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Shells may be made with Black Powder or smokeless powder.
The casing may be paper, plastic or Metal (usually brass or Aluminum).
For example, the "Winchester" only headstamp is used on Winchester Standard loads, Winchester Magnum Loads, Winchester Duck and Pheasant Loads and various other Winchester shot shells as well as shells loaded by many different companies.
It is therefore important to note what is written on the shell casing itself (either on the top wad or written on the casing) to aid in the identification of the shell.
Those were the years of the market hunters that caused the enactment of game protection laws.The second name generally represents the brand name or purpose of the shotshell and may be either stamped on the base or written on the cartridge case itself.** Some US shotshell manufacturers used a steel base instead of brass, during WWII.( Dates after shells indicate dates of known manufacture.The color of the plastic or paper hull as well as the case size and the size of the brass rim must also be taken in to consideration for identification purposes, as well as the color, size and type of primer used.Primer size, color, type and size have changed over the years and can sometimes give an idea to the age of a shell.