Fiocchi Canned Heat

Black Remington 870 pump, barrel pointed to the right and 1 closed can of Fiocchi cartridges on the dirt.

There is a reason most military surplus ammunition comes in tin cans with plenty of sealant. When the ammunition must be supplied to troops in the Arctic or a rainforest, it must be impervious to extremes of climate.

6 black cans of Fiocchi Canned heat with white lettering and a red stripe.
Here are just a few cans from the author’s personal cache.

Conversely, the commercial ammunition we all bet our lives on daily comes in paper, cardboard and foam boxes. And that is OK, most of the time. The only time I have seen a problem is when it was stored in a damp basement or an unkempt storage room. Just the same, some like to keep a stash for emergencies. SHTF, or just in case, is the motto; we want clean, dry, reliable ammunition in a wet, dirty environment.

Buying ammo cans is one way to address the situation, and they are not as inexpensive as they once were. Then you must decide what to put in the can. As for myself, a box or two of rifle ammunition and a few shotgun shells is a good truckload.

During a recent trip to the low country, I took my Mossberg 930 and a box of Fiocchi full-power buckshot. I do that often, although how the 12-gauge shells are packaged is interesting.

Fiocchi has developed a special “Canned Heat” storage system. The cans resemble popular packaging for chips and nuts yet are more robust. The cans are sealed with tight-fitting plastic caps similar to reusable plastic container lids.

Can of Fiocchi Canned Heat opened to show the light brown substance which is a moisture barrier on a light gray background.
Open the box, and you see the first obstacle to moisture.

To open a can and use the ammunition, there are three steps:

  1. Remove the plastic cap. If you do not use the entire ammunition supply, you can replace the cap.
  2. Remove the foil strip by using the pull tab. (The foil seal cannot be reused.)
  3. Remove the cardboard cover between the ammunition and the foil to access the ammunition.

This is a neat trick for carrying 50 rounds of .223 ammunition or 10 rounds of 12-gauge. According to Fiocchi, the convenience and protection from canned ammo or handy reusable plastic containers are features Fiocchi is proud to provide to its shooting customers.

Cans and plastic containers protect the ammo from the elements, including dust, dirt, moisture and humidity. Easy to carry and store, packaging options from Fiocchi provide more convenience and peace of mind when it comes to long-term storage and protection of your ammo, whether it is being stored or transported from your home to a range or field.

Fiocchi Canned Heat ammo is packed in a sealed can with desiccant to protect it from moisture. The can also features a re-closeable plastic lid so you can open it and shoot some, or all, of the ammo and reclose it using the plastic lid, which is much more secure and durable than a cardboard box.

Not only is Fiocchi Canned Heat useful for storing and protecting ammo in your vehicle or “go-bag”  you also may reuse the can for small parts, fired brass or trash at the range, campsite, home and shop.

Sounds good to me and let’s take a hard look at the ammunition itself, because that is the real story. Fiocchi offers two loads in the .223 line; at least, that is what I have on hand. Will there be more to come?

The .223 Line

Silver container with gold .223 cartridges on a light gray background
The .223 cartridges are protected by an appropriate desiccant.

The 55-grain FMJ load breaks 3200 fps from most rifles, while the heavier 62-grain FMJ boat-tail loading breaks at about 3000 fps. Those are the shooter-grade loads offered at a fair price. Intended for recreational and target shooting, they are standard loads for the .223 Remington rifle. My personal AR-15 rifles and a single Ruger Mini-14 have given excellent function. The powder burn is clean and accuracy is good to outstanding.

I should mention the loads should not be compared to generic ball or surplus ammunition as far as accuracy goes. Fiocchi has an excellent reputation for accuracy and those loads carry on in that regard. Either exhibits 100-yard accuracy of 1 MOA in the proper rifle. I achieved a little better than 1 MOA with an AR-15 rifle and the Nikon M223 scope when testing the 62-grain load.

Now, let’s look at a few of the other Fiocchi .223-caliber offerings. I have tested several extensively and, while I have my favorites, all performed well. I have little practical application for the 40-grain V Max loading, yet a well-designed bullet screeching along at 3650 fps has much to recommend against varmints. Penetration is low and pests are vaporized on demand.

The 50-grain polymer-tip V Max BT, at 3300 fps, has much to recommend for longer range use. The standard 55-grain PSP (pointed soft point) loading may seem generic, and it is offered in affordable 50-round boxes. That is the load I have found most useful. Accurate at long range, reliable and a great all-around loading, it is the one I stock up on for personal use.

The 69-grain Sierra Match King load is wonderfully accurate. When using a long-barrel rifle, or in those few instances when I find a bolt-action .223 in my hands, that loading has proven tremendously accurate. It is a load I keep on hand to demonstrate the best accuracy of a .223 rifle.

It is true that the 55-grain PSP does everything I need to do, although the 69-grain loading is demonstrably more accurate. I simply have to work to demonstrate that accuracy. The 77-grain loading, using the Sierra Match King HPBT, is respectable. By repute, that bullet is among the most accurate and effective of all .223 loadings. Frankly, I became immersed in testing the 69-grain load, which seems more practical for my applications, and have not tested the Fiocchi 77-grain as thoroughly.

A recent range session with a Daniel Defense rifle indicated the load is at least as accurate as the 69-grain offering. I think I would purchase the one on special if looking for absolute accuracy.


Black Remington 870 pump, barrel pointed to the right and 1 closed can of Fiocchi cartridges on the dirt.
The author often travels with the Remington 870 pump and 12-gauge buckshot load.

I keep two types of Fiocchi buckshot on hand. The reduced-recoil 12-gauge is excellent for home defense and my pump-action shotguns. However, a self-loader demands full-power buckshot.

The 12-gauge full-power load functions in the Raptor and Mossberg 930 as well. The 12-gauge full-power load feels about like a reduced-power load in the Mossberg 930 because of the self-loading action. I like those loads a great deal and use them with confidence. The reduced-recoil load is plenty strong at 1150 fps. The full-power load, at 1325 fps, is well suited for game taking at longer ranges. Each burns clean.

When you are looking toward long-term storage or simply want to find a handy and rugged means of storing ammunition, the Fiocchi Canned Heat line is an excellent choice. The quality is service grade, and the packaging excellent.

How do you store your ammo? Ever found it unusable because it wasn’t stored properly? Plan on getting the Fiocchi Canned Heat storage option? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section.


About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.

Published in
Black Belt Magazine
Combat Handguns
Rifle Magazine
Gun Digest
Gun World
Tactical World
SWAT Magazine
American Gunsmith
Gun Tests Magazine
Women and Guns
The Journal Voice of American Law Enforcement
Police Magazine
Law Enforcement Technology
The Firearms Instructor
Tactical World
Concealed Carry Magazine
Concealed Carry Handguns

Books published

Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry
The 1911 Automatic Pistol
The Handgun in Personal Defense
The Illustrated Guide to Handgun Skills
The Hunter and the Hunted
The Gun Digest Book of Personal Defense
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 second edition
Dealing with the Great Ammunition Shortage
Commando Gunsmithing
The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting
Preppers Guide to Rifles
Preppers Guide to Shotguns
The Accurate Handgun
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Comments (11)

  1. I have yet to see any of this Fiocchi factory sealed ammo locally, or available on line yet. I do have boxes of their ammunition in several calibers here in my stash..

    Living in a coastal damp marine high humidity environment next to the Pacific Ocean, I have always long-term stored my ammo under several layers of protection.

    First the boxes of ammunition go into quart sized freezer zip-loc bags, then those are seal-a-mealed vacuum sealed, and placed inside either .30 or .50 ammo cans. Storage of shotgun shells such as 12 gauge work well in the .50 caliber ammo cans.

    In each 20mm ammo can, I can put one .50 caliber and three .30 caliber ammo cans vertically and 1 additional .30 ammo can horizontally (on top of the .other .30 caliber ammo cans) into each 20mm ammo can – plus a couple boxes of vacuum sealed ammo.such as large caliber rifle calibers such as .30-06 Springfield can be placed on top of the .50 caliber ammo can inside the 20mm ammo cans.

    In addition I do have several of the sealed ‘spam cans’ of Soviet-Bloc caliber ammo such as 7.62X25mm and 7.62X54mm calibers.

  2. The cans are a great idea, a bit too much to the price unless you are shopping at a store that doesn’t turn their product much. A much cheaper alternative is take your empty plastic coffee cans, also with good plastic lids. Wash them out, make sure they are dry, put a few layers of paper towel on the bottom, fill it up with your favorite ammo, toss in a decent size moisture adsorbing bag, put on the lid, store em.If you don’t drink coffee, somebody you know does! Oh, and they have built in handles, some thing the round cans don’t!!!

  3. I bought a can of Federal .22lr that was packed in nitrogen and then sealed. I only got 1 can and opened it before I realized what it was. I’ve never seen these locally again. That got me to thinking, though. Any ammo that I store for long periods, like for the apocalypse, I either store in vacu seal bags, or now, I use the nitrogen method. Any container that is waterproof and has a tight fitting lid works. Nitrogen is heavier than atmospheric air, so I just crack open a “N” bottle and let the gas drop down into the container, displacing the air. Sometime I drop in a couple desiccant packs, but I don’t think they are needed, put on the lid and tape it for added assurance. The tape is probably not needed either since the can is not pressurized, but I alway over-build everything. I now use this method for food storage also.

    1. Those nitrogen filled containers wlil “Breathe” with varying temperature and air pressure, letting air in and out. Whatever air is there. Humid air if rainy outdoors or south winds. In spite of your tape. Sealed means sealed and is the reason military ammo is sealed. Food likewise. Sorry.

  4. I like this idea. in So Cal humidity is not a problem. If the ammo going in is high quality to start this can should make it immortal .In a past blog on .22 match grade ammo I vented about the LOW quality of new ammo compared to stuff from the 50s, 60s, and 70s that I STILL have in storage.I fired 1500 rounds of old .22 lr short, shot. also Win Mag . Plus 12 gauge factory and reloads from 1975, 30-06 factory and reloads on WW2 brass and factory ammo I still have head stamped 1943. none of this was stored up to” Prepper” standards . Some was crusty from laying out in garages and tool boxes. It ALL went bang! Not so with the new! I have not heard anything bad about Fiocchi. Good going in, good coming out in 50 years. Humidity kills stuff and people. Humidity, mold, BUGS, rot, jock rash, not a problem in SoCal thanks to ” Global Warming”!!!!

    1. No, in Southern California humidity is not a primary issue with ammunition issues BUT Diane Feinstein and like minded anti-firearms zealots are!

    2. I too have shot ammo from the 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s. All banged.
      12 gauge Federal, Sears.
      30-06 Federal, Sears, Western, Holiday, reloads.
      20 gauge red paper shells waxed.
      .32 caliber stored basement high humid, green tarnish. One FTF.
      Good old ammo.
      Guns from as far back as 1931. I cleaned them better than old Dad the hunter.

    3. Back in april I ranted about junk new ammo vs old in the Match Grade .22 blog.Don’t have the energy to repeat it.In short even good new ammo feels and looks cheap next to 50 year old stuff.

  5. Id just like to thank em for really being concerned about their shooters’ storage and shelf life problems and doing an excellent job of working out a solution. Canned Heat a cool name for a cool product!

  6. I have had an oppertunity to use the 69 and 77 for distance and find both quite reliable.
    I’ve been picking up Canned Heat here and there and finding hiigh shelves in dry closets and storage areas to put them. Its nice to buy and forget but when you can’t . . . . buy a jar of descant and get some small plastic pill bottles, drill a few holes in the top and bottom and fill with Decant. Get your food processor vacuum packer out and put those cardboard box’s of ammo with a Decant bottle in a bag and vac pac it! Works real well for long term storage too
    But, you have to respect a company that goes the extra step for their clients like this. Its a good product in a great package.

    1. Carl do you feel there is really a need for this stuff?

      I live in a dry environment. Does ammo get in danger of going bad in a wet environment?

      BTW, regarding our discussion about DE 50AE’s a few weeks ago, I bought a black one from Cheaper Than Dirt and shot 40 rounds through it already. You know a DE wasn’t even on my radar screen until the topic came up on that other forum. Thanks for motivating me!!!!

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