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Winchester 12 Gauge Shotgun Shells Getting Jammed

Posted on 29 December 2011 by David Allred

Winchester Shotgun ShellsWhenever my brother and brother-in-laws get together, we always head out to the desert somewhere to shoot. This time, the target was clay pigeons, a few cans of Pepsi, an old pink recliner and some old bottles. The pink recliner and the old bottles were already provided, meaning, they were already there. We brought the clay pigeons, and as for the Pepsi, we had to choose between Pepsi and Mountain Dew… it was Pepsi! In my family, Mountain Dew is the nectar of the Gods! It would be a shame to waste it.

We came equipped with three shotguns, a BB gun for my daughter and a .22 revolver. My shotgun is a standard Remington 870, my brother was shooting a Winchester 1200 and my brother-in-law shoots a Mossberg 500. The Mossberg 500 came with a short and regular barrel, and with the shorter barrel, was much more effective on the pink recliner!

We blew through a box and a half of clay pigeons pretty quickly and had a great time. My niece even took a few shots with the Mossberg. The only issue we had was with the Winchester ammo. For Christmas, I received a brick of  Winchester 12 gauge shotgun shells from Walmart, and every other one would jam when trying to cock in a new round. The jamming was the worst in my Remington and not as bad with the Winchester 1200, but all three shotguns had issues with those shells.

We eventually made it through the entire brick and rid ourselves of those shells. Luckily, we had also purchased a few bricks of Federal shells, which were great. I’m not sure what the deal is but I’ve seen complaints around the web on forums about Winchester shells from Walmart. The Federal shells we had were also from Walmart. So I’m not so sure if this is a Walmart issue or a Winchester issue.

I’d like to hear from you. Have you had problems with the Winchester shotgun ammo from Walmart?

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