Anbody Remember When

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Anbody Remember When

Post by devastator » January 2nd, 2018, 7:23 pm

30 years ago we just grabbed the shotgun and the trusty winchester#4 copper plated and never shot the dang thing at cardboard??And still killed birds.Never thought i would be loading my own which i love to do!!
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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by OLE RASPY » January 2nd, 2018, 7:32 pm

Yea but not 30 years ago. Lol
Just prolly 10 year ago hell I was killin them with dove load or whatever I had layin around. 👍🏻
Now I shoot hevi shot or long beard shells and a dedicated turkey gun with choke. Oh well. Sure is fun.
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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by guesswho » January 2nd, 2018, 7:37 pm

I remember the Winchester paper shells. My combo was #6 in the pipe followed by #4's in case a follow up was needed. I may need to go back to that theory. They were lead, no copper plate.
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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by BumbleFoot » January 2nd, 2018, 7:56 pm

Yep any ole high brass shells would do. And, a tricked out shotgun had a vent rib with a plain mid-rib bead to aid aiming.

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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by hobbes » January 2nd, 2018, 8:07 pm

Did something change that I missed? :)

Actually, I don't quite have 30 years but close. Ive always shot at paper on cardboard, but used to just check to see if I had a dozen or so shot in a turkey head target at 40ish and called it good. I'm still shooting lead and using the double bead. However my eyesight is at a point that my glasses wont allow me to focus on two beads and a turkey head unless he's point blank, and I shoot Longbeards part of the time. I may have to give in and change sighting systems.

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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by vaturkey » January 2nd, 2018, 8:54 pm

Those all red ACTIVE shells were bad news ! Wish they still made them ! :cheers:

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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by sasquatch » January 2nd, 2018, 9:03 pm

Haven't been hunting them but about 10 years, but the first 2 or 3 birds I killed were with left over #2 steel shot from duck season.

No I use hw and tss haha


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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by swampchicken » January 2nd, 2018, 10:12 pm

vaturkey wrote:
January 2nd, 2018, 8:54 pm
Those all red ACTIVE shells were bad news ! Wish they still made them ! :cheers:
I remember them and liked them.

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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by Fatmo » January 2nd, 2018, 10:17 pm

vaturkey wrote:
January 2nd, 2018, 8:54 pm
Those all red ACTIVE shells were bad news ! Wish they still made them ! :cheers:
A pile of birds died to those Active shells and Remington Duplex 4x6 When I first started I used rabbit loads in a 410 or 20ga bolt action savage. Now I load my own TSS!

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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by ICDEDTURKES » January 3rd, 2018, 2:07 am

vaturkey wrote:
January 2nd, 2018, 8:54 pm
Those all red ACTIVE shells were bad news ! Wish they still made them ! :cheers:
I was fortunate to have an old timer show me the ropes with them.. we had Hastings for rem from .640- 675. Normally settled in 650-655.Wed run entire gamut of choke constriction, how I learned about over choking signs lengthening forcing cone etc.

Their was no counting, eyeball check. My first dedicated gun was a so 870 sporting a burris 2.5 post scope a 655 Hastings and active 3" 5s which killed on both ends. Longest shot I've seen was 68 paces and my bud was 6' plus. I'd die to have it back.

I may have shot hevi before anyone on this forum. Remember seeing a add from a small company in sweet home Oregon. Everyone shot ol white, but not original 2 3/4 12g stuff at 12g. I still have some. The crap was amazing, poly wad put so much buffer like shooting a musket.

We had some old 2 3/4 1187s that wouldn't cycle it and probably reason they came out with 3" old white. I remember on the ol nwtf boards it was the 200 pellet quest.

That's kinda why I mentioned the cheap shell challenge. We decide on cheap lead load, rem nitro, fed bluebox etc and have a fun competition.
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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by Yule » January 3rd, 2018, 5:04 am

Sure was fun, buying all those cans of spray paint, so I could camo my first 3" ( SKB ) pump. Not sure how I got through the woods with that 28" barrel. Hard to believe that I now hunt with a 28.... gauge.

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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by 2Shooter » January 3rd, 2018, 6:48 am

vaturkey wrote:
January 2nd, 2018, 8:54 pm
Those all red ACTIVE shells were bad news ! Wish they still made them ! :cheers:
Yep, solid plastic red hulls!! Think I still have a few empty hulls. :thumbup:

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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by soiltester » January 3rd, 2018, 7:32 am

AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH .. I remember well in 1975 with my Savage 220 12 O/U and my trusty reloaded 1 1/4oz & Herco powder & #5's in a low brass AA shell!!
Kilt' and dandy in Michigan with that same load last spring :cheers:
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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by GLS » January 3rd, 2018, 9:48 am

When I first started, it was off the shelf for my 2.75" chambered Ithaca M37 choked by Stan Baker. Not too long after that we started testing handloads for our 10 gauge SxS's. 1980-81 best I recall. Stan, Bill and I blew out the center of the plywood pattern board at a local skeet range comparing loads shooting lead loads from 2 1/8 to 2.5 oz. I am sitting down in the photo with one of my 2 10 ga. doubles. Please note the can to my left. I was a professional at the time. Do not do this without supervision and not while hunting or driving. As you can see, I am doing neither at the time the photo was taken. ;) My hunting partner is holding a Deluxe Ithaca Mag 10. Our hair color and waistlines have changed since this photo was taken. Gil
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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by Turkinator » January 3rd, 2018, 11:04 am

GLS wrote:
January 3rd, 2018, 9:48 am
When I first started, it was off the shelf for my 2.75" chambered Ithaca M37 choked by Stan Baker. Not too long after that we started testing handloads for our 10 gauge SxS's. 1980-81 best I recall. Stan, Bill and I blew out the center of the plywood pattern board at a local skeet range comparing loads shooting lead loads from 2 1/8 to 2.5 oz. I am sitting down in the photo with one of my 2 10 ga. doubles. Please note the can to my left. I was a professional at the time. Do not do this without supervision and not while hunting or driving. As you can see, I am doing neither at the time the photo was taken. ;) My hunting partner is holding a Deluxe Ithaca Mag 10. Our hair color and waistlines have changed since this photo was taken. Gil
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Is that a Bronco? I would love to have one restored. The Bronco not the 10ga. I bought a single shot 10ga camouflage turkey model about 82-83. My shoulder still hurts.

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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by guesswho » January 3rd, 2018, 11:22 am

Looks like a Blazer.
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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by GLS » January 3rd, 2018, 11:55 am

I think it's a new GMC Jimmy. He eventually bought Chevys. My daughter hijacked the 42 year-old Made in Canada Woods down jacket I'm wearing. She gets compliments in Brooklyn. "Where did that jacket come from??" Gil

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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by Fullfan » January 3rd, 2018, 12:19 pm

Looks like a 1976-1978 blazer

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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by Hognutz » January 3rd, 2018, 12:29 pm

I shot my first Turkey with 12ga. trap handload. 1 1/8 oz. of pure lead!
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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by MAK » January 3rd, 2018, 12:56 pm

You guys are young'uns - 1973 - 12 ga. - 2 3/4 in Remington Wingmaster with #2 shot Remington Green hull - i believe they were labeled Magnums, but my mind is slippin..........

I still have one Activ shell - they were AWESOME
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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by 2Shooter » January 3rd, 2018, 1:23 pm

GLS wrote:
January 3rd, 2018, 9:48 am
When I first started, it was off the shelf for my 2.75" chambered Ithaca M37 choked by Stan Baker. Not too long after that we started testing handloads for our 10 gauge SxS's. 1980-81 best I recall. Stan, Bill and I blew out the center of the plywood pattern board at a local skeet range comparing loads shooting lead loads from 2 1/8 to 2.5 oz. I am sitting down in the photo with one of my 2 10 ga. doubles. Please note the can to my left. I was a professional at the time. Do not do this without supervision and not while hunting or driving. As you can see, I am doing neither at the time the photo was taken. ;) My hunting partner is holding a Deluxe Ithaca Mag 10. Our hair color and waistlines have changed since this photo was taken. Gil
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Dang Gil I thought that was Brad Pitt!!! :D

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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by Yule » January 3rd, 2018, 7:22 pm

I had a 78 Blazer that looked very similar. That rig got an amazing 4 light poles per gallon. I'm sure I have some tailgate photos, if I could only find them. Thanks for bringing back some memories, Gil!

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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by BumbleFoot » January 3rd, 2018, 8:12 pm

MAK wrote:
January 3rd, 2018, 12:56 pm
You guys are young'uns - 1973 - 12 ga. - 2 3/4 in Remington Wingmaster with #2 shot Remington Green hull - i believe they were labeled Magnums, but my mind is slippin..........

I still have one Activ shell - they were AWESOME
Me too. Exactly one. Must be >30 years old.
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Re: Anbody Remember When

Post by howl » January 3rd, 2018, 8:43 pm

Hobbes, good eyesight is a crutch! Just learn to line up the blurs. It works fine. It's funny to me because I've been legally blind without glasses since 3rd grade. Now everyone else is getting old enough to see what I've been dealing with all these years. I am amused.

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