"Cut Shells" Field Expedient Shotgun Slugs

"Cut Shells" Field Expedient Shotgun Slugs

This is a discussion on "Cut Shells" Field Expedient Shotgun Slugs within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Just ran onto this video clip and thought to share it. I'd heard of "cut shells" long ago but never contemplated it enough to envision ...

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    "Cut Shells" Field Expedient Shotgun Slugs

    Just ran onto this video clip and thought to share it. I'd heard of "cut shells" long ago but never contemplated it enough to envision how to go about it.

    Now this may come under the heading of "don't do this at home, kiddies" but illustrates the field expedient possibilities of the use of such a modified shot shell when desperate times call for desperate measures.

    Me, I'll have to give it a try. Who knows, I might have opportunity to shoot a deer from the duck blind in our slough. We have to have some water in the lake first. Its dry in Texas.

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    Now that's a hoot and a half... if the goblins are surrounding the duck blind and all I have are #5s, I'm all set!
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    Just amazing! I had never heard about doing something like that. Thanks for sharing
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    In my younger years, my fascination with Kurt Saxon books led me to get a bunch of them. I recall there was a whole section on improvised shotgun shells and loadings, including this little trick. Never tried it, but it seems to make sense...and looks a lot safer than many of the other things in those books!

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    I made and fired a total of one of these YEARS ago. It worked with no obvious problem. I always heard it referred to as "ringing" (i.e. cutting a ring around) a shell/load...
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    Very interesting, I had never heard of that, but it makes sense.
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    I have never even heard of thought nor would I have ever thought of something like that. Thanks for posting and you are right, it is dry in Texas!
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    That's very cool. Wonder if it would cause cycling problems in a pump or semi.

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    Wow, nice improvisation. I have some friends who will really love this little trick.

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    That probably only works in single shots or double barrels. I would think you would have problems with something like that in a pump gun. Has anyone here ever tried it in a pump or semi-auto?

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    It would appear to be a recipe for disastrous feeding function in any repeating shotgun. Looks like it would best be served up in a single shot or double-barreled shotgun thought it could be single loaded "up the spout" in a repeater.
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    Very, very old idea. I was told that in old times, when paper shells were in use, some people used their teeth to bite the shell and defend themselves from a bear while having only birdshot loads.
    Really want to try it with my old double-barreled and a pack of crappy rounds, but afraid of damaging it - it's really old (made in 1959) and has pretty narrow chokes..
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    Might definitely have to try that sometime...
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    Works just fine I used to do it a lot when I was a kid to shoot down mistletoe when squirrel hunting.

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    Might try it if I relieved the forcing cone in my scatter gun first.
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    I think it's bad luck to increase chamber pressure.
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