Snake Shot 44 cap and ball.


May 16, 2006, 09:34 PM
I got into a disucssion witha friend about snake shot. Well, normally for snake I'd use a 12 ga shotgun or a .22 with snake shot. I was wondering if it would be possible to load a black powder pistol with shot to work as a crude anti snake weapon. The reason I'm asking is it is allot easier to carry a pistol than a big shotgun.

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May 16, 2006, 09:44 PM
pack some shot into a cigarette paper. That's what they did in the acw period.

May 16, 2006, 10:44 PM
Works fine...I jused use a flet wad on top of the powder, shot, and either a second felt wad or home-punched card wad. Works best with less powder (usually about 15-20gr.) and more shot.

But there isn't a good way to get those wads to hold up to the recoil from previous rounds, so it's usually only used in one chamber.

May 17, 2006, 08:54 AM
I'm going to experiment this weekend. If I were to use a thick layer of grease infront of the felt do you think that would hold it from comming loose when I fired.

May 17, 2006, 10:44 AM
You will probably kill the snake by suffocation when the grease hits it's face!
I stopped using grease after the first time I went to the range, it is SO MESSY!

Cap n Ball
May 17, 2006, 11:27 AM
Rather than grease I've found that a tight ball of tin foil mashed into the chamber works just fine.

May 18, 2006, 08:35 AM
The packaging for Ox-Yoke wonder wads have the instructions for using shot in a revolver. I scanned the card to a pdf, I can email it to you if you'd like. The only problem is the range ... you're looking at a MAXIMUM of 15 feet. naturally, you'll have to experiment with charges, shot size, and patterning.

May 18, 2006, 01:34 PM
Yes, please email me

May 18, 2006, 03:15 PM
Powder, card wad, shot, round ball.

Short range, not a lot of power. A ring of shot with a
hole in the middle.
Can be loaded with more then one chamber.
Good for snakes.


May 18, 2006, 03:51 PM
Thanks for the email WWalstrom.

May 18, 2006, 04:27 PM
I live in S.Texas I guarantee you if you came across some of the
rattlesnakes we have here. You would be running for a shotgun maybe two.

May 18, 2006, 05:54 PM
I definitely agree about the shotgun. If I found a poisonous snake in the back yard I would use the 12 ga. I do a lot of hiking, fishing, boating, horseback riding. It's not always practical to carry a 28 inch barrel gun. I'd like to use the .44 because it is my favorite gun.

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