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Shot Shells

There are several pages of Shotshells

Shotshells for sale click here: 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12

Shotshells By Size: .410 - 28 - 20 - 16 - 12 - 10 - 8

Be sure to click each small photo for a much larger photo and more information on each shell.

Here you will find a group of fine vintage shotshells or shotgun shells. We hope you find interesting and unique shotshells to add to your collection. 

What is a vintage shotshell? A shell is vintage if it is no longer in production.

Many shotgun shells will have brass and paper cases but all brass, all steel, brass and plastic, all plastic, aluminum or other metal alloys have been used to make shot shell cases. If we have plastic shells they will be unique for some reason. As you may know most contemporary shells are plastic with a metal base. Our goal is to offer only vintage shells but because of group buys we sometimes acquire current shells.

There are many different gauges to choose and will vary by the stock we have to sell. Look for small 9mm up to large 0 gauge. We have many different shot sizes to choose ranging from small 12 up to large BB buckshot or even slugs.

You can collect shotshells by the use for which they were intended or by how they are marked either on the side of the case or by the top wad designation. Examples: Field Load, Long Range, Magnum, Trap, Target, Skeet, Scatterload, Tracer, Blank, Dummy, Proof, Experimental, Flare and others.

Another way to collect is by the headstamp or trade brand. You may only collect green paper shells with the Remington-UMC headstamp or red with the Western headstamp or blue with the Peters headstamp. Of course you may only collect a select color shell such as yellow or orange. You may only collect high brass shells; as you can see there are many ways and paths to collecting shotshells.


Enjoy the fascinating hobby of Collecting Shotshells.

A great way to start a shell collection and save money!

An Introduction to Collecting Shotshells

Shot Shell Headstamp Identification

Shotshell Cartridge History

History and Art of Shotshells

Collecting Shotshell Boxes

Remington Arms Company History

History and Art of Shotshells

Winchester Shotshell Ammunition today

Shotgun Ammunition on Wikipedia

Encyclopedia & Price Guide of American Paper Shotshells
Inside Upland Shotshells

Federal Premium Shotshells


Glossary and Important Information on Shot Shells

C.D Leet secured the first United States patent for a paper shotshell with a metallic base in 1869. Patent #98,278.

Crimp - means of closing the mouth end of a shell case to secure the shot

Roll crimp - end of case turned into roll

Pie crimp -means where shell end is folded over and sealed, looks like cut pie.

Vintage Shot Shell Crimp Styles Click small image for larger image.
Vintage Shot Shell Crimp Styles

Cup - the metal covering the base end of a shotshell. Maybe called the head, base or brass.

Flobert \Flo"bert\, n. (Gun.) A small cartridge designed for target shooting; -- sometimes called ball cap. Examples are 9mm and smaller.

Gauge (bore diameter) - The gauge of a firearm is a unit of measurement used to express the diameter of the barrel.

Photo showing most gauges of shotshells - Click to see larger
Click small image for larger image.

Photo showing most gauges of shotshells

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc; the proportions of zinc and copper can be varied to create a range of brasses with varying properties.  From Wikipedia  For more info.

High brass - shotshell with cup or metal 1/4 or 1/3 length of the shell.

Low brass - shotshell with short cup or brass covering.

Magnum - term derived from Latin word meaning large or great and applied to shotshell of considerable power.

Pinfire firearm cartridge is an obsolete type of brass cartridge in which the priming compound is ignited by striking a small pin which protrudes radically from just above the base of the cartridge. Pinfire shotguns declined starting in the early 1860's after the introduction of mass-produced centerfire shotgun cartridges.

Wad - a disc of paper, felt, plastic or other material used in shotshells.

Window Shell - A manufacturer's sample cartridge, cut away and provided with a transparent window in the side to show interior construction.

Generally roll crimp shells are older than pie crimp, but like all rules there are exceptions. Roll crimped shells usually means pre World War II.

Older looking paper shells generally means they where made before 1960 when plastic hulled shells first came out. Within a few years after 1960 most shells where plastic.

On shell boxes there may be an ammunition lot number stamp on the box lid, those numbers may translate into the month and year the shells were made.

Shotgun shooting with high speed sequence photo
Shotgun blast plus shot & wad separation
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Select shotgun shell brands and manufactures

Federal: Hi Power, Monark, Federal Cartridge, Reliable.

Peters: Target, Referee, High Velocity, High Gun, Pointer, Mallard, Climax Heavies.

Remington: New Club, Nitro Club, Game Loads, Arrow, Shur Shot, Nitro Express, Economy.

Western: Super-X, Xpert, Higrade

Winchester: Rival, Repeater, Expert, Ranger, Leader Oval, Leader, Repeater, Nublack, New Rival, Super-Speed, New Chief

Gamble, Star Brand, Indian, Perfection, Chamberlin Cartridges, Ideal, American,
Austin Cartridge Co., Selby Loads, Shootum, Xtra Range, Defiance, American Eagle, Scatter Loads. Dummy Loads and more.

Vintage USA Shell Brands

Manufacturer Low Brass High Brass
Federal Monark Hi-Power
Peters Victor High Velocity
Remington Shur Shot Express
Western Xpert Super-X
Winchester Nublack Leader

Ammo Information on Shotshells

Keep away from children and do not display near heat or in direct sunlight. Store in cool, low humidly, low light and constant temperature and humidly is best.



Our hassle-free return privilege allows you to return any item for any reason within 14 days of purchase. We appreciate your orders and viewing our many pages full of interesting information and items for sale!

There is a $15.00 minimum order shotshell requirement.

Because shotshells can only be shipped by UPS ground they cannot be shipped outside the 48 states of the USA. We are sorry for the disappointment this may cause but it is out of our control.

There are several pages of Shotshells

Shotshells for sale click here: 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12

Shotshells By Size: .410 - 28 - 20 - 16 - 12 - 10 - 8

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