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Old 04-20-2019, 09:10 AM
Freedom Freedom is offline
 
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Default Anyone collect paper shot shells? I have questions.

Over many years of accumulating paper shotgun shells, I have quite a number of most gauges and brands. Most of the shells I bought new, back in there day, and some passed on to me by family and friends. Is there a value to these old shells, or are they just old stuff ?
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Old 04-20-2019, 10:24 AM
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Default old shot shells

I collect old shot shell boxes, full ones and single shells also. Mostly I find them at gun shows, yes there is a value there, try and find and buy a full old box of Winchester, Peters or Remington there not cheap...
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:47 PM
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Old 04-21-2019, 02:13 PM
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The "U.S. Property" marked boxes from WWII are very desirable as well, both 25 round and 10 round.
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Old 04-24-2019, 06:59 AM
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Looking at, and handling old shotshells is fun, and interesting.

Outside dimensions are the same as modern shells, but inside they are completely different animals.

Remington shells used to have their own size primer which was smaller than Winchester or Federal. The inside taper and base heights were different than today. The base was brass back in the day, but plated steel today, and of course all today are plastic bodies, some unibody and others with separate base sections.

Wads were of fiber and cardboard and few had shot collars. Those wads were set at a certain pressure when loaded. Today the whole wad and collar section is usually plastic and of one piece construction.

I recently got some paper federal 12 gauge shells in a lot of mixed shells for reloading. Looking at them brought back memories of when I first started hunting - back when paper shells were the norm and only Remington had started to make their green plastic hulls (and Winchester made their target AA's).

With paper hulls, you had to be careful to not let them get wet, or they would swell and not chamber in the gun.
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Old 04-24-2019, 10:12 AM
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With paper hulls, you had to be careful to not let them get wet, or they would swell and not chamber in the gun.
My Dad bought a mixed case of #6 and #7-1/2 12 gauge paper shells at Montgomery Wards (Hawthorne brand but probably Federal) in the early '60s, but after a year in the utility room, they wouldn't chamber in his auto or pump. He ended up buying a cheap Stevens 311 to shoot them up.
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Old 04-24-2019, 10:40 AM
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My Dad bought a mixed case of #6 and #7-1/2 12 gauge paper shells at Montgomery Wards (Hawthorne brand but probably Federal) in the early '60s, but after a year in the utility room, they wouldn't chamber in his auto or pump. He ended up buying a cheap Stevens 311 to shoot them up.
Back in the day, shot shells were hung in a canvas bag over the heater in the duck blind to keep them fro swelling up.
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Old 04-26-2019, 02:50 PM
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I started reloading in the late 1950's, using a Herter's single stage 12ga die set that fit my Herter's #3 press. Federal hulls were my favorite to reload as you could reload them 3 times before holes would burn through wear the paper met the brass. Fed's also had more inner room for my duck loads. I still have some cardboard wads and some top wads for roll crimped loads. Steel shot screwed all that up...….. I think I will go now, sit in my Barnegat sneak box and read some 1950's Sports Afield magazines......
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Old 04-26-2019, 06:41 PM
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Default Steel shot screwed all that up...…..

Yes I know, I have not shot ducks after we had to use steel shot did not want to shoot steel shot in any of my older shotguns...And my Dad used to take me and he is gone now.
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Old 04-24-2019, 07:52 AM
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Ahhh yes . . . . .the old paper shells!
Back there, in the 50’s, when the local gun club would have their annual “field day”, as soon as the rounds of trap or skeet would end, I and other boys would race up to the various stations, scoop up the still smoking, paper shells, and SNIFF the fresh aroma of that old powder!
Best smell ever! . . . .
Anyone else remember?
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