First time garage sale success. Lets hear your garage sale stories.


August 14, 2010, 02:00 PM
Well, I have always wanted a chronograph but never really could justify the cost for one. Today, I went to a city wide "yard/garage sale" for our little town. The first booth I went to had a brand spanking new ProChrono Pal unopened for $34. I snatched it up and now I can't stop patting myself on the back.

Anybody have any good garage sale stories that are gun related?

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August 14, 2010, 02:41 PM
Little different - a farm auction. I bought a Western Auto-labeled Marlin 981 for $53.00. It was obviously a work gun - bluing gone, a light rusty patina all over the gun, and scratched stock - but it shoots phenominally well. I've gotten my money's worth and a whole bunch more out of that gun.


August 14, 2010, 03:31 PM
How long ago was that?

August 14, 2010, 03:35 PM
c. 1990, IIRC. I was in high school.

I had $50 on me. I bid $45, someone else bid $50. I asked Dad if he had any cash - he had $3. I asked if I could borrow it if I won. He said yes, so I bid $53 (auctioneer rolled his eyes at me when I hollered "Fifty three dollars!"). But no one else bid again, so I got the rifle and paid Dad back when we got home.


August 14, 2010, 05:00 PM
Two years ago I found a ruger 77 compact laminated stocked, stainless in 260, complete with glass bedded action, floated barrel, trigger job and 3x9x50 tasco. $350!!!

I threw the scope in the junk closet and found a 2x7 Nikon for it. Loaded 120 gr speer on top of 43 grs of IMR 4350.

Absolutely awesome on whitetails.

August 14, 2010, 05:48 PM
Trap grade Win '97 for $50.00:D

August 14, 2010, 07:36 PM
Last year: New NEF 12ga for $25.

This year: [1.] Very clean, brite bore Mosin-Nagant, $75
[2.] Fajen stocked, sporterized 7x57 Mauser with Williams peep sights $100

Year before last: RCBS rockcrusher and new .38-.357 die set $3

August 14, 2010, 08:14 PM
10 sets good reloading dies $20. Sold the set of 44-40 rcbs for what I paid for whole bunch. Still use all of the others except the 8MM Lebel ones. May have to buy a rifle so that I can use the dies.:D

Bush Pilot
August 14, 2010, 11:15 PM
Found a Dillon Square Deal in .45 ACP at a yard sale for $50.00. I sent it to Dillon and had it refurbed and converted to 10MM for $110.00.

August 14, 2010, 11:19 PM
Not at a yard sell but I just got 2 model 70's in 85% plus shape for 550.

August 15, 2010, 12:38 AM
A $40 Mec 600 Jr setup for 12ga. Just needed a good cleaning and a few minor parts.

August 15, 2010, 12:48 AM
Marlin 60 $25
Rossi Snake Charmer .410 $50
Rossi 62a pump .22lr $50
Remington 1100 12ga $50
Winchester 62a pump .22lr $75
Remington Wingmaster 12 ga vent rib $70
Mec Jr. shotshell reloader progressive $25
New colman lantern dual fuel $10
I really like garage sales. All you have to do is ask. I have also bought some nice Lionel trains in H/O and O scale for darn good prices.

August 15, 2010, 12:56 AM
Not at a garage sale, but I got my Lyman #55 powder measure for 35 dollars. There were a couple of grains of powder (actual granules, not weight) in there so it's been used. It doesn't look used. Decapper assembly for my lyman die for $2. Not bad, but it isn't a super either.

August 15, 2010, 01:05 AM
NIB HK USP Tactical for $729 (at a retail store)

Very large box of assorted new factory ammunition in 38 spl, 9mm, 45acp (blacl talons), 30-06 and many more. About 3000 rounds for $25. From a garage sale 2 yrs ago.

August 15, 2010, 10:44 AM
.44 Mag - 30-30 dies, Lee priming tool, 100 .44 cast bullets, chamfer tool, RCBS primer tray all for $10.00. Sold the dies for $20.00 each and kept the rest.

August 15, 2010, 01:28 PM
Wow, you guys are lucky. I've rarely even found anything vaguely firearm related at a garage sale...

August 15, 2010, 02:48 PM
Marlin 60 $25
Rossi Snake Charmer .410 $50
Rossi 62a pump .22lr $50
Remington 1100 12ga $50
Winchester 62a pump .22lr $75
Remington Wingmaster 12 ga vent rib $70
Mec Jr. shotshell reloader progressive $25
New colman lantern dual fuel $10
I really like garage sales. All you have to do is ask. I have also bought some nice Lionel trains in H/O and O scale for darn good prices.
You da MAN!!!!

August 15, 2010, 03:57 PM
makes me want to start hitting up the garage sales around here. Good finds, guys!

August 15, 2010, 03:59 PM
Remington 3200, 20,28,410 Briley tube set, Anvil case and 500rounds of Winchester AA 12 ga.,--$800. Sold it a year later for $1200. That guy shot it for a year and sold it for $2000.

August 15, 2010, 09:40 PM
I have gotten alot of crazy good deals at garage sales. So yes its great for me but in a way more than a little sad. Most of the guns listed above came from garage sales at small to mid-sized farms in rural areas of Kansas. Most of their kids have moved to town to be closer to work closer to the mall, closer to soccer practice. They have forgotten their roots forgotten what it was like to be a small boy hunting with a .22 or shotgun. They now have no interest in hunting, their friends and tv tell them that guns are bad and mean certain death to all that look upon them. I have purchased more firearms and got permission to hunt more land just by going to garage sales more so in rural areas with my kids. The boys see a farm pond down behind the house and are asking to fish before we meet the owner. I think alot of the older folks just want to see their old guns go to a pair of young boys that cherish hunting and fishing rather than see them go to their own kids who could care less. Great for me even better for my kids but a sad state of affairs all the way around.

August 15, 2010, 09:50 PM
Got an almost new in box 1966 vintage S&W Model 28 Highway Patrolman last year for $260. Did not even look like it had a box of shells through it.

August 15, 2010, 10:04 PM
An Estate Sale run by the extended family of a fire arms enthusiast last fall.

I picked up a custom leather range bag FULL for $20.00
What was it full of? AK, AR, and 1911 mags.

10 Ammo cans full of ammo for $10.00 each.
.40, 30-06,.45, 7.62, 12g buck, .44, 30, 22, 9mm, and some random oddballs stuff in the other.

30 gallon rubbermaid full of reloading gear, mostly dies for $20.00

30 brand new goose decoys in boxes for $20.00

And a bunch of old trapping gear for $10.00

Sounds like a great deal, of course it was!!

The saddest part was I also ended up with his blackbook of guns and serial numbers in the reloading mixed box. The family told me all the guns were sold to ... Gander Mountain, 2 days earlier. 47 guns in all. They were bragging to me that they made $5,000.00 selling his guns. There was nothing on that list that was worth less than $500, and most everything would sell for near a 1000 if not more. Sad sad sad

evan price
August 15, 2010, 10:58 PM
Redding powder trickler, nib, $4

Lee auto-disc powder measure, nib, $9

Mossberg 500 polymer buttstock new take-off switched for a pistol grip, $1

Big box of "Lead" that turned out to be about (3200) Lyman 358-156 bullets as cast, unsized & unlubed (nearly 70# worth) $20

Box (500)Laser-cast 45 Colt slugs, (1000) Win LP primers, RCBS 45 Colt dies, 1# titegroup, all NIB unopened, $40

September 19, 2010, 02:11 PM
Just picked up a Dillon SL900 shotgun shell reloader with all the accessories for $300 at a Garage sale. Can't wait to get this thing up and running!

September 19, 2010, 02:21 PM
Helped a friend run a garage sale and she said, "Hey, you reload. My grandfather had a bunch of powder and primers." Presto, free powder/primers along with a free lunch.

September 19, 2010, 03:51 PM
free powder/primers along with a free lunch. Now that my friend, is one heck of a day. :)

September 19, 2010, 07:26 PM
About ten years ago my wife found a tumber at a church yard sale. $10.00. She knew what it was and brought it home. She's a keeper.

It's the one in the middle.

September 19, 2010, 07:27 PM
That thing on steroids Eddie? :D

September 19, 2010, 07:58 PM
EddieNFL :eek::eek::eek: Mama Mia!!!

How many pounds of media does that take?

September 19, 2010, 09:43 PM
Bought my first long gun at a garage sale. It was a Mosin Nagant SA marked M91 Westinghouse w/bayonet for $50. Sounds like some of you have some great luck at sales.

September 19, 2010, 11:03 PM
A few good deals but one was amazing. Lets see if I can remember it all. I paid $90 cash for:
1 wire fishing basket
2 bags unopened 7mm-08 brass which I returned to Sportsman's warehouse for like $45 store credit... He gave me the tip on that.
Almost 2 lbs of unique
1 pound Bullseye
1/2 pound IMR 4895
700 Large Mag rifle primers
~700 shotgun primers
~600 small pistol primers
1000 small rifle primers
~500 large pistol primers
~500 .358" 158gr LSWC
~200 .452" 200gr LSWC
2 bags new winchester 357 brass, 100 per bag
A LOT of various pistol and rifle brass including more 357, 38 special, 9mm, 7mm Mag, 22-250, 45 acp proly others
1 box of .223 45 gr Hornady V-max (quantity 100)
A couple boxes 7mm bullets, can't remember I sold it
40 38/357 shot caps for reloading
Like 8 plastic cartridge cases for pistol and rifle
Also he let me keep the tote and the milk crate he had the stuff in:D

There was probably more stuff, It's been a few years. I know I gave like $90 worth of stuff to my dad, got $45 at Sportsman's, sold what me or my dad couldn't use for like $90, and kept the rest. It was ridiculous. I was on cloud 9 for weeks. I hope it happens again!!!

September 19, 2010, 11:27 PM
Not a yard sale but bought a Dillon 550 with 5 tool heads, caliber conversions for 45, 9mm, 38, and 2 powder hoppers for $175.

September 20, 2010, 04:27 PM
A M1 carbine made by inland division of general motors. It had 2 original magazines, cleaning kit, and sling. It had been carried by her father in several battles in WW2. I was amazed that this woman would get rid of something that obviously meant a lot to her late father. She got mad at me when I started telling her that it would mean something to her sons one day. Her words " all you gun nuts are the same" Give me $35 dollars for the piece of junk and get off my property or just get off my property. I had to put that pair of jeans to the work around the house clothing pile as I ripped my back pocket getting the money out.

A and O
September 21, 2010, 10:51 AM
Yep. All us gun nuts are the same. Good going jeeperjohn.

September 21, 2010, 11:35 PM
My best ever was a free Japanese sword, made in the 1800's. Stright from the man that captured it. The toolman.

September 22, 2010, 02:52 AM
Marlin 60 and a Stevens single shot break open 12 gauge, both for $25.

September 22, 2010, 07:40 PM
That thing on steroids Eddie?

Growth hormones.

How many pounds of media does that take?

Don't know, but a 1,000 rounds of 5.56 is nothing.

September 22, 2010, 08:26 PM
2 years ago I bought 15K of 158 grain LSWC for 38s for $150. Each box of 500 was marked at $5. I bought all 30 on the spot. Was a good buy since Obama got elected a few months latter. I was able to shoot through the worst of the hoaring without being forced to buy either bullets or primers. I remembered the Clinton era hoarding shortages.

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