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Old April 21, 2007, 10:34 AM   #1
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CCI shot loads

I have a Kel-Tec 380 semi-auto pistol, and needed a shot load for it.

The company does not make one for the 380, so I acquired some 9 MM shot shells, and want to put the shot capsules into the 380 shells. The weight of the capsule is about 64 Gr. (APProx. 55 gr. of #12 birdshot.)

Can anyone tell me how much and what type of powder to put behind this load to eject the spent shell, be safe, and therefore be semi-auto with the shot load? The capsules are rounded in front. I have Unique powder, and access to Bullseye.
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Old April 21, 2007, 11:58 PM   #2
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I don't think you'll get them to cycle at all. No shotshell I've ever tried in an auto pistol cycled the action enough to eject and feed the next round.
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Old April 22, 2007, 01:19 AM   #3
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"...about 64 Gr..." Did you weigh 'em or are you guessing? There is no data that I could find for any bullet less than 88 grains for the .380. You should probably re-think shotshells out of a .380.
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Old April 22, 2007, 08:52 AM   #4
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For every action, there is a reaction

but maybe not enough to cycle the action. Too bad they are so light. I did weigh them and they are within a couple of grians.

Happy Earth day, lol (I'll recycle the lead, then I have done my part)
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Old April 24, 2007, 06:29 PM   #5
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The 9MM shothell Capsuls Work and reload

I was surprised, but it did great. I had to hand load the first shot, then back it up with regular ammo. (I am going to get some Blazzer shells and try them for back-up. They may do the same thing.)

I tried shortening one, by .250, so it would feed, but it crushed it. The first shot was what I was looking for anyway. The pattern was very impressive. If you want to see a picture, I can send one by email. At 6 feet, it was about a 4 inch pattern.

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Old April 24, 2007, 07:05 PM   #6
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I have a set of forming and loading dies for 45 ACP shotshells. I never tried loading any for my 9mm. Yes, the pattern is impressive, and they will kill small game very well. Have fun with yours!
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