Antique ammo value

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  1. castile

    castile Member

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    I picked up 13 rounds of 50-70 and 45-70 at a flea market. Its older ammo. Marked WRA and a couple UMC. I know UMC is Union Metallic Cartridge. Not sure of WRA. Any idea of value or when these may have been manufactured? Thanks DSC06504.JPG DSC06505.JPG
     
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    Not sure if the value but WRA is Winchester Repeating Arms.
     
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    There are ammunition collectors who can help with valuation. I am not one. I know I personally have used ammunition that old and some older. If you intend to shoot it, treat it as if it has corrosive primers and clean it thoroughly, twice, with a water based cleaner.

    Kevin
     
  4. castile

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    I see them on GB for 15 bucks a round. I will list them on GB for 60 for the lot.
     
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    Cool!. Rebated heads on those rims. Very strange, never seen that before!
     
  6. jonnyc

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    They may get listed at those prices, but are they sold anywhere near that? In the cartridge collector world, your 45-70s might go for $2-3, and the 50-70s for $5 each...maybe a bit more on a very good day. In bulk like that, expect the minimum numbers. And don't forget, as live ammo they can't go via USPS, so shipping will be an added $15+.
     
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  7. castile

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    they sell on GB for 10 and up
     
  8. Steel Horse Rider

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    Just curious, why do you ask if you already know the answer?
     
  9. castile

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    What has sold and what is available on GB if very little. Its not easy to find it and its usually in small lots.
     
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    Best of luck.
     
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    Those are neat :thumbup:.

    It looks like you’ve got your target price range, hopefully they’ll meet it :).

    Stay safe.
     
  12. Tirod

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    Using an auction service as a price guide requires finding completed sales, not the eternally relisted items with years of exposure. Much the same as a gun show exhibitor who has AR 15 parts in a glass case yet they are 50% higher than retail. No, they aren't selling, they are laughed at.

    Watches knives firearms and vehicles, some price to move the merchandise, and the others seem to prefer displaying at museum prices, setting up show after show, or relisting over and over, sometimes for years, and none of it moves. It you have items worth $100 and you price them to sell, then it does, you put out another, and it sells again, you can make more in the same time period in cash flow than waiting for that one score. Retail learned that a long time ago. Do we not wait until the season ends to cherry pick what is now discounted to move along? Mowers in October, snow blowers in April.

    Look for completed sales, those are actually records of transactions where both buyer and seller were in agreement with price. Someone's prized collectible rare and hard to find cartridge? Not when it's 3X the going rate of actual sold merchandise.
     
  13. tark

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    Whatever you do, DO NOT polish or brasso those rounds to pretty them up! Doing so will destroy their value.
     
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