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44 snake shot loads

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by larryw, Dec 18, 2003.

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  1. larryw

    larryw Member

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    I've been playing with some snake shot loads for my 5 1/2" 44Mag Redhawk and think I'll share the results.

    Naturally, as this is pure foolishness and not sanctioned by SAMMI or other experts, proceed at your own risk.

    In addition to the ordinary goodies, you'll need some #7 1/2 bird shot, gas checks and thin card stock for a wad.

    My powder charge is 5.4gr of WST. I worked to this charge to give me the best pattern, YMMV.

    Grab an old case and size. Using a file, sharpen the mouth so you can use it as a punch. Using the sharpened case and rubber hammer, punch the card stock, being careful you don't damage the bench top (ask how I know this :rolleyes: )--do it on cardboard.

    Size, prime and drop powder charge. Insert wad over charge and using punch or other rod, gently seat the wad down to the powder. I use a delrin sight punch and push it down so the powder is compressed. Fill the case with shot just short of the top. Place gas check on top of shot, cup end up and press down so check is even with case mouth. Crimp to lock together. I found placing gas check cup up worked much better for me than cup down.

    Load shoots well in my gun, giving me a dense 9" dia pattern to POA at 10 feet and a nice 18" pattern at 7 yards. I'm hoping to do some penetration tests this weekend with a phone book.
     
  2. 45crittergitter

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    WAY YONDER too much trouble when Speer has those neat lil shot capsules in .44 with load data ON THE BOX. By the way, some kinds of gas checks seat fine cup down, others not well at all. I have some info on .41 loads similar to yours if anyone is interested (no capsules in .41).
     
  3. larryw

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    CCI Shot loads don't work as well. Besides, easy isn't very much fun or as satisfying.

    After trying (Hornady) gas checks both up and down, I discovered that seating them cup up gave me a better seal when crimping and pattern when shooting.
     
  4. R-Tex12

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    Hey larryw,

    Thanks for the info! When crimping for the snake shot rounds, do you simply leave the crimp die set where it is for your regular loads or do you use a different (tighter) crimp? I'm betting on the former, but thought I'd best check with you before proceeding.

    Thanks in advance,

    R-Tex
     
  5. larryw

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    I use the same crimp as used for heavy H110 loads: firm. Not having to mess with the dies is just all the better. :)
     
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    Thanks, larryw. This is gonna be fun! :)

    R-Tex
     
  7. dodgestdshift

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    larryw:

    Done any work with the 45 Colt?
     
  8. larryw

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    No, but this is one of the aritcles I referenced when starting and it may be of interest to you.
     
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