Montgomery Ward Red Head


#1

Discovered a number of unopened wood shot shell crates. Some Peters Victor target loads 12, 20 ga. and this crate of Montgomery Ward Red Head 20 ga. hunting loads. I am guessing they are 50’s vintage? Most are unopened but there are a couple opened and they are 1 piece boxes. I am assuming the Red Heads are also 1 piece boxes. Not even any rust on the nails. I hate to open the crate. Who loaded this ammo for MW? Thanks




#2

Hi David
according to Iverson either Sportsman Cartridge Co, or American Cartridge Co., both from Kansas City MO. for early hulls & [most likely in my mind] Federal Cartridge Co. for these.

I would also think 1-piece boxes, but 2-piece boxes are known.

Neat crate!.


#3

Pete,
Thanks for the info. I suspected that Federal might have had something to do with production from this time period.


#4

This was definitely from Federal and the loading code on the one end indicates 1946 production…


#5

Doc Dave,
Thank you for the date code translation and the Federal verification. Is there an explanation of the date code somewhere in print that I can access?


#6

I’d also think Federal to be the most likely source, as they had a long history of making house-branded ammo for many U. S. retail chains. What a prize to find unopened case lots. I think MW used the “Red Head” branding for many different outdoor products back in the days when MW existed and sold such things. I had a shotgun at one time with a Red Head rubber recoil pad, and I also remember having a Red Head gun cleaning kit. Back when I was growing up, the local MW store in Southern Ohio had a very respectable sporting goods section and carried lots of guns and ammo (but I do not remember any handguns). They even sold military surplus rifles back in the late 1950s, and I bought several there.

By the way - I have several newer boxes of MW shotshells, from the 1960s, I think. They are labeled “Wards Hawthorne Reliance.”