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Old 04-05-2020, 05:05 PM
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You know what time it nearly is? Don't know about where you are but here in southern Illinois the yearly small targets of opportunity are arriving daily with the warm weather. When the flock gets large enough it will be time for the second annual boring bee shoot at the Miller house. Had a lot of fun last year and it really decreased their numbers here ( those cussed little pests). Everything in it's season. If you don't get in on the action all I can say is you are missing out on some good shooting. And as for me I can sit on my back steps and enjoy the fun.

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Old 04-05-2020, 06:14 PM
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Not many carpenter bees around where I live but grasshopper and dragon fly season is just around the corner. I'am shooting a Winchester 61 pump with a Routledge bore with Federal crimped shot shells.
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Old 04-05-2020, 06:27 PM
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Not many carpenter bees around where I live but grasshopper and dragon fly season is just around the corner. I'am shooting a Winchester 61 pump with a Routledge bore with Federal crimped shot shells.
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Old 04-06-2020, 09:04 AM
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buckndee I'm with you on the Federal shot shells. They are far superior to CCI plastic capped and cheaper also.

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Old 04-06-2020, 09:34 AM
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this ^^^^^^^^

Federal crimped shotshells for the win.
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Old 04-06-2020, 08:03 PM
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I did pattern and penetration testing with Federal verses CCI. Both pattern about 10-12" at 20 feet but the Federals penetrate deeper in layered coragated cardboard test. Feds 6-7 layers and only 3-4 for CCI for the corrugated cardboard I had on hand, forgot the distance. Federal and Winchester crimped shells perform the same. Federals are more readily available and the least expensive for the most part.
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Old 04-06-2020, 09:12 PM
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Federal crimped shotshells for the win.
I purchase the Federal since they are built like the old originals.

I have a Remington 121 that was owned by a famous veteran. It was one of his favorite rifles and his signature is engraved with silver inlay on the receiver. I donít shoot that one.

I have a 510 smoothbore that is in excellent condition for being built in the second month of production in 1939. That is my shooter.
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Old 04-08-2020, 09:49 AM
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My own testing with .22 shot shells some years ago showed that Win. Crimped were the best power and density wise at 20 feet. Next were Remington, Federal and a far last position was the CCI. That was a real surprise at the time. The guns used were several rifled .22's and a 20gauge shotgun with an old 10 " adapter and modified choke. The best overall was the 20 gauge shotgun giving useable patterns to 20-25 feet. It was an interesting and surprising. test
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Old 04-08-2020, 11:20 AM
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crimped shoots best in my two smooth bores.
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Old 04-08-2020, 12:41 PM
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Then there is this.
https://www.bugasalt.com/products/bu...ck-fly-edition
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Old 04-08-2020, 12:51 PM
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Have any of you bug shooters looked into 45 Colt shot shells in a 410 single shot? They are pretty easy to make from what I have read. Also looked at 38 spl with and adapter. I have lots of 38 spl cases and dies. Smooth bore adapters for 410 are $20.
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Old 04-08-2020, 03:32 PM
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Trophy Dragon fly photos. Nearly walked off a 20 ft fishing dock several times shucking and jiving for optimum shot distance. Reminded me of WW II arterial dog fight.



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Geez I wouldn,t shoot those dragon flies. They are #1 mosquito eaters. I stopped carpenter bees by filling cracks and blowing cayenne pepper powder into the few over hangs they try to get in. Works great. I've used Neco wafers or practice golf balls for targets. Golf balls are reusable. Federal crimped SS work the best in my M42 Targo with or without choke tube.

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Old 04-08-2020, 07:57 PM
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Have any of you bug shooters looked into 45 Colt shot shells in a 410 single shot? They are pretty easy to make from what I have read. Also looked at 38 spl with and adapter. I have lots of 38 spl cases and dies. Smooth bore adapters for 410 are $20.
A little overkill for carpenter bees but an interesting idea.

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Old 04-09-2020, 12:34 AM
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i want one please
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