Where to buy collectible ammunition?


Not sure if this should go in here or in B/S/T. I am not looking for anything in particular right now, but wondering what the best sites or resources for buying collectible ammunition are? Obviously, there’s the Buy/Sell/Trade section of this forum, and I’ve been to ammo-one.com, but is there anywhere else?




Thanks for the link, SKS!


Just so people aren’t feeling awkward about posting their own link for selling ammo and violating the buy / sell / trade rule, here are all of the cartridge sellers I know about, several of them are IAA members:

http://oldguns.net/catammo.htm (John Spangler’s site)

http://www.Ammo-one.com (Dave Call’s site)

http://www.oldammo.com (Guy Hildebrand’s site)

http://www.pdbullets.com (Pete DeCoux’s website - periodic auctions)

http://www.CollectibleAmmunition.com (Keith Lampear’s site)

http://www.engelscollectibles.com/ (Vic Engel’s website - periodic auctions)

http://www.rtgammo.com (Ray T Giles’ site)

http://www.gyrojet.net (Mel Carpenter’s website, MBA & gyrojet items)

http://www.freemycollection.com (Aaron Newcomer’s site - pinfires for sale)

http://www.colcartinc.com (Gary Reuzse’s site)

http://vintageammo.com/LIST%20OF%20VINTAGE%20AMMO.htm (Ken; he’s an IAA member)

https://www.joesalter.com/category/Collector-Ammunition (also has a section for 22 boxes on the home page)

http://www.ammolady.com (mostly .22 boxes, but other calibers are under the “pistol & rifle boxes” links)


http://www.sportingcollectibles.com/22_ammunition.html (McKune’s - lots of 22 boxes)

https://www.libertytreecollectors.com/productcart/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=12 (Lee Cogar always has some collectible military ammo for sale)

Then there are the big auction websites, most notably http://www.Gunbroker.com (you never know what you will find there) and then http://www.Gunauction.com (used to be Auctionarms.com), and a classified website called http://www.Gunsamerica.com There is another popular guns classified site which is sort of like Craigslist called http://www.armslist.com and I have found some collectible ammo for sale on there before. On http://www.Ebay.com , although selling live ammo is forbidden, I have noticed people selling what appear to be live black powder cartridges such as pinfires, as well as many promotional items, inert bullet, and signage & boxes.

http://www.reloadingbargains.com/shell-holders-blocks-boxes/vintage-ammo-boxes-pouches This site is some sort of gateway translator that shows a long listing of many empty ammo boxes which are available on Ebay from various sellers. It is sort of nice in that it condenses all the available empty cartridge boxes available on Ebay for you to easily look through. This site is another that does the same thing: http://www.sportslinkup.com/shop/0-Ammo-box-2-HIGHEST.html

Alvin Olson auctions (he has had a few cartridge auctions, but not one in 2013 that I knew of)

Then there are the live auction houses who do routine gun & ammo auctions. these are a pain to track & search, and you have to stay on top of them. They are mostly all early American ammo that coincides with the collectible American guns they often sell:

Wards collectibles auctions

Montrose auctions

Cowan’s auctions

Amoskeag auctions

Rock Island auctions

Five Rivers auctions

James D. Julia auctions (really expensive firearms here, and always some collectible ammo lots - usually very rare & pricey stuff)

Update: 4/2/2014

http://www.harryviezensfineguns.com/collectable-boxed-ammunition/ (in Payson, AZ - many rare boxes, some very expensive)

http://www.collectorsfirearms.com/old-ammo/ - In Texas, mostly military boxes


http://www.mcpheetersantiquemilitaria.com/06_ammunition/ammunition_01.htm - mostly civil war and WWII era stuff. (scroll to the bottom of each page for an arrow to click on which leads to another page of listings)

http://antiqueammoandarms.com/antique-ammunition.html - John Roth in Colorado - older U.S. (expensive stuff)

http://www.hayesotoupalik.com/U.S.%20Military%20Ammunition.htm - U.S. Military

http://www.rothchildeantiques.com/CivilWarBullets.html - All civil war bullets

http://sgtriker.com/bullets.htm - mostly dug civil war bullets, a few pinfires

http://www.ows-ammo.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=58_33 - Old Western Scrounger

Update 2/21/2015:


http://www.cdvs.us (Big Sky Surplus)


Thanks so much! That sure will keep me busy!

For the record, I am mostly trying to establish a collection of significant military cartridges, as well as intermediate rifle cartridges. I don’t have a lot of funds to allocate to this hobby, but fortunately it seems fairly cheap to get your feet wet!


I think the most important resource was missed: Cartridge Shows! cartridgecollectors.org/?page=events

Also, my website has pinfire cartridges you can buy.


It’s true, cartridge shows are the best for selection and prices.


Matt, Please add my website, www.gyrojet.net, to your list. I’ve been advertising the site with gyrojets for sale for about five years now in the IAA Journal. I currently have six separate lists of cartridges for sale on the site, with the seventh coming soon, maybe this weekend. Thanks.


Mel- Check Matt’s list again- You are the 5th entry.


I added Mel after that post. I knew I would forget a few, obvious ones at that. I also just added Vic Engel’s, Pete DeCoux’s, and your site.




Just posted an update in my first post in this thread with the list of websites. The update is at the bottom of that post under the dated update headline.


For me, this collection of names and sites would be a valuable page on the IAA web page. With the obvious disclaimer. Vic


Apologies if this is OT because it may only concern a site which displays ammo rather than sells it, but I recall years ago a site on large calibre ammunition which I think was hosted by John Roks.

Is that still around? I can’t find it in the IAA list of links.


I added a couple to the bottom of the list above. If anyone knows any other link where collectible / vintage cartridges or boxes are being sold (ammo only), then feel free to add in a reply. Please be sure that the seller is current & active. Are there any similar sellers with listings in Europe, or elsewhere outside the U.S.? Empty boxes might at least be available for global shipping in that regard.