Anyone here tried loading their own snakeshot?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by dgray64, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. dgray64

    dgray64 New Member

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    I use the rounds around the farm, but they are commercial loads. I wondered if anyone has ever reloaded their own. How would you keep the shot in the dome and how would you press in the dome without crushing it. Must be a way since I can buy new loads. Thanks for the help.

    Dave
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Yes- two ways. Here is the easy way- Google

    You fill the plastic capsule with shot in a size of your choice. load over a measured amount of powder (unique is pretty good) crimp lightly.

    Have also made .45 ACP shot loads using cut down .308 brass, with a gascheck for over and under shot wads.

    Max effective range about 25 FEET. Rifling tends to impart spin to shot, resulting in pattern that looks like doughnut.
     

  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have loaded hundreds of .38/.357 shot shells. I prefer .357 cases for use in .357 revolvers. I take the suggested loads from Speer and reduce them significantly. I use 7 1/2 shot. The reduced velocity gives better patterns and the larger shot gives greater lethalithy to the shot. The factory loaded shot shells are too fast and use #8 or #9 shot. The afore descibed donut shaped pattern does not kill snakes or rodents reliably.

    I have killed countless barn and field rats with these loads.

    I have also used gas checks to make .41 mag shot shells. They work well.
     
  4. dgray64

    dgray64 New Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I emailed MidwayUSA and asked since I couldn't locate the capsules anywhere and they sent me the link. They are something like $8.05/50. Not bad, I am going to try some. Take care.

    Dave