Rustyrimfire

Wife versus Rattlesnake

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My wife, 2 year old, and I will be moving on to some property with a known rattler problem. Since I know my wife would kill anything that might threaten her baby, I'd prefer she do it from long range when it comes to rattlers. What type of gun would you use to do the job? She's 5 ft 1 and thin, so recoil is an issue, I think. If you could give me specific rifles I'd really appreciate it.Thanks,Rusty

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A little 410 shotgun should do the trick. A shovel works wonders too. Despite popular myths, they don't chase after you if your first swing does not contact. On the plus side, you will have a bunch of rattles for the baby. :harhar1[1]:

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We use a Ruger Single Six in .22lr with Snake shot does wonders. Or subsonic .22lr ammo with a Ruger 10/22 will work great out to 50 yards. Low noise, no recoil, and little danger to anyone else. My 10/22 loves the Remington 38 grain subsonic ammo.Darren

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410 or 20 guage shotgun. Imp Cyl for the 20 and what we used to call low-base ammo. add a good recoil pad for the 20 and it should work.

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Yep, a 410 or 20 guage shotgun... OR a revolver with snake shot. At least they will "hit" the snake (hopefully) Frank

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410 is a great choice. I like one of those over under Savages with the 22Mag on top and the 410 on the bottom because they are easy to use. I have killed plenty with 22lr, 44mag shot shells, shovels, etc. Even threw a big rock on the head of one and then used my knife to cut the head off. If you don't have them some good outside dogs roaming the yard are also very good at keeping them out of the yard. Make sure you discourage them from coming around by keeping their food sources in check. Large populations of squirrels and mice mean more chances to run into rattlesnakes. I remember back in the good old days of 1080 we didn't see rattlesnakes hardly every. Maybe one every ten or fifteen years. Now we see probably at least one a month from spring to fall when it cools off.

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I like the .410 idea as well, but she'll have to be careful of shooting snakes that are on or near rocks. Who knows which direction the BB's will bounce off and travel. Also not sure how close your neighbors will be & if they will be pissed about the shooting. Here's another option:http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/template...2&noImage=0Where in Central Oregon are you anyways?

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.410 22lr and 22 might ricochet, my stupid neighbor was trying to kill cottontails with his 22 piston and nearly shot me with a ricochet.

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