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CCI Shot Cartridges for Revolvers

Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by gerhard1, Jun 1, 2019.

  1. gerhard1

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    I am thinking of getting some in 40 S&W for my 610. The weather has caused the grass in a vacant lot I own to grow really fast and I have heard from my neighbor that she has seen snakes coming out from the grass. I intend to mow the lot, but I want to have something just in case one of these hideous, slimy reptiles tries to hitch a ride.

    Are CCI/Speer shotshells suitable for use in revolvers? Someone on the S&W forum says not to use them as the cases will split. Any truth to this?

    Thanks.
     
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    They work fine but are very anemic loads. Need to be very close for them to be effective. I would choose to shoot conventional ammo
     
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    About 6' or less for any type of pattern. The rifling causes the shot to spread quickly. I've shot them in revo's and Semi's. I don't know where they are getting the case splitting thing. No matter, as that are anemic loads with low pressure so it won't be an issue.
     
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    The only effective ones I have shot have been in 45ACP. Those have been a very good tight pattern and I have taken the heads off snakes with them. Not so with 44 or 357. I thought about using them in one of my 45 revolvers but heeded the warning Instead. I was told it was because the casing would freeze up the cylinder. No experience with 10mm shotshells.
     
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    They work great in snub nose revolvers. An old 642 Smith is a constant companion in my tackle box
     
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    I've noticed the same thing. the .45 ACP does produce a decent pattern at a little longer ranges.
     
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    Speer sold empty plastic cases you loaded I have some I loaded 9 shot with 5 gr of unique in a 38 case worked well in a snubby

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    I think the deal with the auto cartridge CCI loads is they are constructed differently than the revolver cartridges. I picked up a box of 38/357 Big 4 at Academy. I'll shoot my new revolver in a couple of days and see how they pattern compared to the #9 shot.
     
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    They sucked in my 4" GP100. It spread WAY too quick (as stated above, due to the rifling I suppose) to do anything effective for me. Oh well.
     
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    One thing I found out in the past when using them in a snubnose revolver for snake duty was to use a 357 chambered revolver. Every time I tried to use them in a 38 they would lock it up after the 1st or 2nd round. Never made it to a 3rd in a 38.
     

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