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M551 Sheridan co-axial MG ammo box capacity requested
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:46 pm
Post subject: M551 Sheridan co-axial MG ammo box capacity requested

Does anyone know what the capacity of the co-axial MG ammo box was on the M551 Sheridan? I've looked through half a dozen TM's and cannot find the numbers anywhere.

Thanks in advance!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:03 am
Post subject: Re: M551 Sheridan co-axial MG ammo box capacity requested

Can't find that either in any of my sources. You can likely calculate it closely by looking at pics of a fully loaded "regulation" Sheridan (like in Hunnicutt or other sources) and counting 7.62 ammo boxes and subtracting that capacity from 3,000 (the reg. loadout of 7.62mm). I would guess the capacity of the "ready box" to be between 500 and 1,000 rounds, but I really don't remember*.


If Don doesn't have that handy, maybe we could ask a "contact" of ours.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:05 am
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Thanks Doug. I figure I'll go and count the ammo boxes on the MVTF's M551 next week to see if I can figure it out that way unless I find out otherwise.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:43 am
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Thanks Doug. I figure I'll go and count the ammo boxes on the MVTF's M551 next week to see if I can figure it out that way unless I find out otherwise.


There is also an excellent 'factory fresh' view with full complement of gear in Hunnicutt from the left rear quarter. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:54 am
Post subject: Re: M551 Sheridan co-axial MG ammo box capacity requested

Hi Chris! Hi Folks!

Sorry this is not a complete answer but this is what I have found today.
Per Hunnicutt, basic load of 7.62 ammo in a A1 was 3,000 rounds.

Looking around the Ft. Bliss Musuem vehicle today, there was no label on the ready box. I did however see a rack, front left side of the turret, for "7.62mm ammo" that would hold 4 cans which would account for 800 rounds. That leaves 2,200 more rounds to be account for.

Any chance that ready box is the same one used in the M48/60 series tanks?

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