J Frame snake loads

J Frame snake loads

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    J Frame snake loads

    My one and only project today. I think these should work for a copperhead or rattler that gets too close to home, what do ya think?
    Patterned at 3 yards.

    Tis that time of year.....
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    Personally, I load 44 Mag Speer shot cups with #9 for my snake loads, quite a bit denser pattern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CavemanBob View Post
    Personally, I load 44 Mag Speer shot cups with #9 for my snake loads, quite a bit denser pattern.
    Well yeah, of course. But I’m not about to go lugging around a 44 magnum while out doing simple yard work.
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    Where did the plug go?

    Tight pattern, but I thought I'd also see a larger hole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAcanis View Post
    Where did the plug go?

    Tight pattern, but I thought I'd also see a larger hole.
    The plug is just a drop or two of candle wax over the cardboard that covers the shot.
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    looks good.
    I compared various length barrels with .44 & .38 snake loads a couple of years ago and found that the shorter the barrel the better the pattern. Longer barrels tend to send out a donut pattern due to the rifling in the barrel. A 2" barrel had the best concentration of shot in the center. 4" wasn't as good but better than a 6", which had a center void in the pattern.
    Last summer I nailed a snake at 20 feet with my Colt Detective Special loaded with CCI 38 cal shot loads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G-man* View Post
    Well yeah, of course. But I’m not about to go lugging around a 44 magnum while out doing simple yard work.
    Strong argument for buying a Smith 329 PD. Or maybe a Taurus Judge? It's rattlesnake mecca where I live...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CavemanBob View Post
    Strong argument for buying a Smith 329 PD. Or maybe a Taurus Judge? It's rattlesnake mecca where I live...
    Ya reckon several pieces of shot in the head will just bounce off of it it it don’t come out of a 44 magnum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by G-man* View Post
    The plug is just a drop or two of candle wax over the cardboard that covers the shot.

    Ah. That makes sense.
    It went poof.
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    nice pattern.

    I used to do that with my M2 Carbine for rats while on guard duty in VN. I came home with my dog tags in my pocket cause I loaded and shot the chain at them along with anything I could lay my hands on. When hit by that cut up chain, that rat went 10" to 12" straight up and landed on his back and never moved again. A little candle wax makes a sufficient wad.

    I still have a couple of boxes of the old Speer plastic capsules for shot down the basement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CavemanBob View Post
    Strong argument for buying a Smith 329 PD. Or maybe a Taurus Judge? It's rattlesnake mecca where I live...
    Naw, just my experiences with shooting the durn things even with my 44 shot cups, often 2 or 3 rounds to get the job done, their brain isn't very big. I usually shoot a few each year when I'm out mowing the lawn. They're fairly thick around here. A 45 LC would be even better than the 44.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G-man* View Post
    My one and only project today. I think these should work for a copperhead or rattler that gets too close to home, what do ya think?
    Patterned at 3 yards.

    Tis that time of year.....
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    ^^^That would work nicely for our pesky water moccasins as well! I have used a .22 pellet pistol in our suburban subdivision with good results also!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5lima30ret View Post
    ^^^That would work nicely for our pesky water moccasins as well! I have used a .22 pellet pistol in our suburban subdivision with good results also!
    They are not loud at all. Sound about like a cap gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G-man* View Post
    They are not loud at all. Sound about like a cap gun.
    Last one I had was as loud as a 22 short. Would love one that quiet that didn't cost $300+.
    Just sayin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CavemanBob View Post
    Personally, I load 44 Mag Speer shot cups with #9 for my snake loads, quite a bit denser pattern.
    410 with #9 shot is a real dense pattern out of my Snake Charmer. Hasn't failed yet.

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