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Has Anyone Attempted...

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jwrowland77, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. jwrowland77

    jwrowland77 Well-Known Member

    ...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.
  2. tom357mag

    tom357mag Well-Known Member

    I haven't but my dad use to reload them all the time for snakes and mice. Seem to work fine for him.
  3. whipper

    whipper Well-Known Member

    works ok.:)

    just need to be close to target

    12 guage works better.:D
  4. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. jwrowland77

    jwrowland77 Well-Known Member

    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
  6. Maj Dad

    Maj Dad Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    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!"

  8. wankerjake

    wankerjake Well-Known Member

    I've used them, I think I used Bullseye powder #8 shot. Awesome on snakes.
  9. jwrowland77

    jwrowland77 Well-Known Member

    Sweet. Sounds like it would be a good load for carrying while I'm scouting in the springs and summer months for deer season.
  10. slamfirev10

    slamfirev10 Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. 4895

    4895 Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    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.

    Last edited: Feb 1, 2013
  13. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    They are easy to make and, as mentioned, are good for snakes out to about six FEET, not yards
  14. joneb

    joneb Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    jibjab has it. #9 shot and a fast burning powder. I use them in my 3" CA Bulldog 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.
  16. JLDickmon

    JLDickmon Well-Known Member

    In the crawlspace under the porch looking for a water moccasin..
  17. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    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. :)
  18. NeuseRvrRat

    NeuseRvrRat Well-Known Member

    not in michigan
  19. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

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

    JLDickmon Well-Known Member

    yeah, but if I said Massasauga, not many would have got it..

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