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    Wink New toy :Bersa 380 Auto, snake loads?

    Picked up a new little Bersa 380 auto in the duotone. http://www.bersa.com/images/pistols/thun380lt_dt_lg.jpg

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    Mostly for snake protection but also as a just-in-case I suprise any deepwoods weed growers that aren't happy to see meduring deer season. And also because I was missing not having a side arm and it was so cute and soooo damn cheap! Question is: Are snake loads legal? and does anybody know a good grain size brand for the 38?
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    I bought one a while back used from the Cabela's Gun Library just like that. When I was checking my turkey gun for "zero" I cranked off a round with the Bersa Thunder at 30 yards, and did a head shot on my turkey target. It was Aguila HP's, but don't remember the weight. Corbon DPX (Barnes all copper) is a great carry load too.

    I can't speak for CA, but can't see why you couldn't have a snake load up front if you wanted. Make sure they will load and eject for you in case you need more than 1 shot.
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    Snake loads ? no one? Bruce and Rogsworld weren't you guys making your own?
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    Kevin I will ask my friend where he gets his at. I still have some snake shot for my .38 special that he gave me last year.

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    If you want to go lead free it's gonna be hard finding small enough steel shot to load in that little case. I doubt they would cycle as well.
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    Thank you Dave I appreciate it. I didn't really think of that Rog... I knew should go with the 9 but man this gun shoots so great for me! The trigger pull is perfect... I pulled off a 2" group at 25 ft. single handed out of 14 rounds! I guess I could just go straight copper solids like Incher suggested...
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    If you reload (or have a friend that does), I've seen recipes for shotshell loads using 9MM shot capsules, #9 shot, and 3-4 grains of powder. No factory made option available in 380 that I know of. These are sweet little pistols, and I really like the look of the duo-tone version (not the picture you posted).
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    Yes you can load them yourself but they probably would not cycle in an auto. They are meant for revolvers

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    I load my own for .38/.357, .44 and .45 Colt for my revolvers using the Speer capsules, and I use #12 shot. It makes a much denser pattern and just shred snake heads at 10 feet or so. I've had them not even squirm or twitch after getting hit with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_rad View Post
    Snake loads ? no one? Bruce and Rogsworld weren't you guys making your own?
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    Snake loads are legal. As far as I know, there aren't any companies (CCI, Federal, etc.) that load them for .380ACP. FYI - a fishing license is required to "take" (hunt, pursue, catch, capture or kill) any fish, reptile or amphibian. Rattlesnakes are the exception to this requirement, for obvious reasons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by #1Predator View Post
    Snake loads are legal. As far as I know, there aren't any companies (CCI, Federal, etc.) that load them for .380ACP. FYI - a fishing license is required to "take" (hunt, pursue, catch, capture or kill) any fish, reptile or amphibian. Rattlesnakes are the exception to this requirement, for obvious reasons.
    Thanks #1 I guess I got confused about there being no "non-lead" snake loads available(in .380 anyway) as apposed to no snake loads period... thanks all. Once again JHO is like a hunting buddy who knows all the answers...they may not always be the answer you wanted(LOL) but you'll allways get an answer...
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