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Old 11-26-2020, 06:36 PM
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Been binge watching Boardwalk Empire on HBO past few days.

On season 3, episode 6 set in 1923, Margret is loading a shotgun with red plastic shells.

When did plastic shotgun shells come out and become common?





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https://www.downtownartwalk.com/shot...n%2C%20changed.

About the mid to late 1960’s. But this seems like a pretty minor detail considering hollyweirds ideas about guns. Great Show though.
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Yep Hollywood knows nothing about firearms
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They had those in the 20's and 30's
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You just need to learn more about guns.



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It’s entertainment.
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Heck Ive still got boxes of paper shells from 1950s.
Quit using them when we were kids cuz they would jam up when got damp.
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I was buying plastic 12ga at 7-11 in 1962-3 when I first started hunting but they were a pretty new idea then. OTOH I have some paper Federals from 1979-80 or so. They still go bang.
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My favorite thing in most movies is when someone is holding a shotgun and all ready to fire etc and then they shuck the action and nothing happens...no shell is discharged. why are they on the prowl with their shotgun ready to shoot without a shell in the chamber...makes me laugh everytime.
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I love when the person is holding a double barrel and you hear the slide being racked.
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Loved that show
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Originally Posted by woftam1024 View Post
I love when the person is holding a double barrel and you hear the slide being racked.
Yea thats right inline with a 4 stroke dirt bike reving up with the sound of a 2 stroke and not stop shifting gears or a 4 stroke boat with the sound of a 2 stroke motor.

I'm shocked we don't hear a .38 special being racked in the movies too.
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My last box of Paper Shells I used in the 70's, After the cloud of smoke dissipated, I would lower the barrel and hear the left over BBs rolling out.
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Several companies still make paper shells and have heard more companies are going back to them because of bio-degradation.
I shot some Federal paper shells at the clays course not too long ago.
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depends on the prop master
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Even when I was a kid watching westerns, I knew you had to reload your six shooter. But on TV they routinely fired off 20 or more rounds and never reloaded. The racking of guns (they do it with semi-autos too) is for sound effect. No one in a real life situation would do that. There would already be a round in the chamber. As was said. It's entertainment. The script writers haven't a clue.
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Originally Posted by Tawn View Post
Been binge watching Boardwalk Empire on HBO past few days.
On season 3, episode 6 set in 1923, Margret is loading a shotgun with red plastic shells.
When did plastic shotgun shells come out and become common?
Try watching another show...where you don't lose track of the underlying plot with trivial details. You were evidently bored.
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He wasn't bored. He just noticed something that didn't fit. I love to watch M.A.S.H but things slip in, like Hawkeye drinking a coke from an aluminum can with a pop top at least ten years before they were introduced. Or a show set in the old west and they have a panoramic view with a jet contrail crossing the sky. (that was Broken Arrow). If you read reviews on IMDB they always have a trivia section where people point out flubs.

PS: My brother-in-law was an extra on Board Walk Empire. We used to watch crowd scenes carefully just to see if he was in them. We saw him several times. He was also in Wolf Of Wall Street and some of the later Bat Man movies. It's fun to look for someone you know.

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Originally Posted by GaryDoug View Post
Try watching another show...where you don't lose track of the underlying plot with trivial details. You were evidently bored.
Damned right I'm bored.

I've been off work so much lately due to COVID shutdowns and with fishing season winding down I am home and watching TV a lot more than usual. A lot more.

I've been struggling to find something to watch that holds my attention so I am rewatching Boardwalk Empire, Sopranos, Yellowstone and The Wire. Although I have seen them all before it's amazing how much little stuff I missed the first time.

Additionally, at my real job I am paid to notice little things that don't fit and sometimes I can't help myself. That is part of the reason I can't stand watching any sort of military movie or TV series. Lack of attention to detail bugs me or at least amuses me at times.

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There was company in the 70's that made all plastic shells except for the primer. A buddy of mine was a VC who was looking at acquiring it and shipped me a box of shells to try them out. They worked ok, nothing special. He did not buy the company.

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