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Thread: Where to Buy Small Quantities of Small Shot?

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    9s will work, but never as well
    as 12s.
    With 12s, you get snake burger pure and simple with one shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodtroll View Post
    Uscra112, that would be great if you don't mind. I've eyed those small bags at Ballistics Products several times, but since they're 11-pound minimum I felt I would never use more than a small portion of that, and so it would be wasted. #11 shot seems to be a good compromise for smaller cartridges.

    I'll send you a PM shortly. Thank you!
    Just a possible consideration for you: you could stuff some of the excess small shot in a cloth or leather bag as a shooting rest or a weight to stabilize something you're working on. Can also use such a bag to dish thin sheet metal if you happen to need to do that. I've done it for both jewelry-making and for armour, back in the days I was unbreakable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrounge View Post
    Just a possible consideration for you: you could stuff some of the excess small shot in a cloth or leather bag as a shooting rest or a weight to stabilize something you're working on. Can also use such a bag to dish thin sheet metal if you happen to need to do that. I've done it for both jewelry-making and for armour, back in the days I was unbreakable.

    Bill
    That's a good idea, Bill, thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodtroll View Post
    That's a good idea, Bill, thanks!
    if you have not found any, I could spare some 7-1/2 and #8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by triggerhappy243 View Post
    if you have not found any, I could spare some 7-1/2 and #8.
    Thank you, I certainly do appreciate your offer. Thanks mostly to the generous folks here on the board, though, I think I am in pretty good shape.

    Again, thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post
    #11 and #12 shot really work great with much denser patterns than larger shot in my experience.
    On one forum, (HERE?) A fellow by the handle of Old School Wheelgunner or something similar ran a photo of his load...7 1/2 shot, iirc, at 4 yds./3 gr. Bullseye. Tore the center of a 9 in.(?) target up! I doubt any snake or rat could survive that tight pattern and weight of shot. I went to Walmart and bought a box of cheap #9 shells and broke them down. Enough shot for a while! They probably have #71/2s, too. I will try it. I have Speer capsule loads with # 9, 10, 11,(I think,,,it's bigger than #12, and smaller than #10, sooo must be, right?)and #12 loaded. Waiting for the weather to get more pleasant, so I can test them!
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    7 1/2 and 9's seem small by comparison, but 12's are the cat's meow for certain.
    Rio brand shotshells are the only ones I ever saw loaded with 12's but they are well worth it if you ever load a pistol shotshell.
    They really make a snake or a rat into bloody paste with one shot.
    That's all I'll ever use is 12's for snakeshot.
    Well worth the wait when it's a poisonous snake.
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    Best is to look for a box of shotshells loaded with #12 shot.
    Buy the box and you'll have a lot of shot to play with after cutting off the crimp and dumping the shot.each shell holds enough shot to load 4-6 pistol loads depending on how big the caliber you use.

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