Thursday, May 24, 2012


I spent some time looking hither and yon on the internets again recently, in hopes that I was somehow wrong, that somewhere, preferably within these good old United States but certainly somewhere else in the world, there is an ammo company making .380 ACP shotshells.

I know, I know, I just posted about this very subject a few days ago, but of course now that it's fishing time, which means snake time in Texas, I'm gonna be totin' a firearm with some shotshells in it for snake elimination. I've got plenty of pistols and revolvers to choose from, all that take shotshells that are actually made at this current time in calibers such as .38 Special, .44 Special, .45 Colt, .45 ACP and 9mm. I've long had Thompson Contenders that shoot .45 Colt/.410 shells, for nearly 30 years now.

But of course, I just keep thinking how handy it would be to have this .380 pistol or that one loaded with ACP shotshell rounds for down by the river. Simply because no one makes shotshells for the .380.

If anyone knows of a reloader with reasonable pricing who is willing to entertain such an endeavor as to making some .380 shotshells, I'd love to have their website and email address. This may be the issue that gets me finally started at some level of reloading. No doubt it'd be more complicated than standard reloading but it seems doable it's just a question of how much gear you need to craft the actual cartridge shell.

Here's one final question I'd like to have the answer to. How effective do y'all think the Glaser Safety Slug would be on snakes, since the GSS has tiny shot underneath a plastic and metal case?

Instead of taking a .380 fishing this weekend, I'll take either a Glock 36 in .45 ACP or a snubbie loaded with CCI shotshells.


  1. Glassers dont fragment untill impact.

  2. I would like to buy 380 ACP shotshells also. Its perfect for fishing.

  3. I've got some reloader friends who have promised to try to integrate a 9mm shotshell cap into a cut down .380 brass. However, the ammo shortage intervened and they've been busy cranking out shells for resale and don't have the time to mess with my piddling idea of a project. Perhaps later this year I can get them to spend some time on making these. If so, I'll do a post on it. Seems like it wouldn't be too hard...

    In the meantime, I will try some of the CCI 9mm shotshells out of my Sig P239 and see how they feed. Too bad Glock doesn't make a slim sized 9mm.

    For what it's worth, earlier this year I was out and ran through all 5 rounds of CCI shotshells in a .38 Special j frame against a large water moccasin. It didn't die until I put an actual bullet into it, after reloading after shooting all 5 shotshells into it. The shotshells affected it but did not kill it. So maybe here in Texas with the big snakes we have near the water I ought to be carrying the Glock 36 with some .45 acp shotshells. The .45 shotshells are different than the others made by CCI and feed well in the G36.

  4. They can be made from 223 Rem brass, it would take a little time to make the dies and work up some loads