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 Post subject: Shotshell color
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2003 2:23 pm 
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Does anyone know what the traditional color of the shotshell was for the different gauges?

10 - ?
12 - Red
16 - Purple
20 - Yellow
28 - ?
.410 - ?


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 Post subject: Re: Shotshell color
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2003 5:39 pm 
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Traditionally, shotgun shells were whatever color the maker wanted. Winchester and Remington were known for their red and green hulls respectively. In the late '60s, Federal started color coding their hulls and others follow suit; sort of.
Federal colors: Winchester: Remington:
10 - brown red green
12 - red/maroon red/silver green/black/gold
16 - purple red green
20 - yellow yellow yellow
28 - red red green
410- red red green

Foreign companies have their own colors and even the "Big Three" have strayed from these colors for specialty loads. I remember CIL having blue and purple for 12 gauge and I believe I have some red 16 ga from them.


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 Post subject: Re: Shotshell color
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2003 9:23 pm 
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I have seen that most 20 gauge shells are yellow but all others seem to be what ever the maker feels like.
the 12 gauge Winchester shells I've got now are red, gold, blue and black.
410s seem to be mostly red or sometimes green but I've got one from the 1930s that is orange.


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 Post subject: Re: Shotshell color
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2003 9:54 pm 
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So the take-home message here is:

READ THE LABEL!!!! :wink:


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