Shooting before plastic shells

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  1. Shamus

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    When I started shooting trap in the early 60s when I was 2 years old we shot all paper shells. We shot rems feds Winchester Peters and canucks. How many others shot before plastic shells.
     
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    No wonder you were better than me. I didn't start until I was 19
     
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    You started shooting trap when you were 2 years old??? Seriously??? I find that just a little hard to believe
     
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    I began shooting Skeet & Trap in 1961

    Here is the shell I used to harvest my first pheasant at 14 years old in 1963. Paper of course.

    I have kept that along with the N.R. Davis SxS that got that bird for 57 years.

    I also kept the unspent shell from the second barrel.

    Remember the Winchester low base shells with the brass so low on the paper you wondered what held them together ?

    Memories ~~~~~

    FIRST PHESANT SHELL.JPG
     
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    Began shooting Trap in '63 and of course I loaded many a Federal paper with an "H" wad, 2-3/8" filler wads and 23 grs. of Red Dot. I also baked many a paper shell in the oven in order to squeeze a few more reloads out of each. Those were the days.
     
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    I started shooting clay targets off a small spring loaded thrower in 1968. I was young and weighed about 80 pounds.
    All shells were paper, period, and all clay targets were black.
    I shot a .410 and the first time I shot a 12 bore, it knocked me on my ass. After having posture corrected, I was avble to shoot the 12 but with much less accuracy. I could consistently hit a 95 average with the .410.
    Within 2 years I was shooting 12 gauge exclusively. That was a long time ago....
     
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    Every thing was loaded with 23 grs of Red Dot. The shells I mentioned all loaded the same except the Winchester papers they took a shorter spacer wad. Of course loading shells was a pain. All single stage loaders. First turret loader I had was a Texan , still have it. Baking empties was one way to get more loads out of a shell. There was a waxer ,using melted wax, to rewax the crimp to get more loads. Another tool was called a primer pocket pinger. It was used to tighten the primer hole so the primer wouldn't fall out, again more loads. Btw me being 2 must be true. You read it on the Internet.
     
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    I too remember shooting my first pheasant in 1964. I had a 12 ga. Ithaca model 37 loaded with factory WW paper 6's.
    I don't have the shell that I used but I do still have the gun.

    Oh, I also have this

    BIRD.JPG

    Close your eyes and remember. I'll bet you can still smell the empty case when you picked it up.
     
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    I remember buying my first box of plastic shotshells in 1965. They were Remington loads and the local sporting goods store had them on sale just before the dove opener for $1.99/box. I scraped together all the money I had and bought four boxes.
    Before that, it was ALL paper shells.......
     
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    The upper right shelf has some two piece boxes. A couple are marked "Thicket Loads"
     
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    Then it must be true. You put it on the internet.
     
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    Did the oven trick for several year until Mec came out with a shell rewaxer -- mounted on the reloading bench - you would slide your empty shells on it to rewax the paper before reloading --worked great and added may more reload from your paper shells -just had to be careful not to run into the hot iron when you got done.
     
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    Flyer,

    Funny you mentioned that shell and shot size..Yes indeed, mine are the same WW #6.

    Oh that smell was wonderful !

    The bird was too.
     

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