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Old 05-27-2010, 12:34 PM
sigman2 sigman2 is offline
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Default M1 Clipped Ammo Repacking - 384 Rd. 50 Cal. Can

Some folks prefer to open their spam cans and repack the ammo in M1 clips and bandoleers. By following this guide you can condense 1 case/384 rds. of clipped ammo in bandoleers into 1 50 cal. can.

I cannot remember who sent me this or where it came from. No credit is due me. Thanks to the "Wizard" and someone else.

Follow these instructions closely:

Got this off a board a while back. Hope "the Wizard" doesn't mind the repost...

Packing Instructions for M2 Ball Ammo in Bandoleers for 384 Rd. Can

Take the Box, Ammunition, M2A1 and open it and remove the lid. Place the box in front of you; hinge side to your left.

Take bandoleer, M1 filled with 6 8-round clips of cartridges, caliber .30, M2, ball and fold in half and wrap the shoulder strap around lengthwise to form a tight bundle 3 clips long and 2 clips height. Place “bundle” into the box with the clips against the inner wall next to you and pushed against the inner wall of the hinge side.

Fold a second filled bandoleer exactly as the first. Place it, bullets pointing down, between the first bandoleer and the inner wall of the box away from you.

Fold a third bandoleer as the first and second and place it on top of the first bandoleer BUT with the clips facing towards the center of the box.

The fourth bandoleer is folded into thirds and the strap is wrapped around to form a tight bundle. This bundle is placed, clips touching the bottom of the box, next to the inner wall next to you (2 clips) and the inner wall of the side opposite the hinge side (3 clips).

The fifth bandoleer is folded as the fourth and is placed, bullets pointed down, in the cavity created by the first four bandoleers.

The sixth bandoleer is folded as bandoleers as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd and placed on top of third bandoleer with the clips against the inner wall of the box next to you and tight against the inner wall of the hinge side.

The seventh bandoleer is folded as the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th and is placed, bullets pointing down, between the 6th bandoleer and the inner wall of the box away from you tight against the inner walls of the hinge side.

The eighth bandoleer is folded as the 4th and 5th and is place in the recess that remains, the axis of the cartridges parallel to the long axis of the box. This bandoleer should be placed so that two clips are across the top and three clips deep.

I think I covered it all. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-06-2010, 02:17 AM
Rondog Rondog is offline
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I finally got around to trying this, and by George, it DOES work!!! Takes a little oomph to get the lid closed and latched, but it will. Whoda thunk it, two spam cans of HXP stuffed into one GI can! Sure makes better use of my storage space.

With the white ammo boxes from Midway, I could only get 180 rounds into a .50 can, this way I can get 384 in the same can, in clips and bandos, ready to shoot. I like it.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:09 PM
Chopper Chopper is offline
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I know this is an old thread, but I just tried it for the first time and it worked out really well. And it wasn't much trouble getting the lid closed.

Thank you!
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:29 AM
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Hi, I got this picture I believe, on this Forum. Who ever originally posted it thanks , regards, Mike

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Old 08-21-2018, 07:32 AM
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This is great. REALLY HELPFUL. Thanks.
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