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Beware : Picture heavy and not for the faint of heart in these tough times for American shooters.

Full disclosure : I live in Switzerland

I never meant to be an ammo hoarder but it starts to feel a bit like it. In the last few years I started shooting more, and whereas 22 lr, 9mm, and 223 has always been readily available and reasonably priced in bulk (1000 rds), some other bigger calibers (38/357, 44, 45, 10mm etc.) have seen an increase in prices, sometimes with a reduction of offer and little choice of brands.

I started checking ads from private sellers unloading ammo they didn’t need or want anymore (and I still do).

But then I placed some wtb ads and realised there’s a good number of people who gave up shooting, or sold a weapon but still had the ammo, who had an ageing or deceased parent and didn’t know what to do with the ammo.

As a rule of thumb I offer to pay 20 to 30% below the lowest price I can get from the LGS for fresh bulk ammo. I am sometimes taking a chance, don’t know how old the ammo is or how it’s been stored and have no recourse.

And it has been quite successful.

One young gentleman had a huge trove of ammo : his father’s buddy is a retired LGS in a somewhat remote region of the country. So he made a deal with the kid : he sells the ammo and they share the money plus he could keep stuff he liked for his ammo collection for free. Apparently there was over 1200 lbs of stuff. Lots of quality US and European stuff.

Now the kid lives 70 miles away from me and has no car. So he ended up coming down from his mountain on weekends by train (1 1/2 hrs one way) combining a delivery of abt 1000 rounds in his bag pack and grocery bag with a visit to his buddies in town.

That’s the bounty :






























This one is old (‘56) repacked Swiss GP11 tracers





I ended up with 8300 rounds of all kinds for abt $ 2500.- spread over several months during the first Covid wave. I had to make a spreadsheet to keep up.
 

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And from other sellers :

1920 rds of 7.5 mm parabellum (.30 Luger)



Some more of the same ammo in a military cantine





A 1200 rds can of Hirtenberger sub machine gun 9 mm






Surplus GP11 from an LGS





WWII .45 (empty can and one box only, he has a full unopened can too but pricey)





Various from a 90 yrs old gentleman



Old stuff from an LGS



Other private sellers









Well nearly all of it will be shot in the coming years so it’s not really hoarding is it ?

And I still buy new stuff from LGS, always happy to support them. Just bought 1000 rds of Geco .357 for $ 450
 

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Nice score!! I have WWII vintage 30-06 ammo. Haven't fired any lately but never had a misfire when I did.
 

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Holy cow, just those vintage ammo boxes alone would have a lot of interest here.
 

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It looks like you made a pretty good score. I would likely have jumped on that buy as well. And I do not even have guns chambered for some of those rounds. Ammo prices and availability in general have just gone nuts here in the US of late. I am not sure what it is like over there. But I do not think that you will regret that purchase. Not anytime soon anyway.
 

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Holy cow, just those vintage ammo boxes alone would have a lot of interest here.
Some people are trying to sell similaire vintage ammo for a fortune, upto $ 10 per round or $ 500 per box. I think it’s a very slow business and I feel a lot of the stuff at these prices will be left with the widow at some stage
 

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It looks like you made a pretty good score. I would likely have jumped on that buy as well. And I do not even have guns chambered for some of those rounds. Ammo prices and availability in general have just gone nuts here in the US of late. I am not sure what it is like over there. But I do not think that you will regret that purchase. Not anytime soon anyway.
No such things as a shortage or a panic here. If anything we keep getting better deals.
 

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Incredibly nice! I just love seeing it.
One thing is for sure, the older Remington in the pile is far better than our new stuff made today!
I agree, it’s high-quality stuff, I shot some 38 special and 44 special at 50 m and it was very accurate
 

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What a haul! Christmas came early! The WWII .45 ACP is corrosive, so clean accordingly after shooting. I've found the best thing to use is an emulsion of Ballistol and water, followed by lubing with straight Ballistol. I think some of the other ammo might be corrosive too.
 

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Funny how all the Democrats around there haven’t sniffed it out yet!
Better check the seals on the cans and circle them wagons!
Help is on its way!!
 

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Heck ya! Nice score, Classic12. I remember some of those boxes.
Thank you for the ammo-porn. ;)
 

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What a haul! Christmas came early! The WWII .45 ACP is corrosive, so clean accordingly after shooting. I've found the best thing to use is an emulsion of Ballistol and water, followed by lubing with straight Ballistol. I think some of the other ammo might be corrosive too.
Good tip. If memory serves the E.C. identifies it somehow as corrosive and steel cased?
 
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Wow! Nice haul. I went through a couple of cases each of the Samson 44 and 357 way back in the day. Great ammo. Bought a case of that Hirtenberger 9mm sub ammo when Glocks first came out. They had hard primers but shot well.
Just remembered I have about 700 rounds of Samson 308 match ammo. Last time out, it shot 5 in a dime at 100 meters through my Savage 110 ( I think that's it). Best group through that gun ever.

Bob
 

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Bought an additional old military wooden box and did some sorting out of the ammo, especially the loose boxes. I also have several unopened cases of various calibers (.32 ACP, .30 Luger, .357 Mag, .223 Rem, .308 Win etc..) so I’m well stocked. But sadly most ranges are closed due to COVID















 

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Hernia awaits anyone trying to move that crate!
 

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Just got done with mine! Too bad I have been instructed not to lift more than 40 pounds for a month! He should have that all shot up by then!
 
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