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best rifle for pythons

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by mainecoon, Dec 8, 2012.

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  1. snakeman

    snakeman Member

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    Ok first things first. Boa's don't get 12 feet long. You're talking about a burmese or reticulated python. Boa's and pythons are completely different animals.Also, don't worry about being eaten. It would take a 30 foot snake to do that and you probably don't taste that good anyway. Next item on the list. 20 gauge. If you go after the one's that are turned loose in florida every year, you would be doing a great public service. So good on ya for that. However, learn your snake species before shooting them.
     
  2. Ky Larry

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    12ga with a Colt Anaconda for backup.
     
  3. Texan Scott

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    I have some experience with snakes. My first experience with a South American boa constrictor was when I was 7. It was deeply unpleasant, and probably the source of my abiding fear and hatred of snakes in general. TAIHTSAT.

    Large snakes are incredibly fast and extremely strong. They are agile, more clever than you give them credit for, and very good at hiding, even big ones. Their incredible muscular density and tough hides mean they are heavier and tougher than anything 6" thick has any right to be. Large snakes are not birds. Leave the birdshot and 22s at home.

    I recommend a 12 or 20 with #4 or #3 buck, a good light, and caution.
     
  4. RSVP2RIP

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    Have you found huntable numbers of 12ft boa constricters somewhere I don't know about? I'd say a 3" punt gun would be my choice. Don't forget the eye patch and bandana on the head. Yar...
     
  5. 1911 guy

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    I'm no snake biologist. But from what I do remember of biology classes, most reptilies have fairly primitive nervous systems and primitive means durable when it comes to shutting things down. And since we're talking about somthing that is A) potentially dangerous to me and B) the surrounding area is better off when said critter is dead, I'm inclined to go with something larger than a .22 LR. Whether it is a small centerfire like the .22 Hornet, .410 shotgun with larger shot sizes, halfway decent caliber handgun, whatever. I just think I'd want more than a .22 rimfire had to offer.
     
  6. Centurian22

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    I have to chime in here: First, a boa constrictor is not a python. Two totally different families of snake. Second, I have a red tail boa (Boa Constrictor) for a pet so if it truly is boas I vote No hunting. Even with that said if a wild snake (or to clarify a snake in the wild that was not mine) were putting me or my family in danger I would not hesitate to dispatch it. I'd have to vote 12 or 20ga with medium to small shot size.
     
  7. nastynatesfish

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    I just posted a siaga 20. I'm sur you could get it with 13 rounds of slugs in you pocket (buy it, but it!!!). Lol
     
  8. topher89

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    I would want something bigger than a 22lr. Maybe a 22 mag or a centerfire like a 223 or a 204 ruger
     
  9. Lone Star

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    Just out of curiosity, are you talking about a boa constictor or a python? The latter get quite a bit bigger.
     
  10. osprey176

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    Lemaymiami,the FWC is offering a month long, limited python hunt in 3 Everglades WMA's and SWFWMD land.$1000 for the longest and $1500 for the most pythons.They are to be checked in "humanely dispatched",and preferred in no more than two pieces.The permits are good for pythons and tagus,although I believe the prizes are only for pythons.It's about time the state did something about this problem.As a former Floridian I am well aware of the situation with invasive species in the state.You can pick up a permit and be a part of the solution.Good hunting!
     
  11. Jim Watson

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    I would take a full choke shotgun and medium-large shot.
    I think a turkey gun and loads would work well.
     
  12. Dr T

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    After dispatching quite a few 6+ ft long rattlesnakes in West Texas, I have decided that a .410 is definitely marginal--often needing several shots. (and 22 lr or 22 mag with snake shot are almost useless--I prefer solids).

    I would vote for a 12 ga or 20 ga with at least a 1 oz shot load of #4 shot or larger.
     
  13. lemaymiami

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    Osprey, that's good news.... but I'm not likely to invest one minute of my time in search of any prize... A straight up bounty for each one killed year 'round would be welcome. I'm not a herpetologist ( or anyone with formal training/education about reptiles). I would only take up hunting again (Vietnam pretty much cured me of doing any hunting for fun....) for a specific dollar amount for each one brought in. No, you won't find me hunting them when they're active. I'd confine my efforts to nice warm sunny afternoons during the coldest weather possible. Like all reptiles they'll be found sunning themselves along canal banks.

    I'm sure the FWC is well intentioned but they have absolutely no control over ENP where I do most of my guiding. The Park until very recently wouldn't even allow a permitted individual to bring a firearm into their jursidiction (and you don't want to hear what FWC officers have to say about Park Rangers).

    By the way for folks who aren't familiar with what we face here in south Florida... lots and lots of exotic pet owners down here have been releasing their reptiles when they get too big to handle comfortably - and it's been going on for years and years. In the urban areas you can find great numbers of iguanas along every canal bank. Fortunately those critters are vegetarians and don't have much impact on native animals at all. The Burmese python, on the other hand, is a real and growing problem. I've seen one video that shows just how cold resistant the darned animals are. There's a real possibility that they'll be able to move out of this state and at least as far as the Carolinas eventually (the video showed a winter study up there where a half dozen of them spent a full winter outdoors in Carolina where the snakes survived just fine, thank you....). They've been found now down in the Keys (as their numbers increase and they eat through the available food supply they move to where the food is....). Nothing in our environment is equipped to control their numbers. 'Gators will eat anything but these snakes are more land animals than water borne. I'm just glad no idiot has thought it a good idea to release a breeding pair of tigers into the 'Glades... With such a vast area and our limited ability to access more than just a small portion of it... exotic animals that come from places like the 'Glades are right at home there... most think of the 'Glades as miles upon miles of freshwater, sawgrass, and 'gators.... fully one third of it is brackish creeks, rivers, bays, and great areas of mangrove jungle and that's where you'll find me most days.
     
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    I wonder if the Florida cougar population will develop a taste for snake meat?
     
  16. Art Eatman

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    Heh. This snake grew legs! Off to the Hunting forum.
     
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    I use a .410 for killing cottonmouth snakes.
    Since those big constrictors are normally found in dense patches of underbrush and shots are close, I think the .410 would work just as well for them.

    Problem with snakes and heavy calibers is that the blaster rifles tend to throw the snakes around when the load hits them, smaller guages and calibers will anchor the beasts without tossing them around.
    ALWAYS try for a head shot! Body shot snakes don't always die right away and can move off quicker than you think.

    A wounded and angry snake isn't something you want to go following after.

    I would think a .22 Magnum, .22 Hornet, .25/20 or downloaded .223 would do just fine on pythons if you want to use a rifle. HTH
     
  18. sleepyone

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    really?
     
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    Note he says a 12 foot long Boa, as if he has a specific one in mind. Perhaps it is his white whale.
     
  21. rcmodel

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    I do believe I'll just take a 20 ga cylinder bore Remington 870 Marine Magnum.
    So the bluing doesn't get rusty when the snake splatters get on it.

    But they don't make one.

    Only a 12 ga., but i guess that would work pretty good too!

    If I came across a snake that big, I wouldn't plan to just mess around with killing it.

    It's gonna be snake-burger in at least a few places before I stop shooting it.

    rc
     
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    The 458 lot.....



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    my thoughts exactly
     
  25. Pete D.

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    I am thinking that neither a rifle nor a pistol is the best choice unless you can walk right up to the animal and be sure of a CN shot. Reptile brains are small....and one needs to know exactly where they are.
    A shotgun is a better idea. From about six yards or so, the pattern should be wide enough to saturate the animal's head.
    If you are going to get close on a cool day, the machete is a quick solution.
    Yes, you can shoot the animal in the body or a non central nervous system shot and it will eventually die but if you want it to die now, you have to be precise.
    Pete
     
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