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Found some old .410

#1 Post by STLWaffles » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:28 am

So I was digging through some old old boxes I had sitting around. I found a box of really old 410 that belonged to my grandpa. The shells seem to be some thick cardboard. Do you think they are safe to shoot?
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Re: Found some old .410

#2 Post by Hiker » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:33 am

First time I ever shot a gun, about 8 years old, was a .410. And yes it had a cardboard shell. They all did in those days. If the paper casing is intact, I say go ahead and shoot it.
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Re: Found some old .410

#3 Post by Fukshot » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:51 am

If you shoot them, please keep the hulls and send them to me! I need them.

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Re: Found some old .410

#4 Post by CowboyT » Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:56 pm

@STLWaffles: Hiker's right about the older ammo. Turns out ammunition is pretty durable stuff if it's been kept dry. Ammosmith is known to have shot 115-year-old black powder cartridges that had been sitting in the desert heat for decades. Fired just great, and he now reloads for that old antique rifle.

FS, will plastic .410 hulls not work for your application in this...well, case?
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Re: Found some old .410

#5 Post by Fukshot » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:37 pm

I have a .410 that needs to be loaded BP. I currently have a bunch of brass hulls, but paper hulls are sexy and no longer available commercially.

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#6 Post by STLWaffles » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:43 pm

I will try and remember to save them whenever I get out with the 410.
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#7 Post by Fukshot » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:46 pm

Thanks :)

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#8 Post by senorgrand » Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:01 pm

I might be wary shooting them in a newer autoloader or pump. They were never designed for paper hulls. I don't think anything catastrophic would happen, but a torn hull and powder and shot inside the action would suck.

Also, for the first couple of rounds, I would check the barrel to make sure a wad didn't get lodged in there. Not sure what they used back then, but a squib load with a plastic wad will give you a really bad day.

Last...take pictures of these jewels! I'd love to see the box art.

I can remember finding paper hulls in the hills above LA in the 1970s. Haven't seen one since.

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#9 Post by STLWaffles » Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:51 pm

its just a single shot break action .410. If I am not mistaken it was my wife's great grandpa's. It was handed to me to hold for my son(9 months old). I might just shoot 1 or 2 of the paper ones and keep the rest for him.
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#10 Post by senorgrand » Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:53 pm

Break action is perfect. You can feed them safely and check the barrel between shots. No worries!
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Re: Found some old .410

#11 Post by Pfletch83 » Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:17 pm

When I was a teenager in the late 1990's I actually found a full box of Winchester Ranger #4 shot in 20 gauge at a local flea-market all were there and they are paper hull. Picked them up for about 10 bucks and have kept them in unfired condition ever since. It even has the original price tag and a leaflett dating from the late 1960's

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