Hello from Scotland, and head stamp ID?

TheFunkyKitten

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Hello, just beginning in this exciting hobby, my son is getting a metal detector soon for his 10th birthday whilst we’re off on a wee holiday soon to the east coast (Scotland) and we’re excited to see what we can find on the beach. Figure it’s an easy dig if we find something!
In the meantime, he found this in our back garden. We’ve established that it’s a head stamp (?) from a shotgun, but it’s so eroded I don’t know how to go about IDing it, at least get an approx age. I think we’d wreck it if we tried cleaning it! There are remains of some lettering on one side.
Thank you
 

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I think the paper clip is about 18 months old and the shotgun shell is less than fifty it’s a little hard to tell.
 
Hello, just beginning in this exciting hobby, my son is getting a metal detector soon for his 10th birthday whilst we’re off on a wee holiday soon to the east coast (Scotland) and we’re excited to see what we can find on the beach. Figure it’s an easy dig if we find something!
In the meantime, he found this in our back garden. We’ve established that it’s a head stamp (?) from a shotgun, but it’s so eroded I don’t know how to go about IDing it, at least get an approx age. I think we’d wreck it if we tried cleaning it! There are remains of some lettering on one side.
Thank you
Hard to tell. But there are web sites that list a lot of images and info on head stamps. Here in North Atlanta that was once farmland prior to 1970, head stamps are considered trash because their are so many of them. From say 1940's until 1970 it was very common to put food on the farm table with shotguns. A Garrett Carrot would have been handy back in those days when cleaning game birds for the table. Not fun chomping down on bird shot when eating some tasty quail or dove.
 
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