I don't collect old ammo but had this given to me and thought it was pretty cool. Montgomery Wards 22lr and notice the price on the 38 special,$4.85 from Pic-n-Save (old Florida store) which does not exist anymore. I guess it will still shoot OK.
Signal, the ammo is collectable, but its not worth anymore than what a new box of shells would be so youd about break even dollar wise , around my area the box and shells would be worth about 30 bucks to a collector while box in itself is worth between 5 to 10 bucks.
Is there an echo in here? As I said, collectors probably would pay about new price for it, give or take, and be glad to get it.
It is not just cartridge collectors who would like it. For instance, many gun collectors like to display period-correct ammunition with their guns. I have a small ammunition collection just for that purpose. Remember, the 1950s saw some very scarce collector Colts and other brands. Don't shoot it; sell it.
Be careful with old, lead bullet ammo. If it has been exposed to high temperatures sometime over the years, the lubricant may have melted and affected the powder or even the primer.
I was given an old Colt Police Positive .38 revolver some years ago and a couple boxes of pre-war ammo came with it. I shot a few rounds of that ammo, but stopped when I experienced a couple of hang fires. I pulled the bullets from a few of the cartridges and found the powder was in a kind of greasy lump.