Has anyone actually shot a snake with snake shot??

Has anyone actually shot a snake with snake shot??

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    Has anyone actually shot a snake with snake shot??

    Like from a 38 revolver? I've seen the internet page with the targets and other things shot, but no snakes.

    Just curious, details please.


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    Neighbors killed 4 last year with it.

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    Yes, several. 10-12 feet away will usually let you break them down if nothing else allowing you to get closer for a finishing head shot.

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    Nope, not 38. Used CCI 22LR sabot cased bird shot. Snakes are dead. Very little damage to the skin all things considered. The 22LR works fine on small snakes, for larger snakes a larger caliber/gauge is suggested. Like 12GA. :)

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    I've shot a few western diamondback's with it in SW OK when I lived there. At close range, where the pellets are still concentrated, it does a decent job. The further out you get the less effective it is. I prefer to give them a wide berth if possible.
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    Yep, like everyone says, closer is better. I have shot rattlesnakes in west Texas.Usually 10 or so feet away. Man, I HATE that rattling noise. Makes my skin crawl. I also shot a dove I had wounded. It was in a bush 10 feet away and finished it off....without blowing it in pieces.
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    Nope. .45 ACP, yep. D.O.A., but not up here. No nasty ones here.
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    Was fishing with a friend in his john boat on a lake in East Texas. We were pluging along the shore when a cottonmouth dropped out of a tree into the boat. I shot him in the boat with a .357 with snake shot. Killed the snake and made some dents in the aluminum boat. Went to the shore to check out my pants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IWLAFART View Post
    Was fishing with a friend in his john boat on a lake in East Texas. We were pluging along the shore when a cottonmouth dropped out of a tree into the boat. I shot him in the boat with a .357 with snake shot. Killed the snake and made some dents in the aluminum boat. Went to the shore to check out my pants.
    That give a new meaning to "stink bait"
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    Quote Originally Posted by SleepingZ View Post
    That give a new meaning to "stink bait"
    Now, that's funny.... LOL.

    I take a long a .410 single shot. I have seen the rounds and wondered myself if they were any good at all out of a .357. But, I kind of want the rounds in my .357 for self defense of other types (aggresive coyotes we have, etc) and that these rounds would have no effect on.

    My experience with Diamond backs is, you don't mess with them, they won't mess with you. Now Mocassins, whole different matter.

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    The .38s work very well on snakes. I kill several each year & usually with .38s.....others I have shot with .22magnum.

    The .22magnums work well on rats as well! (if you're close enough...under 15 feet, much past that & they're to far away for the shot to kill them.)
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    The last snake I shot was on the top of our 6 foot high wooden fence beside my wife's bird feeder. She FREAKED. Unless I killed the snake, she was going to make us move. If I had to kill it, might as well make some sport out of it. I decided to use my target 22, but she then placed certain restrictions on me, like "don't shoot the fence, don't shoot my bird feeder, etc.". I got out my old trusty SA 22lr revolver loaded with target ammo and proceeded to squeeze off one of my proudest shots. Clipped the top half of the neck from 25 feet with her in my ear telling me what not to do the whole time. We went outside the fenced in area, jumped the pasture fence, and went around back to find the snake dead with the head hanging on by a thread. I was all stoked and she was not impressed at all with the shot. To this day she has no appreciation for the shot...I'm still quite proud of it. I have some 22 shot shells, but I've never used it.
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    I've killed half a dozen copperheads and rattlers with .22 snake shot. Usually about 5-6 feet away. Also three mice same distance. All DRT, but I always go for the head shot.

    Shooting boring (carpenter) bees on the wing with .22 shot is great sport, also. No idea how many of them I have blasted; 4 or 5 dozen.

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    I've dispatched quite a few snakes with .22 LR shot. Never used .38 though.

    I call my old .22 SA Army my snake-charmer.
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