Originally Posted by Sahagan
I had an unexpected experience one day, but with .38 shotshells.
I always raise a pretty good crop of Copperheads here on our place. And carry on my mower, a Taurus .357 Magnum revolver for Copperhead dispatch.
I always load at least one cyclinder with a .38 caliber shotshell.
So last summer, happening upon a smallish Copperhead on my concrete drive, I summarily executed it...but with an error in judgment.
Forgetting which direction the cyclinder turned, I pulled the hammer on the shotshell, only to find it was a 158 grain .357 magnum. I shot the snake laying on the concrete, a foot or so from my foot.
The snake literally vaporised. After the shot, and after I calmed down, I noticed a red cloud floating away on the air above the snake. That's all of the snake I ever found. And the bloomin' hole in my driveway is still there.
Just thought I'd share so folks wouldn't pull a similar trick on a .44 Magnum. Make it an axiom, always load your gun with only shotshells, when shooting shotshells. Or at least know the proper direction of cylinder rotation.
That's definitely good advice!
Revolver cylinders don't always advance in the same direction depending on the manufacturer
Some are clockwise, some are not
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