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Old 02-14-2019, 09:12 AM   #1
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CCI shot loads

Fwiw, testing the spread on some CCI handgun shot loads. We have a lot of snakes in our area and l wanted to see how fast these loads actually spread from a short-barreled handgun. Not the most scientific of testing, but consistent; using tops of 'Banker Box" boxes that were laying around.

First up was 9mm #12 shot, from the little 986 2 1/2" snub, at 5, 10, 15, and 20 feet:





In using the 986 which requires moon clips, I experienced the same problem I saw on one youtube video, where the cylinder would bind up when after pretty much every shot, to one degree or another. Sometimes I could muscle thru it DA and make it fire again, and sometimes I had to open the cylinder to free it up. Don't know if it's inherent due to moon-clip use, but it's what I experienced. I'd been considering this as possibly my new woods gun, with the first round or two being snake shot, and the last five or six being normal loads. But not with the cylinder binding that way.

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Old 02-14-2019, 09:14 AM   #2
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Next up (actually, first ones tested) was their "Big 4" version, which uses #4 shot instead of the tiny #12 shot. Naturally means a lot less pellets. Same gun, this time at only 5, 10, and 15 feet. The spread made it pointless testing further out imo:




Fwiw, the gun wasn't covering any holes in any of the pics. There was just that much blank space between the pellets with this small number of pellets.

Again, same stuck-cylinder issue with these as with the #12 shot loads.

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Old 02-14-2019, 09:15 AM   #3
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Disappointed largely with the sticking action with these loads in that gun, I tried some of the 45LC loads in a very similar revolver; a 2 1/2" taurus 450C snubby. Only shot at 5 and 10 feet this time:



No sticking cylinder, operated smooth as normal ammo. Possibly because of looser tolerances on the taurus vs. the performance center S&W, but whatever the reason, 'it is what it is'.

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Old 02-14-2019, 09:21 AM   #4
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As much as I like the 986 and wanted it to be my woods gun, based on the sticking cylinder of the 986 (with shot loads only) and these two pics, if I do go the snakeshot route, it will almost certainly be with the taurus instead.



Larger #9 shot instead of #12, and nearly identical spacing on hits makes it seem the obvious better choice if carrying with snake shot. I really was hoping the 7-shot smith could fill this role instead of the 5-shot taurus, but the taurus still seems like the way to go.

I plan to run some blazer aluminum stuff in the gun next time out if I think of it, to see if itís related to aluminum-cased stuff in general or if itís just the oddball shotshell stuff. This is the first moonclip gun Iíve owned, so I donít have any personal experience to draw from.

Anyway, mainly just wanted to pass along what I'd found when testing these at different distances.
 
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