BALL CARTRIDGE IN SHOTGUN
BALL CARTRIDGE IN SHOTGUN—Will it injure a shotgun to shoot ball cartridges?
I think that sometimes a ball would be better than shot for foxes. If the gun is a cylinder bore it will do good work at short range and will not be injured by round balls of the same gauge. If it is a choke bore, the bullets must be of smaller gauge so that they will pass easily through the choke. For a 12 gauge choke-bored gun use 14 gauge balls. Load the shell with powder and wad it the same as for shot but cut a hollow in the center of the top wad so that the ball will fit in. Do not use a wad over the ball but crimp the shell well. It is best to pour a little lubricant around the sides of the ball. It will do fair work when loaded in this way, but will not be accurate enough for fox hunting.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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