I just acquired a couple of boxes of Western brand Super Match Mark III .22 Long Rifle rounds. This is basically a yellow box with mostly red and blue print on it, a picture of a cartridge on one side and on the other side in the same size square “Superior Accuracy, Special Match Bullet and Lubricant,” on three lines of print. It has the white half circle at one of the finger cuts for opening the box end on one end of the top with the “Warning, Keep out of Reach of Children” admonition. I mention that just as a way to date it if someone remembers when they starting adding that to a box.
Question: Should I shoot it at the range in my 52 Winchester, like I originally planned, or is it better I put them on my dupe shelf so they get preserved? My gut feeling tells me this ammo, which was common years ago when I still occasionally fire my small-bore match rifle, is probably very common, but I caught hell one time from a fellow collector for shooting up some .22 for which I had the same feeling, and evidently was wrong.
I don’t need a value quote - don’t even want one. Just an opinion if the need to be preserved for collecting, or I can shoot them.