M-91 and damn big snake

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Chainfire, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Put out some food for the stray cats today, shook the food in the bowl and got a response from about 18" away from my hand. This is about as big as an Eastern Diamondback gets. (I am washing my pants now):)

    5'2" from end of rattles to remains of head. 13 rattles and a button.
     

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  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Anytime you have a snake longer than a Moisin-Nagant, you are entitled to say it IS a damned big snake! :eek:
     

  3. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    What did you go and kill it for? Did ya eat it? Skin it to make some grips?

    Nice Mosin, I like it.
     
  4. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Chainfire,

    Nice rifle and for sure a big rattler. Western Diamondback I presume!
    Texas or where?

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  5. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Nice, I see about a dozen grips layin' next to your Nagant.
     
  6. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    No sir, that is an Eastern Diamondback. It met its end in North Florida.
    The experts will tell you they don't get that big.
     
  7. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Thanks for the Mosin compliment. That one is my favorite.

    Why did I kill it?

    I have been bitten by a pit viper, 200 feet away from where that one died. That bite was the most unpleasant experience of my life. I have had three dogs bitten by rattlesnakes. These snakes are territorial. I walk to my car before daylight every morning. When they show up in my yard, and I see them, I kill them. This one threatened me first, we had a gunfight, he showed up with fangs; he lost.

    I know they are good for the environment. Just not my environment.
     
  8. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    "Never bring fangs to a gunfight."
     
  9. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    they are supposedly very good to eat if you can get past the rank snake smell skinning and cleaning them.
     
  10. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Chainfire,Your a little wrong.
    The Eastern Diamondback can grow well over 8ft in length.I've seen captive ones almost 10ft.
    The Western Diamondback is quite smaller in size,a big one will go around 6ft.

    I catch them all the time on the gas/oil wells that I work on.
     
  11. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My statement may have been incorrect. I do, however, remember a demonstation at the Rattlesnake Round-up held in Cairo, Ga. every year when the "expert" said that anyone that says he has seen a 5 foot rattler is stretching the truth.

    In my 60 years I have dispatched a lot of big rattlers, this one takes my personal prize for the biggest and the most rattles, though I have seen them with a larger girth. He was way too big to be tooling around my yard.
     
  12. wmille01

    wmille01 New Member

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    If you want to keep and put on your wall you could go cheap and just skin it and salt the hell out of it.
     
  13. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    experts are seldom right about anything but their wish to be self proclaimed experts

    last deer season south texas my bud shot a rattler with his 1911 it measured out at 5'7" without the head.
     
  14. shootinfool

    shootinfool New Member

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    Nice trophy. I killed a 5.5 footer last summer in mississippi. I can tell you that a 20 ga pump with number 6 shot will cut a rattlesnake clean in half with two shots. :)

    "it flies it dies", "its brown its down"
     
  15. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    So wait, did you actually go inside to get the Mosin or what did you shoot that thing with?

    A five foot rattler looks huge to me, and i had a free-ranging indoor pet Burmese that was about eight and a half foot when i sold/adopted him off.
     
  16. Gojubrian

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    I killed a 6'2" canebrake rattler here in Arkansas..... Where rattlers don't exist.....or panthers. Lol!
    That's a pretty one you got there!
     
  17. armsmaster270

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    Nice set of rattles too.
     
  18. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Oh no. The Mosin was inserted in the photo for scale. I stood in the yard screaming like a little girl for my wife to bring the bedside shotgun.:)

    It looked huge to me when we were eyeball to eyeball and less than two feet apart too!!!
     
  19. Bigdog57

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    CF, did they change the location? Rattlesnake Roundup used to be held in Whigham, Ga. Right close to Cairo though. For the Yankees, it's pronounced "Kay-ro", like the corn syrup- not that place in Egypt!
    I have seen a longer rattler, but it's been some years ago. Saw a fine specimen swimming the Ocklocknee River once. First time I knew a rattler could swim!
     
  20. steve666

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    The "experts" will tell you all kinds of things. I can remember when they told us that Water Moccasins and Copperheads didn't come as far north as Indiana.
     
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