Thanks to the generosity of oleolliedawg who not only parted with two boxes of "Collectors'" shells but even paid the freight to get them to me, we have a chance to revisit those thrilling days of yesteryear and see what was on the gun club shelves in the early 1970's.
There will be three phases to the tests and so three phases to the quiz which all you old timers should participate in: Shot speed, shot hardness, pattern percentage. The patterning will have to wait until it warms up, but we can do the rest this week.
Shell type 1. Western Xpert Mark 5 three-dram eights with the patented shot collar visible in the second photo.
Shell Type 2. AA Western Handicap Trap, also three-dram but 7 1/2 shot.
Many readers here remember these shells and we have all heard about them. The quiz is, how accurately do you remember their performance, or how accurate were the stories you were told?
Question 1. How fast were they?
Question 2. Did they have hard shot in them, or soft shot, or something in between?
Question 3. Once we have a chance to pattern them, how will they stack up against AA shells of today going the same speed?
No prize for this quiz, just bragging rights and a chance to reminisce in print about the old days. I hope you will all take part.
Yours in Sport,
© 2013 NMW