1858 Remington and Shot Charges


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Wwalstrom
June 5, 2006, 08:47 AM
Last Saturday, I was planning on harassing the Grackles (aka blackbirds) with my semi-auto shotgun. I'd found several dead baby mouring doves that were killed/evicted from their nest, so I felt I was justified. I had a last minute change of heart, and decided to make it more sporting ... and use my 1858 Remington.

I followed the instructions on the inside of the Ox-Yoke Wonder Wads packaging card I'd saved. The only difference is I used #7-1/2 hard lead shot. Out of 10 shots fired, I downed 7 Grackles, 5 of which were in the 15 foot range ... but 2 were closer to 30 feet.

I LOVE the smell of SULPHER in the morning ! ! ! ! (22 grains of Goex FFFg to be exact)

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denster
June 6, 2006, 01:06 AM
I'm curious. What did you use for an overshot wad?

Wwalstrom
June 6, 2006, 07:25 AM
Per the instructions on the Ox-Yoke Wonder Wads Packaging Card:
1. Powder Charge
2. Wonder Wad
3. Shot Charge (I filled the chamber to just shy of the top)
4. Another Wonder Wad as an over-shot card

As an FYI, I have a copy of these instructions (the packaging card) scanned to a pdf format. If anyone is interested, let me know.

The Sicilian
June 9, 2006, 01:13 PM
Excellent!

I just tried some bird shot in my Old Army about a week or so ago and it was pretty brutal, dented the hell out of my buddies ammo box amd does a good job at shredding cardboard targets (after a few shots of course). It was lead shot though, I wonder if steel shot would harm the rifling of your revolver? I like mourning doves, kill as many as those blackbirds as you can! :cuss:

-mario.

Wwalstrom
June 9, 2006, 03:41 PM
Tomorrow is my birthday ... and I plan to do some more grackle termination.

DO NOT use steel shot in your revolver!!!!!!!! That would be a good way to ruin the rifling!! If for some reason you have to use non-toxic shot, find some bismuth.

The Sicilian
June 10, 2006, 01:10 AM
I'd never use steel shot in my revolver! I thought you had used some in your revolver but I must have read your post wrong. I re-read it and you said you used hard lead shot, my mistake. I didn't want to come out and tell you that steel shot would ruin your barrel so I figured a humble question would be a better way to give you/somebody a heads up. You apparently already knew that considering you're a pistol instructor and most likely know a lot more about firearms than I do. :D

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