly.

Anyway, I took all the 30 cal cans out and stacked them seperately, and after turning the 50 cal cans over and giving them a couple taps with a rubber mallet they are stacking sturdy like all my others.

Ruff
03-13-2017, 09:24 AM
One thing re the Costco cans:

I stacked a few on top of each other and they were a little wobbly, not sturdy like my other stacks.

I flipped them over and there is an ever so slight "bow" in the bottom from both outside edges running to the centre handle well.

Maybe having the 30 cal inside deformed the bottom slightly.

Anyway, I took all the 30 cal cans out and stacked them seperately, and after turning the 50 cal cans over and giving them a couple taps with a rubber mallet they are stacking sturdy like all my others.

Because they're airtight, I've known air expansion to do that. Either a change in temperature or in barometric air pressure could cause it.

blacksmithden
03-13-2017, 12:33 PM
They were still the regular price at the Costco in NE Edmonton on Friday night. I'll check again on my way home.

mavrik9
03-13-2017, 06:19 PM
Balzac Costco had them too, not sure about the price though

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IJ22
03-15-2017, 10:52 AM
Just got back from the Kitchener store, still have a pile of them at $18.97