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We recently moved out to the sticks with a little acreage of thick oak woods. I go to the back of my place every day to check the hog trap. I'll carry a shotgun or my 10/22 or my Rossi 92 loaded with light .38 often when walking, but on the dirt bike with a load of corn for the feeder or the trap, I strap on my old Rossi M511 Sportsman, a 6 shot 4" stainless "kit gun" with great sights.

I bought my first one at Walmart in Victoria, Texas around 1988 back when they sold handguns. It shot well and I shot it a lot, but we had a home break in and that's one of the guns I lost. I missed it terribly, then one gun show I found a used one for the same 200 bucks I paid for the new one, this about 15 years later and a year or so after the robbery. I snatched it up not caring to argue the price. I WANTED it. Turns out, this one is even more accurate. It will lob Federal bulk into 2" at 25 yards off sandbags, but it is incredible with the new Federal Auto Match. Bought some just for testing, was so, so in all my other .22 caliber firearms, but in the Rossi, they shoot into an INCH, that's one inch 5 shot groups off sandbags from 25 yards! This thing is a little portable rifle! When I can only carry a handgun, it goes with me on my hog trap checks and feeder fills and I even plinked a turtle off the tank a few days ago with it, dead shot from about 15 yards. :D I have taken rabbits with my 511s over the years, yet to take a squirrel, but I feel THAT coming soon as we have squirrels here.

Anyhow, I just had to put a word in for the little fart. I keep it ready to go in a flap style ballistic nylon holster actually built for a medium double stack auto. I keep two Phoenix Arms HP22 magazines in the spare mag case on the holster for reloading the little revolver, best use I've found yet for that HP22 zinc wonder. :cool:

 

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Nice gun! What's the hog trap look like. I live in PA and we don't have hogs, curious to see what a hog trap looks like. The only one I can think of is the local bar at 2am :D
 
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nice piece. thanks for sharring, sounds like your having way to much fun. :thumb:
 

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The trap. Large pic, sorry. Forgot to hit 640x480 when I uploaded it.
Cool! Looks like a larger version of my racoon trap. I'm assuming you eat the hogs right? Bacon, chops, etc. Can you trap them year round?
 

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Yep, eat 'em so long as they're not too big. The trap limits size to maybe 250 lbs. The one in that shot is under 200. Hogs are a nuisance in Texas, big time problem. The state begs folks to kill as many as they can. Does no good, more'n ever around now days. They have the natality rate of rabbits and the mama is FAR more equipped to protect her young from 'yotes and bobcats and such.

I didn't used to run the trap in the hot months, they die in the heat of summer. But, now, I have the trap behind my house out by the back fence, can run it every day, short walk through the woods with my gun or a ride on one of the bikes. :D I've been here 3 months and haven't got one, but have quite a few pix on the game cam of 'em.

Unlike a hava-a-heart trap, you don't DARE let a hog out of the trap alive. They are always POed and have a very bad disposition along with some nasty lookin' edged weapons in their mouth. Little ones the size I can step on aren't much a problem, but a bigger boar or even sow, KILL it. :D
 

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We recently moved out to the sticks with a little acreage of thick oak woods. I go to the back of my place every day to check the hog trap. I'll carry a shotgun or my 10/22 or my Rossi 92 loaded with light .38 often when walking, but on the dirt bike with a load of corn for the feeder or the trap, I strap on my old Rossi M511 Sportsman, a 6 shot 4" stainless "kit gun" with great sights.

I bought my first one at Walmart in Victoria, Texas around 1988 back when they sold handguns. It shot well and I shot it a lot, but we had a home break in and that's one of the guns I lost. I missed it terribly, then one gun show I found a used one for the same 200 bucks I paid for the new one, this about 15 years later and a year or so after the robbery. I snatched it up not caring to argue the price. I WANTED it. Turns out, this one is even more accurate. It will lob Federal bulk into 2" at 25 yards off sandbags, but it is incredible with the new Federal Auto Match. Bought some just for testing, was so, so in all my other .22 caliber firearms, but in the Rossi, they shoot into an INCH, that's one inch 5 shot groups off sandbags from 25 yards! This thing is a little portable rifle! When I can only carry a handgun, it goes with me on my hog trap checks and feeder fills and I even plinked a turtle off the tank a few days ago with it, dead shot from about 15 yards. :D I have taken rabbits with my 511s over the years, yet to take a squirrel, but I feel THAT coming soon as we have squirrels here.

Anyhow, I just had to put a word in for the little fart. I keep it ready to go in a flap style ballistic nylon holster actually built for a medium double stack auto. I keep two Phoenix Arms HP22 magazines in the spare mag case on the holster for reloading the little revolver, best use I've found yet for that HP22 zinc wonder. :cool:

I have it's twin, a M511 I bought back in the 80's for my boat.. Used to take squirrels in the back yard with sub-sonic rounds so the neighbors wouldn't complain or call the PD. At 10 yards it would consistently put a one shot headshot kill from my office window to the fruit tree the bandits were assaulting (lol). Do you know if the HKS 22-J speedloader (6 round) works on this guy?
 

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Nice!
 

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I've seen pig sign a couple of times the last few years. Haven't seen a pig yet.
Would be nice.
Son #1 has been talking about setting up a hunting trip to Texas, if he does, I have asked to join him - it would be an easy place to meet - 2/3 of the way for each of us. :D
 

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Nice gun and story.

I'm really considering getting my first Rossi sometime in the near future.
 

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The trap. Large pic, sorry. Forgot to hit 640x480 when I uploaded it.

Dear lord, that hog had a gun! You are lucky that you got the first shot off and he did not return fire!

Smart hog though, looks like he had a Taurus. :D
 
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That is a beautiful looking Rossi you have there sir. I've been wanting a nice .22 stainless SA/DA revolver for some time now. If I see one for 2 bills I will snatch it up just like you did!
 

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Very nice wheel gun !
 

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Thanks for an interesting and informative thread.

I have heard that feral hogs are blight upon the environment in many areas of our country.
 

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Thanks for an interesting and informative thread.

I have heard that feral hogs are blight upon the environment in many areas of our country.
They're thick down zt my place in Calhoun county, but up here, they move in for a while, then they're gone. I watch for sign and my game camera helps tell me when they're here. I don't set the trap unless we have hogs here.
 
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