snake revolver

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by ncampbell, May 17, 2013.

  1. ncampbell

    ncampbell New Member

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    I want to get a good, yet affordable .22 revolver that i can take with me for the snakes when i go camping. Any good suggestions?
     
  2. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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  3. AR10

    AR10 New Member

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    Nature works hard putting the things on the ground, to keep things in balance. 99.99% of snakes you will / could ever see, are ZERO threat to anything the size of a small child or larger.

    Now if you, or your toddler would rather walk / crawl around on rodent scat, take away the snakes so the rodent population goes out of balance.

    You could not sit up all night, looking for an oncoming snake, so the most you could do is shoot it after you two have your chance encounter, and the snake is running away from you. He was there first, and you, camping in his home, want to shoot the snake, as he is running away. Do I have that summed up correctly?

    Leave them alone, and co-exist naturally with nature. Gun for an attacking bear, rabid skunk, are possibilities. Other men attacking your camp is your greatest threat.

    My 2 cents.
     
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  4. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    The OP ask a legitimate question regarding firearms. I would choose the .22 Mag. and use .22 Mag. shot loads. This load is very effective on snakes. :)
     
  5. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

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    I think a ruger LCR in .22 LR of mag would be a great choice
     
  6. KG7IL

    KG7IL Active Member

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    In the Arizona desert, I will carry my .45ACP 1911 with a magazine of Speer ShotShells. Don't want to find or shoot a snake, but I don't want to run into a thug either.
    But these things happen. My wife is VERY afraid of snakes, and although I keep my dog's on leashes when the snake comes out, I am prepared.

    I also keep insurance on the jeep, but don't plan on having an accident. I also carry extra water and gas.

    With that said..... I would suggest that you think over all of your wants, needs and desires and pick a quality revolver that will still shoot well.
    Adjustable sights should be high on the list. Perhaps a .357 with the Speer ShotShells would be a great choice.

    I do have the .22 ShotShells but am not real impressed with them.

    My motto is "If you plan on killing it, you can't be over gunned"
     
  7. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    KG has a point. You may want to consider a 38 or 357 with shot shells.
     
  8. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Umm the part about the skunk is actually terrible advice. You never want to shoot a skunk unless its from a distance with a rifle. They release their entire supply of odor (stink? What's that called?) once they are killed their muscles relax, thus releasing their entire supply.

    By all means, shoot a skunk up close with a handgun! Just tell me first so I know not to be there...
     
  9. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    I'm not sure where you're getting your information. Some snakes, rattlers come to mind, will attack just because you accidentally get too close. Either to them or their nests.

    We CCW to protect ourselves from the threat of a human attacker, primarily. If you're doing something where snakes are your biggest fear why wouldn't you carry and possibly kill one for defense?

    Snakes and humans should coexist? Humans and humans should too. But sometimes you have to defend yourself.

    If you're ok with the possibility of killing a person in defense but not a snake, then your argument holds no water with me. You're essentially putting snakes on a higher level than humans?

    Makes perfect sense.....
     
  10. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    I agree. Here's why:

    1) More effective against snakes.
    2) More versatile. You can carry it in defense against humans too if you want. Or use against medium game.
     
  11. AR10

    AR10 New Member

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    Not skunk midway where you see how many of them you can shoot. Rabid as in him or me. Better to get sprayed than bit by a rabid attacking skunk. At 50 feet, not likely you could tell it was going to attack.

    Just me, but I don't shoot stuff because they smell bad, or have no arms or legs. I am a admire nature kind of guy, and leave it be, when at all possible. I find that level of acceptance only possible, when one accepts the fact that we as humans do not own everything we see. Everything is not ours. The blood of other creatures does not belong to us, because we harnessed gun powder a few thousand years ago.

    Hey, I am weird, I respect other creatures as my equal.
     
  12. JW357

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    I see what you're saying. Interesting, uncommon, outlook coming from a progun kinda guy.

    Rabid skunk is different. I must've missed that part. A rabid skunk is really no different than a rattler who feels threatened because a big ugly human came into its territory.
     
  13. DrumJunkie

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    I have found most shake shot rounds just have no range. They spread way too much to allow the smaller cartridge to have a lot of effect. I believe this is the niche that the revos like the Judge full pretty nice though. A 410 round put plenty of projectiles on the target and you don't have to be all that up close and personable. I've used rim fire and the 38/357 rout and just never liked the performance. I would much rather just use regular pistol ammo but you have to be a pretty good shot sometimes there depending on distance.

    I don't own a 410/45LC at the moment but if I wanted a snake gun that is the rout I'd take. If I was adamant about using an existing handgun I'd probably use a 38/357. THe 22 or 22 mag rounds never did much for me.
     
  14. Doc3402

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    I would think that depends on what you want to shoot through it. If you're going to use shot shells a nice long barrel in the 6" range will keep the pattern tighter. If you're going to use bullets you should go with something with a decent sight radius to help you blow the #### out of their little tiny heads. Say something in the 4-6" range. Again, if you are planning to use shot shells stay away from a 2" barrel. The shot pattern is way too wide and way to thin to depend on.

    Keep in mind I'm only working off the info you provided. If concealment is an issue neither one of these will work.
     
  15. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    We have the CCI .38/.357 shot shells for my Python(Colt, not the snake!)and DW's Rugers. no snakes sighted in 17 months living in N.Az.but got a crazed Desert rat that was trying to stalk my 82lb Olde English Bulldogge(sadly he's a rescue and has "fight or flight" issues, he was hiding behind me crying and Dw was screaming "Shoot it!!"(all she had was her .32ACP derringer!) If we are walking(we're disabled,..we don't "Hike" we "walk") In the desert outside our development or down by the river that runs near us,..I always have my Python(6") In my Lawman leather shoulder rig and My everyday CC piece of late(my Ruger LC9) in my Man Purse or Belt bag with some Clips.. not looking to kill any Snakes unless they are chasing me or sizing up my Dog-son for dinner!!
     
  16. eatmydust

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    As far as a packable .22 revolver, I recommend the Heritage Arms Rough Rider. They are inexpensive, $190 - $225 range, Single action, and at the top of that price range, you can buy one with the extra .22 mag cylinder.

    I haven't had mine long, but so far it's been a fine little gun. We've discussed this gun before and those that have actually owned one for several years, love them.
     
  17. FrontierTCB

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    I bought an LCR in LR for the same purpose. Was a little steep for a tackle box gun for me at around $400. But I really like it.
    Very small and light, pretty accurate for a DAO snubbie also.

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  18. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    LOL My sister and brother in law learned that lesson the hard way. He shot a skunk on his farm that had been hanging out too close to the house. Picked it up with a shovel and then walked over to the back door to show my sister and the kids. You can guess what happened next.

    He ran to the field and chucked it as far as he could. That one always gets a laugh at family gatherings.

    :D
     
  19. JW357

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    Awful. Very unfortunate. I almost learned it the hard way too. My dog got sprayed by a skunk one night. And I damn near went outside with a gun to kill it. I decided to do some reading about skunks online first. Glad I did cuz I learned what woulda happened. The next day one of my buddies I worked with, who I trust about sciencey things since his degrees are in chemistry and biology, confirmed it.

    I don't have first hand experience with killing skunks but I've heard it enough to be leery of the idea.
     
  20. jpattersonnh

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    OP, I always used a H&R 976 9 shot .22 for my snake gun. 7" target barrel and sights. All the H&R 9 shot revolvers have found some collectors value these days, but you can still find them for under $200.00. These are better then conversion revolvers because the barrel is the correct size. The .22WMR uses a .224 bullet, .22lr a .222.