Federal Papers

Dear Technoid,

Can paper shotgun shells still be purchased for actual use or are the paper shells in existence all antiques? A friend of mine told me I could buy them still and they are fun to shoot and give off a pleasant odor.

Thanks very much for this and the prior advice you have given me.


Dear Patrick,

One of Federal’s most popular target shells is its paper hulled product. They aren’t antiques at all. Apart from the smell (which is slightly different) the big advantage of the paper hull is that it produces less recoil than the plastic ones. The thick paper sides and base act as a little recoil absorber. Many of the top target shooters will use nothing else.

Best regards,

Bruce Buck
Shotgun Report’s Technoid
(Often in error, never in doubt.)

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2 Responses to Federal Papers

  1. Dave says:

    Fiocci also makes paper Rhinos; the father of one of my shooting buddies always shoots them.


  2. Bill E. says:

    Another advantage of paper shells, is that they impart a bit of their wax from the hull to the chamber of the gun. If the gun does not have chrome plated bores that wax will help prevent rust forming. This was especially beneficial on some earlier Browning Superposed guns that had a penchant for rusty chambers.


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