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Old 09-12-2020, 07:47 PM   #1
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Vintage shotshell boxes

I decided to put together a display including an old 10 gauge. Thought I'd include a vintage 10ga shot shell box, but my search turned up very few, and those that I found were very expensive. Got to thinking about 10 gauge and thought perhaps they weren't very popular because 12 gauge proved more efficient for most purposes. Were they mostly used by market gunners and that practice was discontinued? My old 10 gauge weighs a ton: can't imagine anyone carrying it through the woods! Maybe the old timers were alot tougher than we are now!
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I'm not a goose hunter, but the few people I know who like the 10 gauge, say it is great for that game. There are just not a lot of options compared to 12gauge.
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^^^ Exactly right. before the demise of lead and the onset of the 3.5" 12, anyone who hunted geese regularly had a 10 gauge
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Was goose hunting in the past as popular as today? I've heard a lot about duck and carrier pigeon market hunters in the past but haven't heard much about market hunting for geese, but they must have. That being the case, you'd think I'd come across more vintage 10 gauge boxes
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A lot of those boxes, being paper/card board most likely didn't survive too long near the water. I would bet Ebay might have something
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:12 AM   #6
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I collect vintage shot shell boxes and 10 Ga. ones are not easy to find, in fact most of my vintage collection of full unmolested boxes are 12 Ga. with a few 16 Ga. and 20 Ga. and very few .410 bore, I do have a few 10 Ga. older paper shells but no full box as of yet....
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10g. I actually still shoot and make my own ammo for my 100y/o Spanish SxS shotgun. It’s absolutely wonderful to shoot once you learn how to treat it and hold it. Less than perfect form and shooting and she will let you know it. It weights 13lbs so not light but I’ve taken on many duck, and pheasant hunts and even dove with my own special loads. Getting doubles at 30-40y is almost normal and 75-80y are actually reachable because of the high pellet count. Velocity is same as 12g I’m just sending twice the pellets.

I have a second 10g Browning BPS that is super easy to shoot although lighter it does have a snappy recoil.

10g is the king of the field I assure you. If you don’t own one they are a great addition to your collection. Besides you get extra man points just for owning it.
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10ga was the gauge of the time. when 12ga came out...it was considered a womans load.
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