I wanted to see if I could make my black powder mortar that I got from Backpowder Cannons work as a shotgun.
The first thing I did was take my soda cans and open up the top. The idea was to use the soda can as a sabot to hold the “buckshot” together and then discard after the projectile left the barrel.
I have a buckshot mold, but it takes so long to get rounds that I used gravel for my test.
As you can see in the video, it worked. Additionally, it might not be apparent is that gravel is too light for a mortar shotgun.
I should have used my cast lead buckshot. The weight of the lead would have made a difference. At some point I want to redo this experiment as I think a mortar shotgun is a cool thing to have. Nothing says get off my lawn like a few hundred rounds of 000 buckshot raining down from the mountaintop.
Actually, I would never use this offensively, but I really want to see what it would do to a target.
I really enjoy my black powder mortar, and you really should think about getting one.