Has Anyone Attempted...


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jwrowland77
February 1, 2013, 07:28 PM
...the .38 Special shot shell load from the Speer manual. If so, how did it work out?

My dad has a .357/.38 and I found his load in my Speer manual just looking at loads for his revolver that I'm going to reload for sooner or later. Was just kind of wondering if anyone has attempted it and what you use it for.

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tom357mag
February 1, 2013, 07:48 PM
I haven't but my dad use to reload them all the time for snakes and mice. Seem to work fine for him.

whipper
February 1, 2013, 07:53 PM
works ok.:)

just need to be close to target

12 guage works better.:D

Elkins45
February 1, 2013, 07:57 PM
I've used them. I loaned a revolver loaded with them to a coworker and she reported they will not reliably kill a possum eating cat food on the porch.

jwrowland77
February 1, 2013, 07:59 PM
I was mainly thinking o using them for snake control or popping a squirrel or two with it....why, just for the heck of it and think it would be cool. Lol

Maj Dad
February 1, 2013, 08:20 PM
I loaded a bunch for my 44 mag (not mag loads) & they worked o.k. The plastic capsule will do a number on anything it hits, too. I think I used #8 or #9 shot but they recommend #12. They do not pattern well, so if you're much over 10-15 feet it will be kind of random.

rcmodel
February 1, 2013, 08:33 PM
The loads work perfectly fine.

But shooting squirrels with them is not in the cards.

Unless you have Very Tame squirrels.

The effective range is "It's you or me Snake! Go ahead! Make my day!"

rc

wankerjake
February 1, 2013, 09:04 PM
I've used them, I think I used Bullseye powder #8 shot. Awesome on snakes.

jwrowland77
February 1, 2013, 09:05 PM
Sweet. Sounds like it would be a good load for carrying while I'm scouting in the springs and summer months for deer season.

slamfirev10
February 1, 2013, 09:05 PM
i have loaded them in 44 spl. they do what they are supposed to, but not much more.

i had some out at the lease with a buddy (didn't tell him) and said "watch this, i have been practicing" and tossed a bottle up in the air with my off hand and shot it in the air with a shot shell, you should have seen his face.

4895
February 1, 2013, 09:09 PM
Have used them. They work well. Be careful when crimping as they crack easily and spill shot all over the place. They are better used in a "double-tap" situation where you deliver multiple shots on target quickly. As mentioned before, the shot pattern is not very consistent but is an effective deterrent to obnoxious reptiles.

rcmodel
February 1, 2013, 09:15 PM
I did kill a flying mallard duck with one out of a S&W .357 once long ago.

I shot the duck with my shotgun, and waded around a pond to get it.

Just as I got there, the wounded duck took off and made a bee-line for the next water, which happened to be a 5 mile long federal lake.

I did a quick-draw McGraw and dropped him with one shot at maybe 15-20 yards.

Yes, it was 10% skill and 90% luck.
But yes, it killed him deader then Jimmy Hoffa.

rc

oneounceload
February 1, 2013, 09:51 PM
They are easy to make and, as mentioned, are good for snakes out to about six FEET, not yards

joneb
February 2, 2013, 03:47 AM
I have loaded shot shells for 38spl and 44spl, using Speer shot capsules and card board wad loads. They work best in a short barrel, the rifling scatters the pattern. These shot shells have a effective range of about 10 feet.
I have only tried #6,7.5,8 and 9 shot with #9 preforming the best.
I use Bullseye for a propellent.

Walkalong
February 2, 2013, 10:07 AM
jibjab has it. #9 shot and a fast burning powder. I use them in my 3" CA Bulldog (http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=174171&stc=1&d=1351951007) and at close range they are devastating on snakes. I have also made my own shot shells with out the plastic shot holder. That works great too, but is a lot more work. When I was shooting more of them, it paid to make my own though.

JLDickmon
February 2, 2013, 10:48 AM
The loads work perfectly fine.

But shooting squirrels with them is not in the cards.

Unless you have Very Tame squirrels.

The effective range is "It's you or me Snake! Go ahead! Make my day!"

rc
aka:
In the crawlspace under the porch looking for a water moccasin..

orionengnr
February 2, 2013, 05:13 PM
I've made some for my .45LC using the Speer shot shells and #9 shot--have yet to try one on der schnake, but it sounds as if they will do the trick. :)

NeuseRvrRat
February 2, 2013, 05:46 PM
In the crawlspace under the porch looking for a water moccasin..

not in michigan

oneounceload
February 2, 2013, 06:56 PM
In the crawlspace under the porch looking for a water moccasin..

That's what the pest control guy is for.....;)

JLDickmon
February 2, 2013, 07:31 PM
not in michigan
yeah, but if I said Massasauga, not many would have got it..

rcmodel
February 2, 2013, 09:03 PM
Forget the poisonous snakes under your deck in Michigan.
It could just be a big Detroit Sewer Rat under your bed!

CCI Snake Shot does not discriminate.
And it doesn't tear up the house or kill the neighbors so you would notice.

They are perfect for small varmint control around farm buildings, machinery, and livestock.
Or anything else you don't want bullet holes in.

rc

v8stang289
February 2, 2013, 09:12 PM
I load them for 38spl with #8 shot and use unique powder. Killed a copperhead with them last year. I nearly stepped on him one evening walking out back to the building to get a tool.

wankerjake
February 2, 2013, 11:04 PM
I killed a couple quail one year, shot one of them out of the air! Mearn's quail are pretty stupid and let you walk right up to them... so I just walked right up to a covey, just as I leveled on one on the ground it took off , I just raised with it and fired. It was only like 5 yards away. Knocked it right down, my brother laughed for 5 minutes, he couldn't believe it.
http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/oo33/wankerjake/100_1771_0008_008.jpg

I got a Gambel's quail on the ground later.
http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/oo33/wankerjake/100_1774_0007_007.jpg

Houser52
February 2, 2013, 11:19 PM
Years ago (30 maybe?) when I had a 38 I reloaded quite a few of the shot capsules and yes they work good for up close targets.

I went beyond bird shot and used the shot capsules with buck shot pellets. If I remember correctly only 2 pellets would fit in the capsule. They were fairly accurate out to 7 - 10 yards with the pellets impacting 4" - 6" apart and would penetrate one side of a steel drum.

kingmt
February 3, 2013, 04:57 AM
They will go throw the wall of the house. I'm reminded everytime I walk post it.

jwrowland77
February 3, 2013, 10:44 AM
Wankerjake- that's pretty awesome. We got a good bit of quail where I hunt too.

Houser- that's pretty cool. Sounds like if you could get a deer within bow range of 5-10 yds you could possibly take one down.

I know it wouldn't be as ideal as a bullet made for hunting with, but would be neat.

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