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Old January 30th, 2017, 11:37 AM   #1
 
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Shotshells in revolvers?

I've noticed CCI 357mag / 38sp shotshells at my local gun stores. I'm curious about using these in my GP100. They look fun to shoot.

-Do they hurt the rifling in the barrel?
-Any additional safety concerns, ricochete?
-Any practical value in home defense?

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I have seen them but haven't bought any or fired any in my revolvers.
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Old January 30th, 2017, 11:56 AM   #3
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They won't hurt your revolver at all. They are not good for home defense the shot size is too small. They are however excellent medecine for snakes and rats.
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I used 3 cylinder sworth in my 45 colt revolver when my friend in Florida took apart an old shed and all sorts of critters came scurrying. 4 snakes got all 4 a bunch of rats got 8 and a few misses.
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Handgun shot shells are actually best used in revolvers. They can cause feeding problems in some semi-autos. Long standing load for snakes and small varmints.
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Handgun shot shells are actually best used in revolvers. They can cause feeding problems in some semi-autos. Long standing load for snakes and small varmints.

+1 and bolt rifles in 22lr used to shoot rats around hog pens like that. I shoot flying squirrels in my attic with a single six using shot when they get in.
A load in the face would slow someone down in a hurry.
I also prefer the crimp style over the plastic caps, seems like it shoot's a little father.
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Thanks for the info. No need for much pest control around here, but I'll shoot a few for fun if the local range allows it.
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LovesRevolvers, Just some FYI .... shot shells in handguns produce a large pattern .... more than a foot in diameter at 10 feet, which is about the ideal distance for snakes or rats. If you shoot at cardboard targets, the pellets don't have enough momentum to penetrate so they tend to bounce back. Make sure you wear protective equipment .... safety glasses and a jacket because those pellets sting like crazy when they ricochet and hit bare skin. Ask me how I know! Further, because the loads produce very little recoil, you will shoot about 6" low at 10 feet. A good thing to know if you are going after venomous snakes.

When I lived in Arizona, I had an acreage in the East Valley with flood irrigation three times a month. I could pretty much plan on a couple Western Diamondbacks camping out on my patio when the yard was flooded. I always kept a 38 Special loaded with CCI shot shells handy. I had a Cocker Spaniel whose favorite thing was to tease rattle snakes. She would charge the snake and bark then back off just in time to avoid getting struck. It's hard to believe but that dog lived to be 15 years old and never did get bit. One of our kitty cats wasn't so lucky. We found her dead on the patio with an aggressive Diamondback close by. I used to just toss the snakes off the patio with a shovel but after the cat got nailed, the CCI shot shells came in handy. We also had rats in our barn that like to eat horse food. I would put on a set of ear muffs and shoot them from inside the barn. It didn't take long and I got hit in the face and arms by a ricochet. Not a problem, I just dressed for the occasion and killed more rats.

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I often see diamondbacks or cottonmouths around my boathouse on a S. Georgia pond. After one fat rattler got away due to me using all five .22lr HP's in my OM Sgl Six without scoring a hit (that snake was moving!) I try to have a couple of shot loads up front in the cylinder. I use .22, .38, and .44 cal shotshells in my revolvers. The most amazing shot load from CCI is the .45acp load. They make an aluminum case that is shaped like a complete, loaded round with a really large hollow-point. The "hollow-point" is covered by an over-shot card and sealed with a dab of clear epoxy. The amazing part is that they run fine in my 1911! The revolver loads are pretty mild, so I expected to have to hand cycle my .45 auto. Wrong! I learned quickly that these were different. I had placed a couple on top of a magazine in my 1911, and had it with me when I pulled into my parent's farmhouse yard late one night. I spotted an armadillo coming out of mom's flower bed and pulled up beside it. I kind of expected the rat-shot to bounce off his shell. Instead, a head shot was an immediate killer and splatter made me hose off the side of my truck. The gun cycled perfectly and another shot load was chambered (but not necessary).
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I have shot the .357/.38 versions through my Security Six and the .22WMR versions through my NAA Mini (which I don't have anymore) and have had no issues with them. They don't have a great pattern which is expected and surprisingly the rifling didn't seem to get leaded like it does if you ever accidentally fire birdshot through a rifled shotgun barrel. I have killed a few snakes and lizards with them. My favorite is to shoot beer/soda cans filled with water at close range. Makes a nice refreshing cool mist if you like shooting in the hot Summer like I do.
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Great Info....I've been dying to ask that question at my LGS but never seem to remember until I'm gone.
I happen to have some 38/357 & 22mag shotshell "just sittin' around"
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All good info. The shot size used is very small and the rifled barrel opens the patterns very quickly. We would keep .22 "rat shot" around when I was a kid but the 38 Special loads were far more effective just because they carried a larger amount of shot.
I've made the 45 ACP shot loads from cut down .308 Win casings but they would generally not cycle the gun and therefore were a single shot deal.
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Where can I buy some can seem to find them any more
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Where can I buy some can seem to find them any more
Online if you can't find any at an LGS.

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22LR Shot Shells work excellent for snakes. Always carried while fly fishing in the summer. The rocks you wanted to fish over could sometimes surprise you because you could sometimes find a rattler sunning.
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