.22LR shotshell: any use for it?

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.22LR shotshell: any use for it?

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The other day I was in Academy looking at fishing gear (got an itch to catch catfish this summer) when I came across a box of .22LR birdshot shells. I'cd never seen those before so I bought them on a lark to try them out. I took them with me to the range today and shot them from my Mark IV. I was not impressed. At 3 yards it seemed like it might take out a small bird, but the dispersion at 7 yards made me think that not enough pellets would strike an animal to kill it.

Are these as useless as they seem, or would they perform better in a rifle?

For now the rest of the box is just going on my shelf as a curiosity.
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they're used for rodent control

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In my old Savage 29B rifle, they be pigeon gettin' (AKA flying cockroaches) little devils.

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Ah! For hunting the ingredients of rat-atouille.
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Hey man.

We live on a rural property here in Southwest Washington. Out of a handgun, I don't consider these appropriate for use on any kind of small game animal. I find them useful for dispatching rodents and such in the vicinity of the house, where I'd rather not skip a .22 bullet off the pavement and have it bounce back into my nether regions, for example. I've never tried them out of a .22 rifle to see if they change anything.

I greatly prefer the .38 Special shotshells, although I'd still be pretty hesitant to use them on a grouse or something similar. They are quite expensive per round, so I bought a lifetime supply of the little Speer shot capsules. Every few years I pry open some shotgun shells to get some #7.5 shot and load them over 2.7 grains of Titegroup.

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Forgot to add that people also use handgun shotshells in areas that have poisonous snakes. We don't have that on this side of the Cascades. My buddy Reggie the garter snake lives under the front sidewalk and is welcome to eat all the mice he wants.

If we had rattlers I'd definitely go with the .38 shotshells over the .22.

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2 years ago, I was having a serious rat problem. I live in a suburban area and needed something quiet and not too powerful for .22 I looked into shot shells and found that they are only useful for a few feet. A friend gave me a few Aquila, Colibri rounds, they are perfect for small rodents. Out of my Ruger revolver, they are about as loud as a hand clap, out of my bolt action rifle they are much quieter that any pellet gun. I recently fired a couple out of my rifle, into an empty Windex bottle. From about 20 feet the bullets went in but did not exit out the back.

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The Federals with the crimped brass top is a favorite of a friend in AZ who shoots rattlers from his 10/22. The plastic top shells jam up in the action he said. Probably not enough power to auto-load in either case.
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Friend of mine uses 357 brass in his 38 loaded with shot to take care of snakes and rodents on his ranch in west Texas.I had given him some 357 brass and he cut some thin packing foam sheets. He loads the powder then places a form sheet in the brass loads the shot and another foam sheet then slightly crimps the brass shell to where it will load in his 38. He said it is cheaper than buying 38 shot shells and works quite well.
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leftneck wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 12:07 am
Forgot to add that people also use handgun shotshells in areas that have poisonous snakes. We don't have that on this side of the Cascades. My buddy Reggie the garter snake lives under the front sidewalk and is welcome to eat all the mice he wants.

If we had rattlers I'd definitely go with the .38 shotshells over the .22.
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We used them as water moccasin/diamondback repellent


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I used to carry these in my .357mag and then as the chambered round in my 10mm as a snake charmer, but after actually patterning them at the range never again. Terrible patterns, they'd only be effective within a couple feet. Maybe three.

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A woman I knew that lived in the CA mountains said during the summer they'd have rattle snakes that would get close to their house and she was concerned with her grandchildren around. She carried a Beretta 21 Bobcat pistol loaded with CCI 22lr Shot Shells, She said it cycled fine in the Beretta and she easily dispatched the rattlers. Personally I think I'd prefer a 38 Spc with CCI Shot Shells for snakes.
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We used it around the farm growing up for snakes. And to scare the shit out of the sparrows.

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ratshot or snakeshot. not comfortable with getting that close to rattlers. go with the .38

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Just went through a box of my grampa's old gun stuff and he had a little box of these. Nickel coated cases with blue see through shells around the shot. Certainly for stepping on sneks.

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Bang wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:36 pm
Certainly for stepping on sneks.
I have been assured that one should not tread upon those.
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I noticed that CCI has #4 shot shells now in addition to the #12 which are the 22lr shells. Snakes come in all sizes, I think I'd go with the #4 shot in 38/357 or 44. Don't know how well they cycle in a semi auto and if the shell breaks it could really gum up a pistol.
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Eris wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:47 pm
Bang wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:36 pm
Certainly for stepping on sneks.
I have been assured that one should not tread upon those.
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