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Old 03-28-2012, 22:08   #1
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.30 cal can handle failure

Anyone ever seen this before? I have a bunch of .30cal ammo cans that I use for storing and transporting various batches of my reloads. I just noticed the handle was falling off one of them. The weird thing is, I didn't realize when it happened, but the rear spot welds on the "clip" that holds the front ring for the handle have failed, letting the ring loose. At least I'm assuming that's how these things were held together...it looks like a pair of spot welds at each end.

Is this something a friend with a TIG welder can fix?

How much weight should these handles be good for? I think at one point I might have had as much as 500 combined rounds of 9mm & .45acp in it. Maybe less. Even weirder, there's very little in it right now. I can't believe it popped the welds and fell out, and I didn't notice.
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Old 03-28-2012, 22:10   #2
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Everything CAN fail. Just get it welded and go from there.

A TIG, MIG or even gas will take care of it.

(I have done it before)
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Old 03-28-2012, 22:17   #3
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The way TIG or MIG work, I assume the repair won't look like the original weld which I assume was done using heat (and maybe pressure?) from both sides? To repair with a TIG welder, would we just clamp it down and then lay down a bead weld along the edge of the clip where it's come loose?
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Old 03-28-2012, 22:34   #4
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Sure! Just clean off the paint before welding.

Unfortunately, TIG is going to cause a rather large 'heat affected zone' which will destroy any heat treating that may have been done. Just the way it is.

It turns out that stick-arc is a lot cooler process.

At some point, you just trash the can and buy another.

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