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I have a good assortment of powders, .445 Brass, .44 over shot wads and only #6 shot. If it works, I'll get some finer shot. The load has to stop charging chipmunks and red squirrels at the bird feeder! Can I use the over shot wads for over powder, and how much shot and powder? I have H110, 1680, Bullseye, Lil Gun, Trail Boss, etc. Almost forgot. The .445 is a 16.5 inch Handi Rifle.

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Pete,

Rifled barrels don't work well for shot unless you're real close, like snake close, the shot spreads too fast due to the spin. Shot capsules work better I've read.

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I've read that too. In fact I have .357 capsules book marked for the maxi. I just thought I'd give it a try. The chipmunks run back and forth under the deck to the feeders. Shots could be five feet.

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Have you tried traps? Rat traps with Peanut Butter for bait, or the bucket trap. Far mor efficent for getting the little critters.
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Kill traps aren't a good choice since they aren't selective, live traps work fine tho, you can always catch and release if a non-target species (ie: song birds) is trapped. Shootin the buggers would be my selective solution, fun too if it's legal.

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Have you tried traps? Rat traps with Peanut Butter for bait, or the bucket trap. Far mor efficent for getting the little critters.
Yes I have, but it's nowhere near enough fun... Besides, We have gray squirrels and birds we don't want to harm.

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Here's an article on making .44 mag shot loads - should get you in the ballpark. Lot of different ways to do it as far as wads go - some guys use cardboard, some use Wonder Wads, some even use a combination of gas checks and wads. A lot recommend gluing the ends with hot glue or some other kind of glue.

http://www.castbullet.com/reload/44shot.htm

Usually the shorter the barrel the better the patterns. May be a good excuse to buy a .44 mag snubbie!
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I typically use my 16 gauge to dispatch red squirrels and chipmunks but I don't blame you for wanting to make it more fun. Sometimes I'll use my .380 pocket pistol to make it more challenging. I've also used .22 rat shot inside my shed when they're in there. Hopefully you can find a load that works. You could always try .44 Mag shot shells if you can't find any data that works.

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