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Old 04-18-2017, 05:06 PM
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I came across a box of Super Vel 380 (Shelbyville, Ind.) that I probably won't use for shooting. Can anyone recommend a collector site that may be interested? Or should I just take it to a show? Thanks for the advice. This is a new one for me.
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Old 04-18-2017, 05:27 PM
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I just did a Google search and there's not a lot out there on the .380 stuff. Any of the auctions or sales I could find ended around $20 after shipping was included. The stuffs pretty rare but that doesn't always mean valuable...

Most collectors will be looking for stuff pre WW2 and earlier. I'm not a ammo collector so I could be wrong but ammo that new just isn't old enough to be worth much. Sit on it for another 50 and your might beat inflation...
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Old 04-18-2017, 05:38 PM
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There is a lot of boxed Super Vel in many calibers on the market. There are collectors which will be interested in it, but you probably won't find any willing to pay all that much for it. As stated, 19th and early 20th Century-manufactured ammo in full good condition boxes, especially in uncommon or obsolete calibers, seems to be mainly what the ammo collectors are willing to pay much money for. With a few exceptions. And it can be expensive to ship to a buyer, must go by UPS only (assuming UPS will still accept it). And storefront UPS stations WILL NOT accept ammunition for shipment. You must take it to a UPS terminal. And that could be a long drive.

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Old 04-18-2017, 05:40 PM
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to OP,from one of your older posts,you're in Cleveland. I collect the Super Vel ammo,I'd like to buy it from you.
Are you,by chance, going to the 'bunch' gathering ?

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Old 04-18-2017, 05:52 PM
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Thanks, everyone, for the advice and info. I've been reading up on it myself and I know I won't be using it so I'd like to help find it a better home than just sit here. Luckily, I'm right near a UPS terminal if I ever did have to ship.

And oldman100mm, I'm still in Cleveland, east side. Wasn't planning on going to the gathering but why don't you PM me and we can talk.
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Old 04-18-2017, 06:23 PM
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That ammo is now being produced... "New"

and 380 was said to follow the 38 and 45 when they got a chance in the future.

For what it is worth.
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:08 PM
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Here's a shot or two of it:

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I would "collect" that in a magazine, chamber it, then "ship" it down range!
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:45 PM
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My favorite way to collect and ship - I like your thinking!
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It's worth what you can get for it, and that's probably not much.

In the pre- +P days, few gave any thought as to how hot some ammo was. I used to shoot that stuff in my Llama .380 in the early '70s. Probably wasn't a good idea then (or now).
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:00 PM
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Agreed. I'll probably just hold onto it until I find someone who's really interested. Or not. Probably won't shoot it, though.
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Recall that Super Vel ammo from years back myself. Lee Jurras invented or produced it way back when. I heard it was back also like Nevada posted. Wow that was 60's or early 70's I think. Also brings back the Black Talon ammo that was so controversial.
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Here is a link to the New Super Vel site:
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In a significant way Super Vel was an important contributor to today's variety of handgun ammunition. Prior to Super Vel's entrance into the market, virtually all handgun ammunition was stuck in the 1920s. It all used standard velocity ballistics and either FMJ or lead bullets. Super Vel was marketed as heralding a new era in the development of more effective handgun ammunition, which it was - lighter expanding bullets traveling at higher velocity. It sold very well, especially to law enforcement. And it forced the big boys, W-W, R-P, and Federal, into emulating it. As it wasn't that difficult for the big boys to get competitive quickly, Super Vel's days in the spotlight were numbered and it didn't last long. But it did succeed in modernizing the handgun ammunition business model.
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:54 PM
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Like the package shots...$6.09, for what had to be the
priciest .380 of the day--and WOOLWORTH'S!!
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I remember when Target, K-Mart, and even Sears Roebuck sold ammo.
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I remember when Target, K-Mart, and even Sears Roebuck sold ammo.
Me too. Recall buying the Ted Williams "brand" shotgun shells in the early 70's. Bought their Model 200 shotgun made by Winchester which was their Model 1200.
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Sears sold both guns and ammo since the beginning, until around the late 1960s. When I was living in western Maryland at that time, the local Sears store had a big half-price sale to get rid of all the guns and ammo they had in stock. I bought a lot of .22 ammo and 12 gauge shotshells. I think Sears did not want to be bothered by GCA-68 and decided to abandon selling guns and ammunition. When I lived just west of Fort Worth in the early 1980s, the closest Target store on the west side of Fort Worth sold ammunition and often had sales on it. I bought considerable amounts of .22 ammunition there. I don't remember Target selling guns, but maybe they did.
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