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.45-70 Ammo Crate
« on: December 28, 2023, 08:58:34 PM »
Gentlemen,  Does anyone know what the dimensions and construction details were for the original .45-70 government ammo crates?  I'd like to build one.
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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2023, 11:09:54 PM »
Perhaps some photos will help ?   :)
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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2023, 08:51:11 AM »
That's cool!  Any source for the measurements?
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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2023, 08:56:49 AM »
That may be out there in cyber land.... I'll surf around some...

I think I could extrapolate the internal box dimensions by the cartridge boxes in the pack.
 Then assuming you are using 3/4" dimensional lumber, the outside Dim's. 

I come up with 14" wide X 16" long X 6 3/4 " deep, outside dim's (use 3/4" Top & bottom = 8.25 " outside)
allowing for 44 boxes of 20 (880 rounds tight). this an extrapolation.
You might want to cut a bit of + slack ( a tad oversize allowing for thickness of the boxes...
However, if you aren't planning to pack as the photos show, and just a prop box the above Dim's are adequate.   (880 rounds and quite heavy)

1000 rd. stenciled on the original crate... I calculated @ 880 rounds.  :-\

 

Maybe St. George has a response, Robert?   

Another Guy you might ask to is Hayes Otoupalik
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 Phone: 1-406-549-4817

FYI... if you are planning to finger joint the corners. allow accordingly :)

hope that helps...I'll like to see it when complete  :)

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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2023, 09:37:27 AM »

 :) Aw Heck  ;)

I gotta Olympia Brewing Co. Beer Crate that would almost double.  Unfortunately, it way deeper and (sniff, sob) Empty (Boo Hissssss)  :'(

I am aware that is of no help to the OP, but it's Friday morning and really quiet around here and I'm some bored.  So There  ;D

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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2023, 10:34:41 AM »
Major 2, those photos are outstanding. Thanks for finding and posting them. I admire your calculating skills as well.

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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2023, 10:49:06 AM »
Several years back we had a member who built a few.  I think he shoots with the Illinois GAF group  I think his name is Doug Stone.  But there were lots of pictures of his gear and camp.  It was either on here or NCOWS.
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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2023, 11:08:24 AM »
Would that have been Doug Strong?  He shot over here at the Brigade Muster once.
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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2023, 11:28:24 AM »
Just heard from Doug Strong.  He linked me too photos and description of an original box that came from Bannermans.  Dimensions are listed at 13 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 8 1/4.  Your extrapolated measurements were impressively close!
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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2023, 12:37:25 PM »
 ;D  I was allowing a bit of scrouge to account for the thickness of each paste board box of 20rd..

It will be cool to see what you come up with  :)

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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2023, 03:42:30 PM »
Dont forget to build with finger joints, and add the appropriate amount of wood at the ends to accomodate that….

I count 13 fingers, but I could be offf….

Aaaaaand is it nailed down with a hinge or screwed down with a hinge?
Or do my eyes only want to see a hinge?

I cannot recall what famous battle involved guys unable to open ammunition crates because they were screwed down And only one supply seargent had the only screwdriver…..
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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2023, 04:34:40 PM »
That may be out there in cyber land.... I'll surf around some...

I think I could extrapolate the internal box dimensions by the cartridge boxes in the pack.
 Then assuming you are using 3/4" dimensional lumber, the outside Dim's. 

I come up with 14" wide X 16" long X 6 3/4 " deep, outside dim's (use 3/4" Top & bottom = 8.25 " outside)
allowing for 44 boxes of 20 (880 rounds tight). this an extrapolation.
You might want to cut a bit of + slack ( a tad oversize allowing for thickness of the boxes...
However, if you aren't planning to pack as the photos show, and just a prop box the above Dim's are adequate.   (880 rounds and quite heavy)

1000 rd. stenciled on the original crate... I calculated @ 880 rounds.  :-\

 

Maybe St. George has a response, Robert?   

Another Guy you might ask to is Hayes Otoupalik
Military Collectibles and Historical Americana
 Phone: 1-406-549-4817

FYI... if you are planning to finger joint the corners. allow accordingly :)

hope that helps...I'll like to see it when complete  :)

I did mention that   ;D

I believe you are thinking Battle of Isandlwana


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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2023, 06:41:46 PM »
It is Doug Strong.  A friend and I built a couple, we used dimension lumber.  They turned out ok. I had a lot of trouble with the stencils.   
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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2023, 07:42:42 PM »
I don't believe I'll do the corners like that.  My crate will not be anywhere near that accurate.  Of course these crates are late production.  I'd like to see one of the early ones.
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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2023, 12:21:57 AM »
Ah my Dear Major2

Yes, i see in retrospect, after changing into my other retrospectacles, that you did!
My appologies!

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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2023, 06:42:23 AM »
Not at all, Sir!  no apologies necessary,  :D


Ned, the one pictured (1st two) photos above is Span-Am era.
         The 3rd photo with hinged lid is 1888, marked Bannerman.

 
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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2023, 08:10:16 AM »
I believe the top two (span am era) the cartons are laid flat... if I am seeing correctly, that is 5x2x10 (box count) which would be 1000 rounds... this looks like a fun project any way you stack em!!

Where would you get stencils like that? I suppose you could print out paper and cut it out with an exacto knife to make your own stensils... the corners are outstanding!
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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2023, 09:29:54 AM »

 :) Crates and Barrels  ;)

An old Cabinet Maker (me) observes that "All of the Above" appear to have been originally screwed shut.  Unfortunately, during the appropriate time frame, Pneumatic Nail guns were in somewhat short supply.

The Bannermans crate also appears to have been nailed shut after an initial opening and shows evidence of have been pried open with a flat blade screwdriver.  Normally when one needs one's munitions, one needs said munitions "Right Freeking Now" or something to that effect.

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Re: .45-70 Ammo Crate
« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2023, 10:09:59 AM »
Slight request for the plane to divert to Cuba. 
Professor, i would suggest boxing up those old spectacles and donate them.  I work in  chemistry and we get safety glasses that are prescription if needed once a year.  About 25 years ago i discovered the Lion’s Club will collect these Nd the get refurbished and they go to places in the world where people just have to deal with poor vision.  I know other organizations do this as well, I just know about the Lion’s club first hand.  College Roommate works all over Africa and mentioned he has seen it first hand.   Conservatively i think i have sent 700+ pairs their way and have a box of ~90in my office i need to send.   They can make a difference. 

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Stenciling is a pain in the tuckus.  I would suggest using a processor to block your lettering then make it a mirror image.  Print and invert on the box.   Treat with acetone to transfer the print and a quick coat of the lacquer of your choice will keep it there.  There are numerous youtube videos that lay out the process. 


 

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