Shot Cartridges in .38-55
Shot Cartridges in .38-55-Could I shoot shot cartridges in the .38-55 repeating rifle, or would the shot injure the rifling of the barrel?
I have used cartridges loaded with shot but they were far from satisfactory. Those that I used were loaded in long shells, the shot held by a wad as in a shotgun shell, and the shell crimped to a bullet shape at the muzzle. When fired the shell opened up at the muzzle to full size. The shot scattered badly, for all those on the outside of the charge followed the grooves of the barrel and when they left the gun they were moving in opposite directions. This kind will soon fill the grooves of the barrel with lead, and should never be used in a rifled barrel. But there in another kind which the shot is held in a wooden, bullet shaped case, and although I have never used them I am sure they would not harm the rifle, for the shot do not touch the barrel when the cartridge is fired. You can get this kind in .38-55 caliber, but I am not sure that you would be satisfied with tis shooting.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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