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shot in your revolver

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by sidewinder slim, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. I'v herd stories about puting shot in a chamber instead of a ball if this is true how do you do it
  2. Duncaninfrance

    Duncaninfrance Well-Known Member

    Do a search on Snakeloads.
  3. The Sicilian

    The Sicilian member

    Works great, I used number 8 bird shot. I just put in some powder, then some shot (around the same volume as 25 grains of powder) and then a wad over the shot to keep it in place. If you want you can place a wad over the powder to stop any "blow by" from the shot being so small but I did it without a second wad and it worked great. It spreads out to around two feet at 30 feet but up close it is deadly! I shot an old Army ammo box with the shot and it dented the hell out of it at around 10 yards. So to sum up, it works very well. No need to worry about harming your revolver. Just remember to know what you're shooting at when using the shot or you could get some coming back at you!

  4. do you need to lube it?
  5. The Sicilian

    The Sicilian member

    Not really, if you use a wad under and over the shot. Lubing it will not hurt anythinf of course and it will help keep the fouling soft for cleaning later on. You'll have a lot of fun shooting shot out of your revolver. Besides, you can go to the skeet area of your range and make some money buy telling the shotgun guys that you can hit the clays as good as them with a round ball (all of the time having your cylinders loaded with shot!:evil: ) Just don't let them find out, nobody likes to lose money by getting conned out of it! :D

    The Sicilian.
  6. Low Key

    Low Key Well-Known Member

    Here's another variation...
    load powder (20gr), then wad, then shot, seat a .454 ball on top
    it's a low power, short range load but it's deadly to snakes
    (No lube is necessary if you are using this load for snakes because you will probably only fire one shot at a time, not enough to bind up the works with fouling)
    ...you get a single hole in a target surrounded by the little spray of shot holes :D
  7. The Sicilian

    The Sicilian member

    Sick man...sick! :evil:
  8. thanks for all the advice:) :) :) :) :) :) :)
  9. The Sicilian

    The Sicilian member

    No problem brother, go kill some snakes! (Or whatever you may be hunting:evil: )
  10. Gatofeo

    Gatofeo Well-Known Member

    I've used shot in the .36 and .44 caliber revolvers. It works okay in the .44 but you must be close.
    In the .36, the chamber doesn't hold enough powder and shot to be really effective against varmints, in my estimation.
    A word of caution, though.
    Don't shoot at a hard surface when it's directly facing you. I made this mistake with new 3/4 inch plywood and the .36 Navy at about 20 feet.
    The low velocity of the shot, coupled with the hard plywood, made the shot bounce back at me. Didn't penetrate my clothing or skin but one of the shot ticked my eyeglass.
    Now, if I hadn't been wearing eye protection I might have received a serious eye injury.
    Shoot at hard surfaces (weathered wood, water, rock, car bodies, etc.) at an angle so the shot won't bounce directly back.

    Now, just a little philosophy: I don't shoot snakes or any wildlife indiscriminately. Snakes are particularly useful because they keep the rodent population down. I don't get maudlin about this, though. If a snake is posing an immediate danger that I can't walk around or flee from, then he gets popped. But that's a rare situation.
    Here in the remote Utah desert we have rattlesnakes. I leave them alone. Most people who live in the desert do.
    Most rattlers are gentlemen about it and give you a warning. And if you're sticking your damnfool hand down a hole or under an old board ... well, brother, it's your own fault for barging into his living room.
    Save the shot loads for miniature skeet --- have a friend behind you throw Necco candy wafers into the air about 8 feet above and ahead of you. Good sport but your friend will have to call hit or miss, rarely do you see it break because of all the smoke!
  11. The Sicilian

    The Sicilian member


    I got hit with a little bit of shot also, only my legs though, so no harm done. You do have to be careful though, that's a fact. I agree with your live and let live philosophy, no reason to kill something for nothing. I tend to only injure paper targets and empty water bottles (I do a damn good job at killin' em too! :D ) By the way, shot my first two inch group today!!! hurray!!!:D I did it with my Ruger Old Army (which doesn't actually shoot as well as my Remington, go figure?) I've been getting a lot better, practice surely does make perfect!

    The Sicilian.
  12. I ran into a BIG rattler:eek: didnt have any shot scared the :cuss: out of me and this thing was close so I just started shooting I scared it off but It was to close to walk away from:eek:

    P.S i dont like killing things for no reason:(
  13. Gatofeo

    Gatofeo Well-Known Member

    That was a close call, Sidewinder Slim.
    Yep, plenty of rattlers in eastern Oregon and my native eastern Washington.
    Funny, everyone thinks that Washington is all rain and damp. They little realize that, like in Oregon, the moisture comes off the Pacific Ocean, hits the Cascade Mountains, and dumps most of its load on the west side of the mountains.
    Point in fact: Once you get to the east side of the Cascades, there's a lot of sagebrush and open space, punctuated by lava rock outcroppings. Prime habitat for rattlesnakes.
    Dad and I used to fish the Columbia River when I was a kid, on the east side. Saw plenty of rattlers as we made our way down to the shore. We left them alone.
    It was particularly dangerous for Dad, though, because all his life he'd had hearing problems. There were certain tones he couldn't hear --- among them was the buzz of a rattlesnake!
    And you couldn't bring Dad into an antique or glassware store! Sure enough, he'd find a bell, pick it up, start ringing the bejeezus out of it and never hear it!
    Everyone else in the store could, though! Gawd, Mom and I shot him some glares over the years! :D
    Once you've heard a rattlesnake buzz you'll never forget it, or mistake it for anything else.
    I leave all snakes alone. The rodents and their propensity to cause damage and spread disease is more of a threat to me.
  14. Smokin_Gun

    Smokin_Gun Well-Known Member

    Slim I hunt rattlers out here in the Mojave and Carry at least two Revs, and a possibles bag to reload...usually two 1858's or a 58 and a 1860 ... good fixins and save the skins. Use .44 round balls not shot, R.B. shoot straighter at a greater distance I found. Don't like being shotload close till they'e dead. Just listen careful and watch where you step...LoL!:eek:

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