They’re good enough for your wealthy uncle to keep his ammo in.
They ought to be good enough for us.
What are your thought on the subject? Here are some of mine:
Fat .50s get too heavy when fully loaded. I avoid buying fat .50s,
Regular .50s are fine(which may not be marked as .50s, but are otherwise identical in size/construction)
The smaller 7.62 cans are really nice for storage in locking filing cabinets
Make sure the seals are still good. You may be able to resurrects hardened seals with a tiny amount of silicone(not petroleum) “grease.” If not, replace the seal or repurpose the can for stowing your snow chains or other stuff.
I keep factory ammo in original packaging in case there is a recall so the production run numbers are preserved, Your hand loads can be loaded in bulk. Your choice—note the loads though.
Cans fresh from storage will often show a rusty complexion, 99% of the time it is rust “dust”—a souvenir of government ammo dumps and warehouses, and will wipe off with a damp cloth.
Open the can to see if the hinges and latch work as the should, The inside should have that “GI” smell.
Avoid setting your ammo cans on a cement floor. Moisture will get trapped between the cement and the metal bottom of the can and start to form rust. Better to stack your cans on wood 2x4s to keep them off the floor and allow air to circulate. It also provides an additional 2" if there should be a flood, that’s 2 more inches before your seals will be tried,
There are new ammo cans being sold, produced in the PRC, looking very similar to USGI cans.
I don’t know enough about them to offer any criticism one way of the other, I’ve seen them at Costco and Walmart though.
What are your thoughts? Experiences?