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Old February 27, 2022, 12:39 PM   #19
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Don't doubt it

While Gold has always been dear, the current price per ounce is very high.

While costly when the shell was made, Gold has greatly increased since then, far more than "inflation"

I have seen claims that plated shot will pull fewer feathers in to those birds that make it to the dinner plate.

Look at the cost of non toxic waterfowl loads. 4-5 bucks per round? I don't find it at all hard to believe that a manufacturer may have tried gold plating shot in the past.
Not to mention that gold plating can be very very thin. Not as costly as we might think today, I can remember when gold was what, 38 bucks an ounce?
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