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 Post subject: Bee loads
PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 5:11 pm 
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I would like to load up a super light load for carpenter bees. I am planning on loading #12 shot but would like to go lighter than 1/2oz and H110 powder. Card wads. How light of a load can I go to?



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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 5:54 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 6:24 pm 
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casonet wrote:
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Way better but not as much fun.

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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 6:30 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:00 pm 
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Rice for shot? Less damage to surroundings.

Remember, Quaker Puffed Rice used to be "Shot From Guns"


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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:50 pm 
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rice works, I use the walnut media like you'd use in a brass tumbler.

me and my little brother was making up light 44 mag loads with 2 cardboard discs and gluing the top card in.[airc we were using like 3grs. of bulls-eye]
we just happened to be using dad's new 44 black hawk and he didn't get mad about us using the gun.
he however was really pissed about us shooting the bees out of the pear tree.
not that he liked pears mind you, but he was mad as hell that we were shooting the bee's.


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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:58 pm 
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I've shot wasps with a 12 gauge, Extra lite powder and white rice instead of shot. I don't have any advice about light .410 loads.

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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 6:21 am 
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If you can't hit Carpenter Bees with a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun (no sights) you need to turn in your man card...


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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 7:53 am 
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A fly swatter works pretty well too

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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 8:06 am 
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Hal4son wrote:
I've shot wasps with a 12 gauge, Extra lite powder and white rice instead of shot. I don't have any advice about light .410 loads.

I may try that in a 20ga.

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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 8:43 am 
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Use the heaviest wad you can find and a hot primer. I'm using a PT1253 which weighs 70 grains. A wad full of white rice is about 60 grains. They're fast, loud and have taken the head off an egg eating hen at close range. Good on flying bald faced hornets & wasps out to about 15 feet.

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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 8:48 am 
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why not use a salt gun ?


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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 10:42 am 
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Turkinator wrote:
I would like to load up a super light load for carpenter bees. I am planning on loading #12 shot but would like to go lighter than 1/2oz and H110 powder. Card wads. How light of a load can I go to?


I wouldn't worry about it too much. With the price of lumber these days, the carpenters are largely out of work!


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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:41 pm 
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How to take care of them. Plastic bags from a grocery store, roll them up like a paper wasp nest. Put it by bee activity. Carpenter bees will leave...


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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 6:48 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 7:32 pm 
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I've used millet in 44 mag from a Marlin carbine. They're good for about 15', and millet will imbed in pine at 10' of less. I would think rice and small lead shot to be more destructive than millet.


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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 7:52 pm 
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If you want be sporting, use a pellet gun

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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
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When I was a kid, we would poke a stick into a bumble bee nest in the ground and get them real stirred up. They are big and slow and fly in a straight line. We would swat them with ping pong paddles and get stung once in a while

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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2021 11:43 am 
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I use a fly swatter, a shoe or what ever is around, their not fast. Also look up how to make carpenter bee traps. They require a jar with a screw on lid, a drill & 1/2" bit, about 8" of 4"x4" and 15 mins of your time, they do work.

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 Post subject: Re: Bee loads
PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2021 6:08 pm 
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The plastic bag does work. My neighbor got rid of them that way....




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