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Thread: Gelatin pill capsules for 44 Mag

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    Gelatin pill capsules for 44 Mag

    I'm sure this must have been tried before, but I can't seem to find out any info on it. As the title says, I'm looking for info on 44 mag shotshells using veterinary pill capsules. 000 is the largest diameter I can locate, and they are still about .030" undersize on the diameter. If you can steer me in the right direction, it would be greatly appreciated.

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    Someone with design skills could create a file for 3D printing them.

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    why mess around. Use the originals.
    https://www.speer.com/bullets/shot_capsules/
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    I buy them on ebay for making medicines.... no reason they wouldnt work for shot capusules, but I think 000 is the largest size commonly made, even for pets... livestock perhaps... might wanna check out vet supositories.
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    Not sure if you even need capsules anymore. Make a barrier between the powder & shot. After the shot, seal it up with fingernail polish, or another method.

    One thing I’ve found, even with the capsules, at times shotshells may not do well in a cylinder under recoil. That’s more an issue towards the end of the cylinder while full power loads are shot. That was limited testing.

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    Lots of ways to make good shot shells that work.

    I am thinking on 3d printing, but you could use wood as a wad bottom, tie paper, cardboard, cloth, glassine, mylar, ??? to it with strong thread, use a thin wood or cardboard disk as a top cover?

    And I have wondered if you couldn't get an injection mold made and get some made cheap (Model Railroaders often have a local injection molding shop who makes stuff for their dioramas, same rough size as a shot capsule, and thats relatively low cost.

    Bakelite for shot capsules, polycarconate might do?

    Nylon maybe for the bases?

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    LOTS of options for materials, could even use steam to press a resin impregnated paper into a shot cup form?

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    Or you can do this: https://castboolits.gunloads.com/sho...oads-that-WORK!

    A bit of tinkering around to make the tools, an empty milk jug, and you're set for life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastdadio View Post
    why mess around. Use the originals.
    https://www.speer.com/bullets/shot_capsules/
    They are all “currently unavailable”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mk42gunner View Post
    Or you can do this: https://castboolits.gunloads.com/sho...oads-that-WORK!

    A bit of tinkering around to make the tools, an empty milk jug, and you're set for

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    The thread posted here is very interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregLaROCHE View Post
    They are all “currently unavailable”.
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    I failed to mention, I'll be using these in a T/C hotshot barrel. The capsules from Speer as well as original Hotshot capsules are like finding hen's teeth.

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    Thanks Mk42gunner, that thread deserves a good long look.

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    Not sure if Geargnasher is still around or not, but he did do a lot of development work on stuff. The sticky of his is what got me to try using McDonalds straws for .32 caliber shot containers. IIRC the ones I made held 67 grains of #12 shot, which doesn't sound like a lot but it is roughly three times the amount in a .22 LR shot shell and those do fine on Mr. No Shoulders around the house.

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