I have to put this in the category of things I haven’t seen before. At the local gun show this morning, I ran across several unusual (to me) items, the most unusual being a full one-piece box of Western Super-X 12 Ga shells. Inside it was a paper note indicating that the case heads were made of steel to conserve brass for military use. The box was also marked as having steel head shells. Obviously this was WWII-era ammunition, as the box indicated manufacture by Western Cartridge Co., East Alton, Ill., U.S.A. No mention of Olin anywhere. I thought it was pretty neat for $4. Here are the pictures. Could this have been the first use of steel heads for shotshells? I wonder if the steel was galvanized, plated, lacquered, or treated in any way to resist corrosion? The picture shows the bases as they are now. Dingy-looking, but not rusted.