Carrying loose ammo tactically?

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Carrying loose ammo tactically?

Post by cmoney » Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:15 pm

So since I have decided to buy a lever gun and I can forsee it being using in some SHTF situations which I imagine as possible, I would like to know if any of you have suggestions for how to carry ammo for it? Is there something I can do other than tossing a bunch of 357 shells into a satchel?

The task of loading the rifle under stress is gonna be challenge enough, it'd be nice if I wasn't fumbling through a big bag of bullets also.

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Re: Carrying loose ammo tactically?

Post by Gatorfarmer » Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:27 pm

Ammo belts with nylon shell loops (and a buttstock carrier much the same) can be had from Walmart during hunting season, or else you can order them from MidwayUSA or elsewhere. At a higher cost, you can get leather shell belts as well.

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Re: Carrying loose ammo tactically?

Post by Lenny » Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:27 pm

Heres a couple idea's

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Re: Carrying loose ammo tactically?

Post by HHaase » Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:28 am

Rapidly loading through a gate, not exactly fun and a bit of a contridiction of statements if you ask me.

In all honesty, for bulk .357 loaded like that, I'd kinda prefer a hip bag with loose rounds in it. You have to handle them all individually already, so you might as well make that task as easy as possible. Back when I used to shoot a lot of tube-fed .22's, and before ammo came in loose cartons, we would just dump a couple bricks into a big box and grab as needed. When they started selling in loose packed cartons, it was a no brainer.

Barring that, have you considered an old-school pistol belt or bandoleer? Perhaps take a look at the SASS guys, and see what they use. .44-40 and .44 Long Colt aren't too far from .357 as far as the ergonomics of handling is concerned.

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Edit: Just make sure that if you do handle everything in a loose manner, make sure it's all crimped. Probably not an issue with factory loads, but if you reload it could be.
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Re: Carrying loose ammo tactically?

Post by Big and Daft » Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:42 am

I asked a similar question a couple of months ago and after all th help I got, the best solution I came up with were the 12rd shotgun ammo poches. Here if the thread.


I've just took some pictures (on my mobile, sorry for crapy photos) of some .357s in the 12rd shotgun ammo pouch. Pouch is made by Condor, if that matters.

24 rounds, 2 in each elastic loop - I closed the lid and shook it, none came loose.
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22 rounds of .357 and a 12g cartridge for comparison.
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25 rounds thrown in loose. Plenty of room left in the pouch, none fell out with flap closed and shaken about.
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50 rounds thrown in loose. Pouch is full now, flap still closes and stops any falling out though.
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On the whole, this is quite a decent way to hold the ammo, two of these pouches would be plenty as far as i'm concerned.

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Re: Carrying loose ammo tactically?

Post by zoiders » Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:02 pm

If you can find one at a surplus place - they used to make once upon a time a military police issue ALICE revolver ammo pouch, OG with a velcro closure and elastic loops inside to hold loose .38/.357 shells

I used to use one to keep paracord in

They are dirt cheap IIRC

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Re: Carrying loose ammo tactically?

Post by olbaid_dratsab » Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:36 pm

Could you load through a loading gate using the speed strips made my Bianchi? Thats what I would try, the mechanica would be a lil different than loading a revolver, but I don't see why you couldnt just start it off in the gate then pluck it off the strip, finish with your fingers, repeat until the tube is toped off or untill the strip is empty.
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Re: Carrying loose ammo tactically?

Post by ant69 » Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:46 pm

olbaid_dratsab wrote:Could you load through a loading gate using the speed strips made my Bianchi? Thats what I would try, the mechanica would be a lil different than loading a revolver, but I don't see why you couldnt just start it off in the gate then pluck it off the strip, finish with your fingers, repeat until the tube is toped off or untill the strip is empty.
+1 this would be my choice though I have never tried it personally. Should be much easier to manage a few rounds at a time and fairly inexpensive option. There are also the buttstock shell holders though they are fairly limited on capacity.

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Re: Carrying loose ammo tactically?

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Re: Carrying loose ammo tactically?

Post by zombie_mike » Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:47 pm

I used to carry .38 special on SKS stripper clips. I would think that .357 mag would fit as well.
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Re: Carrying loose ammo tactically?

Post by Sheol151 » Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:42 pm

zombie_mike wrote:I used to carry .38 special on SKS stripper clips. I would think that .357 mag would fit as well.

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Post by muscleman_coffeemesto » Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:10 pm

Carrying .357 ammo in shotgun shell pouches is brilliant. After reading that I went ahead and managed to stuff over 60 rounds of .38 special into one pouch...
I think it's time to get myself a .357 lever rifle.
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Re: Carrying loose ammo tactically?

Post by charlie505 » Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:09 pm

I have a marlin 1894p in 44mag

I carry extra ammo in a rock climbers chalk bag

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Re: Carrying loose ammo tactically?

Post by crypto » Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:47 pm

I'd look at a MOLLE Dump pouch. Basically it's a square accessory pouch about the same size as an AR mag pouch, with a velcro flap on top, and under that is snap-on lid with 2 stout pieces of elastic to keep stuff from falling out. You just sort of shove your hand inside between the elastic and come out with a fistful of ammo.

Mine holds over 100 rounds of 9mm and about that much of 5.56. It's a great pouch, I'd recommend it for anyone who has a tube-fed gun they need to carry ammo for. Anything lever- or pump-action would do well with one.

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Post by muscleman_coffeemesto » Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:02 pm

I have like 4 of those MOLLE pouches in black, but I use them to carry shotgun shells.
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Re: Carrying loose ammo tactically?

Post by Murph » Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:30 pm

Yeah, those pouches are great for anything. You can stand 5 AR mags up in them after you snap off the elastic part.
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