On a visit back home, months after dad had passed away, mom said that she found a box under the basement stairway. I investigated the "box" and found a large wooden crate, about three times the size of a standard foot locker full of .45 and 30-06 brass, both large and small primers and stamped:
LC53 and LC63 - Lake City Ammunition Plant, Lake City, MO
RA43 - Remington Arms Co., Bridgeport, CT
SL53 and SL54 - St Louis Ordnance Plant, St Louis, MO.
Initially, I brought a few pounds back on the airplane and mailed a few several many pounds back to FL. They clean up and shoot real nice. During a recent phone conversation, mom mentioned that my brother was cleaning out the basement and wanted to sell what was left of the brass for scrap - to which I replied, "oh, Hell no," and explained that I got into hand loading because of that find and the "Sporterized" Remington 03-A3 that dad had shortened, lightened, blued, jewel-turned and hand carved himself and had passed it on to me. So, last week when I found this box waiting for me on the door step, I thought it was just some more Christmas cookies and zucchini bread. Surprise!