Winchester silvertip bullets, discontinued?


February 3, 2007, 02:48 PM
Yes, I did find out that the old style Winchester Silvertip bullets were discontinued several years ago, but what makes them worth so much now? I looked on ebay at reloading components and noticed quite a few .30 cal silvertips have sold there for $1 EACH or more. Does anybody have any idea what makes them so desireable?

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February 4, 2007, 11:43 PM
I noticed the same thing. A box of 50 sold for $78 a few weeks ago. The seller did say "vintage" so could be that somebody believed they were really old.

I have a couple hundred of them upstairs. The high price made me seriously consider listing them on ebay.

I'm also curious as to why they were discontinued. Silvertips were my bullet of choice for several years. I would have stocked up if I knew they were going to stop selling them.

Green Lantern
February 4, 2007, 11:56 PM
Forgive my "outsider" -ness here, but is it JUST the bullets for handloading, or the finished product as well??? And is it all calibers or just a few?

I got a box of 9mm Silvertips at an outfitters a few months back...

February 5, 2007, 08:43 AM
I bought a bunch in 270 caliber when I heard they were discontinueing them. They worked too well and were too cheap to fit into the scheme of things, sell "premium" bullets at a nice profit.

February 5, 2007, 08:48 AM
Silvertips are still on the shelf at Sportsman's Warehouse...:confused:

February 5, 2007, 02:30 PM
Yes, we were talking about just the bullet not loaded rounds.

The pistol bullets are still available in bulk, but I haven't seen any rifle bullets available for several years.

I guess that I would have to agree that they were to cheap and effective to keep selling when you can market a different design for 50 cents each.

As long as remington doesn't quit selling core-locts I'll be ok.

February 5, 2007, 03:04 PM
I thought that Winchester and Nosler were joint marketing them as Combined Technology?

Same bullet, or so I thought?


February 5, 2007, 08:23 PM
The combined technology silvertips are plastic tipped like the nosler ballistic tip.

The ones we are talking about are the old style bullet with the aluminum looking cap.

Like these.

February 6, 2007, 08:16 PM
Silvertips, the only round that'll stop a werewolf in their tracks.

February 6, 2007, 10:37 PM
does anybody really know why they're going for that kind of cash?? I was gonna load some up for plinking with my 308 and stopped to check email and noticed the post...OMG I won't be loading these!!!

February 7, 2007, 07:42 AM
The early one's were really good big-game bullets. The later one's though not quite as good were still excellent.

For what it's worth, the 150 and 170gr in .30/30 are still cataloged and for sale at my local WalMarts.

Some of the more powerful rounds like the .30/06 and .270 have been discontinued. The component bullets haven't been available for several years now.

FWIW, there are other good bullets available. But, too many have associated "cheap" with "ineffective". Not so.
But, with recent materials cost increase, even the old "Cor-Lokts" aren't cheap anymore.

February 7, 2007, 08:31 AM I know...

Yeah, the Wally World down the road still sells 'em in 30-30 and 308, IIRC.

Werewolf bait, eh? Hmm...might have to buy some more. :)


February 7, 2007, 07:59 PM
Nosler Sells Them, They are called the CT Ballistic Silvertip Hunting. These are the "bullets" for reloading. Don't know about complete cartriges. The plastic tipped ones are called "Ballistic Tip Hunting."

February 7, 2007, 08:05 PM
The old style never failed to drop the game, (with proper shot placement).

February 22, 2009, 03:20 AM
I purchased a stock of old reloading supplies. As it turns out, there were a good number of Silvertip bullets included, in several calibers/weights. Feel free to check some of them out -- I just listed them on GB.

February 22, 2009, 03:47 AM
Silvertips are just soft point bullets with a thin Al cap over the lead. Not plastic. Winchester is listing loaded ammo on their site under their Super-X brand. 150's and 180's. Likely gone as components. Considering that Winchester is out of that business. Anybody who pays $78 for 'em is nuts.
Shot a ground hog at very close range with a .30-06 220 grain ST, out of an M1 rifle(no damage to the rifle either), long ago. Blew the offside right off.
"...the only round that'll stop a werewolf in their tracks..." Werewolves require solid silver bullets fired by somebody who loves them. Did you not pay attention to the movies? Geez!

February 22, 2009, 03:52 AM
Werewolves require solid silver bullets fired by somebody who loves them.

Which is why you declare your adoration for all lycanthropes as you cast your pure silver bullets, and reaffirm it as you load them. :D

February 22, 2009, 12:36 PM
I didn't think Ebay sold anything like that anymore.

Hungry Seagull
February 22, 2009, 12:39 PM
Those silver tips are good looking indeed.

Ebay takes 20% combined with paypal fees these days. Not that profitable anymore unless you have something that is in demand.

February 22, 2009, 01:00 PM
Youre right I think... Not supposed to sell ammo on fleabay... That's probably why the listing is gone now...

February 22, 2009, 01:41 PM
I didn't think Ebay sold anything like that anymore.

Look at the date this thread began.

eBay banned sale of reloading components afterwards. ;)

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