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Found a box of Lake City .38 Special ball ammo at an estate sale today. 50 rounds. Box dated 3-1979. I need to price these for the upcoming KC military show.....anyone know what would be a fair price to put on them? Thanks.

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Charlie Flick
Found a box of Lake City .38 Special ball ammo at an estate sale today. 50 rounds. Box dated 3-1979. I need to price these for the upcoming KC military show.....anyone know what would be a fair price to put on them? Thanks.

 

Depends. Is it white box 130 grain M41 Ball?

 

Charlie

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Depends. Is it white box grain M41 Ball?

 

Charlie

Thanks Charlie for the response. Here is a photo of them. They are in a stereofoam base. regards,

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Hi Keith:

 

That is not the M41 130 grain Ball I was thinking of. What you have instead is the later PGU-12B ammo, a 130 grain high velocity cartridge, equivalent to a +P cartridge in civilian parlance. It was manufactured for the US Air Force to use in the Model 15 Combat Masterpiece revolvers. As you know, it was made at Lake City Army Ammunition plant, which is a government owned, contractor operated facility. At that time Remington Arms was operating Lake City for the government. It is very good ammunition.

 

I think Hawkdriver is in the right ballpark on the value, but I would say it is probably a $30 box of ammo. (I paid more than that for the boxes in my own collection.) I think it is collectible ammunition, as USGI pistol ammo made post-Viet Nam era is very tough to find. Heck, even current commercial .38 Special ammo by any USA manufacturer is going to be $25 a box.

 

Thanks for the excellent photo. I have saved a copy for my ammo reference file. Hope this information helps you.

 

Regards,

 

Charlie Flick

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Hi Keith:

 

That is not the M41 130 grain Ball I was thinking of. What you have instead is the later PGU-12B ammo, a 130 grain high velocity cartridge, equivalent to a +P cartridge in civilian parlance. It was manufactured for the US Air Force to use in the Model 15 Combat Masterpiece revolvers. As you know, it was made at Lake City Army Ammunition plant, which is a government owned, contractor operated facility. At that time Remington Arms was operating Lake City for the government. It is very good ammunition.

 

I think Hawkdriver is in the right ballpark on the value, but I would say it is probably a $30 box of ammo. (I paid more than that for the boxes in my own collection.) I think it is collectible ammunition, as USGI pistol ammo made post-Viet Nam era is very tough to find. Heck, even current commercial .38 Special ammo by any USA manufacturer is going to be $25 a box.

 

Thanks for the excellent photo. I have saved a copy for my ammo reference file. Hope this information helps you.

 

Regards,

 

Charlie Flick

Thanks Charlie for the addtional information. You are welcome for the photo. Regards.

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Charlie has a good point. The .38 is a little less commone than say .45 or 9mm, so you may get a little more out of it. If you start high, you can always back down, but you can't go the other way. I'd go with $30 as a start and at the show, I'll come work you down to $20 w00t.gif

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