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Posted: 4/16/2008 1:34:26 PM EDT
It's that time again and the snakes are plentiful at the ranch.  I need recommendations for a gun that I can keep with me at all times or at least leave on the ATV while roaming around the ranch.  

There are lots and lots of copperheads and rattlesnakes that don't bother us, but there are some that make their way into the yard and other people populated areas.

I've looked at rat shot in .22s, the Taurus .410 revolver, the Snake Charmer and few others. Please let me know what you use ammo or gun wise.

Thanks.
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 1:37:08 PM EDT
I consider my carry gun sufficient for snakes


I figure if those gold dots will stop a goblin they will suffice for the odd copperhead or moccasin I may encounter


XD40
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 1:39:30 PM EDT
I carry a S&W Airweight in  a Blackhawk Serpa when checking my fences on my 4wheeler.

First two are snake shot, next three are gold dots.

Good for all sorts of pests, secure,  and easy to carry.


Link Posted: 4/16/2008 1:40:19 PM EDT
I would get a cheap single shot .410
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 1:41:48 PM EDT
All we ever carried in Montana was a long handled sharp point shovel. Some of thr rattlers get close to 6ft in length.
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 1:42:09 PM EDT
This is what I have on the ATV (stainless )... shoot Eley subsonic 22 LR HP.
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 1:43:50 PM EDT
NAA .22 mag are neat little guns. Easy to carry, powerful enough for snakes.
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 1:45:55 PM EDT
.410 or any pistol with rat shot. Killed a 3.5 footer the other day.
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 1:46:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/16/2008 1:47:28 PM EDT by blackascoal]
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 1:46:45 PM EDT
Old blackhawk with .38 shotshells loaded.
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 1:47:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By larkinmusic:
I would get a cheap single shot .410


Same.
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 1:50:22 PM EDT
I use an RG22 I bought at a flea market for $25 years ago.  It's killed dozens of water mocassins with rat/snake shot.  I wouldn't buy anything too pricey if you are going to use it as a tacklebox type gun.  
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 1:50:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By blackascoal:
The Judge
www.taurususa.com/products/product-details.cfm?id=199&category=Revolver


How is this thing to shoot?

Link Posted: 4/16/2008 1:52:06 PM EDT
.22 Magnum S&W with Snake Piss antedote also known to carry very well in the front pocket of your trousers
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 1:58:58 PM EDT
I don't waste my money on shooting snakes.  I just walk around them.  

If I want to shoot a pest, I shoot those god damn blackbirds that nest in my eaves.
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 2:13:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 338winmag:
I don't waste my money on shooting snakes.  I just walk around them.  

If I want to shoot a pest, I shoot those god damn blackbirds that nest in my eaves.


what do you shoot the blackbirds with?
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 2:15:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 338winmag:
I don't waste my money on shooting snakes.  I just walk around them.  

If I want to shoot a pest, I shoot those god damn blackbirds that nest in my eaves.


unless they present a safety hazard I'd tend to agree
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 2:18:24 PM EDT
Single shot .410 or I had a Taurus ultra light in .45LC with shot I carried. Killed lots of snakes with both.
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 2:30:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By larkinmusic:
I would get a cheap single shot .410

Maybe a TC G3 break action pistol. You can use .45 Long Colt in it too
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 2:33:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 338winmag:
I don't waste my money on shooting snakes.  I just walk around them.  

If I want to shoot a pest, I shoot those god damn blackbirds that nest in my eaves.


on that note I offer a Nevada Bull Snake



Comepletely harmless and sometimes mistaken for a Western DiamondBack just Sunning itself etc. until we came across it.

Hiwa thats a Rattler! Naw it's a Bull Snake! It's trying to crawl up your Leg!

No big Deal and never fired a shot
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 2:33:43 PM EDT
Get the cheapest 38 revolver you can find and load it with snake shot.
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 2:37:26 PM EDT
When it comes to snakes, I don't consider a 40mm grenade launcher to be overkill.

With that in mind, Serbu makes a really short 12ga that you can get with an AOW stamp.  The Judge is another fair option.  I don't like the idea of a single shot, what if you step in the middle of a nest?
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 2:37:32 PM EDT
The Taurus JUDGE in .45LC/.410Gauge.
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 2:44:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/16/2008 2:45:42 PM EDT by Windustsearch]

Originally Posted By Hiwathl:

Originally Posted By 338winmag:
I don't waste my money on shooting snakes.  I just walk around them.  

If I want to shoot a pest, I shoot those god damn blackbirds that nest in my eaves.


on that note I offer a Nevada Bull Snake

img.photobucket.com/albums/v465/Hiwathl/DSC00485.jpg

Comepletely harmless and sometimes mistaken for a Western DiamondBack just Sunning itself etc. until we came across it.

Hiwa thats a Rattler! Naw it's a Bull Snake! It's trying to crawl up your Leg!

No big Deal and never fired a shot


Great Basin gopher snake.  Bullsnakes are east of the Rockies.

As per the snake gun, a .22 with shotshells would be plenty enough.  Even a pellet gun will smoke them.
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 2:47:57 PM EDT



seriously


Link Posted: 4/16/2008 2:48:05 PM EDT
My XD40 cycles CCI shotshells just fine.  

J
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 2:51:23 PM EDT
I have the snake charmer, but never had to use it yet on a snake.
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 9:24:21 PM EDT
Bond Arms Snake Slayer


www.bondarms.com/ifirearms.php
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 9:37:59 PM EDT
If your a good shot a 10/22 would be fine. If you want a little more than a 12 or 20 gauge Remington 870 with some bird shot. You can also than keep some buck shot with you for the chance of running into something bigger you might want to shoot.
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 9:47:01 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/16/2008 10:19:13 PM EDT


Spade FTMFW!

Why waste ammo?
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 4:28:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By bluduk15:

Originally Posted By 338winmag:
I don't waste my money on shooting snakes.  I just walk around them.  

If I want to shoot a pest, I shoot those god damn blackbirds that nest in my eaves.


what do you shoot the blackbirds with?



If they are in flight, a 12 gauge with 7.5 shot.  If they are sitting in a tree on on a wire, a .22 long rifle bullet does the trick.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 4:35:08 AM EDT
http://www.gunshopfinder.com/marlin/410.jpg

from marlin...its a .410


that is of course if you want a whole new dedicated shotgun...or want an excuse to buy another one
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 4:45:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dedfella:
I consider my carry gun sufficient for snakes


I figure if those gold dots will stop a goblin they will suffice for the odd copperhead or moccasin I may encounter


XD40


God Dots are a bit overkill for a snake. I would be concerned about ricochets, over-travel, over-penetration, etc. "But officer, I was shooting at a SNAKE" aint going to cut it if you kill a 5yo on a playground half a mile from your snake encounter. Not a flame, JMHO.

I generally don't like to kill snakes unless as the OP stated thaey start to get a little too close to home and family. That being said, I have carried #9 shot in my .44Mag. the .22 shotshells are useless against anything bigger than a cricket. I don't own one but IMHO a .410/45LC revolver would be perfect for snake patrol, even the two-legged kind
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 4:51:01 AM EDT
The Taurus Judge looks promising.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 4:53:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By larkinmusic:
I would get a cheap single shot .410



Link Posted: 4/17/2008 5:09:02 AM EDT
get a cheap revolver from a million places load it with snake shot and be done with it.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 5:32:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Makarov:

Originally Posted By dedfella:
I consider my carry gun sufficient for snakes


I figure if those gold dots will stop a goblin they will suffice for the odd copperhead or moccasin I may encounter


XD40


God Dots are a bit overkill for a snake. I would be concerned about ricochets, over-travel, over-penetration, etc. "But officer, I was shooting at a SNAKE" aint going to cut it if you kill a 5yo on a playground half a mile from your snake encounter. Not a flame, JMHO.

I generally don't like to kill snakes unless as the OP stated thaey start to get a little too close to home and family. That being said, I have carried #9 shot in my .44Mag. the .22 shotshells are useless against anything bigger than a cricket. I don't own one but IMHO a .410/45LC revolver would be perfect for snake patrol, even the two-legged kind


I might be concerned about those things to if I lived in an urban environment

I live in the woods.  If I see a snake that simply must be killed it will most likely be on my property.

I see hundreds of snakes, I kill maybe 1 or 2 per summer. Rarely do I shoot one, but if forced I would use my carry gun like I said in my OP.

i do understand that city dwellers have different concerns than country folk.

Link Posted: 4/17/2008 5:37:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dedfella:
I consider my carry gun sufficient for snakes


I figure if those gold dots will stop a goblin they will suffice for the odd copperhead or moccasin I may encounter


XD40

HEY!!!!!
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 7:29:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GOBLIN1:

Originally Posted By dedfella:
I consider my carry gun sufficient for snakes


I figure if those gold dots will stop a goblin they will suffice for the odd copperhead or moccasin I may encounter


XD40

HEY!!!!!


"a goblin" not "The Goblin"  
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 10:58:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By dedfella:
I consider my carry gun sufficient for snakes

I figure if those gold dots will stop a goblin they will suffice for the odd copperhead or moccasin I may encounter

XD40


Sure, but snakes can be hard to hit. And if you shoot 3 times that's like $2.00 worth of ammo.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 10:59:34 AM EDT
Ive never shot one, but the judge seems BADASS
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 11:05:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Schulze:

Originally Posted By dedfella:
I consider my carry gun sufficient for snakes

I figure if those gold dots will stop a goblin they will suffice for the odd copperhead or moccasin I may encounter

XD40


Sure, but snakes can be hard to hit. And if you shoot 3 times that's like $2.00 worth of ammo.


truth


main reason I really can't think of one that I have shot

usually whack them with a stick or machete if I find it imperative to kill them

now if I lived in a place that was given to black mamba infestation or something I might feel differently about needing a dedicated "snake gun"
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 3:06:28 PM EDT


Saw that off to 18 inches, remove the fowl mag limiter, and load her up with a mix of birdshot.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 5:06:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dedfella:

Originally Posted By Makarov:

Originally Posted By dedfella:
I consider my carry gun sufficient for snakes


I figure if those gold dots will stop a goblin they will suffice for the odd copperhead or moccasin I may encounter


XD40


God Dots are a bit overkill for a snake. I would be concerned about ricochets, over-travel, over-penetration, etc. "But officer, I was shooting at a SNAKE" aint going to cut it if you kill a 5yo on a playground half a mile from your snake encounter. Not a flame, JMHO.

I generally don't like to kill snakes unless as the OP stated thaey start to get a little too close to home and family. That being said, I have carried #9 shot in my .44Mag. the .22 shotshells are useless against anything bigger than a cricket. I don't own one but IMHO a .410/45LC revolver would be perfect for snake patrol, even the two-legged kind


I might be concerned about those things to if I lived in an urban environment

I live in the woods.  If I see a snake that simply must be killed it will most likely be on my property.

I see hundreds of snakes, I kill maybe 1 or 2 per summer. Rarely do I shoot one, but if forced I would use my carry gun like I said in my OP.

i do understand that city dwellers have different concerns than country folk.




I agree with you.  I see lots of them around.  In fact I prefer having them around.  They eat lots of rats and mice, which I consider more of a problem than any snake.  Snakes don't carry disease, rats and mice do.  Snakes won't tear up your property, rats and mice will.  
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 5:09:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 338winmag:

I agree with you.  I see lots of them around.  In fact I prefer having them around.  They eat lots of rats and mice, which I consider more of a problem than any snake.  Snakes don't carry disease, rats and mice do.  Snakes won't tear up your property, rats and mice will.  


I leave mine around, mainly copperheads, corals, and rat snakes. I don't think they eat too many mice compared to a feral cat, but life is just that much more exciting with predators around.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 5:37:50 PM EDT
I'll use my IMI P21

Note the shells.

Link Posted: 4/17/2008 5:39:01 PM EDT
any shotgun with bird shot will kill a snake
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:17:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/17/2008 8:19:10 PM EDT by prebans]


Meet the Serbu Super-Shorty.  This one is built on a Remington 870 frame.  I recommend it over the Mossberg version even though it's more expensive as an 870.

Gotta love that it's only an AOW; the tax is only five dollars.

I used one for rattlesnake defense in Arizona.

Mike
Link Posted: 4/18/2008 8:48:41 AM EDT
Another vote for a wheelgun.

I always used a Python with 2 snakeshot and 4 JHP's when deerhunting. Lots of rattlesnakes and copperheads in central TX back then.

Link Posted: 4/18/2008 8:54:39 AM EDT
I love how people keep talking about using gold dots to shoot snakes

As if it makes much difference between ball and HP when shooting an animal that is 1-2" in diameter.

[yoda]So tactical, some people are.[/yoda]
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