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Old April 14, 2013, 03:35 PM   #1
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Old Box of .22 short Sears ammo

A retired sheriff gave me a box of Sears .22 Short cartridges. Since the TN State stamp on it only shows $.01, I thought it might be "antique" and worth something. Where can I go to find out?
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Old April 14, 2013, 06:07 PM   #2
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Shoot it.
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Old April 14, 2013, 06:19 PM   #3
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Could very well be worth something to a collector. Exactly how you go about advertising it, I do not know. Perhaps someone on this site can advise you. I'd hold on to it rather than shooting it.
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Old April 14, 2013, 06:39 PM   #4
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Made by Federal circa 1970.
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Old April 14, 2013, 06:53 PM   #5
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That is a cool stamp. Could have some collector interest.
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Old April 14, 2013, 07:20 PM   #6
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That looks familiar, I have some old 22 and 38-40 with the Tennessee tax stamp. The one in the picture is .03 . I found some places that sell old ammunition in the original boxes, I have also seen some on auction sites. This stuff belonged to my grandfather and I don't plan on selling it, the stuff I saw was not selling for a lot anyway.
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Old April 14, 2013, 08:48 PM   #7
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A lot of those boxes are all too familiar. I must be getting really old.
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Old April 15, 2013, 06:37 AM   #8
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Old box of 22 short Sears

Thanks for the replies fellows. I don't think I'll shoot them. The last time I shot a .22 short was in 1964 when I bought a .22 rifle at Corondole (spelling?) in Memphis for $5 down and $5 a month. It was a semi-auto. You could see the bullet fly out of the gun on its way to the target. I switched to LR. I lived in the delta of MS and we would kill water moccasins until they outlawed it. I don't think I ever bought ammo from Sears though.

A friend who was an MP in the army in the late 50's gave me a brass 12 gage shell, Winchester No.12 with 00B, that he brought back with him. I'll put the Sears box with it.
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Old April 15, 2013, 07:56 AM   #9
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"Made by Federal circa 1970."

I don't think that's correct.

I'm pretty sure that particular box design was used from the late 1940s through the early 1950s, and was then changed to a more modern "cube style box" (shown here: http://imageclosure.blogspot.com/201...n-22-long.html), and after that was changed to predominantly a white box in the modern "cube" format, as shown in the pictures at in the first post here:

http://www.thefirearmsforum.com/showthread.php?t=61796

One of the things that tells me it is likely NOT 1970s production is the lack of a zip code.

Sears was a VERY early adopter of zip codes in its advertising and packaging.
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Old April 15, 2013, 09:55 AM   #10
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Are there any youngsters in your family who might want to have a cartridge collection?
If so, give it to them.
When I was a kid, we had collections of all kinds of stuff, especially ammo.
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Old April 15, 2013, 05:50 PM   #11
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At my age I'd hold onto it, and just sit looking at it and reminiscing...
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Old April 15, 2013, 09:53 PM   #12
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Somebody over at RimfireCentral might be able to help you out. I know there is a large picture thread of just 22 ammunition boxes.

The current TN ammunition tax is $0.10/box. It would be interesting to track the changes in tax rate which could perhaps narrow down the year somewhat.
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