A couple of years ago, I bought some .22 shotshells to try and see if they'd be good for anything. I was disappointed when most #12 pellets wouldn't penetrate the paper target I fired at, and gave up.
Now I'm thinking about making some shot loads in .38 caliber, using #9 shot and cardboard wads. Has anyone tried this? I think it might work, but I'm not sure what powder and charge weight to use. The combined weight of wads and lead shot would be about 80 grains.
I'm concerned about the bottom wad touching the powder. Would this be likely to raise pressures? I would, as always, start working up from low charges.
Yes, I know that CCI makes factory shotloads but I'd just like to play with what I have.
Tips & experiences are appreciated.