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Anyone running bird shot through your Judge or Governor?


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Looking to carry a Judge strictly for the purpose of snake eradication while hiking.
Any specific recommendations based on experience?
Cheaper the better.


Swimming Pool Monkey
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Always killed snakes with #8 shot...out of a 12ga, though. Big enough and lots of them
i like 410 handgun specific ammo in a bond arms derringer, long gun ammo is too much oomph on my wrist. load 2 federal handgun 410 #4 birdshot rounds to address any slithering snake, followed by 3 hornady ftx 185gr 45lc rounds for two legged snakes.