How old is this 20 ga ammo?


August 18, 2015, 12:03 AM
Just picked up two cases of this Remington (Peters) 20 ga shotgun ammo, got it almost for free (garage sale kinda thing). The two cases were still sealed until I opened one up. From the boxes, it looks pretty old. Can any of you knowledgeable ammo folks put an approx manufacture date on it, based on the box markings? Think it is still safe to shoot? Any collector value?

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August 18, 2015, 12:04 AM
Here's another pic, the side of the box.

August 18, 2015, 06:56 AM
It's still perfectly safe to shoot. Are they the blue paper shells or plastic?

August 18, 2015, 10:15 AM
I would guess maybe sometime from the 1950s to the early 1960s. The design and printing on the packaging itself doesn't look that old, like they looked in the 1930s or 1940s and there's no zip code (begun in 1963), with the address on the side of the box.

Bull Nutria
August 18, 2015, 12:33 PM
were the cases 20 box cases or the 10 box cases used today? i am guessing mid 1960s?? some one will know for sure?? do the boxes have a green head mallard on the front?

is it all buckshot? man that is a lot of buckshot??


August 18, 2015, 01:56 PM
Those boxes are somewhat collectible, but not as much as earlier ones. Most collectors are more interested in the pre-warning boxes. I would think $20/box or maybe a little more if they are all as nice as the one pictured. The ammo crate should have some value as well.

August 18, 2015, 05:17 PM
Yes, 500 round cases. The ammo is yellow plastic. Looks like maybe a green head mallard on the box, is that significant? (See picture.) Any of you guys know any good websites/forums where the ammo collectors hang out?

August 18, 2015, 06:47 PM
The first plastic shot shells that I can remember came out in the early to mid -60's. That would be my guess.


loose noose
August 19, 2015, 12:52 PM
If I remember right the first plastic rounds came out around 1958-59, I do remember shooting those yellow "high base" plastic shells in my first 20 gauge shotgun way back in the late '50s, however they were all number 6's. The 16 gauge were purple, and the 12 gauge were red as I remember, regardless of the shot contained inside.

August 19, 2015, 08:44 PM
ive had some of those that the lead shot oxidized and swelled cracking the the shell. no idea how they were stored.

if yours look fine i would not have a problem with shooting them.

as far as value, i dont think they are old enuf to be of much more value than the same modern shells. however they may be to a collector. but not by much.

August 19, 2015, 09:46 PM
Wait for this show to come to town if its in a area near you, I attend every year in my home town and people drive 500+ miles just to collect buy and sell old cartridges. Guarenteed you should be able to offload a case of that old ammo.

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