Loading .223 Remington Brass into Shotgun Shells … Because Why Not!

Our good friend Andrew at GY6vids loaded .223 Remington cases into 12 gauge shotgun shells and fired them into ballistic gel. When he told me about the test I was skeptical that there would be much penetration at all. I thought a lot of gas would leak when they are fired, I thought they would have no accuracy at close range and that they would tumble so much penetration would be minimal. Turns out I was wrong!

Steve Johnson

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  • iksnilol

    So… when you can’t reload your brass anymore you use it as projectiles?

    EDIT: What if you filled the cases with something to increase their weight? Something like sand or something?

    • Steve Truffer

      I think converting the brass would be wiser. 7.62x38r, 5.45×39, 7.62×35 (.300 blk), 7.62×25, and 9mm. except for the x38r and 5.45 options, you could do those in order to maximize longevity.

      • iksnilol

        You can make a “Kinda .44 Magnum” out of 7.62x54R by cutting it down to correct length. Still, this might be a good idea with .22 LR brass. Maybe fill the brass with something to increase weight?

  • Swarf

    Yo dawg…

  • Plumbiphilious

    Kinda want to see if steel case gets better terminal ballistics, since it’s slightly heavier. Or maybe even pour lead down them halfway or so to add more weight.

    • iksnilol

      Uh, brass cases are heavier than steel cases.

    • Steve Truffer

      Steel is less dense than brass.

    • BattleshipGrey

      Just make sure you don’t use the lacquer coated ones…because…someone on the internet said they’re bad ‘n stuff.

  • Hipster geardo

    You know why? ‘Cause Murica!!!!

  • CTFish

    I think this blog post exports information on how to manufacture ammunition. Cue the ITAR police.

  • Tassiebush

    You could load live ones to simulate a gunfight by making the target sorta return fire. Sort of a modern equivalent of one of those pivoting jousting targets….

  • Bill

    What hasn’t been shot out of a shotgun shell yet? Almonds? Grass seed? Condoms? Flintstone vitamins? Aquarium gravel, the neon colored stuff?

    • BattleshipGrey

      The list is getting smaller everyday.

  • Jim_Macklin

    A 5.56×45/.223 case with a 77 grain bullet loaded can be loaded into a .375 H&H, Ruger, etc and the worry is overall length and perhaps freebore. 😉

  • Tassiebush

    I think he’s that guy from “pimp my ride” seems to be a meme.

    • Fracking Saves

      He’s actually done some movies…

      • MR

        And an episode of “The Boondocks”