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Maybe not a Wanda-ful idea...

#1 Post by TinkerPearce » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:15 pm

In the last box of ammo I brought home from my uncle's were these curious critters made in the late 60's-early 70's: Wanda all-plastic shot shells. 2-3/8" long overall, described as 'light field loads.' I have a 2-1/2" chambered 12-gauge, but honestly I am not sure that shooting 40 year old all-plastic shells is a good idea. Likely I'll see if they have any value as a collectible.
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#2 Post by senorgrand » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:25 pm

They look like dummy rounds!

I agree...I can easily see those coming apart when fired.
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#3 Post by highdesert » Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:07 pm

Hmm... interesting. Apparently they used multiple colors of plastic.
The Wanda Cartridge Company of Houston, Texas began production of its all-plastic shotgun shells in 1967. The first of the production shells were red, and in 12 gauge only. In 1968, they introduced a 20 gauge shell, which initially was yellow; in 1971 the 20 gauge shells were changed to green. It is generally accepted that the pre-production 12 gauge shells were blue, with small lettering in the headstamp, as can be seen on the shell on the left in the picture. The second shell, [also in 12 gauge and bearing the pre-production small headstamp, is an amber color that I was not previously aware of. Unlike the blue shell, which is a new unprimed empty, this one is loaded. I picked up a couple of Wanda boxes some time ago, both unused and flat. One is yellow and the other green, and I assumed that they were just variations of the 20 gauge box for the two different colored shells. As it turns out, the yellow box is marked for 16 gauge shells, which indicates that the company must have planned at some point to expand their line of shells. This never occurred, and when the company ceased operations in 1971, they had produced shells in 12 and 20 gauge only.
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#4 Post by Bang » Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:40 pm

They look like something from a late 70's scifi movie. Neat.

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#5 Post by Elmo » Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:46 pm

Wouldn't the extractor rip those apart?
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#6 Post by Marlene » Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:10 am

Those are fucking cool!
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#7 Post by TinkerPearce » Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:35 am

Elmo wrote:Wouldn't the extractor rip those apart?
That was apparently a problem in pump and auto guns, but supposedly they worked fine in singles and doubles.
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#8 Post by Bisbee » Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:47 am

Single-feed'em. I don't seen a problem with shooting them that way. Can't imagine what' they'd do but go bang.

But then again, you could shine a light through them to get that cool '70's vibe. Place'em next to your lava-lamp...
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#9 Post by TinkerPearce » Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:52 am

Bisbee wrote:Single-feed'em. I don't seen a problem with shooting them that way. Can't imagine what' they'd do but go bang.

But then again, you could shine a light through them to get that cool '70's vibe. Place'em next to your lava-lamp...
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#10 Post by pokute » Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:37 pm

Marlene wrote:Those are fucking cool!
:thumbup: It would be a shame to shoot them.

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