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Old September 24, 2020, 11:06 AM   #51
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Rio shotshells loaded with #12 shot, were only briefly marketed in 12 gauge and .410. So using such minuscule shot is now strictly a handloading proposition in any but 22 rimfire shot cartridges. Ballistic Products has #10, #11, and #12 shot for sale.

Shot size diameters can be readily found by subtracting the shot size from the smallest letter shot diameter and then moving the decimal point.

Example: B shot is nominally .17"

#6 shot: 17 - 6 = 11 Move decimal point two spaces to the left. #6 shot is .11"

#12 shot: 17 - 12 = 5 Move decimal point two spaces left. #12 shot is .05"

Journee's Formula can then provide an estimate of the maximum distance shot will travel in yards.

.05 x 2200 = 110 yards (#12 shot)

.11 x 2200 = 242 yards (#6 shot)

The online Round Ball Ballistics Calculator for Muzzleloaders will provide projectile weight and ballistic calculations.

.05" lead ball weight: .19 grain (approximately 2302 pellets per ounce)

Fired at a MV of 1100 fps #12 shot will have a calculated remaining velocity of 36 fps @ 75 yards.

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Old September 24, 2020, 11:13 AM   #52
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Good information RMcL
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Old October 4, 2020, 09:48 PM   #54
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.410 or even a .22 makes noise and can upset certain neighbors. CCI makes .22 Quiet shells, if you can locate any.

Pneumatic airguns are noisier than most Springers. A good springer will propel a .177 or .22 pellet with more than enough power into the kill zones of either a snake or Bobcat. Bows will work too, but it takes more practice to be accurate.
A scoped crossbow like an Excalibur, is essentially a string gun, with rifle like accuracy out to 40 yards or more. Virtually silent too.

On the cheap, a good hunting banded wrist rocket slingshot with .44 or .45 caliber lead balls will deliver lethal pest control power out to 10 to 15 yards with a little practice. Very quiet and may not upset people as much as many consider them kids toys... which they are anything but. Plus, slingshots are fun.

Do you have a Remington 870 that accepts choke tubes? If so, locate a Metro barrel extension... essentially makes a 12 gauge sound like a Crossman air rifle. Perfect for urban varmints. I saw Tom Knapp demonstrate one in person years ago. Bought one myself.

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