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Charter Arms Pathfinder (snub .22LR version) as Kit Gun

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Mr. Mosin, Nov 13, 2019.

  1. Mr. Mosin

    Mr. Mosin Member

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    As title says. Charter Pathfinder in .22LR for a woods walking gun. Mainly for elimination of snakes.
     
  2. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Umm, are you asking if we think its a good idea?

    Sure, sounds good as long as bobcats and bears arent a possibility in your area.
     
  3. Fiv3r

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    I think it would make a fine trail gun, but I would prefer a longer barrel and would maybe go up to .22 mag simply for a wider range of effectiveness.

    In my neck of the woods, a .22 will do pretty much everything I ask of a gun. No bears around here and the local Bobcats, if you ever get a glimpse of them, would head for the hills if you made so much as a finger-gun at them. The real dangers, like most places, are the people.

    Snakes don't bother me. I walk around them or shoo them with my walking stick. Never had much reason to waste a bullet and damage my hearing to kill something that didn't need to be killed.
     
  4. Tallball

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    I like mine. :)
     
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  5. OrangePwrx9

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    Been thinking of getting one myself. Have a problem with pests appearing while I'm mowing grass on my rider. The normal carry pieces would be too loud for my locale; a little .22 would be better. But spending $300 or so to whack a woodchuck or two seems silly.

    Have had good luck with a pair of CA Undercovers. That got me looking at their other offerings.
     
  6. tubeshooter

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    When it comes to .22 revolvers - I find it challenging enough to hit with a 3 inch barrel, much less 2 inch.


    That being said, the Charter should work fine I suppose. At least as well as any other snub .22 (like an LCR for example).
     
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  7. ApacheCoTodd

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    I'm a big fan of "snake-shot" in what might be considered a conflicted point of view.

    I like to generally leave buzz-worms alone and MOST ESPECIALLY if I don't intend to kill them in the first place.

    That said, I know from experience the value of taking it or a portion in after a bite to confirm a treatment regimen.

    Generally, I caution folk to leave them COMPLETELY be outside of killing them as there seems to be a growing number of them out there withholding the natural inclination to buzz as it seems to be being interpreted by the snakes as outing one's self for torment by hikers, farmers, hunters and kids.

    My general experience is that short barrels have seemed to pattern .22 shot quite poorly.... for me. I don't know that there's any science or physics to back that up -just my experience.

    Todd.
     
  8. Mr. Mosin

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    Plenty of physics to it, as you say. Shorter barrel doesn't have time to form the pattern as well. And me personally, *any* venomous snake I see, is a dead snake, if I have a firearm with me. Only snake I leave be is a king snake; and that's because I watched a king snake chase down and *eat* a copperhead.
     
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  9. aarondhgraham

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    I'm not downing the choice of a Charter Arms Pathfinder,,,
    I just question why a snubbie instead of a 4" barrel.

    I've always wondered at the moniker "Kit Gun",,,
    I have read old ads where they say "Include this in your camping kit to put meat in the pot."

    Perhaps them old-timers could hit a rabbit or a squirrel with a snubbie,,,
    But I would be lucky to not starve to death if all I had was a snub nosed kit gun.

    BTW, I own and like shooting a 4" Pathfinder,,,
    I can hit just as well with it as with my 4" S&W 34 & 63.

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    Aarond

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  10. MedWheeler

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    I'm among those who would prefer a 3-inch minimum barrel length on a rimfire trail companion. This is the purpose I had in mind when I snapped up a pristine older stainless Taurus 941 3-incher for $225 several months ago. Eight rounds of .22WMR should be quite handy for nearly any need here in southern Florida. In .22LR, I'd opt for my 63-3 Smith and Wesson six-rounder, with its four-inch barrel.
     
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  11. TTv2

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    I think they're fine .22 revolvers, but if the job is snake killing a .38 will hold more shot, have a better trigger, and if you're patient a Bridgeport or Stratford made one will show up eventually on gunbroker with a 3 inch barrel. Ruger's 3 inch LCRx would be equally as light as a Charter, but a better trigger and fit/finish.

    You could also go .44 Special.

    But really, if you want the best option that will throw the most shot a 3 inch .410 in a Taurus Judge or Bond Arms derringer will do it.

    Heck, if you like, I'll sell you my Leinad double barrel .410 derringer for $150.
     
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