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"Shot" cartridges

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by brekneb, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. brekneb

    brekneb Well-Known Member

    Hmm was thinking. Just finished reading a post on ‘rat shot’ in rifle country and started wondering about some things. I was aware that there was ‘shot’ cartridges for calibers such as .38 and .22 etc. But I was NOT aware of there being such cartridges for larger rounds such as 9mm and so-on. So question is:
    What are all the calibers that can use shot-type ammunition?

    Is there a particular type of firearm (whether a long gun or a handgun or whatever) that is more appropriately suited toward using this type of ammo? (I’m guessing this would best be left to revolvers for the handgun world, and bolt actions for the rifle world?)--Or does it not matter?
    One other thing; since we’re talking about shot going down the barrel of a firearm, does this shot damage the rifling of the barrel? Say like using a 9mm ‘shot’-round in a standard handgun?

    Thanks for helping me, the uber-noob.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2006
  2. brekneb

    brekneb Well-Known Member

    Oops, oh-crapper, I was just checking back on this (my) thread and saw the horrendous spelling error I'd made on the subject line. Sorry to the 23 people whom have already viewed me message. :D There, I corrected it. (cartidges to cartridges).

    (Further editing)
    Wut-the . . . I changed the spelling yet, I only notice the correction once I click on the thread itself (to view it) yet it has remains unchanged in the "main viewing area" so-to-speak. What? Anyway. Guess I should spell correctly from the beginning ESSPECIALLY when it comes to something as significant as the subject's wording/spelling. Sorry for the long rant :D
    Oh yeah, plus, I'm not being sarchastic here.
    Oh well, problem with spelling seems to be corrected, now.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2006
  3. TXGunGeek

    TXGunGeek Active Member

    Shot shells for pistols

    You can get shot shells for at least up to .44MAG. CCI is probably the biggest manufacturer of shotshell pistol loads. The shot is held in a plastic capsule that is seated like a long wadcutter. The plastic comes apart once out of the barrel so the shot never touches the barrel. These are really for short range use as the shot spreads and slows rapidly. (No duck hunting here) One other issue is the spin imparted on the load tends to make the shot spread faster than if it was shout out of a very small smooth bore shotgun. They are mostly meant for use on snakes, rats or other small varmints at near contact range. Although the .44Mag load works well on a Bobcat at 6' when the cat is hit in the face as it charges.
    Stay Safe!!
  4. brekneb

    brekneb Well-Known Member

    Thanks Geek.
    One thing though:

    How exactly does it do that? How does the shot remain in the capsule as it goes down the bore YET once it all exit’s the bore, the plastic only THEN breaks apart? That is dumbfounding me :D
    Basically I’m confused as to how the plastic remains intact--only until, it, along with the shot, exits the muzzle.
    Does that question make sense?
    Anyway thanks again Geek.
  5. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    It's relatively fragile plastic, gets scored by the rifling, it's holding a bunch of heavy pellets while spinning at thousands of RPM, and as soon as it exits the barrel the walls of the capsule are unsupported. Centrifugal force is probably sufficient to break it up, I'd expect. If not, aerodynamic stress while exiting the barrel would probably do it.
  6. dodge

    dodge Well-Known Member

    I've also seen it in 45acp and 45 lc.
  7. Will Fennell

    Will Fennell Well-Known Member


    I've got quite a bit of experience using the .45ACP shoot shells from CCI. They pattern reasonably well, and will cycle most 1911's I've tried them in. They are 100% reliable in my 5" guns......and man are a blast to shoot! They certainly add a whole new deminson to shooting 1911's.
  8. Thain

    Thain Well-Known Member

    Okay, say I'm going hiking so I load my service size semiauto or revolver with these for use agianst snakes, coyotes, or the like. Things are going great, until one night in camp we get assaulted by Some Random Crazy®...

    Will one of these have any effect on a human?

    (Obvioussly a 'proper' round is better, this is a question of curiousity for pure 'worst case scenario' planning. Probably the best idea is to have my wife and I armed with one type in her sidearm and the other in mine (and a spare reload in the opposite type.).)
  9. heisler

    heisler Well-Known Member

    A friend of mine bought some of the .22LR shotshells. They were crimped shut, so I think the lead was loose inside rather than in a plastic capsule. They left his rifled barrel really dirty.
  10. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    They'd hurt, and "they could put yer eye out, kid." But no, I seriously doubt they'd do much to slow down a violent attacker. I don't think they'd be effective against a coyote, either, unless you just want to wound it and have it walking around in pain for a week. The shot size is TINY.

    If it were me, I'd load only one chamber with a shotshell (for snakes) and the rest with good JHP's.
  11. Thain

    Thain Well-Known Member

    Point taken. I'll take wheelguns into the wilds and leave the semiauto's at home. Need to buy me some more guns `tho. Darn. :( :( :)
  12. silliman89

    silliman89 Well-Known Member

    When I go in the woods (shenandoah valley, VA) I carry a .38 (S&W 64) for snakes, loaded with snake shot. I'd been doing this for over a year before I finally saw a snake. Of course the only reason I saw this one was because it was between my feet as I was hiking. :what: So I did what comes naturally. I ran like hell.

    I looked over my shoulder though to see if it was following me. You know that damn snake was just sitting there? It hadn't even moved!!! Thinking about it now, it had probably just eaten something and was sunning itself while it digested. It must have looked like a stick when I stepped over it, until it moved. At the time though, I wasn't really thinking. I was just mad, and found it's lack of reaction personally insulting. So I pulled out my gun and shot it. :uhoh:

    Now I was about 15 - 20 feet away. I could see the snake clearly. I saw the cloud of dust the shot pellets kicked up all around it. The snake was in the center of the shot pattern and must have been hit. The damn thing just coiled up, raised it's head, and stared at me. :eek:

    I'm convinced that sucker knew exactly what was going on, and that I was the one responsible. It was just waiting for me to get close enough so it could bite me. I, of course, shot it a few more times. ;) Finally it uncoiled and slithered away, luckily directly away from me. :)

    The point of this long winded anecdote, is that at 15 - 20 feet these shot pellets don't have the energy left to penetrate snake skin, out of a .38 anyway. They are a very close range weapon only. You may want to keep that in mind.
  13. answerguy

    answerguy Well-Known Member

    Boy, I'd think a face full of shot would take the fight out of a BG, but not incapacitate unless you blinded him. OTOH- aiming at the chest would seem to be ineffective, especially if wearing heavy clothes.
  14. silliman89

    silliman89 Well-Known Member

    BTW, this isn't how the CCI shot works in the .38. The plastic top (front end) of the cartridge is scored, like you would slice a pizza. When fired, it blows apart and the pellets follow it down the barrel. The plastic walls remain behind, attached to the casing. You see them when you pull it out.

    The .44 is bigger, so maybe they were able to design it differently. I don't know, I've never seen .44 shot.
  15. silliman89

    silliman89 Well-Known Member

    I imagine it would, so long as you have the nerve to wait until he's just out of arms reach, say 6 or 7 feet, then shoot him right in the face. I expect he'd still run into you on his way to the ground though.
  16. Thefabulousfink

    Thefabulousfink Well-Known Member

    I can't remember the name of the company, but somebody out there is making old style, two barrelled derringers with interchangable barrels. You can get them in .45 LColt and a short .410.

    I think the .410 might give you a little better pattern (though not much because the barrel is so short)
  17. RyanM

    RyanM Well-Known Member

    The 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP CCI shot loads will usually cycle semi-autos. The 9mm load is a bit anemic, but the .40s are more powerful than .38 shotshells (about 200 fps more velocity, on the same amount of shot). Just keep a round of snake shot in the chamber, and have a magazine full of either JHPs or heavy FMJs, depending on whether you're more worried about humans, or radioactive mutant ninja clown psycho DEA agent bears.
  18. TallPine

    TallPine Well-Known Member

    Well, here is what I do - FWIW ...

    In the warmer months I carry 1 CCI .38 snakeshot and 5 JSP .357 magnum. If I am out walking in the tall grass I make the snakeshot be the first in line, but otherwise I keep it in last place under the hammer. I figure that generally I will not be in a big hurry to shoot a snake, so that I can just pull the hammer partway back and turn the cylinder so the snakeshot is next up if I need to (you can tell by the color of the cartridge head which one is which as the CCI is aluminum and the magnum solids are brass).

    That's the beauty of a revolver - you can actually index the cartridge that you want to fire. I figure that usually if I need the solid that I will need it right now ;)

    I have some .22 shotshells but never tried to kill a snake with them. I shot one medium sized rattler in our driveway with the .38 shotshells from about 6' and I wasn't terribly impressed. It took the fight out of him[her?] but didn't kill it and I finished it off with a rock. Likely my mistake, as I just aimed COM, which a snake doesn't have much of;) , nor does it have much of a vital area. I'ts sorta like trying to shoot somebody in the leg :D . Next time I will center the shot pattern on the head and see if I get better results.

    The old timers say that if you can get the snakes attention that you can shoot it in the head with a slow moving solid bullet like a .45 LC and the snake will actually see it coming and strike at the bullet, thus shooting itself in the mouth. I dunno if this really works :confused:

    BTW, for those who will inevitably say that you should just kill a snake with a shovel - that's fine if you are out irrigating or digging postholes but I normally don't carry a shovel on my belt :p . I have yet to find a holster for a shovel and I think it would be hard to conceal:D
  19. Hutch

    Hutch Well-Known Member

    Silliman, that ain't how it's supposed to work. Never seen that effect before.

    Also, the US Army had a shot cartridge for .45ACP pistol and submachine gun. Was supposed to be used against "unarmored targets". Yeah, well I guess they should be. Don't have the tech pub in front of me for the ammo designation, but I'm sure I saw it.
  20. silliman89

    silliman89 Well-Known Member

    Really? I only used them that one time. Maybe that box was defective or something. I'll look into it the next time I'm out in the woods. Thanks.

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