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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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