How Is the “Hunt” For Shells Going?

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I’m curious how people are doing on finding shells this off-season. I stocked up pretty good a year ago, so I haven’t had to buy much in preparation for this next year. Is it getting any easier, or is it about the same? I’m still having trouble finding .410 shells, although I have picked up a few boxes here and there. Anyway, just wondering.
 

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Local stores in the Wenatchee area are replenished, just very expensive. Stan's Merry Mart, Hooked on Toys, even Sportsman's Warehouse shelves are stocked up.

I laid up a bunch as well 2 years ago, and am still working thru that inventory.

I have been patterning some of the BOSS 12ga 3" ammo in 1 5/8oz #3's & #5's thru a full choke, it's incredible stuff....can't wait for early goose to field test it on the river!
 

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I can find shells if I feel like paying 2-3 times the price they were two years ago. I don’t so the cases I have will have to get me through the next couple years.
 

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I have been patterning some of the BOSS 12ga 3" ammo in 1 5/8oz #3's & #5's thru a full choke, it's incredible stuff....can't wait for early goose to field test it on the river!
I have a box of those in #5 waiting to be pattern tested when I can find a 4x8 sheet of OSB that costs less than the shells... Care to share any details of you pattern results: pattern percentage, shot to shot consistency of the percentage, are you seeing fractured pellets hitting the paper?
 

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I've found a ton of 12ga shells in the $14-$17 range that I have turned friends onto. Thankfully they're Xperts and none of the ammo snobs will buy them and the guys I hunt with love them.

Not doing so well finding non tox for the .410. I don't target shoot anymore because of my eye problems so the stash I have should last 2 to 4 more years. That said, if I find any there won't be any left on the shelf 2 minutes later.


GDT, anything specific you are looking for in .410?
 

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I got some 2 3/4” BB steel that I’ll put into the rotation.

Got them when the “best” gun I had was an remmy 1100.

I don’t think I’ve ever killed anything with them. Might use them for seater loads
 

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GDT, anything specific you are looking for in .410?
Looking for steel and bismuth. The handful of boxes I have found are all 2 1/2 inch lead, with the exception of one box of 3 inch lead.
 

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Looking for steel and bismuth. The handful of boxes I have found are all 2 1/2 inch lead, with the exception of one box of 3 inch lead.
I'll keep looking and if a I find a good score I will have them when I make my trip east for dove season. I'm lowest on steel, maybe 12 boxes. I am looking at loaders, I just need to find 3".
 

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I've found a ton of 12ga shells in the $14-$17 range that I have turned friends onto. Thankfully they're Xperts and none of the ammo snobs will buy them and the guys I hunt with love them.
Where are you finding Xperts at those prices? I am seeing them at $19-21 a box.

I get emails from Rogers and Mack's that indicate they again have shells coming into inventory. My bud and I shoot Rio shells (don't laugh...they kill stuff and they don't muck up your gun). Last time we bought 12 ga 3" shells they were $89/case for 2+ cases. Same shells are now $189-209 depending on shot.
 

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