—Information accurate as of: build 904.83
The Handmade Shell is an improvised projectile with multiple projectiles, similar to shotgun ammunition. They are one of the most basic kinds of ammo, and can be crafted from the beginning. Being relatively cheap to produce, these are often the ammunition of choice for starter players until a better alternative is found.
Damage and function times Edit
A handmade shell (2 are crafted at one time) can be crafted with:
It takes 8 seconds to craft a single batch of two shells.
Due to the smoothbore nature of most shotguns, unusual loadings can be produced with reasonable results, beyond the usual buckshot, birdshot and slug rounds. Bean bags for less-than-lethal engagements, or the poor man's option with rock salt; lead-dust for door breaching; flechette rounds against harder targets. In the videogame Fallout New Vegas, the player can craft coin shots.
Pebbles and small rocks can certainly be loaded and shot from a shotgun, however a majority of gun owners will recommend instead the cheapest of buckshot available, in favor of drastically better projectile speed velocity and aerodynamics, and gun maintenance.