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 Post subject: ACTIVE SHOTSHELLS !
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:53 am 
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By far the worst barrel fouling I've ever seen ! Was given a box of 20 ga. 1 oz. loads as a payback for loaning a brand name box of field loads. Decided to target shoot the Active to burn them up. One shot in each barrel was enough to make me stop. The barrels were loaded with what appeared to be unburned powder.Decided to clean the barrels and the fouling actually plugged up the first half inch of my brush.What to do with the rest of the box? Or is this normal for Active shotshells?




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 Post subject: Re: ACTIVE SHOTSHELLS !
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:20 pm 
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They haven't made ACTIV shells for decades. I shot them years ago and never had a problem. They are probably old and weren't stored proberly. Chuck'em.

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 Post subject: Re: ACTIVE SHOTSHELLS !
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:02 pm 
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It's got nothing to do with storage. 20 ga 1 oz loads are a fairly heavy load in the 20 ga and as such have a pretty slow powder used in them. Slow burn rate bulky powder tends to leave a bit more ash or as some folks think, unburned powder in the barrel. What's the big deal? Next shot will push the "crap" from the last shot out the barrel ahead of it anyway. It won't make any difference whether you shoot 1 shell or 100 when you get all done cleaning it will take the same amount of cleaning to polish your barrel clean enough to use for an IV.

Shoot them and find someone who wants to load heavy 20 ga hunting loads and gift them the hulls, they will be greatfull to you for ever. They are very desirable for heavy loads since they have a cavernous hull capacity allowing for heavy charges of bulky powder and heavy shot charges in a 2-3/4" hull. I've still got several boxes of Activ 20 ga Red Hornets myself. Some day I'll just shoot them and do as I suggested, give them someone who wants them.

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 Post subject: Re: ACTIVE SHOTSHELLS !
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:28 pm 
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Man that brings back memories! In the 80s when I was a teen, we burned up case after case of the Activ 20 ga plastic shells! They were cheap and they went bang and that was all that mattered to us. I still have 1 lonesome surviving shell that I keep on the top shelf of my safe for old times sake.


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 Post subject: Re: ACTIVE SHOTSHELLS !
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:55 pm 
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I had never seen an Activ shell until my Brother-In-Law gave me a bunch of reloading supplies a few months ago. In the crate of hulls was 50+(haven't counted them) once fired 20 ga Activ hulls. I'd never seen an all plastic shotshell before. I still have them, mostly for the novelty of it. I may reload them eventually, if i ever get into reloading 20 ga.


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 Post subject: Re: ACTIVE SHOTSHELLS !
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:46 pm 
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The only problem with Active shells & hulls is they didn't make them in 10 ga. I still have some Active hulls in 12 & 20 ga. As previously stated, they are a great heavy load hull.


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 Post subject: Re: ACTIVE SHOTSHELLS !
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:17 am 
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Burnt Powder wrote:

Shoot them and find someone who wants to load heavy 20 ga hunting loads and gift them the hulls, they will be greatfull to you for ever. They are very desirable for heavy loads since they have a cavernous hull capacity allowing for heavy charges of bulky powder and heavy shot charges in a 2-3/4" hull. I've still got several boxes of Activ 20 ga Red Hornets myself. Some day I'll just shoot them and do as I suggested, give them someone who wants them.

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What he said. I'll gladly take the hulls if you want to get rid of them. I still have some 20ga Activ's that I use for 1oz #5 hunting loads.

About half a year ago or so I was speaking with Dave from BPI about Activ shells. We were both lamenting the fact that they are gone. Dave told me at that time that Fiocchi was looking at making an all-plastic Activ style hull.


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 Post subject: Re: ACTIVE SHOTSHELLS !
PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:44 pm 
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Have hunted duck 4 days this week shooting factory loaded Activ 3" number 3 steel shot. Some of mine have rusty primers but they all shoot just fine. Good shells as far as I am concerned, and I wish they still made them.

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 Post subject: Re: ACTIVE SHOTSHELLS !
PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:10 pm 
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I LOVED active. I used to have a couple boxes of 20 gauge 1 oz #4's.. Man did those things kill pheasant and rabbit.


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 Post subject: Re: ACTIVE SHOTSHELLS !
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:53 pm 
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I have some 12ga 2 3/4 magnum slugs...
I've shot one it seem like a rather nice round and hit where I was aiming but i figured I would keep the rest... Don't know why...
I have some hulls that are label GENTEC on the side I don't know what they are.
also one that says TE.

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 Post subject: Re: ACTIVE SHOTSHELLS !
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:12 am 
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Still have 1 1/2 K of the 20 ga and I load them up for dove hunting at the end of the season when the doves fly high and crazy. Still great heavy load hulls!


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 Post subject: Re: ACTIVE SHOTSHELLS !
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:41 pm 
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When steel recipes came out they said Activ's could cause bloopers and they were correct. A problem I did not have loading other cases, but I think it may have been the ability to crimp them. They are as good a hull as any for other uses. There were those that tested autoloaders that used Actives in the tests for jamming. I believe they would use an Active as a follow up? I just do not remember. The principle made a lot of sense as hulls can rust at the base if not stored properly or if they get wet.

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 Post subject: Re: ACTIVE SHOTSHELLS !
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:24 pm 
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I've never heard of a blooper problem with Activ hulls and steel powder. The worst thing about them is after a number of reloads some have a separation problem. Its not fun finding the base and being thankful the rest of the hull made it out the barrel.




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