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Post by Bullseye99 on 12/26/2018, 4:34 am

I stumbled on a case of 5000 of Eley Tenex .22 ammo at a local garage sale. What should a fair price be for the case? The seller was given about 6 full cases (for free) of different .22 ammo by his neighbor’s wife who”s husband passed away a few years ago when she was cleaning out her basement. A case of Eleys was among them. 
Thanks for the advice.

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Post by james r chapman on 12/26/2018, 6:20 am

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Post by Bullseye99 on 12/26/2018, 6:46 am

The problem is that the seller doesn’t know how much to charge for the case and wants to look online to get the price. I tried to get the price for a case online, but the largest quantity I found was a brick of 500. Multiplying the price of 500 by 10 comes to a ridiculous number, therefore my dilemma.
What should a fair price for a case of Eley Tenex ammo be to pay to a guy who got it for free? (Is not a store with all kinds of overhead and expenses)

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Post by Jack H on 12/26/2018, 7:00 am

Brand new is like 1750-2000$$

Is this old Tenex, new Tenex, flat nose, round nose?
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Post by james r chapman on 12/26/2018, 7:36 am

If possible post a lot #.
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Post by Wobbley on 12/26/2018, 7:48 am

As you know a new case is $1500+.   

So offer $800.
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Post by Bullseye99 on 12/26/2018, 9:11 pm

I know it’s old stuff. Supposedly they sat in the basement for a while. I don’t have the lot #.

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Post by Marv Koler on 12/26/2018, 9:45 pm

You're all assuming this ammo was handled properly. That's a lot of money for an unknown. I can see the look on your face if you experience a couple of misfires. I would offer her the cost for a case of your favorite brand.

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Post by Jon Eulette on 12/26/2018, 9:57 pm

I would be cautious buying old ammunition. Over the years I have received many top level brands of older .22 ammunition and have experienced inconsistencies that were less than favorable. Truthfully I’d take a case of new CCI SV before I bought an old lot of Tenex. At the recent sale prices I could buy almost 4 cases of CCI and  know that I have good customer service if there’s a problem. 
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Post by Bullseye99 on 12/27/2018, 2:21 am

Thanks for the advice.
I actually thought of offering same as I pay for a case of CCI SV which has been working well for me. (no more than 1-2 misfires in a case of 5000).  
I am not a gambling man, but would take a chance at that price.
Let you guys know how it went tomorrow.


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Post by Aufidius on 12/27/2018, 2:42 pm

If the seller wouldn't mind, take a brick and shoot it. If you like it and it works, offer to buy the rest. If it doesn't, then you'd only be out a brick.
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Post by james r chapman on 12/27/2018, 3:07 pm

What’s a brick now? $180?
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Post by Aufidius on 12/27/2018, 3:37 pm

I think that's about right, but I'm not good enough to use it, so I don't price it very often.

Sure does make me feel like a champ thinking about it, tho!
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Post by troystaten on 12/27/2018, 6:45 pm

I would think the seller would be thrilled to receive anything more than a few hundred dollars.  Yes this is expensive ammo when bought from a retailer but your looking at something that has been sitting in a garage for a long time and has a limited market beyond regular 22 ammo as far as most shooters are concerned. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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Post by Bullseye99 on 12/27/2018, 11:01 pm

The seller wants $750 for the case. The box appears to be in good condition. No evidence of corrosion or discoloration of the ammo. 
He also has 4 cases of RWS ammo for $300 per case.
I never used anything but CCI SV in my Hammerli 208. Not sure how Eley would do with my pistol. I thought of buying a box at a local store and see how it shoots in my gun. The guy doesn’t want to break up a case and sell a brick.
What do you guys think?

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Post by Jon Eulette on 12/27/2018, 11:06 pm

RWS was back in the day equal to Tenex in my pistols ( price and groups). That’s a great price $300. RWS and Tenex will be softer shooting than the CCI. My 208s is reliable with all ammunition thus far. Lapua  Center-X is great ammo. $1100ish a case and you’ll have new ammunition. 
If the lead has any oxidation I would avoid the Tenex for that price.
My 2 cents.
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Post by Wobbley on 12/27/2018, 11:10 pm

You can always find a buyer for TENEX.  ITS A NO-brainer if you have the money.
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Post by David R on 12/28/2018, 8:00 am

Can I buy the RWS?    Smile

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Post by Bullseye99 on 12/28/2018, 9:05 am

I just looked at the RWS site. Apparently they make 3 different kinds of .22 ammo. Subsonic at 985 ft/sec, High velocity at 1250 ft/sec, and High Velocity HP at 1250 ft/sec but heavier bullet. The only one recommended for handguns by RWS is Subsonic. The others are listed as rifle ammo.
Most shooters and I believe Hammerli recommend SV ammo at 1080 ft/sec. The other velocities might be either not enough to cycle properly or be too abusive for the pistol.
Can anyone comment?

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Post by Jon Eulette on 12/28/2018, 10:05 am

I assumed it was RWS R50 which was standard velocity.
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Post by joy2shoot on 12/28/2018, 10:45 am

Bullseye99 wrote:...Not sure how Eley would do with my pistol...
The previous owner of my 208s swore by Eley Target.  For some strange reason, I was having failure to extract with Eley Target (not Eley CMP, but Eley Target).  And yes, I keep the chamber clean using a bent wire bore brush.  I find that S&K Std Plus and CCI SV works better in what is now my 208s.  The late Larry Carter told me that if I could plunk a .22 round into the chamber all the way to the rim (without assistance, i.e. don't push the round in), it should work fine.  When I hold the 208s up vertically, I can drop a S&K round and a CCI round into the chamber and it would drop into the chamber all the way to the rim.  Not so when I tried Eley Target or Eley Tenex (which I have 50 rounds of).

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