Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Mars5l, Aug 15, 2021.
We would reload them a few times, then they were done.
Shoot one, then hold it up and sniff. It's like crack. Greatest smell in the world!
For those that reload, or buy the Federal Papers that are still (well, were) available, it's mostly a nostalgia thing. I know every time I smell one, I am 17 again, standing on the 22 yard line, and hoping for that beer bird to fly out of the Trap........it's like a miniature time machine.
Yup; three loads, and then you'd find pinholes burnt through where the paper meets the base.
Put a flyer up in the clubhouse; you'll find a buyer at @.05-.06 each.
A little scotch tape and you’ll get three more loadings. We were poor, what can I say? But that was back when AA12S was available.
I have no problems with paper hulls, but most of mine are gone. Someone locally may want them if they can find components. Good luck.
ETA: Federal. Fiocchie and Rio all still make paper hulls, primarily for the trap, skeet, and Helice competitive shooters.
RST loads them also, but they're not cheap, and very low stock currently.
They too have a Helice load, currently out of them.
The paper does not burn thru or melt like the plastic shells.
How does a plastic hull gunk up or rust a chamber?
Throw you paper shells in a bucket of water and get back to me. I like paper but other than the smell and the very minor reduction in felt recoil they are otherwise significantly inferior to plastic hulls in every other measurable way. They don't tolerate water well, or rough handling; they have issue feeding in pump and especially many semi-auto shotguns, and you can't reloaded them as many time as you can plastic.
I never knew the smell til an outing a few months ago at my local sporting clays. For some reason they had cases of Federal Gold Medal Paper as range ammo to buy. I was quickly enamoured with the smell. I wanted to get more but sources online dried up quickly. They finally came back on federal website but looks like they'll be out soon, price has gone from what it was late spring time. I mainly bought just because of the smell but I did like how I shot with it. Im going to use it sparingly what I bought and order a few extra boxes every pay check.
Seems like I'll try and save what I shoot it incase someone wants it. It will just goto waste into a trash can if not.
I would agree with jaguarxk120. I load Federal gold metal metal exclusively for all my black powder needs and do not use plastic because the plastic will melt and foul your bore.
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