Anyone used .357 shot shells?

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  1. SRT76

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    I am going hunting this weekend and planning on carrying my .357 Taurus Tracker wheel gun on my hip. Have some .357 shot shells and the shot in them is VERY small.

    I was curious if there were any problems using shot with a ported barrell?
     
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    I haven't but my father has, I've been told to NEVER use anything with plastic or shot in a ported or otherwise integrally compensated barrel.

    What do you intend to shoot with it? Anything larger than a shrew and you'll probably just piss it off.
     

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    I tried them back in the 1980s, they don't hold very much of some very small shot. TrooperBrian is right about the practical use for them.
     
  4. SRT76

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    That is what I was thinking, but didn't know if I was paranoid. Was only thinking about them for snakes since I'll have my long gun for the hogs.

    Think I'll stick with my HPs.

    Thanks
     
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    DEADLYACCURATE Senior Member

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    Good idea
     
  6. M2 Carbine

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    I've been using 38 shot shells (reloads) in a 2 inch S&W J Frame for over 40 years.
    I've killed uncounted Rattlesnakes and Copperheads.

    In the summer the first two rounds are snake shot.
     
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  7. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

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    I've use 'em for the same purpose from a Bond Arms derringer. :)
     
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    Nothing terrible will happen shooting a few through a ported barrel.

    They're useful for snakes, but I wouldn't use them for anything else. The .357 mag shotshells will dispatch a snake easily. Even the .22 mag shotshells from my little NAA will kill a snake.
     
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    I have used both the .22 mag and 38/357 shotshells on rattlers. Sometimes the .22 mag takes two shots.
     
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    I have used .38 shot shells in my .357 revolver. Just shooting at cans you have to be no father than 5 feet away to get most of the shot on the can. I would get closer to shoot a snake.

    BTW not a good idea in a ported barrel.
     
  11. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I wouldn't carry that load in the woods for protection, but I will tell you, first hand, that it will bust a rabbit's *** at 15 yards out of a 4" GP100:cool:
     
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    This might just be an isolated instance, however my dad kept the first chamber in his SP101 loaded with a CCI shotshell for several years.

    Just last year, we went shooting and the gun completely seized up when attempting to fire the shell.

    I had to bang the hell out of it to get it to open.

    A sobering reminder to practice with your weapon and chosen defense ammo.
     
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    My normal carry in snake country either a .357 with the first 2 rounds shot shells or a .22 or .22mag with the same. Very good for snakes, but that is the only nich that they fill.
     
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    The only experience I've had with non-shotgun shot shells relates to a .22. I'll say that every time I ever shot something with them I experienced a ricochet. The distance that these are effective at is just too close to be discharging a firearm at said target. I caught most of these little BB's in my face and torso. Thank God for eye protection.
     
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    Firing the .357 shotshell from a S&W 6" 686 I found the round to be very effective in killing snakes at a range of about 7-10 feet.
     
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    what exactly is the problem with shooting them in a ported barrel?
     
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    They're great when plinking, 6 shots rapid fire without even aiming and the cans still go flying. Your friends all think you're Doc Holiday.

    Oh yeah, did I mention they're good for snakes? :whistling:
     
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    Some of the plastic and shot could come out of the ports and injure the shooter. Just seems like a bad idea to me.

    What kind of wussy has a ported .357 mag anyways? :tongueout: :supergrin:
     
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    .357 Mag shotshells can be effective for self-defense from humans despite their tiny shot size.

    However, one would have to be able to hit your opponent in the eye for it to work. And that can be most difficult to do.

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    Funny 38 shot shell story.

    I was mowing a neighbors place with my tractor. I was sure I was going to stir up some snakes. Sure enough I saw a good size Copperhead. I had my normal S&W Model 60 in my pocket. The first two rounds were shot shells.
    I stood up to get the gun out of my pocket and as I went by the snake I shot him. I finished the row and when I got back to the snake my neighbor was there. He started on about never having seen a shot like that, shooting a moving snake from a moving tractor with a little handgun.

    I didn't have the heart to tell him I was using a shot shell.:supergrin: