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    Looking for ideas for homemade snake rounds

    So looking for information on making my own snake rounds in different calibers. Can you make rifle rounds also?

    Mostly looking at wheel gun rounds but would like to know if you can do it for 45 ACP.

    I was told there are ways to make your own and would like to know ideas. From making snake shot to #4 shot.

    What's best to use for the overshot cap and nitro cap. Do you seal your shot and of so with what? Please teach me thanks!

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    You need to learn to use the search function here.

    Yes .45acp works, yes there are recipes.

    Some use gas checks for overshot. Others use other things.
    You can punch out thin cardboard for overpowder wads.
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    Try this

    https://castboolits.gunloads.com/for...ds-For-Pistols

    May have the info you are looking for.
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    I posted to a thread here several years ago on (.38 special) this subject. If you can't find what you are looking for I can repost if necessary.

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    Go to the home page. There's a whole section for threads on "Shotshell for Pistol"
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    Look up this post is not in the "Shotshell for Pistol section" Some other Mod did that for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tayous1 View Post
    So looking for information on making my own snake rounds in different calibers. Can you make rifle rounds also?

    Mostly looking at wheel gun rounds but would like to know if you can do it for 45 ACP.

    I was told there are ways to make your own and would like to know ideas. From making snake shot to #4 shot.

    What's best to use for the overshot cap and nitro cap. Do you seal your shot and of so with what? Please teach me thanks!
    tayous1,

    In what state do you live and what snakes are the problem? You state you prefer wheelguns and that is good as semi-autos have issues hard to make work, in my experience. Further, #4 is a poor choice for handgun snake loads. Here in rattler and Copperhead country, I find #6 or 7.5 will do the job.

    Revolvers of .38,.357 and .44 will do well with #6 or #7.5 and gas checks as bottom and top wads. I prefer Unique powder and the snakes tie themselves in knots when I shoot them. Revolvers are much more reliable than any automatic pistols and snake loads in my 30 year farm experience.

    Rifled arms SCATTER shot loads dismally! Any rifled arm disperses all shot loads before any long range is attained.
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    Last edited by Adam Helmer; 10-12-2021 at 01:58 PM.

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    For revolvers read this: https://castboolits.gunloads.com/sho...oads-that-WORK!

    For the .45 ACP, there are numerous ways to form a bottle necked case from one from the .308 Win family and get it to work.

    Shot loads from any rifled arm are a very short range proposition. I prefer to use #12 shot for pattern density. A ten pound bag of shot will last most people three lifetimes, even with playing around developing loads.

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    I live in one of the "snakiest" places in the U.S, South Florida. I've shot AT snakes with .357 and 44 mag revolvers with shot capsules, A TC Contender in .44 mag with the old snake capsules (after screwing in the choke) and never killed a snake from any distance, and I mean 3-5 feet away. OTOH a straight .44 mag dispatches them instantly every time.

    The "patterns" on handguns are ridiculously wide and scattered. I've read that some have killed dozens of snakes, I'd have to see the powder burns on the skin to believe it.
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    Gary,
    I've only killed one snake with a CCI .38 special shot load. I was not impressed. For years I thought they were loaded with #7˝ shot, but now all I can find is #9.

    I have killed or at least stopped dozens with the CCI .22 LR shot shell. It is loaded with #12 shot and seems to me to do a better job. It really doesn't take much damage to get a snake to curl up into a ball, giving you time to get another shot at it, or to load a standard round for a shot at a semi stationary target. Most snakes were 1˝" diameter or smaller.

    Consequently, all my home brewed loads use #12 shot. I have not seen a snake while carrying one of my loads, I got a bunch of cats that take care of them around the house.

    Once you get up to a ˝oz payload, (2˝" .410 or bigger) most fine shot from #6 on down seems to work.

    Truthfully, my Grandma's garden hoe worked just as well, but I don't like getting that close to a venomous snake that is still lively.

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    I have all the stuff to make them, just need time. In the meantime a suppressed 22lr is as effective as a 44mag for anything native to my area. You guys in FL may need a 45-70 or a 12gauge with a slug to deal with the invasive species.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tayous1 View Post
    So looking for information on making my own snake rounds in different calibers. Can you make rifle rounds also?

    Mostly looking at wheel gun rounds but would like to know if you can do it for 45 ACP.

    I was told there are ways to make your own and would like to know ideas. From making snake shot to #4 shot.

    What's best to use for the overshot cap and nitro cap. Do you seal your shot and of so with what? Please teach me thanks!
    LOOK FOR THIS THREAD..............Stretching that 44 mag case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tayous1 View Post
    Mostly looking at wheel gun rounds but would like to know if you can do it for 45 ACP.
    https://castboolits.gunloads.com/sho...-shotshell-die

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