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Thread: Sisk j-words, one still sealed

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    Boolit Master

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    Sisk j-words, one still sealed

    Amongst a pile of other stuff, some of which will be up here for sale shortly, I recently inherited 3 boxes of Sisk j-words, one of which is still sealed. Apparently these were the cream of the crop back in the day, but I can't find much on them. Anything cool to know about these things? The fact that one is still sealed is pretty neat, but I don't know if they have any real collector value.

    This is not an offer to sell

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    If they aren't worth much to a collector compared to new stuff, I'd load & shoot 'em.
    Then save the empty box for the novelty of it.
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    However; it's less painful, and cheaper to learn from the mistakes of others.

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    They do have collector value, especially as full boxes. It's a field of collecting that is just beginning to gain popularity.
    At one time Sisk was a premier maker of benchrest boolits. This would be in the mid 1950's and earlier. The Niedner name is that of a primer rifle builder in southwest Michigan in the 1930's and 40's.

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    I had some 22 Sisk solid copper boolits that I shot out of my 220 Rocket at 4200+fps. Those babies would drill straight through 1/2" steel plate like nobodies business.
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    One tidbit I can recall from my reading is that every single bullet was swaged on a hand press. I have several boxes, some unopened, of bullets in varying weights made specifically for the Lovell wildcat.

    Yes, even empty boxes are bringing collector prices on Gunbroker now. When I was buying them 10-15 years ago, in the early days of my Lovell fixation, an unopened box might auction off for $20. Now I see as much as $50. Sisk bullets and G&H Lovell brass may be two of the best investments I ever made.
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    South, by God, Carolina
    Were Sisk the ones made in Iowa Park, Texas?

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check