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Thread: Easy .41 magnum shotshells

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    Easy .41 magnum shotshells

    I use wads cut from a shotshell or .22 rimfire box. I made the wad punch cutter from a cut off and sharply chamfered 8x57mm steel case. They are .413" or so.
    I prime and flare unsized .41 brass. I use a .5cc Lee scoop of Bullseye, then push an over powder wad down snug with an inverted fired .38 Special case. I use the .38 case full of #12 shot, pour it in then seat the over shot wad like before. Crimp, then seal with LLA or whatever. I like LLA.
    They pattern well from my Blackhawk at 15 feet as shown on the painted barrel lid; even better at 10 feet.
    They will shred a copperhead pretty well.
    #12 shot is the best; I steal it from my almost gone box of Rio 12 gauge 2-3/4 #12s - ( talk about SMOKE a clay bird)!
    The original brass crimped .22 shot loads are still useful( but unobtainable at present) and I like the plastic Speer capsules for our .38 Specials, but these .41s are better and cheap. They work perfectly for me, Your mileage may vary.

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    I've been meaning to experiment with this, using some Alum GC samples I got years ago (that didn't work on my boolit bases). But card wads sure look like the way to go, judging my your excellent results.
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    I have made wads for .44 Mag from that type of card board for other kinds of specialty loads but the thought occurred to me:

    Why not use the side out of antifreeze jugs or quart oil bottles for wad cutting?

    Very good patterns there Texas By God!

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    Milk cartons and plastic milk jugs also make good wad material for this purpose.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReloaderFred View Post
    Milk cartons and plastic milk jugs also make good wad material for this purpose.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
    +10!

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    Innovation at it's best. Everything about this creation now has me stirring to give this a try. Mr. Noshouldser, beware!

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    What to do with the shotless leftover shot shells?
    Why fill them with used primers, crimp and put a bit of candle wax on them.
    I would not hunt with them, but they would scoot a unwanted varmint or misbehaving bull along nicely I figure.

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    wow thomas... nice Job....

    but I must admit I am a bit surprised how much time you spent playing with all this when there are chores to do round the ranch?????

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    Here you go, #12 shot by the bag!

    https://www.ballisticproducts.com/Ch...uctinfo/02612/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markopolo View Post
    wow thomas... nice Job....

    but I must admit I am a bit surprised how much time you spent playing with all this when there are chores to do round the ranch?????

    Hauling hay today- Thank God for round bales.
    Thanks for the link, 3-44s!
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    Excellent post! I have never seen #12 shot for sale so I use #6 or #7.5 shot in my .38 Special,.357, .41, .44 and .45 snake loads. I use gas checks with the cup UP over the powder and another GC, cup down, atop the shot and roll crimp.

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    What is LLA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz Krumhunger View Post
    What is LLA?
    It's Lee Liquid Alox(tumble lube). Sorry about the acronym. I have three millennials.

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    This thread has inspired me to try shotshells. I jumped in and bought the bag of #12 shot. I had never seen any before. Boy! they are tiny. I'm going to work with .44 Mag. I only have one, a Ruger Bisley that I hardly ever shoot. Since it is not that much bigger than the .41, I plan to start with the same load as TBG. I figure I can't get in trouble that way.

    I'm going to keep following for any additional pointers.
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    Do these lead your barrel up much? I was thinking about some in 45 colt in my 4 inch redhawk.................Curdog

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    I haven’t noticed any leading so far.

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    You may want to try the .410 plastic wads for a shotsleeve in those .41 Mag. cases.
    With that no.12 shot it will give you a better pattern.

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    I found the fat little field mouse that's been eating bird seed and range cubes. It was trapped in the galvanized( with lid) barrel I keep dog food in.
    I grabbed the .41 and carried the can out back and gave mouse a running chance- he shouldn't have stopped running ......

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    A nice simple solution for pests. Years ago I made 41 shot shells out of 30-30 brass, had to trim the case rim a bit, cut it to cylinder length and fire formed it a bit and loaded it with #8 shot for grouse when I went elk hunting.

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