Light loads for cicadas?

I was wondering if those with self-loading and shotgun experience have thoughts on this ?
Watching these dang cicadas flying about I wondered if you could load a shotgun shell with about a tablespoon of rice, sand or salt crystals. Or even a teaspoon full in a 9mm or .45 brass? What could the safe range be ? You don’t want to shred leaves off the trees 20 ft beyond the bug or remove paint off your barn. Of course all targeted bugs should be down range.

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The problem with light loads is getting a bullet stuck in the barrel and then shooting another round and blowing the barrel off. You wouldn’t have to worry about that if you are using rice. I wouldn’t think you would have a problem.

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Actually if your projectiles are soft they will compress and become a plug. Salt and rice are also prone to attract moisture that again creates a whole lot of issues of its own. Sand? Hummm, maybe, can’t say it ever occurred to me. But sand is abrasive so unless you put it in a shot cup it’ll be like running sandpaper down your shinny shotgun bore so, not on any of my shotguns.

Maybe load up some shells with air-soft ammo? Those little plastic balls would have zero negative effects that I can think off.

I think an old .22 bolt action rifle from the local Pawn Store rack loaded with .22 shot shell should be enough entertainment although the shells are not cheap.

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22 with snake/pest shot. I believe Federal has a lower cost load to fit your needs.

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This is my new favorite thread! :rofl:

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This worked with devistating effectiveness back in '43…

The germans got so good they could shoot Mosquitos out of the sky.
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Even if you could come up with a viable load the end effect would likely be equivalent to trying to use a bucket to empty the Pacific Ocean.

The whole biological point of these huge swarms is to completely overwhelm their predators through shear massive numbers. It is a very effective strategy that even millions of people with shotguns likely couldn’t put much of a dent into. When it comes to nature it is often best to go with the flow instead of waisting time and effort trying to stand against it.

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And there, Ladies and Gentlemen, is what should be the rational response to natural climate change.

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Mostly agree, though with the emphasis that going with the flow means having to adapt to nature as it changes. When nature changes, our behaviors have to change as well or we will find that what once kept us in the flow now has us trying to work against nature’s new direction.

Not to mention that humans have a long history of standing against nature instead of working with it. Especially in the more agricultural and industrialized societies. A lot of the current problems we are facing with agriculture and forest management, etc. can be traced to our attempts to impose our will against nature instead of finding ways to cooperate with it.

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The eternal dichotomy of short term gains -vs- long term damage.

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I just catch them and use them for fishing bait :rofl:

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George245 might want to clarify but I take the post as being about recreation rather than pest control as it’s quite evident you can’t get em all.

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Some people just have to suck the fun out of life. :beetle:

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I would suggest…

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Or you could make your own.

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#8 shot from a Remy Tac 14 or Mossy Shockwave. That should work.

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I’m hoping they show up around here. I eat a lot of crickets and agave worms when I’m in Mexico because I can’t get them here. If these suckers taste like big crickets I’m setting up huge nets and I’ll be set for years :grin:

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Yes, I was thinking about outdoor safer holster draw or modified skeet or clay puck practice not war of the worlds. Think Annie Oakley shooting glass balls. I’m also becoming fascinated with the crazy amounts of calibers, bullet design, barrel length, MOA at a distance, etc. that I’m reading about. As a decades long vegetarian I might not attack a critter that’s done nothing to me, yet.

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Roasted or fried cicadas :yum: :laughing:

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Don’t forget to savor the reproductive organ near the rectum. :yum:

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