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#492953 - 06/29/18 11:24 AM Re: Ideal Pond gun? [Re: Clay N' Pray]
Redonthehead Offline
Fingerling

Registered: 04/03/07
Posts: 191
Loc: Missouri
Probably a small gauge shotgun would be safest for shooting at water. However I now use a scoped Savage bolt action in .17 HMR . This caliber will flat knock out an armadillo,skunk, etc. I use a lot of caution on the rare occasion i shoot at water.

Speaking of beavers, I was shocked to see beaver damage at my new pond. There are now three 330ís underwater. Those things are pretty hairy to handle as my fingers have felt the wrath of a small body grip trap and I know they hurt.
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#492978 - 06/29/18 07:54 PM Re: Ideal Pond gun? [Re: FireIsHot]
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Registered: 09/19/14
Posts: 2525
Loc: Harrison Co. Texas
Thanks Al, I was aware of some live beaver traps but was not sure they would work with Otters. I usually set up near slides but have caught a couple that were in or near a beaver entrance located just under the water surface. After eliminating the two beavers I removed the connibar 330 trap from the pond. I did not like the risk with the two Golden Pups, even though the trap was some 200 yds away. I found a small otter turd (scat) a couple of days ago and believe it came from a small otter. The otters I have trapped have been in the 20 to 25lb range so I am thinking this one is smaller. But, I have not found an otter or it's arse would be mine. I feel better having traps out if I would did worry about the 6 month old pups chasing something into the water. Looks like I will be getting some live traps, Thanks again
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#494617 - 08/07/18 05:46 PM Re: Ideal Pond gun? [Re: Clay N' Pray]
Clay N' Pray Offline


Registered: 12/03/17
Posts: 194
Loc: Caswell co NC
Put together my version of the perfect pond rifle today. Ruger 96/22WMR, 16" BBL, 1X4 compact scope.
I still need a sling.
Snappers and beavers beware!!


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#494620 - 08/07/18 07:32 PM Re: Ideal Pond gun? [Re: Clay N' Pray]
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Registered: 02/12/15
Posts: 116
Loc: Zachary, Louisiana
Here's mine. An integrally suppressed Ruger MK II. I also have a integrally suppressed Ruger 77/44, but it's a little much for pond work. lol


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#494621 - 08/07/18 07:46 PM Re: Ideal Pond gun? [Re: JKS3613]
Clay N' Pray Offline


Registered: 12/03/17
Posts: 194
Loc: Caswell co NC
Originally Posted By: JKS3613
Here's mine. An integrally suppressed Ruger MK II. I also have a integrally suppressed Ruger 77/44, but it's a little much for pond work. lol


Ha! Great minds...

I've got a 77/357 that I SBR'd and threaded. It's movie quiet with 38spl.


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#494626 - 08/07/18 11:30 PM Re: Ideal Pond gun? [Re: Clay N' Pray]
JKS3613 Offline


Registered: 02/12/15
Posts: 116
Loc: Zachary, Louisiana
Beautiful! These are so much fun too!


Originally Posted By: Clay N' Pray
Originally Posted By: JKS3613
Here's mine. An integrally suppressed Ruger MK II. I also have a integrally suppressed Ruger 77/44, but it's a little much for pond work. lol


Ha! Great minds...

I've got a 77/357 that I SBR'd and threaded. It's movie quiet with 38spl.

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#494849 - 08/14/18 08:24 AM Re: Ideal Pond gun? [Re: Clay N' Pray]
Clay N' Pray Offline


Registered: 12/03/17
Posts: 194
Loc: Caswell co NC
Verdict is in, Its a keeper.
Shoots where I point it.
Plenty of horsepower for normal pond business and quiet enough to keep things private.


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#494857 - 08/14/18 02:10 PM Re: Ideal Pond gun? [Re: Clay N' Pray]
JKS3613 Offline


Registered: 02/12/15
Posts: 116
Loc: Zachary, Louisiana
Nice setup for sure! How is the suppression with the WMR round?

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#494858 - 08/14/18 02:19 PM Re: Ideal Pond gun? [Re: JKS3613]
Clay N' Pray Offline


Registered: 12/03/17
Posts: 194
Loc: Caswell co NC
Originally Posted By: JKS3613
Nice setup for sure! How is the suppression with the WMR round?


Hearing safe at the shooters ear.
The sonic crack occurs well down range.
The locked breech also helps keep things quieter at the shoooter.

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#494859 - 08/14/18 04:38 PM Re: Ideal Pond gun? [Re: Clay N' Pray]
JKS3613 Offline


Registered: 02/12/15
Posts: 116
Loc: Zachary, Louisiana
Yeah, that's why I like the Ruger rifles as a suppression platform. So much noise comes from that damn bolt opening and closing. IMO, bolt or lever action is the only way to go.

Originally Posted By: Clay N' Pray
Originally Posted By: JKS3613
Nice setup for sure! How is the suppression with the WMR round?


Hearing safe at the shooters ear.
The sonic crack occurs well down range.
The locked breech also helps keep things quieter at the shoooter.

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#495146 - 08/21/18 08:52 PM Re: Ideal Pond gun? [Re: Clay N' Pray]
gnappi Offline


Registered: 08/21/18
Posts: 2
Loc: Southeast Florida U.S.
Hi all, new member here. I've lurked for a while and joined today.

Anyway regarding handguns and shotshells... at anything at more than point blank range (barrel nearly touching vermin) they are generally a waste of ammo.

I've shot "at" numerous snakes with a S&W 629 44 with shotshells and within 3-4 feet the shot pattern was so wide it failed to be effective. Even my Thompson Center Contender with a choke tube was nearly as bad. It did kill some snakes but I think that the plastic shotshell casing was more lethal than the shot :-)

A real shotgun with a decent shot size and choke has no issues with dispatching varmints and water skipping long distance is really not a big issue where a most center and rimfire are a problem there.




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