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    .....1867-1911 UMC Shotgun Shell.....

    Well me & Hobie246 (Mike) were trying to meet up today for a hunt...but his honey-do list was in the way for him to make it to the hunt...he has a honey hole of a spot that dates way back to yonder years...anyway I took my V3i & my Super 12" coil so I could cover as much ground as possible and to get the max depth I could as the ground is super soft for diggin...I had my 6x10 coil on stand by in case the trash was too much for the 12" but it wasn't so I hunted for about 2 1/2 hours...I got pennies..dimes..nickels..and very little little trash as I was using one if my Custom Programs...anyway I got a Solid hit of 19 at about 5-6" so I figured I had a nickel for sure...wrong...it was a shotgun shell (duh)...but it was unlike any shell markings that I have ever seen before...after cleaning it up when I got home I did some research and found out this shell is dated from 1867-1911...so kewl...as you can see in the picture it is a U.M.C. Co. No 12 New Club shell...I owe this Find to Mike (Thanks Mike) as he is the one who told me about this place and I was relutant to hunt it without him as I didn't want him to think I was "taking" his spot away...hopefully we'll be able to hit this place together real soon...

    here is a link to a page that tells the History of the Manufacturer of this shell

    http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/nebland/articles/history/shotshells.asp scroll down about 1/4 of the page...


    Union Metallic Cartridge Company

    In 1854, Jacob Schuyler, Marcellus Hartley and Malcomb Graham formed the Schuyler, Hartley & Graham Sporting Goods Company in New York City. Destined to become one of the largest sporting goods houses in the world, it provided cartridges and rifles produced by other manufacturers to the Union Army during the Civil War and amassed a fortune. In 1866, the company acquired two small cartridge companies, and the following year re-incorporated as the Union Metallic Cartridge Company (UMC) in Bridgeport, Connecticut. By 1900, Hartley was the sole owner of the company.

    U.M.C. known as the Union Metallic Cartridge Company was founded in 1867 by Marcellus Hartley in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They manufactured a variety of shells up until 1911 at which time the company was merged with Remington.

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    Neat find Robert ... That must be one of the first heads to use a paper casing for the powder and shot.. Earlier versions were solid brass casings..
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    I didn't think to include a picture of the inside...duh on me...


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    thats a cool find

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    Nice old UMC shell !!
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    way to go SIR nice find
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    Nice find Robert, I have a few of them as well, only shells I hung onto!
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    Very good find Robert.... Congrats on the old shell... It looks old...good digs..Good pictures, thanks for sharing and HH.
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    That's a nice one love the design on the back .

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    Very cool!

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    neat find.
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    Interesting. I love when a little history can be attached to a find. Much more fun than clad!
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    Wow, Cool, that's just like the one I found yesterday... Thanks for the info link...
    Whooped um again Jose...

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    Cool Story! and nice shell find!
    Thanks for sharing
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