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Beware : Picture heavy and not for the faint of heart in these tough times for American shooters.

Full disclosure : I live in Switzerland

I never meant to be an ammo hoarder but it starts to feel a bit like it. In the last few years I started shooting more, and whereas 22 lr, 9mm, and 223 has always been readily available and reasonably priced in bulk (1000 rds), some other bigger calibers (38/357, 44, 45, 10mm etc.) have seen an increase in prices, sometimes with a reduction of offer and little choice of brands.

I started checking ads from private sellers unloading ammo they didn’t need or want anymore (and I still do).

But then I placed some wtb ads and realised there’s a good number of people who gave up shooting, or sold a weapon but still had the ammo, who had an ageing or deceased parent and didn’t know what to do with the ammo.

As a rule of thumb I offer to pay 20 to 30% below the lowest price I can get from the LGS for fresh bulk ammo. I am sometimes taking a chance, don’t know how old the ammo is or how it’s been stored and have no recourse.

And it has been quite successful.

One young gentleman had a huge trove of ammo : his father’s buddy is a retired LGS in a somewhat remote region of the country. So he made a deal with the kid : he sells the ammo and they share the money plus he could keep stuff he liked for his ammo collection for free. Apparently there was over 1200 lbs of stuff. Lots of quality US and European stuff.

Now the kid lives 70 miles away from me and has no car. So he ended up coming down from his mountain on weekends by train (1 1/2 hrs one way) combining a delivery of abt 1000 rounds in his bag pack and grocery bag with a visit to his buddies in town.

That’s the bounty :






























This one is old (‘56) repacked Swiss GP11 tracers





I ended up with 8300 rounds of all kinds for abt $ 2500.- spread over several months during the first Covid wave. I had to make a spreadsheet to keep up.
 

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And from other sellers :

1920 rds of 7.5 mm parabellum (.30 Luger)



Some more of the same ammo in a military cantine





A 1200 rds can of Hirtenberger sub machine gun 9 mm






Surplus GP11 from an LGS





WWII .45 (empty can and one box only, he has a full unopened can too but pricey)





Various from a 90 yrs old gentleman



Old stuff from an LGS



Other private sellers









Well nearly all of it will be shot in the coming years so it’s not really hoarding is it ?

And I still buy new stuff from LGS, always happy to support them. Just bought 1000 rds of Geco .357 for $ 450
 

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Rather like Solomon as he gazed upon his 900 wives.
 

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That looks like it should be some of the steel cased .45 loaded by the Evansville Ordnance Plant during 1943 and 1944. Does it have the odd size Frankford Arsenal #27 primer? Bigger than a standard small pistol primer but about .008 smaller than a standard large pistol and corrosive, of course.

I shot up a lot of that stuff in training in the Sixties.
 
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The HP ammo 9 Parra is too hot for pistols, beware of that.
Otherwise great buy !!!
 
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Beware : Picture heavy and not for the faint of heart in these tough times for American shooters.

Full disclosure : I live in Switzerland

I never meant to be an ammo hoarder but it starts to feel a bit like it. In the last few years I started shooting more, and whereas 22 lr, 9mm, and 223 has always been readily available and reasonably priced in bulk (1000 rds), some other bigger calibers (38/357, 44, 45, 10mm etc.) have seen an increase in prices, sometimes with a reduction of offer and little choice of brands.

I started checking ads...
Simply Amazing Classic12! I am very envious of you. Where in Switzerland do you live? Do you shoot competitively?
In 2010 I lived and worked in Sankt Gallen. It was a great experience, beautiful country.

While I lived there I went to Eidgenössisches Schützenfest Aarau 2010 (Swiss Federal Shooting Festival) and I was simply amazed. They said the month long matches hosted 50,000 shooters. There were 3000 shooters the weekend that I was there. Men, Womern and Children too. Here are some pictures from the 300 meter rifle range. Over 100 positions, each one equipped with closed circuit monitors showing their targets.

Bolt guns and autoloaders. Notice the rack of StG 90's and StG 57's. For the rest of us in the US, notice the selector lever markings (1) Semiauto, (3) Three shot burst, (20) Full auto - or the whole 20 round magazine. Yes, they are fully functional. The Swiss government has a much different take on gun ownership and military service.

Thanks for posting all the ammo pictures!

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