I’ve read previous postings on this forum regarding the Wanda shotshells made from the late 1960’s to early 1970’s. I have an assortment of empties in 12 and 20 gauge, plus a single full box of 12 gauge. I’ve seen a number of theories about why Wanda went belly-up, but no substantiation. The theories seem to be: (1)shells melted (2) shells cracked (3) rims cracked upon extraction (4) reloading life was poor (5) shells made too much disturbing noise when they hit concrete (trap/skeet).
Back in the early 1970’s I bought several cases of Wanda shells cheaply, and used them for trap shooting. I had none of the foregoing problems. I reloaded these cases numerous times without any problems, but somewhat later developed a preference for Winchester AA shells in my MEC progressive loader, as loading went faster. The one big advantage to the Wanda (at least for some shooters) was that no reloading tool was needed because resizing and crimping was unnecessary, and all you required was something to knock out the fired primer and dippers for shot and powder. By the way - I would pick up and re-use the closure wads, as they fell close to the firing points.
So what was the problem? Maybe it was a shortcoming in the product, or maybe it was poor production, financial, or marketing management. I tend to believe it was the latter. Does anyone know the real story behind Wanda’s short life?