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When my FIL died, I kept a 12 gauge cleaning kit to use as a roadtrip kit.  However, when I opened it up it appeared unused so I decided not to use it at all and bought a cheap Hoppes outfit to serve that purpose, thinking that this old Outers kit might be worth some money.

 

Now that I've looked at it, it appears it may have been used.  It has two extra mops (bought at Target for $0.59 each) and some of the solvent bottle is missing.  I suspect some patches are missing as well. Otherwise, it looks pretty much unused.  My FIL was meticulous to the extreme about keeping everything "as new," so it is often hard to tell, be it a gun or a Corvette.  

 

Anyway, if this is worth some money as a collectable, I'd love to move it on to a collector but if not, I'll just put it to use as originally planned. Is there a good place to sell something like this if it is collectable?

 

Interestingly, the kit was bought at a Drugtown store, but the price is no longer readable.

 

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Rogue Hunter

I think the kits in the metal cases are worth a few bucks, but not the plastic? Does the solvent smell like Hoppe's?

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Eventually, plastic will be vintage.  Already there are Vintage plastic ARs.  :)

 

It smells, but I would not say especially like Hoppes.  All solvents smell more or less alike to me - except for copper fouling solvents.

 

 

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i've got one in metal . I've used mine some but not much and the cardboard box is a little torn . I use the cleaning rod but probably never used anything else in there . Ya , never thought it was worth much but it is 50 years old . 

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I remember my dad having on in red metal. Might have been Sears.

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I collect anything ammo, shooting, hunting related.  In my realm I’d say yes it is collectible and worth something especially if it’s mint.  Like guns, that’s what makes it more valuable and more desirable.  Now I wouldn’t say it’s worth a ton but to the right person it could be worth maybe close to $50 or so.  This stuff is just like any other things especially when someone sees it and it brings back memories 

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34 minutes ago, Swampy 16 said:

Old shooting stuff is just cool.

This, it might bring more than it cost but I doubt you’ll retire on the future proceeds. If you need it use it.

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Brdhntr47

Lots of them on eBay from $8. to $20. both metal and plastic cases. No bids on any of them. 
So much for collectible.

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Well that sounds like the final word.  Ebay rules the market.  

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WindyHills

I see things like that as some sporting shows.  The design and art on older hunting and gun gear has a nostalgic value--just not a great deal of it from what I've seen. 

 

If it has any personal value probably worth keeping.  Or you can arrange some of the items in a shadow box type display....those IMO are neat.  I did that with some of my dad's staff--an old Jon-E handwarmer, zebco de-liar, herters calls, etc. 

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SelbyLowndes

I have a metal box for gun cleaning stuff that I've used since I was a kid in the fifties, but I doubt there are any original items in it anymore, I've used it so long.  I'd think plastic would kill the collector value...SelbyLowndes

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pa'tridge hunters

I'd use it and when I did I'd think of my FIL. The real value to that old stuff is that it belonged to someone we knew.

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