Remington 16 gage shotshell head. Is it rare?


Dec 5, 2023
Buda, Texas
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Found this shotshell head in Tecmxas along the El Camino Real de los Tejas trail. Any idea on age and scarcity?


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May 16, 2023
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The page your screenshot is from is in order by age, oldest to newest. The date last seen above your head stamp is 1942, so I'm guessing it's later than that. I don't know if it's rare.


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May 9, 2012
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Yours headstamp isn't that old. (Depending on your definition of old.) I don't mean to devalue it. As the user was likely quite content with it. And it's old enough to save. I try to save an oldest after looking up unfamiliar ones. But end up not discarding as much as I might....
You can drive the primer out of it and screw it to something. Like a knob /handle. "high brass" works better but all will work.
Or make a button out of it.
Or use it for an inlay.
or a walking sticks handles butt cap.
Or a kind of a hook to hang something onto.
Or leave it as is.

16's had thier day.
For pheasants and more here in the midwest.
A bit tamer than a twelve gauge. And a payload study can spark good debate about efficiency.

1926 was not a good year for the 16 though. It got bumped out of the running for permitted skeet use. (See attached link to an article.)
Yes there were users not complaining in the fields hunting game. the 50's and 60's still saw 16's in play.
Outside of reloaders though , as the 16 fell out of use the ammo costs and availability had to factor.
Which in my opinion (worth a coffee or single round of 16 maybe) was a tough kick in the shins the 16 really didn't deserve.
I acquired one a while back I'm looking forward to trying.



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Jan 11, 2023
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16 ga and 28 ga were common sizes, but haven’t been as popular as 12 ga or 20 ga in this area for years.
Both calibers were worthy, if used at the proper distances for the intended game species.


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Jul 15, 2021
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When I was a kid I started small game hunting with my grandfathers model 12 16 ga, I had to use paper shells as the plastic ones would not eject properly. I still have the gun and will pass it on to my oldest grandson.

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