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Thread: Vintage target .45acp. Shoot it or not?

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    Vintage target .45acp. Shoot it or not?

    Hi Gents, I was going through my ammo stash and came across some vintage boxes of .45 acp target ammo. I have 3 boxes of Remington Targetmaster 185 grain wadcutter (6745) and 1 box of Western Supermatch 185 grain wadcutter.

    Two of the boxes of Remington have the REM-UMC headstamp and one has R-P headstamp. The Western is head stamped WESTERN.

    I'm not a collector and have no problem shooting this stuff through my S&W 625 but on the other hand don't want to deny a collector the opportunity to acquire it.

    So, shoot or sell?
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    Since ya don't have a attachment to it... I'd try to sell it first.
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    I have 4 20rnd boxes of 45acp with aluminum boolits. I didn't know they even made those. Looked them up and its a self defense round from the 70's. Maybe one day I will shoot them.

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    I would try and sell it.
    Not really worth much, but if ya got $20 a box, its money in your pocket.

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    Offer it for sale in Gunbroker's ammo section. If it doesn't sell, you can always shoot it later, but I doubt if that will be a problem. Look at the site for awhile to get a feel for what is selling at what price.

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    Since I have some of the same I doubt there is any value. I'd just shoot them.

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    Thanks for the input gents. I did spend some time on GB and agree this ammo isn't worth much more than current ammo. I'm leaning toward just shooting it.
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    Personally, I would put it away and keep it. No reason not to as it is nearing 50 years old.

    However I understand that old ammo may have collector value, without much cash value. It will never be worth enough to fund your retirement.
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    If you were closer I would trade your for some current match but it's not worth the hassle of shipping to me. If you do opt to shoot it I would like to work out a deal for the empty boxes for my man cave.
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    My opinion, The boxes are not perfect enough to be collectible...for that vintage, it's all about the box.
    Shoot the ammo, and put your favorite boxes in a shadow box in your man cave ...and give away or throw away the rest.
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    Would be nice to shoot ~10 of each batch/brand across the chronograph to get some data.
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    Quote Originally Posted by No_1 View Post
    Would be nice to shoot ~10 of each batch/brand across the chronograph to get some data.
    what no.1 said

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