Strange ammo question


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Bullwhip
November 14, 2007, 07:11 PM
Hey there! I know I don't post much (as in almost none) but I've got a question that only the good folks of THR can help me with.

A co-worker's friend just inherited some firearms and ammunition from his father who recently past away. Among the ammunition is several rounds of strange bullets that I was asked about but I have no clue as to what they are. I have not seen the bullets in question but apparently they are .22 caliber with brass casings but the heads are plastic with tiny shot inside. Anybody have an idea as to what this particular round would be used for? I'd never heard of such a thing.

Thanks!

Kyle

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Jorg Nysgerrig
November 14, 2007, 07:13 PM
Do they look like this? http://glarp.atk.com/2004_IRL/CCI/pages/22%20Shotshell%20Options.htm

If so, they are .22 shotshells. Mainly used to shoot snakes or whatever. CCI makes them in several popular pistol calibers. Here is this marketing blurb, ""Sometimes you need your rimfire shootin’ iron to act like a shotgun. We have you covered. Our shotshells hold a charge of small lead pellets in a special plastic capsule. Designed for short range pest control to about 15 feet. Not designed to cycle semi-auto firearms, but can be manually cycled in most semi-autos. "

DoubleTapDrew
November 14, 2007, 07:36 PM
I carried a ruger single six in 22 mag with shotshells while hunting when I was a youngin. They work good on snakes and squirrels.

littlegator
November 14, 2007, 07:51 PM
The box states they have a range of 250 yards. Now, I realize they are giving the limit of possibilities so as to avoid the limit of liabilities, but 250yards? Anyone ever test this? Do they make 9mm shotshells? .45 cal? Might be fun to shoot with.

Jorg Nysgerrig
November 14, 2007, 07:59 PM
Now, I realize they are giving the limit of possibilities so as to avoid the limit of liabilities, but 250yards? Anyone ever test this?

I would guess if you lobbed them, you might make it that far.

Do they make 9mm shotshells? .45 cal?

Yes they do. CCI lists (http://www.cci-ammunition.com/ballistics/shotshell.aspx) 9mm, .38/.357, .40, .44, .45 ACP, and .45 colt rounds. They typically won't cycle the action on a semi-auto, but are kind of fun to play with anyway. Make sure to wear eye protection, as the little pellets will bounce back.

Starter52
November 14, 2007, 08:00 PM
CCI does make shotshells in 9mm, .38 Spl. and .45 Auto as well.

250 yards? Laugh. They won't go 250 FEET.

The .22s in particular have very tiny shot with a very short range. I doubt you could break a balloon with one at 50 feet.

Bullwhip
November 14, 2007, 08:14 PM
Shotshells it is! Thank you everyone. I knew this was the right place to ask. Those things look like they would be fun.

Kyle

supraneurotoxin
November 14, 2007, 08:18 PM
try them on grasshoppers;)

Flfiremedic
November 14, 2007, 08:18 PM
You shot squirrels with them? Do any good?

DoubleTapDrew
November 14, 2007, 08:25 PM
You shot squirrels with them? Do any good?
Up close it worked on a ground squirrel (I think it was only like 12 feet IIRC) :) A standard 22lr works much better, and a .221 makes them do aerial acrobatics.

Vaarok
November 14, 2007, 11:58 PM
Absolutely essential to have some of those rounds on a farm. No real worry about ricochet and puts rats down at ten feet pretty reliably.

Problem lies in the fact that the rifling of a firearm tends to throw a really wide pattern, so you get even less range than you'd expect.

telomerase
November 15, 2007, 12:18 AM
No real worry about ricochet

Unless you shoot a metal building and aren't wearing eye protection.

Hogfan1911
November 15, 2007, 12:28 AM
If you use them in a semi-auto, don't assume they didn't cycle, be sure to check. The .45ACP ones cycle just fine in my Kimber. And they'll blow your head clean off, if you're a snake anyway.

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