.38 Spl/.357 Magnum Rat Shot?

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  1. GearZ

    GearZ Decent Shooter

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    Hello all. Well, its getting into spring and soon we'll have slithering critters out. I normally leave them alone unless they are in an area where they shouldn't be and/or they are the venomous type (rattlers). In the past, I've used a .410 shotgun to dispatch our uninvited reptile friends, but I am thinking a revolver loaded with shot would be a lot easier to pack.

    Has anyone use these .357 Magnum shot cartridges on small pests (field mice, snakes, etc.)? Thanks.
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    lolinternets125 Rookie Shooter

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    Funny you ask, I've actually carried .357 with snake shot a few times when I was deer hunting. I never ended up using on a snake, but I did manage to put one into a very large rat. It was very effective although I was surprised at the lack of physical trauma. I guess I was expecting the shot to blow it to bits, but that wasn't the case. In any case, it did kill it and I would imagine it would be very effective against rattlers as well.
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    Thanks for the details lolinternets125. It it will zap a large rat, it should put down a snake if administered to the noggin.

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