Introduction: How to Shoot Rice Out of a Shotgun

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Today I will be showing you how to replace the lead shot in your shotgun shell with dry rice.

Now for the reasons why you should NOT do this.
Shooting dry rice may damage your gun.
These modified shells are still extremely dangerous.
Do not point or shoot at any living animal.
These modified shells should be treated as normal shells.
It is very hard to tell the difference between un-modified and modified shells.

This is to be used as a green alternative to shooting lead. For target practice only!

Step 1: Materials

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You will need an exacto knife(or other razor sharp, precise cutting tool)
A small flat-head screwdriver(to pry open the top of the shell)
A shotgun shell
Dry rice

Step 2: Opening the Shotgun Shell

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With your cutting tool, cut a half circle on the top of the shell.
Press down until you hear the blade hitting metal. Thats how you know you cut all the way through the plastic crimping because the thickness varies.

Now insert your prying tool into the cut you made.
push down on the handle, creating leverage, therefor opening the top of the shell.

Shake the shell over a container and watch as the #6 shot falls out.
Do this until you cannot hear any rattling when the shell is shaken.

if you plan on shooting this shell(which you shouldn't)be sure to get out ALL of the lead shot.

Step 3: Putting the Rice Into the Empty Shell

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Now, push the grains of rice into the hole.
This can get boring so be patient.

Periodically shake the cartridge (with your finger over the hole). The less noise it makes, the closer it is to being full.

Step 4: Closing the Hole.

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Now push the top until it is sealed again.
Its ok if it's depressed a little more then before the operation.

Congrats, you have successfully(hopefully) modified a shotgun shell to shoot dry rice instead of lethal lead pellets.

Although it is less harmful then lead pellets, it is still extremely dangerous. Do NOT shoot at other people, the rice will likely poke an eye out. and it doesn't matter if you are a world class marksman, the rice will most likely shoot in a very spread out pattern.

The reason why I made this instructable was this can be a very funny prank.
Say theres this person who brags about never letting a deer get away with a shotgun. These shell are sure to put him(or her) into their place.


killerjackalope (author)2008-05-15

Hey you did it then, nice 'ible, the thing I always wanted to load a shotgun with is legomen's heads though, the hilarity that would ensue, I would shoot it straight up in the middle of town just to see people be showered with the lego heads... err I mean cool 'ible I eat lead shot...

Murphman (author)killerjackalope2008-05-15

your my hero.

killerjackalope (author)Murphman2008-05-15

Why the lego bit or the eating lead shot bit...

Murphman (author)killerjackalope2008-06-03

D. All of the above.

killerjackalope (author)Murphman2008-06-03

lol Impromptu lead shot eating contest...

Murphman (author)killerjackalope2008-06-04

Haha, your on!

killerjackalope (author)Murphman2008-06-04

Gobble gobble, cough... Ugh wins and walks away very slowly...

temp (author)killerjackalope2009-04-23

wouldn't the lego heads go "poof" as soon as the charge went off?

backyardmunitionist (author)temp2009-10-17

 no because the wadding would protect them.

Wouldn't discharging a shotgun blast in the middle of town with innocent people get you busted? Just sayin'.

you cant eat lead shot

Not any more...

well, youd best be using this gun if you wanted the lego heads to be noticed haha.

Yeah that looks about right, maybe I'll get a bigger one... Hmm have you ever got and fired elephant rounds, if your gun is capable of it, they are unholy, 12 gauge, solid round of doom, the only problem is that they kick like a horse because they're so heavy, you can shoot a telegraph pole in half, i can testify to that...

are you talking about an elephant gun? that's not a shotgun load, it's bigger. like the 585 hyati and other specialty cartridges. rice may or may not damage your shotgun, i'm not sure. I'd try it on 1985 walmart special side by side, but nothing I actually hunted with.

Something between elephant gun and shotgun, a mutant...

lol not twelve gauge, dammit, what was the bore, I can't remember, if your try it make sure your gun takes them...

well, from your description i think the bullet would be atleast 2 times the size of the barrel. but, im sure the elephant gun is illegal nowadays. the only round ive heard people using on elephants was 500 rigby.

slugs? if so, then yes

Umm not standard slugs, he got them in a very odd gun shop, they were £3 a piece for the rounds, it was an odd gun aswell though, a winchester action shotgun, which prompted a police helicopter to land to take a look see, they just handn't sen one similar to it before, it was probably crafted by some guy in a barn...

thematthatter (author)2008-05-15

fill it up with pepper corn next time and when you shoot birds they will already be seasoned!

heck yeah

genius! combine it with a flame thrower and the bird could be cooked and seasoned to perfection before it hit the floor!

Notbob (author)drummonkey922009-04-23

Napalm rounds maybe?

carpespasm (author)thematthatter2009-01-11

That's not a bad idea actually....

secaman (author)2009-03-10


Notbob (author)secaman2009-04-23

Cutting open a round is risky, yes. However, the risks are severely diminished assuming that that you have the proper knowledge in your head. For example, don't cut into the charge. Im sure the author knows that it is risky to open a live shell(which is why he states not to do so at the beginning), but so would anybody else who has a gun. To get someones attention, caps is not necessary, and neither is calling them dumb.

fordf150man (author)Notbob2012-07-04

yeah i agree but if you anything about gun safety you will know that but that bieng said me and my friends cut them open to use the gunpowder to make big firecrackers

piperjon (author)2009-04-23

Ahem... YOU DON'T HUNT DEER WITH A SHOTGUN. (At least if you want to actually bag a deer, you don't.) You hunt deer with a RIFLE. And no rice. I am a little intrigued, however, about dusting some rats and mice with rice-shot...

fordf150man (author)piperjon2012-07-04

yeah that could be interesting

brandon borick (author)piperjon2011-04-15

what about a slugter hu hu or buck shot notice the name or cut slugs you can and people do

Shotgun season in Iowa is huge. Do you know what a slug is? We use shotguns because our state has a lower population, but a fairly dense infastructure (lots of farms, out buildings etc.) Shotguns don't have the range of a rifle and are way safer. But I suppose you knew that too ...

brandon borick (author)piperjon2009-10-27

i had a 20 ga bolt action slug gun had rifle sights and all

reasoning (author)piperjon2009-07-04

Ahem yourself, many areas are posted shotgun only for deer hunting. This is why they make 12 gauge slugs. The population density of these areas prohibit any long range firearm from safely being used.

TheMaker888 (author)2011-01-23

DON'T Shoot at people with these cause...

Why would you be dumb enough to shoot at people!
GUNS are Not Toys!
Treat them with Respect.
Always treat a gun as if it is loaded, dont point guns at people.
and dont be stupid.

interesting idea though.
ever head of coinshot?

scoobbrandon (author)2009-11-25

 shot gun bbs aren't lead any more there some other metal

kramer5150 (author)scoobbrandon2010-11-08

There are lead shots still availible for purchase where I live, but you are correct in that most shells use steel shot. They both have their advantages. Steel shot has a more precise shot, but with that, its a real hit and miss kind of shot. Lead tends to spread out more. If you intend to eat what you shoot, please please please use steel shot.

awoodcarver (author)2009-11-06

Lee offers a load all shotshell reloader for under $50 .......I reload pistol ,rifle , and have done shotgun shells all started with Lee   ......if you shoot a lot this wont save you any money but for the same $$$ you can shoot more ....If you do decide to reload and use lead wash your hands or wear gloves lead level went to 46.3 after a year reloading for a few local ranges .....

sharlston (author)2009-05-23

corn kernerls for making pop corn are much better than rice

sharlston (author)2009-05-05

if you like this check out my verson on this search shotgun shell its the first one

supersith22 (author)2008-08-17

rather than cutting open the shell, shoot it and then buy a shotgun reloader and use rice instead of shot although it is definitely not recommended by me

Notbob (author)supersith222009-04-23

By cutting open the round, you save all of the contents of the shell, meaning you don't have to reload it with more.

"This is to be used as a green alternative to shooting lead. "

copycat42 (author)2008-09-15

>"Say theres this person who brags about never letting a deer get away with a shotgun. < Yeah, I hate those shotgun-stealing deer. :O

imkwl12345 (author)copycat422008-11-17

yer geez ther annoying! they flogged my under and over the other night

robbtoberfest (author)2008-06-20
ledzep567 (author)robbtoberfest2008-06-20

woa! thats freaking awesome lol i want one...

robbtoberfest (author)2008-06-08

I saw a cool gun add-on in Farm Show Magazine that lets you shoot blasts of salt grains out of an air rifle. Sorry I can't find an internet link for that.

ledzep567 (author)robbtoberfest2008-06-09

sweet, i know Gamo makes an airgun called the "viper" that shoots shotshells. but the shells cost wayyyy too much.

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