Yesterday, I spent all day helping out a neighbor who's selling his property. He and his wife are getting up there in years and living off-grid it too much for them. Burned a bunch of waste wood and paper/cardboard as well as a mountain of pallets. As I was leaving he said, "go through the shop and take anything you want, it's all gotta go!". Digging around I found a few basic hand tools, a tackle box, a new foam boat seat...and then in the bottom of a box labeled "Misc" was a rifle magazine. Labeled simply "Eagle, Remington long action"...
I took it home and sure enough, it fits my Remington 7400 semi-auto, holds 10 rounds of 30-06...and is going for $55 on Ebay.
Today I spent moving rough cut lumber that my dad had purchased in a local garage. He needs to get it moved onto his own property and sorted and stacked. In the garage was a small crate, I picked it up to move it and noticed it had some old gun cleaning stuff. I asked if it was up for grabs and my dad said "I paid for everything in this garage, its all mine, take it if you want."
In the box amongst a dozen loose .45 Colt silvertips and 20+ year old Rem-oil, was a standard 10/22 magazine, as well as a teardrop shaped 50 rounder by Mitchell Arms. It still works and (mostly) feeds. $89 if you can even find them
Also in the box was a mystery. It looked similar to a Ruger Mark pistol mag, but made of plastic by Ram-Line. A little Google Fu revealed it to be a pre-ban 14 round Ruger Mark II magazine. I loaded it up and tried it out in my Mk II target model. I won't say its 100% reliable, but an interesting find. I have no idea what it's even worth since I cant seem to find one for sale on the web.
All in all, a couple productive days! What are the odds of finding 3 different magazines in two different locations, and they all happen to work with guns I own?