Your Preferred Trapline Handgun

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Mr. Mosin, Nov 5, 2021.

  1. Random 8

    Random 8 Member

    Jun 19, 2018
    Central MN
    I used a Ruger 22/45 bull barrel for many years. I kept it loaded with 1 round of CCI Stinger for the occasional impromptu precision shot on a coyote or fox that was not in a trap. The mag was loaded with Aguila subsonic lead HP. I found these effective at dispatching up to coyote sized animals, and also effective on squirrel or rabbit at closer ranges. They generally did not cycle the action in colder weather, and had to be manually cycled. I found the large bolt handles on the Ruger to be easy to manipulate with heavy gloves and cold hands, and the firearm accurate enough for precision shooting. Also quieter than a wheelgun with the subsonics.
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  2. Armored farmer

    Armored farmer Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    South Eastern Illinois
    The Ruger Single Six is perhaps the perfect outdoorsman. 22.
    I love my 4⅝, but I would like to try a 9½ inch to see how it performs. 20190507_190603.jpg
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  3. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    SouthEastern FL
    If I got into it now, I'd probably carry my Taurus 94. It's stainless, holds nine rounds, and is surprisingly accurate. It's just difficult to unload spent brass from; have to whack the ejector tip with the flat handle of my pocketknife or something. Never bothered to send it back to Taurus over that.

    I also have two Heritage Rough Rider guns and a NM Single Six that would serve well, too. My Smith and Wesson 63-3 is too nice (and expensive!) a gun for swamp duty.

    Of course, my NAA .22LR 1.125" would be along, too, just because it pretty much always is. ;)
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  4. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

    Jan 19, 2010
    Galveston Bay is an Hour Away ©
    I have the 9.5 and want the 4.625. The 9.5 is a cool hand rifle. If you have the eyes to make use of the long sighting plane, it's a great shooter. The muzzle heaviness made me choose a larger non-cowboy grip, though.
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  5. BigBlue 94

    BigBlue 94 Member

    Dec 5, 2018
    The Great American Prairie
    Rifles dont make very good trapline guns: they are heavy and unwieldy, and tough to shoot with one hand. Anyone who has trapped will tell you that you had better be strong. Carrying a bucket of traps, supplies, tools, bait, and any critters gets tiresome fast. A lightweight small caliber pistol is perfect.

    Furs are generally sold to a local dealer. Some want the whole carcass and some want em skinned. American demand for furs is almost non-existent. Beaver though, is another story. Beaver pelts are used in making cowboy hats and their castor glands are nearly worth their weight in gold. But beaver trapping is dangerous: body grip traps can take fingers off, and are usually hidden half under water. Conibear traps are not to be taken lightly.
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  6. crestoncowboy

    crestoncowboy Member

    Feb 22, 2011
    I have many 22. Id Carry my Glock 44. When squirrel hunting I carry my new Glock or my 617 ten shot. I don't beat my older guns up anymore and (sacrilege I know...) The Glock shoots surprisingly well and weights next to nothing.

    Any gun should be fine, accuracy wise, for trapped critters. Anything but skunk at least

    Doesn't look as cool but it's replacing my others for field use
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  7. jags

    jags Member

    May 16, 2012
    For the last 6 years I 've carried a Ruger sr22 when I am trapping.Nice and compact, doesn't get in the way.
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  8. Mr. Mosin

    Mr. Mosin Member

    Jun 26, 2019
    Very dangerous
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  9. Electricmo

    Electricmo Member

    Jan 20, 2020
    I use my 500 S&W. Guts and skins all at once.
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  10. Rodfac

    Rodfac Member

    Dec 13, 2012
    Back in the late 50's and early 60's, I trapped muskrats, racoons and the occasional mink. This was south of Buffalo, NY in weather that cannot adequately be described in print for family audiences. While a handgun might have worked had it been legal, I relied on a sawed off baseball bat and tried real hard not to damage the pelt. Guns were not practical at 20 degrees or colder while carrying traps, ice ax, handwarmers and praying that I'd not go through the ice 3 miles from home. YMMv, it was a tougher brand of kid in those long ago boys, say what? Best regard,s Rod
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  11. CajunBass

    CajunBass Member

    Jun 2, 2005
    North Chesterfield, Virginia
    Sounds like a job for a Heritage Rough Rider.
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  12. Anchorite

    Anchorite Member

    Dec 15, 2018
    An old grizzled trapper that roamed the swamps and hollows of Alabama once told me he carried (and preferred) a revolver to a semi-automatic pistol because the revolver required just that much more manipulation to fire a second shot whereas an auto was “always at the ready,” as he put it.

    At times he could drop different loads into the cylinder too. I can’t recall the make and model, but he loved a good 22lr and 357.
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  13. jmorris

    jmorris Member

    Sep 30, 2005
    I don’t trap for fur but have trapped hundreds of hogs, I much prefer a .22 rifle. If I used one of my .22 pistols it would be suppressed though.
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  14. MetalMan52

    MetalMan52 Member

    Feb 12, 2008
    A 2 1/2" H&R 929 22 lr does the trick.
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