MemberJune 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm
Last fall we bought a place with 5 acres that apparently has quite a few snakes. I don’t mind but apparently the wife and kids do. A lot. I’m looking for something a bit more humane than using a dull shovel spade when they’re on a glue trap or I’m chasing them down. We are somewhat isolated and one of our two closest neighbors is likely anti-gun so noise will matter. I was eyeing the Henry smoothbore 18.5 inch but had a few questions before pulling the trigger.
Is there a better alternative to dealing with this problem?
Will the noise be low enough to use? There are some woods between us and the neighbor I mentioned and I’m unsure of the ability to use a suppressor with this gun.
Am I going to be able to get shot shell ammo?
I’ve got a couple of 22’s and would primarily be using the gun when they are stuck on glue traps so maybe a garden gun wouldn’t be needed?
If you have nothing more to add then “Durr snakes good wife dumb” than move along.
SemperPereuntGuestJune 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm
1. Is it legal to shoot on your property where you live? If so, fuck the neighbors.
2. It takes months and months to get a suppressor so I wouldn’t bank on that for a near-future solution.
3. Get a .410.
cispookGuestJune 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm
Don’t start killing snakes…finds local reptile person and get help with the issue. My go to snake killer is a .410 shotgun and I’ve never had to use it.
jswledhedGuestJune 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm
snakes good wife dumb
jswledhedGuestJune 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm
What kind(s) of snakes?
TexanRuntGuestJune 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm
Just for snakes and rodents? Cheap little .22 Ranger. We’re talkin 150$ brand new, 60 bucks used. Works great, accurate as hell, and can even load it with snake/rodent shot if you want to be 100% that no kids or anyone can really hurt themselves… atleast too badly. It’s basically .22 LR Birdshot that kills snakes, moles, rats etc.
Or just load rat shot into any other .22LR that you have. Turns your .22 into a shotgun for snakes and small rodents, as long as it isn’t a bigger rat snake or anything – but the rat snakes are on your side. Rat shot will kill chicken snakes etc with ease, as well as most copperheads. Academy pretty much always carries it, so does even Walmart, Gander Outdoors and Bass Pro
searanger62GuestJune 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm
.22 revolver with shot loads.
Also, you can get low power .22 loads designed for indoor use that are very quiet.
g-rocklobsterGuestJune 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm
Hey, I get where you’re coming from – my wife, too, was deathly afraid of snakes. When we moved out to “the country” – more outer suburbia on 3 acres – it became a learning experience. Over time she came to appreciate that many of the non-venomous snakes that we saw were actually keeping down the venomous population. I don’t think we once saw a venomous snake on our property while we lived there. But a subdivision we had lived in where everyone had the “all snakes must die” mentality saw a decent mix of copperheads with the rat snakes, king snakes, garter snakes, etc.
I’m not saying don’t continue down the avenue you’re asking about and if you do continue, look for something like a .22 with shot – maybe in a revolver or bolt action rifle (no cycling).
However, if you can work with her (the kids will come around if she does) and educate her that killing off all snakes will ultimately introduce more risk – i.e., a copperhead laying under some brush that the kids step on and get bit because there wasn’t a kingsnake to cull the copperhead population – and only killing off those that pose a true danger, she – and the kids – will be safer.
Take this number and put it in your and her phone:
They’re based in Georgia but I bet it will work throughout the US. You can text a picture of the snake (and, I’ve found out from experience, frogs and lizards) to it and they’ll tell you what kind it is. They may or may not tell you more info but you can look it up. Say they tell you it’s a king snake – look up king snake and show your wife and kids that they help keep the copperhead population down. Rat snakes keep the rodents down.
The delivery of the “change her mind!” message leaves a lot to be desired but if you can, it will help your family on your property far more in the long run than simply kiling every snake. But, if you want to go that route, .22 shot – revolver or bolt action. Should be quiet enough for your neighbors and absolutely no long range risk.
mackerelsnapperGuestJune 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm
You should check out Australia’s mouse plague
modified-10GuestJune 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm
Have you tried telling your wife and kids to suck it up instead of killing snakes for no reason?
loworange88GuestJune 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm
You can sharpen that spade shovel.
.22 cal rifles do have rat shot Ammo available.
Sub sonic rounds are pretty quiet, but not available in shot.
Or buy a pellet pistol. Good for 10 feet and under.
Kain714GuestJune 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm
Don’t kill garter snakes. They’re harmless and good to have around.
AdisturbedhumanbeingGuestJune 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm
Tell your wife to stop being an idiot, Snakes are beneficial to her garden and your house.
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farcide3GuestJune 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm
You will probably end up with more critters that are more harmful if you kill the garter snakes. But .410 or .22 would do the job