I recently sold an old repro 1851 to a neighbor, and he asked me yesterday if he could load it with bird shot for dove hunting. Other than the fact that the shot would probably foul up the rifling, I told him I'd worry about a wad getting knocked loose on the first shot, and setting off a chain-reaction firing of multiple cylinders. My advice to him was to only load one cylinder if that's how he wants to use the revolver. Has anyone ever tried such a thing? It's beyond what I've ever considered trying. If anyone has any advice, I'd like to be able to pass it along to the kid before he blinds himself. Maybe I'm just too safety conscious. I dunno.