View Full Version : What is this huge shell?

June 8, 2012, 09:44 PM
I got it in a gun collection I aquired many years ago. It looks like a GIANT shotgun shell or maybe a flare? Ideas..?



Dave McC
June 8, 2012, 09:56 PM
4 gauge. Still legal in England for wildfowling. Not legal to use here.

June 8, 2012, 09:57 PM
Any markings on the front end? Back in the day, some makers would put the load ID there.

June 8, 2012, 09:57 PM
4 gauge. Those are pretty rare, be worth a little bit to a collector.

June 8, 2012, 09:58 PM
You got me curious so I let my fingers do some walking through Google. What you have appears to be a 4 gauge shell from a punt gun. They were used for market hunting waterfowl before that type of activity was outlawed. The can fetch a nice price from collectors and yours appears to be in pristine shape.

June 8, 2012, 10:05 PM
Good read on the Elay No4 here.


June 8, 2012, 10:08 PM
Thanks guys! There are no marks on the business end and there is a 1/4 inch "dent' smush on the other side that disqualifies it from being pristine. Plus the nickle size discoloration seen in 2nd photo.

There was also a .56 -.56 Spencer rimfire in the box in nice shape. I asked about that on TFL a couple years ago.

I hate to ask, but since I'm not a collector of this stuff... What would be a fair value? I'd like to let someone else who appreciates it get it. (Likely in trade for modern HG ammo if that's fair.)

Edit to add.. I googled around and can't find a value.

June 9, 2012, 06:24 AM
Check with www.ammo-one.com they buy and sell different kinds of cartridges.