Yeah, I think I’d rather grab a hoe for snakes than a .22 LR shotshell in anything. Both have the same effective range.
We had a woodpecker pecking holes in our cedar siding growing up. My dad tried a few things to no avail and then someone from his work mentioned 22 bird shot. He had never heard of it up until then even though he had done a fair bit of pest control around the farm he grew up on and was a hunter.
The ol man went straight to the True Value hardware and bought a box of Federals. Took a crack at Woody and he flew away never to return again.
He gets bats in his barn here and there and has gotten a few with the remainder of those shotshells. Still about half out of 50 left.
He was shooting a rifled barrel Ithaca 49.
Not enough backpressure to cycle an automatic.I never knew smooth bore 22 was a thing. After reading this thread I figured I could find aftermarket 10/22 or similar smooth bore barrels but nope.
I haven't experienced Alaskan mosquitos, but I did have an experience with Canadian ones. My wife and I were in Banff, and we rented a canoe and paddled up the river. I needed to pee, so we pulled over to the shore. I got out, stepped a few feet inland and unzipped. I was midstream when a gray cloud surrounded me. My only thought was to keep shaking it so they couldn't land. As soon as I was done, I ran back to the canoe and shouted to my wife to get ready to paddle. I hopped into the canoe and we paddled like mad to get to the middle of the river, trailing the gray cloud behind us. As soon as we got back into the sun they gave up.I worked with a guy from Louisiana that served two years in Alaska with the Air Force. He said you have heard of Louisiana mosquitoes, how big they are, and their numbers. Well, Alaska mosquitoes are bigger, badder, and there are more of them.