I was sent these photos of "Polёva Bullets" in their original box and packaging. These were made in the early 80's. These are for a 12 ga shotgun and actually include sabots. In our video of these rounds, we received 2, 16ga rounds without the sabots. We weren't sure what they were at the time but many people from Latvia and Russia quickly set us in the right direction. Absolutely NO American knew what the rounds were.
The rounds are bundled in paper in groups of 5. There are instructions on the paper wrapping. I have only seen a few photos of these rounds on the internet and have never seen photos of the box or packaging.
It would appear that these were intended for people capable of doing their own reloading. What I don't know is the availability of shotgun ammo at the time these were made. Were the spent shells used over and over again, or was it possible to buy bird shot, and simply replace the innards of the shell with these rounds? Remember, this was the early 80's and times were quite different than they are now.
The gentleman who sent these photos may be open to sending me some of them so we can test them out.