I first posted on this on 6/4/2021 . . .
When my father passed I inherited his 16 Ga Western Field Model 30 pump shotgun. He bought it on his 16th birthday in 1947. A guy in the local gun club had inherited a 16 Ga double from his grandfather a couple years earlier as well as a box of shells grandpa had loaded, probably 400 +/- shells. He asked me if I wanted them . . . How could I say no? My conundrum is - I have no idea what powder and shot load is in any of them without deconstruction. All the shells are "plastic" hulls (Remington-Peters) and the top 2 layers (at least) are high base and 8-star crimp. The fella that gave them to me said grandpa used to shoot a lot so he got into reloading them. The grandson wasn't into shooting shotguns but wanted to hang onto grandpa's shotgun.
Would it be safe/advisable to shoot these in dad's shotgun? It needs a good cleaning but otherwise is in good shape, no rust at all and cycles flawlessly. Dad used it regularly for about 35 years and I for at least 15, but hasn't been shot for at least 20 years. What say you? Comments more than welcomed.
Thanks to all who offered advice and/or opinions and I have decided to follow the majority and NOT shoot these in my dad's shotgun at this time. I am, however, going to disassemble some of them to determine if they might be safe to try - therein lies the problem. Is there a method to do so without #1 destroying the hull, #2 getting the current wad out and still be useable and #3 resizing the hull without depriming??? IF #1 is nearly impossible, #2 & #3 become moot. Then comes the next problem (as most already know), hulls and primers are next to impossible to find. I have been able to locate wads but not the others. Any ideas???
Thanks to all once again . . .