.357 mag shotshells

Discussion in 'The Hunting & Fishing Forum' started by Thomas_1, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. Thomas_1

    Thomas_1 New Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Fenton, Missouri
    I was wondering if anyone used shotshells in thier .357 magnum? I heard a lot of bad thing about the .22 shotshells. But using them in the .357 larger shell would that improve the distance? This would be only for squirrels. Usually I just hunt with the 16ga or 12ga shotgun, but thought this would be fun the try out.
  2. pawn

    pawn Active Member

    Jan 31, 2007
    Crossville, TN
    I've got a few packs of 357 mag shotshells on hand to deal with the occasional wayward critter in the yard (couldn't risk using a slug due to close proximity of neighbors)

    We had a rat in our garage a couple of months back. The little rascal got up in the dry wall and even chewed through the wire for the garage door (cost me $30 to get it fixed). Anyhow, I bought some sticky traps to put in front of the hole in the wall. He got stuck and I popped 'em with a few rounds of 22lr Federal Game Shock Birdshot.....did the trick without further damage to the garage :D

  3. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    I loaded them in 38 cases and tested them out of various revolvers and surprisingly to me my SP101 in 357 with a 2 1/4" bbl had the best pattern. I loaded them for snake loads while hog hunting in Texas. I used Speer shotshell capsules with #9 lead shot over 5.5 gr of Unique.
  4. Thomas_1

    Thomas_1 New Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Fenton, Missouri
    A friend of mine gave me 2 shotshells today. I'm going to try them out tomorrow and see how they do.

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  5. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I've used the CCI shotshells in a .38 derringer (the CCIs are labeled ".357/.38 Special shotshells"). They do OK on snakes out to about 5 yards (all the further I tried), but the pattern was very inconsistent.
  6. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Thats about it. I patterned mine at 7 yards and the SP had the most even pattern. I then shot a few at cans on the ground to see how they worked and even fron the hip and like I said previously the SP surprised me. I figured I wanted to know how they acted before I went stumbling around snake country.
  7. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    I've used quite a few handloaded .38 shotshells (Speer components) over the years. I agree with Terry. I've found they pattern best from short-barrel revolvers. At ten feet they are deadly for rat-sized pests.
  8. artabr

    artabr New Member

    This months (Dec.) issue of Guns Magazine has a good article by John Taffin on handloading handgun shot shells.