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    Dumpster diving at the range............

    I was short on zip locks, and needed a box to fill with some .357 brass so I wouldn't mix it in with my .38. I walked over to the trash can to find an ammo box and there were three or four of these. Whoa! Somebody doesn't get out to the range much! (note to our younger members: they haven't made this in.....25 years?)
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    In my Army days I remember seeing ammo many years old. If it's made to military specs, it can take a lot of age and weather.
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    Hopefully we'll see prices like that again. Maybe Nov 7th.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveZ View Post
    In my Army days I remember seeing ammo many years old. If it's made to military specs, it can take a lot of age and weather.
    The oldest stuff I've ever shot was about 30 years old. When I was in High School the local hardware store sold military .30-06, that was in belts, by the foot. It was WWII stuff.
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    Those boxes themselves would be collectible for some people!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zylo_X View Post
    Hopefully we'll see prices like that again. Maybe Nov 7th.
    I'm only paying $15-16 a box for brand new 45 ACP now; Federal, Aguila, and PMC. How old is that ammo?
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    I've shot silvertips from the '50's and have shot a bunch of .22's from the 50s and 60's.

    Not knowing that there are people nutz enough to acutally DESIRE those old boxes, I tossed them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutkiller View Post
    I'm only paying $15-16 a box for brand new 45 ACP now; Federal, Aguila, and PMC. How old is that ammo?
    I looked it up, S&W killed their ammo line in 1983 so my first guess of 25 years old is a bit low. They had purchased Alcan around 1970, and re-branded it. S&W originated the Nyclad ammo with a nylon jacketed lead bullet. At the time, many S&W models were hard to get and on allocation. Buying lots of S&W ammo moved you up on the allocation list, so a lot of gun stores had quite a bit of this ammo for sometime after that (I worked in a gun store in the late 70's).

    Thirty years ago that was an expensive box of ammo. My inflation calculator says $14.99 in 1983 would be $33.32 in 2011 dollars. I can tell you, adjusted for inflation ammo is actually relatively cheap these days. There was no "online" sales and much fewer "big-box" stores. You wanted ammo you went to your LGS. It's why I started reloading originally. You really couldn't afford to shoot much if you didn't reload.
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