nagant revolver birdshot


September 26, 2012, 06:59 AM
I load rounds for my revolver using reformed 32-20brass, and was wondering if it was possible to make a load for shooting at snakes safely? The only way I'm going to try it is if i can make one from 32-20brass or the original brass seeing as i was lucky enough to buy around 200 of the original rounds at 20 bucks for 42rounds, and can still get more if needed

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September 26, 2012, 07:40 AM
Lots of info out there on how to make rat-shot loads...

As for Nagant specific load data, I am aware of none...

September 26, 2012, 07:54 AM

About 3/4 through the page the have some data and tips. I have used their info myself with great success.

September 26, 2012, 11:20 AM
You might already have the Nagant but IMO it's a cool piece of history and a fun gun to own (I have one) but if I wanted to shoot snakes I'd be taking another cheap gun that would perform so much surplus S&W Model 10 .38 special that only cost me $100 more than the Nagant. Easier to reload, easier to load the gun, much more published/posted reloading info, etc.

Just a thought.

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September 26, 2012, 11:33 AM
Buying another handgun isn't an option yet, i have a nagant and a heritage 22mag, but I'm not gonna turn 21 until June and my family doesn't much care for handguns, so its up to the nagant, for now

September 28, 2012, 11:19 AM
They make factory rat shot for 22 mag. Just saying.

As far as the Nagant goes, probably one would use a 32 cal gas check as the base wad to seat over the powder, add shot, then add an inverted 32 cal gas check as to top wad, and then crimp into place. The issue as i see it is "how much powder?" This is one question I would be loath to answer.

While the 1895 Nagant is supposed to be capable of 32 H&R magnum pressures, and people have shot those rounds through it, I would not wish to exceed the rather modest pressures it was designed for. I have read elsewhere we are talking 18,000 cup. (A 22 long rifle is 22,000 cup.).

September 28, 2012, 11:26 AM
I know i can get it for the 22, but the 22 is for coyote

October 20, 2012, 02:12 AM
make "wads" out of cereal box cardboard. find a solid bullet load you like. load the minimum powder charge for that load in the case. seat 2 of your card wads on top of the powder. weigh out a shot charge to match the bullet weight for that load and add the shot to the cartridge case. place a cardboard wad over the shot and lightly crimp. work up your load from there.
The other option is to go old school and load 50/50 black powder shot charges for it, but you'll need to clean it well after firing

October 20, 2012, 12:12 PM
To take advantage of the gas seal you'd need to use Nagant brass, NOT surplus ammo since it will likely be Berdan primed, but a 50 round box of PRVI 98gr bullet would provide more than enough brass for a goodly supply of shot reloads with a similar weight of shot.

I reload the reformed 32-20 for mine as well but picked up a box of new factory just for comparison and giggles - lol

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