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    Default Home Made Snake Shot

    Toyed with the idea of making my own snake loads for 45 colt. Also just picked up a 12" 45/70 contender barrel and thought it would be cool to load one for it. First try was 10gr of unique with 2 cardboard wads (made from using a old 45/70 case as a hole punch). Weighed out 350gr of #8 shot (about 250 pellets) then put 2 more cardboard wads over shot and roll crimped case. Made a nice little brass shotshell. Just for functionality purposes I fired it from ruger no1 from 15 yards at a turkey pan. 13 pellets hit the pan. That was extreme distance, but would have taken down a cottontail for sure. Been reading people say to go down to 8 gr of powder and maybe use a 410 shot cup. Going to do a little more experimenting. the 45 colt loads will be pretty cool for keeping a few in the belt for no shoulders.

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    Speer makes capsules. I'm sure you can find them elsewhere too.

    https://www.loaddata.com/articles/PD...land%20LR1.pdf
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    I shoot carpenter bees around my shed & shop with home made shot loads in .38 special. I made a dipper that throws 1.5 grs of Bullseye. i make my wads from primer sleeves cuut out with an arch punch. I prime, pour powder in and push base wad in with a dowel. I pour #12 shot in till about the top and tamp a wad on top. I seal it with glue or finger nail polish. I shoot the bees on the wing......Much fun!....Like a miniature dove shoot!. this load will kill a snake or bird up to about 10 feet. Started out with .22 rat shot but due to the volume I was shooting(2-300 rds) it got too expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Happy Kaboomer View Post
    Started out with .22 rat shot but due to the volume I was shooting(2-300 rds) it got too expensive.
    we are still using .22 for bees but a rifle

    Boomer...do you have a .44 SPL?

    CCI factory loads use #12 and #4 depending on what you want to use them for....might be the better shot sizes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jester896 View Post
    we are still using .22 for bees but a rifle

    Boomer...do you have a .44 SPL?

    CCI factory loads use #12 and #4 depending on what you want to use them for....might be the better shot sizes.
    Yep....................
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    think I have about 250 NIB I don't have any use for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jester896 View Post
    think I have about 250 NIB I don't have any use for.
    Brass?

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    sorry about the hijack

    pretty sure it is...I will dig it up..thinking about it...more like 350ish...3-4 are Winchester
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