Some old bullets and primers found. Need help pricing for resale.


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triage1998
September 15, 2009, 07:02 PM
My stepfather is a logger and gave a nice old lady a couple cords of wood recently. He didn't want payment but the women insisted he take a couple boxes of reloading items from her late husband. He wants to sell the items since he doesn't reload.

He gave me one box of items and it is filled with old reloading manuals and bullets. I am not sure if the bullets are collectable since I don't know the age. I am looking for market value on all of the bullets. Also, if any one is familiar with these items, how old are they?

Also about 1300 primers were found. They look fine but don't know if they are any good.


I have the following:

11 boxes of 50 of the Winchester Western .38-55 255 grain soft point.
1 box of 100 Sierra .30 cal 165grain hpbt bullets
1 box of 100 Sierra .30 cal 180 grain Match King HP
1 box of 100 Speer 30 cal 150 grain Spitzer
1 box of 100 Speer 30 cal 130 grain hollow point
1 box of Hornady (about 50 in box) of .30 caliber 180 grain spire point
1 box of 100 .38 caliber jacketed hollow cavity 150 grain
1 box of 100 .38 caliber jacketed soft point 125 grain
1 box of around 50 30 cal 110 grain RN bullets

Any help in pricing these bullets would be appreciated


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Ky Larry
September 15, 2009, 08:25 PM
Primers for $0.82 a hundred. Those were the days.

KenWP
September 15, 2009, 08:28 PM
The prices on those bullets were cheap enough at one time. I would wonder if the 38-55 bullets are even catologed much anymore. Would bring the price up somewhat. The lighter 38 caliber bullets being rifle were maybe for the 38-55 or something close also.

triage1998
September 15, 2009, 09:29 PM
Primers for $0.82 a hundred. Those were the days.

Isn't that insane. I am wondering if they are from the late 60's

One box of the Sierra .30 cal has a price tag of $5.16:what:

I think I might purchase all of the 30 cal bullets from my step-father but want to give him market value on it.

bullseye308
September 15, 2009, 10:25 PM
I wouldn't think 12.50-15.00 per box of the 30 cal would be out of line and a fair price. No idea on the 38-55's though.

Interested in trading anything for the 38 caliber bullets? :D

GaryL
September 16, 2009, 11:28 PM
The only issue I would have with odd lots of old bullets is by the time I work up a load I like, there aren't very many left, and finding duplicates may not be easy. As blasting ammo though, they would be fine, and I feel they should be priced accordingly.

My $0.02

ERBale
September 18, 2009, 10:51 PM
I have been looking for some of these and would give you 15$ a box for the 38-55 bullets. Please let me know. Thanks Ed

tango2echo
September 18, 2009, 11:05 PM
I have some bullets and primers from the mid to late 60's, and some stuff from the late 50's. I would guess those .30 cal bullets are early 60's, and some of the primers are late 50's.

The bullets are probably fine. The primers are probably fine if they were stored indoors, but I would use them with caution if you are not sure how they were stored. (I'm shooting some my Dad bought in '67 and they are fine)

If you were closer to me I woud buy the whole lot from you, but the shipping wouldn't be worth it for me.

Nice find.

t2e

mgkdrgn
September 19, 2009, 06:14 PM
The primers are likely as good as they day they were made ... but please be aware you can't ship them without the proper hazmat paperwork.

5 years/ $250K fine .... ya, it's a big deal.

tlen
September 20, 2009, 02:36 AM
Check Midway prices and go from there. If the boxes aren't open they're probably like new.

safetyjoe
September 20, 2009, 01:22 PM
You might go to a couple of your local shops (or check gunbroker) and see if they have displayed any older ammo boxes, etc. They aren't real old but their age might bring a small premium.

orionengnr
September 21, 2009, 12:02 AM
I have picked up a few boxes of 30 cal Speer rifle bullets (in various weights) for $10-12 per box at gun shows.

I would keep the primers and either load and shhot them, or just keep them and marvel at the .82 price tag. :)

Hiaboo
September 21, 2009, 01:06 AM
The prices tagged on the boxes are accurate. I'll give you those prices.. ;)

about 3x$ of the tagged price then should be correct.

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