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January 28, 2024 - 4:38 pm
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Is there any interest in old primers? These were found in the bottom of box of fishing tackle.

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Imagine some others will chip in here, but yes, there is some interest.  Generally it needs to be a known brand in fairly good shape on the box/can, etc.  Since we are Winchester collectors, interest is mostly boxed Winchester primers that are sizes called for on the reloading data as shown on the boxed ammo.  They make a slightly more interesting display with the rifle and boxed ammo.  Add in a set of loading tools, etc.  For values, I would check the auction prices realized at, say, Wards Auctions.  Tim

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Nifty. I don’t often find primers that old in the box. I’m sure they have more collector value than use value. Are they old enough to be mercuric?

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The 3 boxes 0f Winchester No. 4 was last patented July 17, 1900. One box of Winchester No. 4 was last patented July 14, 1903. The partial box of Winchester Improved Primers No. 3W was patented Oct. 1, 1878. The 3 almost full boxes and 1 empty box of U.M.C. No. 33 Copper Primers was patented Sept. 22, 1903 made by THE UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE CO. Bridgeport Conn. USA. 1 unlabeled almost full box has hand written “probably Win Staynless #120 non-mercuric as in accompanying red, blue & yellow box from ——– (0ld)”. That is all I know now. Don

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I could see where some of those boxes would look nice as part of a display – old rifles – old ammo – old molds etc.

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