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April 19, 2013

Gun Video: Shooting Dimes (And Other Stuff) from a Shotgun

By Phil Bourjaily

Along with “splitting Oreos,” “shooting odd stuff out of shotguns”  is now a YouTube sub-genre. In this clip it’s dimes and pounded pellets. Others have bits of wire, hot dogs (seriously), washers, .22 pellets, and almost anything else you can fit in a 12 gauge hull. Don’t try this at home. Let other people try it at their homes and watch the results instead. It’s safer. These particular guys seem to sort of know what they are doing, but, to no one’s surprise, many YouTube reloaders do not.

The two videos show how flat shot behaves in the air – one is a load of 7 ½ shot beaten with a hammer, then loaded back in the shell. The other is a load of dimes.  While the 7 1/2s spread out at close range – check the widest pellet strikes on the backstop – you can really see what happens to flat shot when it meets air resistance in the video of the dimes.

One way to make spreader loads for shooting birds at close range in the brush is to use flattened or square shot  although I am not sure anyone offers either currently.

Orvis used to sell a brush load made of flat pellets although not as flat as the shot in this video. Like the flattened shot in the picture, it sometimes made round holes and sometimes made flat slits in the paper when you patterned it. The patterns opened up very quickly and fell apart just as quickly. Some of the pellets veered far off course (as you can see one dime veer to the right of the target in the video) so the boxes were marked “not recommended for covey rises” to keep collateral quail casualties down. I shot a few woodcock and one ruffed grouse with them and in the woods at 10-15 yards they were the ticket. Beyond that, you might as well have been shooting hot dogs at them.

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from RJ Arena wrote 52 weeks 13 hours ago

fun to watch, but that is about it.

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from deadeyedick wrote 51 weeks 6 days ago

Interesting but hardly practical. Just goes to show what happens to a man.s mind when he is bored and has has nothing better to do. Like you said, Dave, let some other idiot do it .

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 51 weeks 6 days ago

Hmmm. I suppose it wouldn't be too hard to rig up something to flatten shot and then reload the shells myself. That sounds like it would be a good option for shooting grouse ... or stupid farm raised pheasants over a pointer. Sometimes they have to be kicked in the air. I guess I could weigh the shot charges myself individually and compensate for difference in the shot cup by inserting a 16 gauge paper wad.

As far as sticking dimes in a 12 gauge shotshell ... NOT ADVISABLE IF YOU HAVE A FULL CHOKE!!! That's the way a barrel is checked to see if it's full choke. Dime won't slip past the choke. Stupid things some people do!

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 51 weeks 4 days ago

Frankly, it's these kind of stupid videos that cost gun manufacturers and US more money.
Some moron will now stuff his gun with a heavy powder charge and try and shoot Quarters out of the muzzle. It will then blow up his face. His widow and some deep pocket lawyers will then sue the company that made the shotgun, the company that made the barrel, the company that made the shell he emptied out, the U.S. Mint, the guy who owns the range, etc.....Some folks will then say "His widow won't win because the guy was an idiot." ...not true. All the innocent people that get sued will have to spend 100's of thousands of dollars to defend it. Some might lose their company, their insurance...maybe the range owner will lose his house.
How?..Legalized Extortion, practiced all over America by lawyers who manipulate the crooked legal system. Even if the gun & shell manufacturers, etc...go all the way through the system ...it will still cost 100's of thousands to win just for their own lawyers. So they'll all settle out of court. The lawyer will get richer, the widow will get cash and a new boyfriend and OUR COSTS AS OWNERS WILL GO UP. The poor manufacturers, even though innocent, will be lucky to get insurance again...ergo they will be driven out of business. Lawyers do this to every industry in America, which is why this country NEEDS loser pays before they bury all business.
I say you only put in a gun, that which the manufacturer has ok'd. End of story. As sportsmen with a vested interest in the success of ALL the gun companies, we should discourage ANY experimentation not conducted by a professional in a controlled environment. Otherwise we are only making lawyers rich while driving good manufacturers out of business. IMHO.

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from HogBlog wrote 50 weeks 6 days ago

The stuff of western novels... should probably stay in western novels.

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from elmer f. wrote 50 weeks 5 days ago

the Remington 1100 video brought tears to my old eyes. a glimpse back into the past, when American companies were the best in the world, and it showed. and of much simpler times, when teenagers were not willing to die to try to find an escape from reality. way to much of our population has no recollection of these times, and of how great they really were. which is very sad. you can't pick when you are born, but i am glad i got to experience at least some of what made this now falling country great. the world war vets, who died trying to preserve this, deserve much, much better.

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 51 weeks 4 days ago

Frankly, it's these kind of stupid videos that cost gun manufacturers and US more money.
Some moron will now stuff his gun with a heavy powder charge and try and shoot Quarters out of the muzzle. It will then blow up his face. His widow and some deep pocket lawyers will then sue the company that made the shotgun, the company that made the barrel, the company that made the shell he emptied out, the U.S. Mint, the guy who owns the range, etc.....Some folks will then say "His widow won't win because the guy was an idiot." ...not true. All the innocent people that get sued will have to spend 100's of thousands of dollars to defend it. Some might lose their company, their insurance...maybe the range owner will lose his house.
How?..Legalized Extortion, practiced all over America by lawyers who manipulate the crooked legal system. Even if the gun & shell manufacturers, etc...go all the way through the system ...it will still cost 100's of thousands to win just for their own lawyers. So they'll all settle out of court. The lawyer will get richer, the widow will get cash and a new boyfriend and OUR COSTS AS OWNERS WILL GO UP. The poor manufacturers, even though innocent, will be lucky to get insurance again...ergo they will be driven out of business. Lawyers do this to every industry in America, which is why this country NEEDS loser pays before they bury all business.
I say you only put in a gun, that which the manufacturer has ok'd. End of story. As sportsmen with a vested interest in the success of ALL the gun companies, we should discourage ANY experimentation not conducted by a professional in a controlled environment. Otherwise we are only making lawyers rich while driving good manufacturers out of business. IMHO.

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from RJ Arena wrote 52 weeks 13 hours ago

fun to watch, but that is about it.

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from deadeyedick wrote 51 weeks 6 days ago

Interesting but hardly practical. Just goes to show what happens to a man.s mind when he is bored and has has nothing better to do. Like you said, Dave, let some other idiot do it .

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 51 weeks 6 days ago

Hmmm. I suppose it wouldn't be too hard to rig up something to flatten shot and then reload the shells myself. That sounds like it would be a good option for shooting grouse ... or stupid farm raised pheasants over a pointer. Sometimes they have to be kicked in the air. I guess I could weigh the shot charges myself individually and compensate for difference in the shot cup by inserting a 16 gauge paper wad.

As far as sticking dimes in a 12 gauge shotshell ... NOT ADVISABLE IF YOU HAVE A FULL CHOKE!!! That's the way a barrel is checked to see if it's full choke. Dime won't slip past the choke. Stupid things some people do!

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from HogBlog wrote 50 weeks 6 days ago

The stuff of western novels... should probably stay in western novels.

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from elmer f. wrote 50 weeks 5 days ago

the Remington 1100 video brought tears to my old eyes. a glimpse back into the past, when American companies were the best in the world, and it showed. and of much simpler times, when teenagers were not willing to die to try to find an escape from reality. way to much of our population has no recollection of these times, and of how great they really were. which is very sad. you can't pick when you are born, but i am glad i got to experience at least some of what made this now falling country great. the world war vets, who died trying to preserve this, deserve much, much better.

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