Snake Shot in XD?

Discussion in 'XD Forum' started by Blackwaterkatz, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. Blackwaterkatz

    Blackwaterkatz New Member

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    Does anyone fire snake shot through their XD? My Taurus pt-140 would cycle them just fine, but the XD won't, at least so far. I usually keep a few snake shot with me during the warm months when I'm in the field.
    I know it's a lot to expect a semi to cycle those rounds, but it would be nice if I could use them when necessary. Rattlesnakes are very common where I hunt.
     
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  2. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    think it says something in the book about not using snakeshot. doesn't build enough pressure and not good for the barrel
     

  3. jeepcreep927

    jeepcreep927 New Member

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    I doubt it'll ever cycle them, surprised your Taurus did. Plastic shot capsules at comparatively low pressure is not going to hurt your barrel I don't believe. Plastic fouling maybe, but they won't damage it.
     
  4. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    My advice would be to stop carrying a semi auto and get a good revolver...they will shoot it without complaints. I favor 357.
     
  5. Blackwaterkatz

    Blackwaterkatz New Member

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    Yep, I think I will get a revolver, too. I had a 22 mag and someone wanted it worse than I thought I did. I've missed it ever since... That was my snake pistol of choice.
    Thanks to all for the feedback.
     
  6. glock2740

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    I haven't tried it in any of my XD/XDm's. But my Glock 19, 26, 27 and 23 all cycle the CCI shotshell ammo 100%. I haven't tried it in my G30 yet, because I've never found any in .45ACP around here. I always carry a mag full of it when I'm fishing. I fish alot of farm ponds that are pretty snaky. Stuff works pretty good.
     
  7. Blackwaterkatz

    Blackwaterkatz New Member

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    Thanks for the info. I'm hoping my XD will loosen up some after shooting for awhile. I only have about 250 rounds through it so far.
     
  8. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    Oh it will. I felt mine loosen the first time somewhere before 1000 and the second time abound 2000.
     
  9. Brad

    Brad New Member

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    1 thing I have found with the "snake shot" is that they will fire through a semi auto fairly well. Sometimes they wont cycle the action BUT, if you ever have one of those capsules bust while chambering, You are fncked. The little shot will be rolling into every orifice of your weapon.

    Id get a revolver for that purpose

    Just my .02
     
  10. pioneer461

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    Have you considered a derringer for launching snake shot? Bond Arms markets theirs for just that purpose. Forty-five Colt / 410 shot shells. Slip it into a pocket when in the boonies.

    Some others are made in .22 lr / .22 mag, small but with CCI snake shot, can be pretty effective at close range.
     
  11. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    For snakes, would go with a .357 revolver w/ shot loads- I do my own with #4 shot, and the Speer shot capsules.

    MOST autos will not cycle semi with shot- the projectile does not weigh enough to give an action/reaction adequate to overcome the spring tension. Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I used to make my own 45 ACP shot loads that WOULD cycle- but they started life as a 30-06 cartridge case- cut, sized, and using a gas check as an overpowder wad. Painstaking to load, but could impress the daylights out of fellow hunters on quail!:p

    IMHO, just about ANY rifled firearm will have limited range with shot loads, since spin imparted by rifling gives a "doughnut" effect to patterns beyond a few feet. If lead shot "hurts" your barrel, one cannot but wonder what the heck the barrel was made from- cookie dough? Loads in a plastic shot capsule may leave some plastic fouling- but 2 minutes with a bore brush fixes that.