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    ammo cans

    I need a supply of ammo cans and my local (Hot Springs) surplus stores suck. Are there any good places in Little Rock or close by to get ammo cans?

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    I get my cans at Smitty's in EL Paso. They are just north of Hwy. 64 on Hwy. 5, east side of the road. You can't miss them. A huge Yellow building. They usually have a great supply of all sizes. The last ones that I bought were $3 each or 2 for $5 for the small ones. It's a very interesting place to visit.

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    I just bought a bunch of ammo cans at a very reasonable price in Hot Springs on Carpenter Dam road at Shaddy hills rd there at the side of the road flee market.

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    If you are going the other way down I-30 you can get some good deals in Hooks, Texas there is a big surplus place right one the side of the Interstate, you can get ammo cans and decon boxes at a good price.

    DK

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    You can also check Cheaperthandirt.com. They are pretty reasonable.
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    Thanks for the info. I'll have to check out that roadside flea market, I didn't know there was one down there. I have looked at cheaper than dirt and cabelas too and they aren't bad at all I just wanted to find some that I could get locally and not have to pay shipping.

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    Gun Shows.
    They are all over the state, they are in many other states you may visit, they happen often, you can wheel and deal, you don't have to already know what size can you want when you can just look for something that looks right for the area you have in mind, no shipping, and sometimes no tax.
    Shipping will eat you up most of the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BACKPACKNJACK
    Shipping will eat you up most of the time.
    Given the price of gas these days, I'd advise anyone to do the math before deciding against ordering from some place like CheaperThanDirt. My experience with them has been nothing but good. Their shipping charges are not bad and they ship by FedEx. Translation: You get the shipment within one or two days. If you live close to a supply source or will be going by there anyway, then ordering online may not be the best choice. Unfortunately, I don't know of anyone in my local area that carries ammo cans, so I generally order online. -- ORR
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldRiverRunner
    I'd advise anyone to do the math before deciding against ordering from some place like CheaperThanDirt.
    Copied directly from the Cheaperthandirt web site:
    “Original US standard 50 cal. ammo can is rugged and stack-able; removable lid, rubber gasket seal, and folding handle. Used and may have rust or dents, handle styles may vary, no choice. Length: 11" Height: 7" Width: 5.5" Military colors, may vary slightly. $11.97 each. Plus shipping “
    Shipping is $15.97 *Now that was for only 5 cans* and using the shipping chart because the only way to find out for sure was to complete the order with name password, etc.) for a 5 can total of $75.82 (folks, that’s $15.16 each)

    I have never paid more then $4.50 for a can at a gun show. I called my brother and neither has he, and I get to see the dints or rust, not as listed above. The last cans I bought were at a gun show in Little Rock. He was asking $4.00 and he would eat the tax. We wheeled and dealed for awhile and I offered to buy every one he had (that ended up being 22 of them) if he would take $2.75 plus tax. Well, 22 ammo cans in a Sebring is a site to see. 11” X 7” X 5.75”, no rust, no dents, no shipping, no waiting and the seals look new.
    Ammo cans are great containers even if you don’t make caches out of them.
    So now let’s "do the math" folks.
    22 cans from the gun show= $65.04 (including the tax and he helped me load them)
    22 cans from CheaperThanDirt= $333.52 (including shipping as close as I can figure it without joining the site and giving them my private info plus my email address but maybe some one else can help with the true shipping cost.)
    Just for fun now, even if I had paid the full asking price it would have been only $88.00 (with free loading).
    It was information I thought would be useful to those looking for cheaper cans, and I did do the math
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    It never fails to amaze me how spun up some people get about postings in these forums. And how they can often miss the point completetly. Apparently, offense was taken at my remark that folks should consider all the options (and costs) before driving long distances to buy some ammo cans. When I said, "do the math," I was talking about figuring in the cost of your gasoline (not to mention your time) in driving some distance to buy ammo cans. As I stated in my post, I don't have any options in my local area and it doesn't make much sense to me to drive 60 miles to buy some ammo cans unless I just happen to be going that way. The prices and shipping costs quoted in the previous log for CheaperThanDirt surprise me. I have ordered from them several times and never have experienced the sort of prices and shipping costs quoted. If you don't want to buy from them, fine, then don't. But don't mis-represent the costs.
    "Wildness is a necessity." -- John Muir

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