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Old 12-03-2008, 16:51   #1
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Purchasing "Antique" ammo.

So I know somebody that does estate sales and he basically has an old ammo box full of what he thinks is WW2 era stuff. He is clueless so I have no idea what it is either.

Is it legal for him to sell it? What are the risks? should I offer $5? I see old stuff for sale all the time at gun shows. He is basically worried about liability. Or should I just keep my trap shut and never bring this up again?
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Old 12-03-2008, 18:50   #2
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Personal (FTF) gun salse are legal in Virginia as are ammo sales. Offer him $5 and see what he says.

Write up a bill of sale that says its and estate sale and that both parties can legally own firearms....or what ever fits.
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Old 12-04-2008, 06:05   #3
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Aside from retailers selling ammo to underage individuals, I don't think there are any restrictions on personal ammo sales in VA. I would double check with a gun dealer just to be sure.
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:14   #4
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Thanks for replying guys, but I think the bigger issue is how old the stuff is and any liability associated with it. He is worried it will just "cook off" at random.
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I've never heard of old ammo just 'cooking off.' I'd be more worried about it creating squibs. As always though, if there is any concern over the quality of ammo, get rid of it. Or, take it to the next gun show and ask some of the antique dealers there.
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Old 12-04-2008, 14:02   #6
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I've never heard of old ammo just 'cooking off.' I'd be more worried about it creating squibs. As always though, if there is any concern over the quality of ammo, get rid of it. Or, take it to the next gun show and ask some of the antique dealers there.
Make up a fact card talking about how it is "super-destructive", "ultra-rare," "so deadly that NATO banned it's use", etc., and sell it yourself at the gun show.

Price it at double what Extreme Shock is running. Higher price, so people know it's good stuff.
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I shoot pre-WWII 8mm in my Mauser and the only thing it might do is not go off. But that's what heavy Wolff springs are for.
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:26   #8
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Thanks for replying guys, but I think the bigger issue is how old the stuff is and any liability associated with it. He is worried it will just "cook off" at random.
Old ammunition won't go off by itself. No worries there.

What you don't know are the conditions under which the ammunition has been stored. Be aware of hangfires and misfires. It is also possible that all of it will work without flaw. There's just no way to know. Do give it a good visual inspection and look for signs of water or damage from corrosion.

There might be some good stuff in there too, from a collector's point of view. You never know what you'll find in an old box.

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