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I was rethinking the CCI Shot Shells for a Survival Kit application. It was/is a perfect day for some shooting, 72* above, sunny, faint breeze, perfect.

OK, 5 1/2" Barrel, cartridge .45 Long Colt "CCI" shot shell test. At a measured from the muzzle to target 7' (That is seven Feet) the pattern was perfect 12" in diameter, perfect, no gaps, no holes, shot well spaced.

Same firearm, at 44' ( Fifteen yards) pattern was 41" with some (Gaps) holes 10"X12"

Conclusion: For a snake you would need to be about 4' to 8' (one yard to three yards maximum. For a perched bird 10' to maybe 15' (3 yards to 5 yards).

I would call them pretty much useless for survival.

I decided to waste one more cartridge: Fired from the Winchester 1892 Take-down in .45 Long Colt, with it's 16" barrel. At 33 feet (11 Yards) the pattern was 36" X 38" with some 8" and 10" Gaps. This was shot through two thickness of cardboard.

Final conclusion use a .410 or 28 Gauge shotgun & save $11.95 for a box of ten cartridges.

Just for kicks I decided to do the S&W model 17 with it's 8 3/8" barrel that I reamed out to .22 magnum, at a relative long range (55 Yards). It put 7 of the 14 shots fired into 1 1/8" Note: this was 55 Yards with iron sights, all 14 rounds were in 4 1/4" (including two flyers) at 55 yards. Now this is a survival meat getting piece of machinery.
 

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Load your own and use cream of wheat for buffer,it'll cut the group in half.

just remember to clean your bore before using regular slugs!
 

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For hunting they may be somewhat useless but for walking in the woods in snake season, I think they're great. I used CCIs as well although in my Glock 17. They don't cycle the slide, so you need to conscious of that but at 8-10 feet, they would pulverize a snake.
 

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I'm guessing you're using a rifled barrel on the shotshells. You'll be hard pressed to get a pattern at any significant distance.

Even so, my conclusions are the same. Shotshells are fine for very close stuff... but pretty useless for survival/SHTF/LMNOP.
 
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