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We do a lot of geocaching and the woods around Alabama are full of cotton mouth water rattlers. I need a 6-9 shot 22 to belt carry on these excursions. I need something with a barrel long enough to get the job done. What might you folks recommend?
 

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If I was really worried about nasty poisonous snakes I would carry more than a 22.
I bought a Rossi .38 that when loaded with C.C.I. snake shot, would work for me. It would be b/u to one of my Dan Wessons, loaded with gator/ bear medicine.
 

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If you were going with a .22, the specs you gave sounds like you want a revolver. Taurus has some great ones. But also consider a .22 auto, there are a lot of great ones around, and one that I can heartily recommend is the Beretta Neos -- I own one as do others on the forum. BTW, have you considered buying a Judge? That way you could shoot shot using a .410, and also be able to shoot .45 LC for other purposes.
 

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Yes I am looking at a revolver. I have a Buckmark but don't really want to bang around in the woods with it.
 

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Go to ask. Are snake shot rounds going to be used or regular .22lrf bullets?

If I were carrying a rimfire revolver I would want it to be of .22WRM persuasion.

The CCI rimfire loads in .22WRM hit harder, cover more area with shot in minute of large snake size and range, and the .22WRM has more power coming out of revolver barrel than the .22lrf does coming out of rifle barrel.

I did some penetration tests with both .22lrf and .22WRM rounds. The .22WRM covered and penetrated deeply enough to take out a large snake with good certainty.

The .22lrf is enough to kill a snake with good shot placement. If that's the idea then go with a model 94,970, or a 990.

The longer the barrel of the gun the more spread out the shot charge will be. So a 2 or 3 inch barrel for shot charges seems to be best. 4 inches maximum would be the recommended length.

I do agree with the larger caliber recommendation. .38 Special and up. Snub revolver or a bit longer barrel. CCI shells will do the job and with a larger, could be milder .38 or .44 round, the charge will interdict a snake pretty well. The larger bullet will also help kill the snake a bit better than a rimfire with proper shot placement

For years .22lrf bullets have been putting away large dangerous snakes. How good a shot under stress are you? I'm not questioning your ability, but shooting at a snake under great duress can make some people quiver with fear. Others are cool and calm enough to take the shot if needed.
 

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Don't know what part of the state you are in, working swamps or hill country. I like the Judge for shooting snakes from a zero turn mower. The 2 1/2" Winchester AA shotshells with #8 or#9 shot do a super good job. For a 22 or 22 mag revolver check the pawn shops. Used guns are usually a lot cheaper and just as good. Several single action revolvers come with both 22 and 22 mag cylinders.
 

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Speaking of snakes.
Last year I found this guy on our kitchen table .. no kidding.
It had crawled around the kitchen and knocked a bunch of stuff off the counters.
My wife is a Vet so she took the guy outside and turned him loose.

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Speaking of snakes.
Last year I found this guy on our kitchen table .. no kidding.
It had crawled around the kitchen and knocked a bunch of stuff off the counters.
My wife is a Vet so she took the guy outside and turned him loose.

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If it was my wife that spotted it a split second later she would have been in Ireland....:D
 
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We do a lot of geocaching and the woods around Alabama are full of cotton mouth water rattlers. I need a 6-9 shot 22 to belt carry on these excursions. I need something with a barrel long enough to get the job done. What might you folks recommend?
I have lived in some Petty infested areas of rattlesnakes and have carried .22WMR bird shot, .38 special bird shot and even a .44 mag bird shot they all work, up close. My dad used to carry a old Stevens single shot 410 with the stock and barrel shortened to the legal limit, it worked the best. I'm still pondering buying one of the compact Judge models, I'm sure for small varmints with bird shot it would be awesome, plus with buckshot a dang nice home defense pistola. My 2 cents.....

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Thanks for the input. I've been looking at the Heritage Rough Rider on you tube and for the price I'm leaning that way for now. I'm hoping a few things come together down the road and I can get a Judge. That would be great for home and woods. I'm really glad I found this forum,on a lot of them the new guy is not treated very well!
 

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The used Heritage guns are usually cheap in most pawn/ gun shops. With both cylinders you have both the 22 and 22 mag for a lot less than just the 22 mag you was looking at. What part of the state are you in?
 

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I'm in Vernon. Lamar county.We are on the state line,28 miles from Columbus Ms. I'm thinking I'll go with a new one since the price seems to be right on these guns. I just bought two Taurus M85's.
 

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Yall have some nice size cotton mouths in your area on the creeks and ponds. Rattlers and copperheads in the wooded areas. I'm 60 miles north west of Bham. Deer hunting is good in your part of the country. Turkey season in now, you a hunter?
 

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No, I'm not a hunter. I did a lot of rabbit hunting in my younger day's but got away from it. Pam and I were looking for something to do when we didn't go geocaching so we started doing some shooting. We enjoy getting outside and I've had two back surgery's lately so walking any distance is not possible right now.
 

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OK I'll' bite...what is geocaching? Pls educate this dumb Brit!
 
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