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Old December 5th, 2010, 04:01 PM   #1
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How to pack bandoliers into ammo cans

I've used the search function, but couldn't find what I was looking for.

I've got a bunch of bulk packed 7.62 that I want to put in bandoliers and ammo cans. What is the proper way to arrange the bandoliers in the standard size 50 cal cans so it looks like it just came from Lake City? A series of photographs or diagrams would be nice. I found a series of photos for packing my 5.56 bandoliers here.

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Old December 7th, 2010, 05:06 PM   #2
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How many pockets?

There really isn't a proper way of doing it as long as you can fit as many as possible in the can then close it.

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Old December 7th, 2010, 05:27 PM   #3
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How many pockets?

There really isn't a proper way of doing it as long as you can fit as many as possible in the can then close it.
I thinks you're referring to 5.56 bandoliers as far as the number of pockets go. The 7.62 bandos only come in the 6 pocket flavor, unless I'm mistaken.

6 pockets x 10 rounds/pocket (2 strippers) = 60 per bandolier

a can has 420 as they came from LC, so that's 7 bandoliers per can. There's definitely a "right" way to put the 7 bandoliers in there. If you just try to stuff them in there, you won't even come close to getting 420 in there. It's kind of like a Rubic's cube (just dated myself there).

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Old December 7th, 2010, 06:21 PM   #4
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Although I would have to go look to be sure, my RG is bando'ed 15rds X 5 pockets = 75rd bandos.

The case they came in has them laid flat, 2 to a layer, 5 layers high. The size is about that of a .50cal ammo can, maybe try something like that.

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Old December 8th, 2010, 08:59 PM   #5
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If you're stacking USGI stuff, then seven six-pocket bandoleers go in a .50cal can.

You stack two in the end, fold them so they lay two pockets wide and three high, invert them so they lay flat and reach the top of the can.

The other five get folded in half, three laying on their sides along the long side of the can, and inverted so they lay flat and even, then the last two get slid in "bullets down" on top of each other along the other side of the can.

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Old May 22nd, 2011, 10:14 AM   #6
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Wow, Thanks for the info. I've been wondering how to do this too.

Do you or anyone else have a source for cheap bandoleers, or a sewing pattern to make your own?

Just need the cloth bandoleer itself. I have a source for buying cardboards in bulk, and 5 rd. clips are also fairly plentiful.

FYI: For those looking for an alternate way to re-package ammo, www.argrovbox.com makes a 2x3x5 mailer that will hold 50rds in 5rd clips. A 30 cal. usgi ammo can will hold 4 boxes with enough space to drop in a 3 x3 gel pack. This is an easy way to repack a 200 rd case or battle pack.

If you prefer the smaller squarish boxes, www.repackbox.com sells pre-labeled boxes for 7.62x51. Each of these is designed to holds 20 loose rds, but will except 20 rds in 5 rd. clips too. Put them in alternating with bullets up at the flap.

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Old May 22nd, 2011, 11:55 AM   #7
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RG bando have 75 rounds

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I thinks you're referring to 5.56 bandoliers as far as the number of pockets go. The 7.62 bandos only come in the 6 pocket flavor, unless I'm mistaken.

6 pockets x 10 rounds/pocket (2 strippers) = 60 per bandolier

a can has 420 as they came from LC, so that's 7 bandoliers per can. There's definitely a "right" way to put the 7 bandoliers in there. If you just try to stuff them in there, you won't even come close to getting 420 in there. It's kind of like a Rubic's cube (just dated myself there).

Thanks, Cold
RG bandos have 75 rds.

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Old May 22nd, 2011, 06:53 PM   #8
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I had/have absolutely no problems packing bandos in my 50
Duh no Wonder I only have 1 bando
I will have to change that
Thanks for the Packing tip I will use it soon

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