What to do with unneeded ammo and reloading supplies?

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Ka6otm

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I just took almost a thousand reloads from a widow who has shot with me every week for around 10 years.

Her husband made them and since he passed away and she doesn't shoot .45ACP/9MM, she asked what to do with them, so I took them.

I shot with him for around 9 years and because of his background, he was meticulous in reloading. I'm going to be shooting them up for a while.
 

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Gee,, according to the written regs I studied some years ago,,, it would be illegal to sell reloads,, to have a person purchase the components and have you load them, etc. I studied the laws, and the requirements to manufacture ammo, because I USED to load for my buddies etc. After I read the regulations, AND looked at the LIABILITY,, I chose to NOT load anymore ammo for anybody.

Remember,, an individual agent can interpret the regulations as they see fit. But the written law will over-rule hearsay. (This comes from a retired ICE agent, who teaches some classes in certain areas.) He likes to use the comment made by Bill Clinton; "I did not have sex with that woman."

Besides,, the OP here is in Illinois, and they enjoy stricter laws AND attitudes towards firearms.
I for one, prefer to NOT try & bend the laws, or try to defend myself in a court of law with the saying; "I read it was ok on the internet." And apparently the OP has several hundred rounds,, so it'd be easier for LEO's to interpret the law as if the OP WAS doing business. I think he says he has approximately 800 rounds of .38 Spl, and a couple hundred .357. In todays market,, that's $500-$1000 worth of ammo.

I like to be cautious,, and not do anything that might jeopardize MY ability to own or use firearms by potentially breaking the law. And I prefer to follow the written legal description of things.
 

daveag.

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If you allowed someone to destroy .25-20 reloads instead of pulling them down for components that's like pouring money down the drain. .25-20 brass is quite valuable.
Yes! I shoot a 1892 Winchester. .25-20. Took my first deer with it. It's very hard to find that brass.
 

dwasifar

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Besides,, the OP here is in Illinois, and they enjoy stricter laws AND attitudes towards firearms.
I for one, prefer to NOT try & bend the laws, or try to defend myself in a court of law with the saying; "I read it was ok on the internet." And apparently the OP has several hundred rounds,, so it'd be easier for LEO's to interpret the law as if the OP WAS doing business. I think he says he has approximately 800 rounds of .38 Spl, and a couple hundred .357. In todays market,, that's $500-$1000 worth of ammo.
To be clear, only the .38 are reloads. The .357 is all factory; I was never set up to reload .357 because I just didn't shoot enough of it.

But as I mentioned, my brother in law is taking it, which is a win-win; he gets to do some free shooting, and I get to call in a favor someday. :)
 
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It's good a family member is taking the ammunition.

I was going to say just go bury it all in a hole somewhere. Honestly, if you're only talking about 800 rounds of 38. As reloads that's probably just a few hundred dollars.

I reload and lately have only been reloading what I will shoot in the near future. That week or the next. In other words, I don't keep much reloaded ammunition in stock. Just factory ammo.

AND, interestingly enough my gun club just sent out an email last night. The range manager wants to start a reloading library of some kind. He was asking for donations of equipment. (But not ammo of course)

I'm not sure what he has in mind, but it sounds like it could be something nice. I'm going to donate some stuff so I can upgrade at home.
 

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Looks like my brother-in-law wants it. I still have to work out the best way to ship it - looks like that's gonna be UPS.
Don't ship the primers or powder - that requires a HazMat permit. I've heard just dump the powder in the flowerbed they like it. 400 primers should be easy to give away locally - it's not ammo so there should be no hassle selling them. $30-40 or swap for primers you can use.
 

dwasifar

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Don't ship the primers or powder - that requires a HazMat permit. I've heard just dump the powder in the flowerbed they like it. 400 primers should be easy to give away locally - it's not ammo so there should be no hassle selling them. $30-40 or swap for primers you can use.
Thanks, I was just about to take the box to UPS when I saw this. I checked, and you're right, so I had to tear the box open and remove the primers.
 

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400 primers should be easy to give away locally - it's not ammo so there should be no hassle selling them.
Actually it's a lot more than that. When I said 4 boxes, I meant big boxes, not individual trays. One of the boxes only had two trays left in it, but the rest were full, so that's 3200 primers.

I'll look for someone in Northern IL who might want them for, oh, $150 or so, would you think?

EDIT: one of the trays turns out to be only partly full, so the actual total is 3141 primers.
 
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RSIno1

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Actually it's a lot more than that. When I said 4 boxes, I meant big boxes, not individual trays. One of the boxes only had two trays left in it, but the rest were full, so that's 3200 primers.

I'll look for someone in Northern IL who might want them for, oh, $150 or so, would you think?

EDIT: one of the trays turns out to be only partly full, so the actual total is 3141 primers.
Around here they are $95+ a thousand - if you can find them.
 

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Yeah, I see that, but presumably those are not 20 years old. :D So I figure half price might be fair.
I've still got some in the old Remington ones in wood trays my great uncle gave me in the mid 70s. They were probably 10+ years old then. There was a partial box I finished off about 5 years ago. They all worked.
 

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Like most of us I try different brands weights of ammo in a new to me gun, find what works well and shelve the rest. Over decades this can add up. Throw in same idea on trying different powders and you get the picture.

Where I live it's illegal to sell or even give away ammo, powder or primers.

It's a real dilemma how to pare downs ones stocks if playing by the rules.
 

Erp

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Fed Ex may not care or they may.
The last ammo I bought on line and was shipped to me by Fed Ex was a wake up call.
When the the guy came to my door he was already apologizing for what was next.
He had to scan the back of my Drivers license before I could take delivery. I live in Nevada.
This was a shocker. Thought I was in California for a minute. UPS does not do this yet.
Could be a simple check that an adult is receiving it, or the usual lets make a list for the
future....Frankly my dear I shoot it up so fast that it could never lead to confiscation. lol
 

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UPS makes you go to their Depot / Terminal to ship Ammo. Fedex has no current requirements yet. I even disclosed Ammo was what was in the box! Not trying to hide anything, admitted it outright!
As far as reloads, primers and powder, its a shame you can't give it away instead of dumping it or worrying about what the Government may want you to do or not do! If someone had a bunch of 45LC that they wanted to give away. I would take it, even if I had to dump out the powder and load them using the supplied primers and bullets!
 

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UPS makes you go to their Depot / Terminal to ship Ammo.
Not true. Maybe you read that on the internet like my current post but the way around that is simple and UPS will tell you same. Get an account. Pack the stuff per regulation and label it accordingly. Buy and print the label yourself, drop it off at the local franchise (doesn't have to be UPS store) that handles USPS and UPS. You're good to go. They can't SELL you postage for ORM-D. They can take pre-paid.
 
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