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Value of old primers?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by GaryL, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. GaryL

    GaryL Well-Known Member

    So, I have an opportunity to purchase some Herter's primers from a guy I know who is selling off his reloading stuff. Actually, I think most of it is long gone, he just called and told me he found several bricks and asked if I'm interested. Of course! :what:

    Sounds like he has SP, LP, and SR.

    So, any thoughts from the gang on a fair price for 35 to 40+ yr old primers?
  2. jwrowland77

    jwrowland77 Well-Known Member

    The old primers I found, I loaded them up and shot them. LOL
  3. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Collectors value? Doubtful!

    I buy them and use them, or are they corrosive?
  4. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    $15 per k would have him making money and be a deal for you.
  5. GaryL

    GaryL Well-Known Member

    No reason to collect Herter's primers. That's like comparing an old Sears 22 rifle made by Western Field to an old Winchester 22.

    I don't think there were any corrosive primers for reloading made after 1960. I want to say that changed in the late '40s, early '50s, but I defer to the older and wiser among us regarding that. These are probably late '60s into the '70s.

    Thank you. I was just looking for ideas so I could say I checked online to see what they might be worth.

    I want to be fair, and get a good deal. I've had the guy offer me 40 yr old premium rifle bullets at current market value, and I just said no. Told him I could use most of the box working up a load, have a few worth shooting, and then have to start over with something else since those are no longer being made. I could value them for blasting ammo, but that's about it. I think he eventually sold them for about what they were worth.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2013
  6. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    There is a local gun store in a city nearby. The first (and ONLY) time I went there my eyes almost bugged out of my head. It was positively jammed full of used firearms, old boxes of bullets, part cans of propellant, ---you know the drill. I selected a pile of reloading stuff and took it to the counter and asked "how much". He gets out a set of scales and weighs the partly full propellant cans, gets onto the internet finds a price and calculates it out to be more than a full can of new at a more local gun store! Then he starts to count out the bullets in a partial box to do the same with them. I stopped him then and said that I could not afford to pay those prices and offered to put them back where I found them. He got really angry and told me to just leave the store. :eek: Someday his heirs are going to have a heck of an estate sale as long as they weren't taught how to price by him.:banghead: I wonder how he actually makes a living??

    So 15 dollars a K would be a really fair price I would think also. I think that they were actually made by CCI and packaged with the Hearters name.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2013
  7. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Hey, that's only capitalism at work! Or that's what some claim.

    Don't blame you at all, I'd have walked too.
  8. 243winxb

    243winxb Well-Known Member

    Old Primers

    1/2 of current retail is a fair price. After all, they are old. If there is a problem with them its your loss. It takes a lot to ruin a primer, so not likely. These were free to me. [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
  9. GaryL

    GaryL Well-Known Member

    Thanks! Good to know. I had no idea who might have supplied them.

    This is an older guy, and he can be kind of funny about stuff. One time a few years back he sold me a 4 lb tin of Green Dot for $30, about half of new. Another time he wanted $200 for a 15 lb tin of Red Dot that had "some used out of it". I didn't see that one, and can't be sure it was really a 15lb tin, but I do know both were tins from the early '70s when he used to shoot a lot of shotgun. I passed on the Red Dot.
  10. d'Artagnan

    d'Artagnan Well-Known Member

    Primer collector here. Herter's primers are collectable. Usually marked "Made in Japan". I pay $25/1000 usually for collector primers and would do so for the Herter's primers. By the way, Remington went over to non-corrosive, non-mercuric primers in 1926 and Winchester by 1928. As for the date on the pictured Federal primers...August 1st, 1958. I recently bought some Federal SP primers dated January 22nd, 1958. A sampling of them showed all went bang. By the way, the wooden trays (like in the pictured Federal primers) are a hoot and get alot of attention. Even empty boxes with the wooden tray have value.
  11. GaryL

    GaryL Well-Known Member

    Well, ended up buying a couple boxes of SP & LP. Wasn't even going to do that....

    When we last talked, he was "selling them for a great price". Should have known better. I stop by today after work, and he wanted $40 a box. I said I wasn't going over half of new, so thanks but no. I swear, he was trained by a used car salesman. He starts in on the haggling:

    didn't you pay $35 for your last box - nope, never paid more than $25, and that was several years back

    you didn't buy any at that last show we went to - nope

    you can't find them anywhere these days - I pull out my phone, Google Cabela's, SP in stock, $35

    well, I have another guy interested - oh good, glad to hear it, he'll probably buy some of them

    etc - there was quite a bit more, but that gives an idea.

    Understand, he's a friend and I like him, but sometimes he acts like people are trying to screw him left & right, and yet he doesn't give up until he has your cash in his hand. In the end he says "so you'd pay $20 a box?" "I'd take a couple boxes at that price". He had a couple more that I would have taken, if he had been asking $15, but that's only because I know a couple guys I'd be willing to sell them to for the same price, but I'd be reluctant to ask for more, and I wasn't going to buy any when he insisted on $40.


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  12. Comrade Mike

    Comrade Mike Well-Known Member

    interesting boxes, if you're just going to throw them out I could throw a couple bucks your way. I have a shelf they'd look great on
  13. GaryL

    GaryL Well-Known Member

    Remind me nicely sometime after Christmas and I may have a couple empty 100 rnd packs I can send you. They are interesting enough to not toss out, but I don't need them all.
  14. mtrmn

    mtrmn Well-Known Member

    I'm sure the primers will be useable as long as they were stored somewhat reasonably.

    I'm a nostalgist as well when it comes to Herter's, they were the poor man's Abercrombie & Fitch. ( Yes, A&F at one time was a respectable business--they were the one of the biggest outdoor outfitters in the world. Not so much now for whoever bought the name.:barf:) I spent money on ebay recently buying some of the old Herter's catalogs like I used to get as a teenager.
  15. Garyshome

    Garyshome Active Member

    I collect primers for a very short time. But I always need to collect more for some odd reason.
  16. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    I did not get the impression the OP was talking about buying these as a collectible, but as a usable component.

    As far as value as a reloading component, some others hit it right on the head, and the OP's final post reinforces that notion.

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