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Old February 23rd, 2010, 09:04 AM   #1
 
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CCI snake shot

How well does CCI snake shot work in the following calibers:
.22LR
9mm
.38 spl/.357 mag
.44 spl/mag
.45

What have you used on snakes out of those? Any complaints? (I know a well placed single bullet to the head works better than the shot shells but who has time to aim when a cotton mouth is chasing them?)

Any additional info would be greatly appreciated.



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Old February 23rd, 2010, 09:31 AM   #2
 
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I've had good results with 38s~44s. Haven't tired 22s
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CCI Snake shot - - -

The CCI snake shot in 38/357 does a fair job at short range (2 or 3 paces) beyond this it scatters too much. You NEED to practice to SEE where the shot goes as opposed to where you aim - rifling seems to throw the shot pattern to the Right.
You can reload your own brass with "shot" & get a larger shot load than the CCI's, you may use larger shot too - the factory loads are pricey.
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The one time I tried 22s it barely dented cardboard at 10' so I wouldn't trust my life to it but iI do load two rounds in my revolvers at the house, 38, 44 & 45s. The 45s hold more shot. The only two snakes I have shot though were with a 357 and 9mm +P standard loads, not shot.
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Yesterday I shot my third snake of the season, using my sp101/357. First shot was snake shot; had to shoot quickly because the snake was half-way in his den, I couldn't see his head, and I didn't want to let him get away. I was about four feet away, and the shot charge tore him up pretty good, and stopped him. I pulled him out with a stick, and he was still alive and more than a little pissed off. I had another snake round, but because I was running low, I decided to finish him with a solid. Missed. Then the cylinder wouldn't rotate. Darn. Revolvers are supposed to be fail-safe! I finally got the cylinder open and all looked fine, so I closed it and still couldn't get it to rotate. Snake is starting to eye his enemy, and making short strikes, but he was pretty immobile, so I kept playing with the gun. Finally got the cylinder open again, ejected everything, and found the cause of the problem.
The recoil from the 357 180gr solid had caused the plastic cup holding the shot in the aluminum shell case to move forward, and was extending far enough forward to prevent the cylinder from turning. I've switched to 38+p's to reduce recoil when I have snake shot loaded in front of solids. Lesson learned.
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Had a couple of big, nasty old snakes around the house last summer.
Never did figure out if they were northern water snakes or moccosins.
One got real relaxed after a couple of CCI .22 shot shells from about five feet.
The other came after the wife and had an unfortunate shovel accident.
We never had to deal with aggressive snakes in the past 20 years and generally just leave them alone.
I will be looking out for them big dark brown boogers when it starts to warm up.

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Old February 23rd, 2010, 01:53 PM   #7
 
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thanks every one. What is a good book on reloading if I wanted to make my own shot shells?
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 03:27 PM   #8
 
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I take a case notch it, then sharpen it & spin it with the lee holder to cut cards .drill the primmer out to push the cards out!

Put some fast powder , a card , shot , another card Then crimp it & seal the end with waterproof carpenters glue.

For full length shot loads I use 357MAX brass !! this takes some sizing to do!

I load em this way cause I ran into the problem cat skinner did .




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GP100man thanks a lot for the info. Makes me wish I had my money for a GP100 right now so I could have a hand gun and start practicing.
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The one time I tried 22s it barely dented cardboard at 10' so I wouldn't trust my life to it but iI do load two rounds in my revolvers at the house, 38, 44 & 45s. The 45s hold more shot. The only two snakes I have shot though were with a 357 and 9mm +P standard loads, not shot.
I need new glasses and a better hearing aid! Most of my encounters with snakes is much closer - normally within about 3 to 5 feet. If they are beyond that I normally let them alone since 'coon tails are protected around here. There are obvious exceptions - like around the buildings or where people congregate. However a few have committed suicide by jumping in front of a 12 gauge full of bird shot.
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& FLA just opened a snake season !!! Guess they`ve got to do summtin with dem "pets" that roam the swamps!!!
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It is a shame it has to be a season. The pythons and boas needed to be hunted all year no regulations. They don't belong in Florida.
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& FLA just opened a snake season !!! Guess they`ve got to do summtin with dem "pets" that roam the swamps!!!
I also don't think I would be using snake shot on those guys. More like an actually shotgun or regular pistol round to the head.
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On dem biguns , they get a ball
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I have used the CCI ammo with "shot" usually #6's for those snakes, the the .357 caliber and the .44 magnum caliber. I much perfer the .44 cal to the .357 mag cal..........more shot.

I have a friend who shots his .45acp with shot shells also but have never seen results. My big complaint is that store bought shells in "shot-shell" form are very expensive, last I say they were costing about $ 1.25 a shot.
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