Long a rumored load favored by farmers and protective fathers, the old rock salt shotgun shell gets some serious ballistic testing.
In the above video, Paul Harrell does the research on the fabled “less lethal” load of yesteryear, which nobody is seriously recommending these days. In response to viewer requests, he stuffs a Navy Arms muzzleloading SXS with a handful of rock salt over 100-grains of FFF black powder to give it a go.
He tests it on a composite target made from assorted items culled from the closet, produce section and meat market for the purpose. As a control, he leads in with a test using #4 birdshot at 10 yards for comparison.
For more spelunking down this salt mine but with cut rounds, The Box of Truth did that test a while back.