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Thread: Vintage Bullseye Tin Age?

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    Vintage Bullseye Tin Age?


    I'm relatively new to the forum and was looking for some info on some powder tins.... I have this one and numerous others that I couldn't pass up.

    Can anyone tell me the era for this style??

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    Good looking can. I have one or two myself as well as several other Hercules cans. james

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    I have I me of those that came with some 70's vintage reloading items. Want to do a comparison on new vs old.
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    I got a can of that a couple years ago that was never opened. I knew it was old but I had to try it. I'd of never known it was that old by performance.

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    Very cool, sorry for the absence. Holidays and family and...chaos. I have a whole mess of these powder tins, 2400, Unique, Bullseye, Red Dot, Green Dot. All in great shape. Some with powder, some empty. Any idea on value??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjthomas99 View Post
    Very cool, sorry for the absence. Holidays and family and...chaos. I have a whole mess of these powder tins, 2400, Unique, Bullseye, Red Dot, Green Dot. All in great shape. Some with powder, some empty. Any idea on value??
    Please refrain from asking for a value. That is considered a phishing thread by board rules. If you wish to sell your powder cans please post them in the correct forum.
    Responding with an offer to buy will get this thread deleted.

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    Oh. Did not know that. I found the swapping and selling rules earlier, but is there a easy link for general forum rules?

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    Boolit Grand Master

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    Last one I bought like that was in 67 and it was older stock then. 'Marked lot #9942.

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    Boolit Mold
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    I have the same can of Bullseye. Paid 2.95 for it. Price sticker is still on it. LOT 984

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    I had one that looked to be an 8 lb keg that was painted yellow. I still have one pound of the old powder left.
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    I have a can like that - still sealed. I plan to reload with it and shoot it up.
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    I recently picked up an unopened can identical to the one in your post. I think I may just leave it unopened. We had someone bring in an 8 lb keg of BE to be destroyed and I had the privilege of destroying it 3.7gr at a time. We think that keg dated back to the WWII era. Powder was very black and shiny. And I have to say that it shot better than today's BE recipe. If you're just looking for an approximate value, you might check fleabay. They can't sell full or even partial containers but it might give you an idea of value of the container. If I had to make a guess I would say late 50's early 60's on the vintage.

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    Boolit Grand Master Char-Gar's Avatar
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    The first can of Bullseye I bought about 1960 looked like that.
    Disclaimer: The above is not holy writ. It is just my opinion based on my experience and knowledge. Your mileage may vary.

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    How about these. Even older.

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    I worked in a gun store in the early 70's before going into law enforcement and that can was still being used in 1973. Take Care David
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    I have a can of BE just like the one Bjthomas99 posted. Still has some powder in it, no problems with it. Have no idea how old it is, but the price on it was $2.65.

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    These cans were sold factory new, in the early 1970s..

    I have several full, sealed, new, and unopened cans of bullseye, unique, and 2400 put up in just these cans.

    I also have 3 pounds of Hi Vel #2, in the old brown paper cans, given to me by the widow, of an elderly departed friend.

    And, I have a great big keg of powder, labeled "Prairie Shooter's Supply," filled with around 15 to 20 pounds of GI 4831...
    The point is, a lot of that stuff is still out there, if you Perouse small town yard sales....

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    Boolit Master

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    I bought one of those in 1966. Might still have it, but empty long ago.

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    You know, just reading this thread brings up a minor sore point with me. I realize that modern plastic containers are probably superior in every way, but dang it........I MISS the old containers and wish some powders were still packaged the old way!

    Of course, life was a bit more colorful back then.......................

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