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SHELLS - 100% made in the USA

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by royboy, Sep 13, 2011.

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  1. royboy

    royboy Member

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    What shells are 100% made in the USA. I assume Federal, Remington, Winchester

    are there any more?
     
  2. colonel klink

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    Unless I am mistaken I believe Fiocchi are made in Missouri. Colonel
     
  3. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    Fiocchi indeed has a factory in Ozark, MO, but I suspect some of the components (wads, primers) may be imported. I do not know for sure.
     
  4. Anthony.L

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    Estate and Rio are both made in the US. Whether or not they use 100% US made components i dont know. Rio are made in TN and i dont know where Estate are made off the top of my head.
     
  5. kgp912kgp

    kgp912kgp Active Member

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    Do any of the Estate, Rio, or Fiocchi's contain a completely brass base?
     
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    Estates are made in Minnesota on the same line as Federal.
     
  7. miketmx

    miketmx Well-Known Member

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    Estates are now made by Federal in Anoka MN and are identical to Top Gun. These have steel bases, only Premium shells like AA or STS or Federal Gold Medal have brass bases.
     
  8. mrskeet410

    mrskeet410 TS Member

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    At one time the conventional wisdom was:

    Top Gun - Same shot quality as Champion line.

    Estates (Federal) - Lower quality, promo dove-load quality shot.

    Has the conventional wisdom changed?
     
  9. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    My understanding. Estates and top guns are the same.
     
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    Kent shells...the factory is the old Activ factory outside of Charlestown, West VA. Nice place, the "HQ" is an old plantation house.
     
  11. Anthony.L

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    I don't reload so the steel bases don't matter to me.

    As for Estate quality, I've shot 10 flats so far and had two shells that didn't fire. Otherwise they have been flawless and have smoked the clays just fine.
     
  12. Trapshooter

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    Rio's have a brass base.
     
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    Try a magnet on the Rio's brass base. Most likely the same special magnetic brass used in some of the old Gun Clubs!
     
  15. bubbaw

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    Kemen are made in the USA now also.
     
  16. Pull & Mark

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    The Rio's/Kemans both have plated bases to make them look like brass, but they are really steel. So are many of the other economy loads today. As said check the sides of the hull with a magnetic tip of a screw tip to see if it sticks hard. Even brass may stick slightly as all primers have metal in them. break em all Jeff
     
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