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Old 01-20-2011, 01:24 AM   #1
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I have been wondering about using shotshells in my revolvers. Specifically .38, .357 and .44 mag. Is there any risk of damage to the rifling use these shells?

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Old 01-20-2011, 01:48 AM   #2
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CCI makes some specifically for those calibers. Those will not. Hand loads, it depends on what you use for shot.

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From what i understand is that shotshells tend to lead up barrels, but I've only heard this and have no experience.

I don't think You'll run much of a risk of damaging anything, but i would go and fire hundred of rounds through it either.

personally, I'll never shoot any kind of shotshell through anything other than a shotgun.
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They make sense for snake country. I'd just expect a dirtier gun.

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No, shotshells will not lead or damage your handgun barrel. The shot is incapsulated in a plastic capsule. I live in the desert and have been loading .38 and .44 shotshells for my revolvers for over 40 years for snake and rodent control. I have even dispatched rabbits at 25 feet in the yard and garden in the past, using the .44. I keep .38 shotshells in my Mod. 10 snubby during the spring and summer when working outside or walking in the desert.

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As Jim said- That shot loads will hurt your gun is an old urban legend. However, DO expect limited usefull range. Rifling imparts a spin, which will result in the shot pattern opening up, and n severe cases, giving you a "doughnut" shot pattern. Thomspon Center actually had a reverse rifling muzzle choke to STOP rotation for shot loads. Have carried 45 shot loads for snakes for years. Do not expect shot loads to cycle autoloaders.

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