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I probably would have grabed my shotgun for this, with an assortment of birdshot, 00 buck and slugs on her sling...

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LINK[/URL]":1a1m2fkf]With a body as thick as a fencepost and a head like a clenched fist, the rattlesnake shook off the pesky ..22-caliber bullets. That's if the bullets even found the coiled, menacing serpent. The shooter didn't dare get any closer than 15 feet. Jim Epley, who turned 74 last week, watched Wednesday morning as his neighbor used a .22-caliber handgun in an effort to dispatch the Eastern diamondback. Epley knew it would take more firepower. He fetched his own .44-caliber Magnum. Two shots later, the snake was dead, although it continued to squirm for a while.


 

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That is quite the snake.

Years ago while hiking I came across a rattlesnake east of SLC. A pellet gun was enough to kill it. It was fine eating, tastes like spicy chicken. One problem with rattlesnake. . .it's all back.

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.44 was a tad overkill, but whatever works... :D

Rattlesnake is a bit chewy, but some good chow.
 

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.44 was a tad overkill, but whatever works... :D

Rattlesnake is a bit chewy, but some good chow.
No such thing as overkill when it comes to killing a snake. I hate 'em!!
 

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Don't waste perfectly good ammo on a rattlesnake.

To kill a rattler, all you need is a shovel. If your shovel is short, you might want a long stick. too. First, you poke the snake with the stick/shovel and get it to strike at it. Repeat several times. Striking is hard work and snakes get tired very quickly and slow way, way down. Keep poking at the snake until it's moving really slow, then chop its head off with the shovel. If the shovel is short, pin the head with the stick first.

If you want to have a little fun, there's lots you can do. Pin the head with a stick and grab the snake just behind the head. By squeezing you can force the jaws open to look at the fangs, milk some poison out (just press behind the fangs with a small stick) or defang it with a pair of pliers. Or, pin the head with a stick then grab the tail and swing the snake in a circle over your head. Make sure no one is standing nearby, of course. Swinging it around looks pretty dangerous, but it's actually not. There's no way the snake can bite. Just make sure you throw it in a safe direction when you let go.

This all sounds a lot more dangerous than it is. You have to try it to see just how slowly the snake moves after only a few strikes. They're so slow, it's really easy to get the head pinned, and once that's done they're harmless. Just be sure that head is under complete control.
 

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Don't waste perfectly good ammo on a rattlesnake.

To kill a rattler, all you need is a shovel. If your shovel is short, you might want a long stick. too. First, you poke the snake with the stick/shovel and get it to strike at it. Repeat several times. Striking is hard work and snakes get tired very quickly and slow way, way down. Keep poking at the snake until it's moving really slow, then chop its head off with the shovel. If the shovel is short, pin the head with the stick first.

If you want to have a little fun, there's lots you can do. Pin the head with a stick and grab the snake just behind the head. By squeezing you can force the jaws open to look at the fangs, milk some poison out (just press behind the fangs with a small stick) or defang it with a pair of pliers. Or, pin the head with a stick then grab the tail and swing the snake in a circle over your head. Make sure no one is standing nearby, of course. Swinging it around looks pretty dangerous, but it's actually not. There's no way the snake can bite. Just make sure you throw it in a safe direction when you let go.

This all sounds a lot more dangerous than it is. You have to try it to see just how slowly the snake moves after only a few strikes. They're so slow, it's really easy to get the head pinned, and once that's done they're harmless. Just be sure that head is under complete control.
You are freaking crazy my friend :shock:
I actually don't mind snakes...i have had many a pet water snake, but what you suggest is crazzzzzzyyyyyyyy.
 

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CRIKEY :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
 

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A .22 is under kill even in Utah.

I was once on a hike to Ed's Peak with a group with ages from 10 to my age, and we were looking for the crash site of a Postal Jet.

We were in thick brush and as one of the young ladies that was with us was about to take the only trail out of the little clearing we were standing in, she jumped back as a coiled rattler blocked her way. It was in the shade under some brush.

I shot it once with my .22 auto loader, it squirmed on the impact, but then quickly crawled away. I couldn't see its head to hit there. but though I hit it elsewhere, I did not dispatch it.

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PW said:
I actually don't mind snakes...i have had many a pet water snake, but what you suggest is crazzzzzzyyyyyyyy.
Not so much. Next time you come across a rattler, get a long stick and get the snake to strike at it a few times. Until you've seen it, it's hard to really grasp just how slow they get.
 
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