Effective range of snake shot?

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  • gtodave

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    I have .22 lr rounds of 12 shot "pest control"...as title says, what's my range? I've got a bit of a rat problem in the chicken run, and the usual treatments haven't worked. I can sit in my living room and watch (warmly) from about 13 yards, but dont know if that's too far or not
     

    MeatGrinder

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    When I have used .22 snake shot, it was basically just pointing towards the ground at maybe a 45 degree angle. I can't imagine your distance being effective either in energy or pattern. But, you could always experiment. The CCI Quiet ammo would be effective at your distance.
     

    johnkn

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    .22 LR snake shot is effective on snakes at a range of 6-7’ from the muzzle of a rifled barrel. Penetrating the hide of a rat will likely reduce the range.

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    gtodave

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    Thanks all. That's what I figured. I did kill one at about 15 feet last night FWIW. I guess I'll have to sit out in the cold to be a little closer to them
     

    John from MD

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    I have .22 lr rounds of 12 shot "pest control"...as title says, what's my range? I've got a bit of a rat problem in the chicken run, and the usual treatments haven't worked. I can sit in my living room and watch (warmly) from about 13 yards, but dont know if that's too far or not
    Unless you have a Remington Garden Gun, the rifling of your rifle or pistol will disperse the shot. I would not expect much from the .22 version. My .45 Colt with 5.5 inch barrel will kill squirrel size rodents within 7 yards but it has a lot more shot.
     

    gtodave

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    Unless you have a Remington Garden Gun, the rifling of your rifle or pistol will disperse the shot. I would not expect much from the .22 version. My .45 Colt with 5.5 inch barrel will kill squirrel size rodents within 7 yards but it has a lot more shot.
    I was.going to research today for other cartridges that came in snake shot...thanks!
     

    John from MD

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    I was.going to research today for other cartridges that came in snake shot...thanks!
    I know they make it in .22LR, .22 Mag, .38 SPL, .40 S&W, .44 SPL, .45 ACP, .45 Colt and 9mm. In some cases, you can get #4, #8 or #12 shot. I have tried the 9mm in several semi autos and it will not cycle, either with the #6 or #12 shot.
     

    Joseph

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    I have had a field mouse problem in the chicken coop and used this bucket trap. It works well. Taken out a dozen so far with minimal effort. If your rats are big it may not work though. There are DIY versions of this too.
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    Bountied

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    Time to buy a .22 suppressor? CCI standards are super quiet as well as the Gemtech subs. They work great on squirrels.
     

    Uncle Duke

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    Henry makes a smooth bore lever action "Garden Gun" if you have a continuous need where you think it would make the most sense to shoot #12 snake shot. Effectively a tiny shotgun, it seems like it would be effective at ranges to 20 feet, and perhaps even 30 feet or so.

     

    gtodave

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    I have had a field mouse problem in the chicken coop and used this bucket trap. It works well. Taken out a dozen so far with minimal effort. If your rats are big it may not work though. There are DIY versions of this too.
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    Thanks. I've tried various take offs of this a bunch of times...never worked once. These country rats are SMART. One might get caught in a trap ONCE, but after that, the others know to stay away from it. I've tried every trap that's out there. The problem is that I have to keep them away from the chickens.
    Sounds like the perfect excuse to buy a .410.
    I have a 28ga. I'm just trying to keep the noise down because I'm hunting at night. I need scatter shot because I can't see the sights too well on the gun. The 22 snake shot barely makes any noise at all, even though it doesn't cycle my gun (which is the perfect reason to pick up a bolt 22 gun :innocent0 )
     

    gtodave

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    Henry makes a smooth bore lever action "Garden Gun" if you have a continuous need where you think it would make the most sense to shoot #12 snake shot. Effectively a tiny shotgun, it seems like it would be effective at ranges to 20 feet, and perhaps even 30 feet or so.

    Damn that's cool...might have to invest in that
     

    Joseph

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    I think your best firearm solution is the suppressed .22 as previously stated. If noise is not an issue then a 9mm rimfire garden gun is great for pest control. I picked up a nice Webley&Scott from a forum member a few years ago. Both of these require you to spend time waiting on the little bastiges. I think the bucket type trap would be best since you won’t have to be an active participant in the operation.
     

    MeatGrinder

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    I would suggest a small. 22 with a red dot shooting CCI Quites. If you need a touch of light to find them , one of those solar lights might work.

    I have used those smoke cartridges followed by flooding for rats.
     

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