The box was dropped off at UPS on May 6th; it was shipped to Krag56 in Nebraska after WRMorrison asked that he be skipped. It is presently just over 16 lbs, and cost $26 to ship. I suspect it has accumulated more in shipping costs at this point than the contents were ever worth.
So, what was my experience with the traveling mystery box like, you might be asking? I don’t think any of us were expecting to find that one cartridge that we have been searching for to ‘complete’ a collection, but , in a nutshell, the experience to me was pretty ho-humm. I believe the concept of the traveling mystery box needs to be re-thunk, as I question that it was intended as a means of disposing of one’s sorted-through cast offs, which some of the contents appeared to be. I removed just over a pound of empty fired cases, cartridges with active corrosion, reloaded .308s, and, oddly enough, a lead fishing weight in the process of sorting through it. It would probably make sense to go through the contents for the purpose of culling out another 6 to 8 pounds to get the shipping down to a reasonable level. Those culled items could be added as a lot to the annual IAA auction; I doubt that many cartridges can be documented as having traveled so far as these have.The bulk of the cartridges in the box are pretty common. I did find several items that I was interested in, so I don’t consider this a bust, but I do want to let future recipients know that any expectations they might have of this being a traveling cartridge show in a box may be in for some disappointment unless a benevolent member decides to throw in some jewels somewhere down the line. I did add an assortment of cartridges, shotshells and boxes, nothing too rare, but they may prove to be of interest to some of those whose collecting focus isn’t too specific.
Should anyone feel that my culling out some of the contents of the box was in poor taste, please send an email to me with your address and I’ll be happy to send you the empty cases, corroded cartridges, reloaded .308s, and of course the fishing weight.