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    I see that a couple companies make a rat shot shell for the .44 mag handguns. Has anyone used these for grouse? I am assuming that you need to be with-in 10 yards for any effect, but will these shells kill a grouse?

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    My preference is a mild cast bullet load. Even a chest shot meat loss is minimal. I've taken 3 spruce hens with my 480 using a 300 gr cast bullet @ 700 fps. And yes, be darn sure of your backstop even with such a mild load.

    The problem with the pistol shot loads is the shot load is so small you really don't gain any advantage over a single projectile, ie the pattern is about body size. A pattern larger than that and you just won't have the density to cover it. Also I'd say effective range would be more like 10 feet than 10 yds.

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    Several years ago when I had a lot more spare time I did a lot of reloading, trap shooting and spent a lot of time on the handgun range. As with anything you spend a lot of time with I was getting pretty good. So for a challnge I picked up several hundred of the Speer .44 hot shot capsuls, loaded them with #9 shot and went through a short period of trying to shoot clay pigeons with a 5 1/2 inch barrel Redhawk. Even with me holding the gun up and in a ready position, and shooting right after the trap was released I have to admit I did not hit very many. I agree with the previous post of the effective range being more in the 10 foot than the 10 yard range, even when I was shooting at stationary clays on the handgun range. If I were to do it again with the idea of hunting with it I would probably take some large sheets of white paper to the range and pattern the loads first.

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    I am not necessarily hunting with the pistol. I will have the pistol as a back up while I am hunting bigger critters. I will only load up the rat shot if I happen across a grouse or ptarmigan for a little fresh meat while hunting on extended trips. I use a bow or shotgun when I am hunting for grouse. I picked a box of the ratshells up at Wal Mart and I will see how they pattern or not in my pistol.

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