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Old July 3, 2008, 06:15 PM   #1
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Lead shot in a BP load?

Can you load a BP cylinder with lead shot, such as #9 or so, to shoot rats/mice with? Or... will the lead shot damage the rifling in the barrel?
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Old July 3, 2008, 06:42 PM   #2
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Yes of corse & it will not harm a thing.

My pet load for shot in my 1860 or my 1858 is:

15gr. FFFG Goex.
piece of cereal box for over powder wad.
15gr. #9 or #7 lead shot.
piece of cereal box for over shot wad.
compressed melt candle wax over the wad to help it stay put.

Cap & it's ready for some Snakes up to 5 yards.

20 years ago I was able to find lead BB's & it was a good close range squirel load.
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Old July 3, 2008, 07:19 PM   #3
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Thanks Raider. I rarely shoot snakes as they are cool, but mice and rats...
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Old July 3, 2008, 07:59 PM   #4
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lightbulbs tossed in the air.
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Old July 3, 2008, 08:04 PM   #5
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The important thing in Raider2000's post is the range he shoots snakes. 5 yards.

Bird shot in rifled barrels spins on exit, the pattern taking on a donut shape that expands outward. After about 10 yards it's pretty much useless on anything - snakes, mice, rats, etc.

As he said, it will not damage the rifling, however.
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