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catangen 04-29-2019 11:53 PM

Vintage Federal 12ga paper shot shelss
Find of the day today was these three full boxes of Federal 12ga HiPower paper wrap shot shells. Two boxes looked to be never opened. The third has some minor tearing on the box top. All shells in perfect untouched condition. No water damage, all artwork on box is clean and crisp.

How do I determine year of manufacture?

I have seen values of the empty box alone anywhere from $15 to $ much does the fact fact that these boxes are full add to the value?

superdave269 04-30-2019 06:59 AM

I don't think it really will add to much value but make it a lot easier to sell down the line. I sorta collect old shotgun shells but haven't kept up with prices. I used to trade modern shells for old ones. I got several full boxes that way. I found that boxes marked "US Property" seem to the ones people want in general.
They make a great display. I filled a shelf in the den with these.
Nice find.

packrat2 04-30-2019 09:49 AM

Vintage Federal 12ga paper
Sure it adds value, collectors like full boxes in mint condition. These are nice looking boxes..

catangen 05-02-2019 02:45 PM

Contacted Federal Ammunition about the shells, they supplied me with documentation that shows these shells were manufactured in 1953. Pretty neat.

catangen 10-22-2019 10:16 PM

These are for sale if anyone is interested

sigman2 10-23-2019 01:17 AM

I have several boxes of the same shells. They do look great in a display.

epm729 10-23-2019 06:36 PM

They look nice but I would only use them for display. Eddie

porthos 10-30-2019 10:02 AM

paper shotgun ammunition
about 20 years ago i was given about a dozen winchester super-x trap loads. these were made in the mid 1970's . shot them; a lot of confetti came out the end of the bbl. and a few base wads (they were brought to my attention by another squad member). i guess after a number of years the paper starts to deterioate (?) so, that being said i would not shoot paper shotshell ammunition of that age. if you did; i would shoot it through a break open gun, so that you can look down thew bbl. after each shot to make sure that there is not a base wad stuck.

packrat2 10-30-2019 10:25 AM

paper shotgun ammunition
No need to shoot them, worth $$ to a collector as a full box unmolested in mint condition..

BobJ50 10-30-2019 12:26 PM

A few years ago I decided to try some Remington 00 Buck, "U.S. Property" shells that I had for many years [originally a wood case of 250rds in 25 rd boxes].
1. '97 Winchester riot gun
2. 12 ga Buck
3. Fire!>>>"POOF!!!
4. Smoke, little recoil, pellets dropped 2-3 ft in front of the barrel.
5. Doubtful if penetration of a sheet of printer paper.
6. WWII paper cartridges are unreliable for home defense.

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