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Old June 8, 2012, 09:44 PM   #1
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What is this huge shell?

I got it in a gun collection I aquired many years ago. It looks like a GIANT shotgun shell or maybe a flare? Ideas..?

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Old June 8, 2012, 09:56 PM   #2
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4 gauge. Still legal in England for wildfowling. Not legal to use here.
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Old June 8, 2012, 09:57 PM   #3
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Any markings on the front end? Back in the day, some makers would put the load ID there.
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Old June 8, 2012, 09:57 PM   #4
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4 gauge. Those are pretty rare, be worth a little bit to a collector.
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Old June 8, 2012, 09:58 PM   #5
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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.
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Old June 8, 2012, 10:05 PM   #6
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Good read on the Elay No4 here.
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Old June 8, 2012, 10:08 PM   #7
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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.
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Check with they buy and sell different kinds of cartridges.
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