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I was watching Swamp People over the weekend and noticed that when an alligator is caught and pulled to boat one of the guys was using a Savage Arms 17HMR to shoot the alligator dead with one shot. One guy even had a plain .22 cal pump rifle. Looks like the preferred weapons are rimfire whether it be rifle or handgun.
 

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Maybe they know exactly where to hit it with a small high powered round.....personally I'd rather have a 30-30 or something like that. :)
 

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Point blank range, shot placement isn't an issue. Nor is stopping power since the gator is already under control, you just have to wait for them to die. .22 LR is the obvious 4 cent solution.
 

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Think they mentioned that it was a "quarter size" target on the head, but when that alligator is thrashing around like crazy its got to be tough to shoot a rifle one handed like many do. I guess a center fire rifle could do too much damage at point blank range?
 

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It's all about shot placement. As a kid I saw some 300lbs or so hogs shot in the head with a .22 and go down. On youtube I've seen some "hunters" using a .45 and needing several shots to take the hog down.
 

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It's all about shot placement. As a kid I saw some 300lbs or so hogs shot in the head with a .22 and go down. On youtube I've seen some "hunters" using a .45 and needing several shots to take the hog down.
Slaughterhouses use a hammer powered by the equivalent of a .22LR.
 

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As someone mentioned, It's the perfect 4 cent solution. I'm sure if they could find larger calibers for the same price they would use them. Since a .22 will do the job, that's what they use. The rifles are cheap to replace too, if it breaks or they drop it in the river.
 

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I can see it now........New for 2012.........Taurus .17 HMR 8" Barrel. The Lizard King
 

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It's one thing if you were catching the gator simply for meat, you can shoot it with a. 50 cal. if you're so inclined. But with a. 17 or. 22, you create minimal damage to the leather, but maximize your effectiveness with excellent shot placement.
 
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it is about money, anything over a .22 would ruin the head and those gator hunters get top dollar for every part of the gator that isn't ruined by a high powered rifle even the head.
 

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It's all about shot placement. As a kid I saw some 300lbs or so hogs shot in the head with a .22 and go down. On youtube I've seen some "hunters" using a .45 and needing several shots to take the hog down.
I knew a 'ol boy once that never went hungry and never bought meat, lived off the states venison or whatever only shooting iorn he owned was a old winchester auto in 22WRF. "Shot placement" .
 

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It is all about minimizing damage to the product. In this case the hide of the gator.
 

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it is about money, anything over a .22 would ruin the head and those gator hunters get top dollar for every part of the gator that isn't ruined by a high powered rifle even the head.
The average price of alligator hide is $25.00 per foot, and meat is at an average of $2.14 per pound.
 

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.22 also makes less of a mess when they kill it.
 

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There is one guy on that show that keeps a NAA mini revolver in his upper overalls pocket. One episode showed him using it to finish off his quarry that day.
 

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Talk about the worst conditions for any rifle or handgun, hot humid weather with barrel practically place in the swampy water with water splashing up on every shot.
 
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