View Full Version : Snake Rounds for a single shot 12ga.

05-17-2012, 4:57 PM
Is there anything out there in the ammo like that. Or can anyone recommend a quality single or double barrel .410. I have checked the Rossi models and am not that enamored with them. I used to have an Ithaca over under .22/.410 which would be perfect too. Can't find one.
The 12ga is overkill, it is just that I have a single shot that the wife isn't uncomfortable with when I am not around.

I think I answered my own question, found a pellet size chart. Now I just need to figure out the length and how that applies to the round, power and use.

05-17-2012, 5:46 PM
2 3/4" shells are fine for snakes with legs or not. Look at #7 1/2 or #8, #9 for snakes in a target round and 00 buck for the snakes with legs.

05-17-2012, 5:46 PM
i would think that birdshot in a 12ga would work for a snake.

05-17-2012, 5:48 PM
I would go looking for a 20gauge single shot

05-17-2012, 7:53 PM
Mine's a Rossi Circuit Judge. Pretty versatile w/ 3" .410 and .45 Colt.

Stevens combination guns are out there in various combinations (sold my 20g x .22 for $'s toward the Rossi).

There's the "Snake Charmer" .410.

I don't think H&R makes their single shot in .410.

An old Beretta Companion in .410 would be a nice find.

As for shells, anything from #6 thru #9 in any shotgun does a fine job. 12g is a lot of energy to shoot a few feet in front of you though.

05-17-2012, 9:20 PM
12g is a lot of energy to shoot a few feet in front of you though.
Yeah, that is my concern.
Thanks for the suggestions guys.

05-18-2012, 6:21 AM
Get a 410 tube for your 12 ga.

05-18-2012, 9:01 AM
Get a 410 tube for your 12 ga.

They do have those. I think it's a good idea...

05-18-2012, 9:52 AM
I have a 12 gauge barrel for my H&R Pardner, and the Winchester 'Winlite' loads are pretty tame - basically any 12 gauge load you shoot from a 5 pound shotgun isn't going to be pleasant.

05-18-2012, 10:22 AM
Get a box of light recoil target loads. Like the Winchester AA Light or X-Tra Light Target Load. About $8 a box of 25. Bass Pro carries them.

Keep an eye on pawn shops and the WTS forums. There are nice old guns that come up for sale once in a while. I've got a beautiful old .410 SxS, and a nice Savage Model 24 with .22/.410.

Another alternative is to use snake shot in your handgun. But overall, it's probably easiest to just give them a wide berth if you can.

05-18-2012, 12:36 PM
A .22 with snake shot rounds might be just the ticket.

05-18-2012, 12:42 PM
A .22 with snake shot rounds might be just the ticket.

Out of a pistol, I can say they're pretty anemic if the snakes are bigguns. Maybe in a rifle/carbine they'd do better.

05-18-2012, 12:57 PM
Just depends on the pistol.

Out around the property I carry a 44mag with a couple rounds of snake shot. Out of the 44 the snake shot round can take down a rabbit at 10 to 20 yards.

Would have to be a DAMN big snake to not take it at a few feet.

05-18-2012, 2:58 PM
Out of a pistol, I can say they're pretty anemic if the snakes are bigguns. Maybe in a rifle/carbine they'd do better.

I've killed 7-8 rattlers with my single six loaded with snake shot from 3-5 feet or so. I always aimed for the head, and killed them in one shot. The last one I killed was with my sp101 .38 with Speer shot loads at about 2 feet, again, one shot was all it took. With that said, I bet one of the 'trapper' model leverguns in .357 would be a dandy snake killer with .38 special shot loads.

Spirit 1
05-20-2012, 8:57 AM
I've been using .22 caliber CCI Mini-Mag Shotshells on California & Arizona rattlers for many years. That's for large northern Pacific Timber rattlers and smaller southern Mohave. A single .22 headshot does it every time, at least for up to 7-8 foot snakes.

A revolver is best for its fast handling, quick pointing. Mohave rattlers are extremely fast, aggressive and will chase you. I've been chased across the desert while trying to shoot behind me while trying to watch out where I'm running so I don't fall down, real complicated, real fast! Probably hilarious on video. That's why the revolver is best for snakes. Sure couldn't do that with a shotgun, and why lug along the weight if it can be avoided?

05-20-2012, 9:11 AM
If you don't need the full power of 2 3/4 bird shot, you can use
Aquila 1 3/4 with 7.5 shot.


Virtually no recoil

05-20-2012, 10:39 AM
I solved the issue, got my .22/.410 back. I thought my dad gave it to my nephew years ago. He had it, perfect for my wife.
Thanks for all the suggestions, I'm still going to check all of them out. Knowledge can never hurt.

05-20-2012, 11:43 AM
There may be some confusion here (along with good natured ribbing) over the use of the term "Snake Rounds."

Generally, I think, snake rounds or snake shot is used in reference to handgun caliber rounds loaded with small sized shot, meant for snakes or other small creatures.

I've never heard the use of "Snake Rounds" with reference to a shotgun load.