American Handgunner March/April 2013 Digital Edition - Page 50

Want to know why Duke prefers big bore revolvers for rattlesnake control? Which would you prefer to have on-hand if encountering a sizeable rattler? rAttLers & R Big Bore is Better R Mike “duke” Venturino Photos: YVonne Venturino reVoLVers killed another rattler yesterday morning, a fairly large one and the first seen this year. Our nearest neighbor, a single lady, called asking if I could help with a rattlesnake in her yard. In my old age I don’t get a lot of joy out of killing anything, don’t hunt big game anymore, and for several years have only gone varmint 50 this sizeable rattler was the most recent one dispatched by Duke. it was in a neighbor lady’s yard and she asked for his help. i shooting at the strong behest of friends. That said, I also don’t feel any pangs of conscience about shooting a rattlesnake found around human habitations. Recently a German reader visited. As cat and dog lovers, he and his wife were thrilled with our large array of beautiful, friendly felines and canines. However, at one point I mentioned “my snake-gun” and the German fellow attempted to correct me. He said, “Ah, but everything has its place in nature.” To which I replied, “Right, but do you encounter any venomous reptiles around your home in Germany?” Of course the answer was no. So I continued, “I don’t go looking for rattle- WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MARCH/APRIL2013

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