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Thread: Realist range of Pistol shotshells ?

  1. #21
    Boolit Buddy
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    Mar 2008
    GREAT thread! When I get my new 357, I will try using some of Speer's old (about Mid '70s, Red and yellow) shot capsules that I found hiding in my reloading stuff, and the newer, Blue capsules.

    Question:The Speer published load is 5.5 gr. Unique. I am going to try a little milder load...5.0 gr. or 4.5 gr., in hopes that lower velocity will produce tighter groups from the 4" barrel. I have #8, 9 and 12 shot, and figure my effective range should be about 3-4 yards.
    I have found a crimp that will retain the capsules in the case, without resorting to Super Glue, or fracturing the plastic.

    Is there anything I need to be aware of before reducing the charges?

    What size Buckshot do I need that will fit snugly in the Speer Capsules, to try some multi-ball loads? 00, 000, or something else?


  2. #22
    Boolit Master

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    Sep 2009
    This isn't your typical .357 Mag pistol. TC Contender with a 10" Hot Shot barrel. It has a choke that stops or slows the spin from the rifling. Remove choke if your going to shoot solid projos however. These grey tree rats were shot at 15 YARDS. At that distance I have a 6" or so shot pattern. Reloaded Speer Shotcapsules using #9 shot and Unique.

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  3. #23
    Boolit Master
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    Jan 2007
    Brushy Mountains of NC
    I load 410 ga. shells with close to the same load as used in a 357 mag shot cup. You wouldn't believe the difference, yes the rifling messes up the pattern.

    I read an article years ago about a guy that would ream the rifling out of a 45 Colt. He was a woods runner and would load the cases with shot for small game and clamed usable patterns. He also worked up a load for bore sized round balls with decent groups at 25 yds. It's a shame that we can't have handguns with a smooth bore, I would love to have one.


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    Boolit Master jmorris's Avatar
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    Aug 2007
    Yeah the Hotshot 357's and 44's were more effective than your typical pistol loads. Not just because of the choke, the payload helped too.

  5. #25
    Boolit Master
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    Jul 2014
    One time Armoredman found out that a .38 shot shell wont stop Jack with two shots at 15 feet.
    He grabbed my .38 and did not know it was loaded so the first two rounds were shot shells for our local Rattlesnakes when we were Dove hunting.
    The Jack Rabbit just wiggled his ears and walked off.

  6. #26
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    Jun 2010
    no1 buck will work real good 3 of them
    We have enough gun control. What we need is idiot control.

  7. #27
    Boolit Master

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    Jul 2009
    Amarillo, Texas
    For my 357 shot loads, I trimmed down 223 brass to cylinder length, and used a cir-clip for extraction.
    Used gas checks to hold the bottom and top of the shot.

    Worked well, but not as good as 30-06 trimmed to use in the 1917 revolvers


    maybe today I could use 357 Super Magnum brass
    NRA Benefactor 2004 USAF RET 1971-95

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    Boolit Buddy Time Killer's Avatar
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    Jul 2017
    10-15 feet snake shooting distance and that is about it.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check