Monday, September 16, 2013 8:45:30 PM
My 2 cents: The cartridges seen in that opening sequence are being manufactured illegally, transported into a warzone illegally, and sold illegally. While I know next-to-nothing about arms or munitions, I think it makes sense that black market rounds would be thrown loose into a box to save time and get the transaction over as quickly as possible. It wouldn't make sense for the factory to waste time and energy putting the rounds inside cardboard boxes of 20 as if they were going to be sold retail at Walmart.
Nor would a smuggler want the cartridges in metal cases or boxes commonly used for ammo, especially if they were labeled "7.62 MM, 440 ROUNDS." I would think a smuggler would prefer generic wooden boxes--much like the boxes seen here in the movie`s opening sequence. I can`t read Russian, unfortunately. But I think it`s a fair bet that the labels seen on the boxes read "AUTOMOTIVE PARTS" or "HAMMERS" or something similar.