.45 ec 42


#1

I have a few boxes of .45 pistol ammo, steel casing, from Evansville with a 1942 date.

I also have a few boxes of .45, from 1954, Winchester RA. Is there any collector value to these boxes of ammo?


#2

Mike–There is collector value for anything. But of all the WW-II era .45 ACP, the EC 42 (Evensville Chrysler) is probably the most common and might have a slight premium as a full box, but not much. I would guess the full box to have a value of about $5.00. The same for the RA box. It is made by Remington Arms, not Winchester.


#3

What is the headstamp on your “Winchester RA” ammo? If it is W.R.A. than it is Winchester. If it is R.A. alone, then as Ron says, it is Remington Arms. I don’t agree with the value of the 1954 box of ammo. The WWII EC ammunition is corrosive, and by the box has a fairly low value in our neck of the woods. I think Ron is about right on that. But non-corrosive hardball .45 auto ammo would carry a price, at least around here, to shooters (never mind collectors) of from ten to fifteen dollars, because it is newer and non-corrosive. Bear in mind that I am counting the 1954 box as a 50-round box. The same for the Evansville Chrysler Ammo, which was usually boxed 50 to a box, even though some WWII ammo came 20 to a box in other makes. You didn’t specify how many rounds to a box, and that is important to value, of course. I don’t usually chime in on values, but in this case, since I am a very active handgun shooter, I can relate the values as shooting ammo. It is far less subjective than trying to evaluate a scarcer “collector’s cartridge” (every cartridge is collectable if you don’t have it in your collection already, but as Ron points out, not every collectible cartridge is valuable).