Took apart a Federal .22 shotshell. It held 47 #10 pellets. Good for rats, gophers, small birds and chasing off feral cats. 10-12 yards max range - my experiences.
Little better than that .45. They'll take a grouse if shot in the head at 25 feet or less out of a rifled barrel. The .22 smoothbores pattern well, tighter, consistant..45 said:I alway's figured a range of 10 to 12'. Didn't seem like they had enough power to knock down a sparrow.Terrible pattern, never could figure it out. :?
I found CCI shotshells out of my 357 and 44 mag revolvers penetrated empty pop cans (and grouse skulls) readily at 25 feet.stick_man said:I recall reading in an outdoor magazine many years ago where a reader had posed the question about suitable game and distance. The response was something like "very small mice at less than about 8 feet".
I used to have an early T/C Contender with a .44mag barrell that had a removeable choke tube. CCI/Speer put out the .44mag "Hotshots" using 8 or 9 shot (I believe) that was pretty close to a standard .410 load. They worked pretty well and were a blast for shooting clay pigeons with. It also worked pretty well for rabbits up close or an occasional feathered foe.
I also got a .38/.357 barrel with the removeable choke tube but the shot shells were not as effective as the .44's
The plastic casings for the shot tend to dirty the barrels pretty quickly and I always had to clean the barrel before shooting standard slugs again. I would imagine it would be about the same with the .22's.