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What's the deal with paper hulls?

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  1. GrandpasArms

    GrandpasArms Member

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    I received a case of Federal Paper Target Load shells in my last order. I didn't order them intentionally, but there they were - unnoticed until I went to remove the UPCs and load my range bag.

    So, I used them last week. My scores were okay (one 24 and the others in the lower 20s). There wasn't a difference in my scoring, but these paper shells felt a little different in my BT99. I'm not sure if I'd buy them again on purpose. Still, I'm wondering why someone would prefer paper over the standard plastic shells.

    Larry
  2. ron (vt)

    ron (vt) Member

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    For the smell after you shoot them!!!!

    Ron
  3. perazziuser

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    The recoil is less from a paper hull.

    Jeff Holguin
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    The paper shell was what most of the older shooters shot years ago. It was a special time in trapshooting history.

    The recoil was a bit less in most cases, and to this day, on a cold morning hunting pheasant, after I shoot one shell, I hold it up to my nose and I am transported back in time. Federal paper shells and Hoppes #9 will always bring back good memories when prices were low, and when the sport had some great tournaments.

    To this day, if I could afford them, Federal papers is all that I would shoot. For the shooters who use paper shells, hold a fired shell up to your nose and you will have a smile on your face with good memories.
    Steve Balistreri
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    Nostalgia - even the wonderful smell takes a guy back into dream land.

    I can't give you a sound technological reason but lots of guys love shooting them - me included.
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    The smell of Red Dot in a paper hull is almost as good as smelling a good bourbon
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    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    I'm trying to figure out how you didn't notice them! $20-$30 more a flat!!!
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    The Federal Paper lost its appeal when Federal stopped loading them w/ the 12C1 wad. In my experience, the current edition federal papers kick as much or possibly slightly more than a comparable Remington STS shell.
  9. GrandpasArms

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    How did I miss the extra cost of papers? I ordered five flats of Federals - WITH the $20.00 rebates. The papers were mixed in with the regular plastic Gold ones I ordered. I think I got the $20 AND a good deal ($83 papers instead of $75 plastic - $20). I'm not ready to regularly drop $83.00 for a flat of papers, but they have been an interesting adventure.

    Now that the rebates are done for this year I'll probably go back to Estates and Winchesters with the rebate. I can shoot almost anything as recoil isn't an issue with a 10 pound BT99.

    Larry
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    Agree with the guys that love the smell. Only thing better is sex.
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    If you shoot a BT99 ( unless they changed the steel ) you will probably notice your chamber will not rust, or as bad with paper shells vs. plastic.

    The papers have just enough wax to coat the chamber, besides I think they still are the best shells made. Downside...cost.



    Regards.....Gerald
  12. superxjeff

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    The feel of the recoil seems less for whatever reason. The small is a wonderful added bonus. Like the man said.. Red dot in a paper. AHHHH Green dot isn't bad either and nor is 700x. Jeff
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    I have a bunch in the garage that I got at the last Grand in Ohio. Just can't bring myself to shoot them. You could buy the papers for the same price as any other shell at the Grand, in Ohio. Bill Malcolm
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    Bill, in Vandalia's day it was a choice I also made. Papers for the same price!

    The Grand American and Federal Papers...like apple pie and ice cream...
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    AAANDDDD ... they are a joy to reload!
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    Larry,

    Where did you get Papers for $83 per flat?

    -Aaron
  17. GrandpasArms

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    Recob's has them at $82.99 / CASE.

    See link above. They have plenty of fair prices. A great feature is that they deliver to the St. Charles club on a regular basis. They'll be there this Saturday from 9am to 2pm. I'll place my order on Wednesday and pick it up Saturday morning.

    Larry
  18. Avaldes

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    That is very convenient. I have to deal with shipping to Ca so that always adds a fair amount to the cost.
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    I'd bet a dozen donuts the reason people "perceive" lower recoil is the muzzle velocity is lower than advertized.
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    I was happy when plastic AA shells came out. Much longer lasting. consistency. Smell, give me the scent of a female.
    Clyde
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