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arizonacamper
I got a scary reminder this evening. I'm  feeding some horses for friends that are out of town for 2 weeks. Went into a storage shed that has the alfalfa and pellet food stored on top of pallets. Wasn't paying attention when i bent down to get pellets out of the bin and i heard that sound that nobody wants to hear. I'm  no more than 2 feet from a real pissed diamondback rattlesnake.  I start to back out and here a 2nd one start rattling to my right about the same distance from me. My wife hears this and starts to come over when i tell her to get my handgun from the truck. I tell her to toss it to me from a couple of feet away.  When i turn to catch it the snake in front of me starts toward me so that one dies first. I turn to shoot the second snake as it strikes my leg. I got real lucky that it hit my pants and did not get a good grip on me. I yell at my wife to move and grab the snake and toss it outside when it gets shot too. This scares the absolute s#!@ out of my wife and insists  on going to the e.r. After several hours of observation the doctor says I'm fine which i told my wife earlier. So i don't get home till a little after 9pm. This all started at 5:30pm. Long night but i got real lucky. Had to answer alot of questions to the sheriff department  about the gunfire. I guess 1911s are a little noisy. Wife says she's going to have nightmares tonight.
Shawn
Owner of Copper State Diesel And Automotive. See my facebook page.

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Steve66
Wow that was close! I sat on a snake hiding in a boat cushion for 20 minutes once....till I realized he was there. 1911 is a fantastic pistol. 
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arizonacamper
Yes they are. I have several of them. I got all but 2 of mine while in the Marines. 
Shawn 
Owner of Copper State Diesel And Automotive. See my facebook page.

Lanterns are like tools. 
You can not have too many unless your wife says so!!

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Gasman64
Well, that was an exciting evening!
Steve
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arizonacamper
Yeah nobody needs that kind of excitement. I'm  thankful the snake wasn't a Mohave Green or I'd be dead now.
Shawn 
Owner of Copper State Diesel And Automotive. See my facebook page.

Lanterns are like tools. 
You can not have too many unless your wife says so!!

Gas is what you use for washing parts diesel is for making power!

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hikerduane
Good story, glad all went well.
Duane
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Rhubarb
I've dispatched all of my buzz worms with a D-1.... .40 cal seems like a good alternative. 
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austin65uri
Two at the same time; good thing your wife was there, plus nice shooting.  I've dispatched a few with a .22 Beretta for myself and neighbors when I lived in eastern Sierra rattler country.  Shawn, were you ever stationed at MCMWTC?
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Barrett
That's a good.... but chilling account. 

So glad we ain't got no real nasties here, tho every bee is a killer to me, should carry the epipen everywhere but I just try to bee real careful, only needed the hospital 4 times in 52.9 years 🙂

Well done keeping your calm and winning!
Andrew

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GCinSC
Barrett wrote:

 tho every bee is a killer to me, should carry the epipen everywhere but I just try to bee real careful, only needed the hospital 4 times in 52.9 years 🙂
!


Shawn,

Glad you're OK that's a nasty one.

Andrew,

Similar story here but only 2x to the ER last time just over a year ago. Epi too now.

Gary
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Muddlerminnow2
But did the horses get their hay?
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Jayhawksr
Holy cow, that freaks me out just thinking about it.  Glad you're OK.
Richard (KC native and KU Alumni living in Maryland)
Rock Chalk, Jayhawk. Go KU!
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Jeepstircrazy
Fantastic story! The part about spending less than 8 hours in the ER sounds a bit fictitious tho....


Seriously , glad it had a happy ending! Lucky too you have a great hospital!
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Willy
Rattlesnake tastes like chicken!  Ask me how I know.  If you are interested, tanning snakeskins are fairly easy.  I have a rattler snakeskin hatband.
Willy
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holliswood
Glad you were able to walk away from that situation! After having a similar experience a few years ago with Appalachia Rattlers, I invested in some snake proof boots and chaps. 
-Fred

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Bumpkin 95
Glad your okay. We have the timber rattlers and Copper Heads. I had a very close call with a copper head checking trail cameras one day. It latched on to a composite toe work boot on the toe luckily. The judge with a 410 is a fantastic snake gun
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12057dave
Good heavens Shawn. Sure glad you’re ok!! I was hoping you weren’t going to say he latched onto you!

Dave                                                       BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #1957

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Majicwrench
I HATE RATTLESNAKES

My hair stands on end for days afterwards.

Glad everyone is OK.

Well, the snakes aren't OK, but you know...
Keith
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Vintageish
That ended well.

If a sheriff grilled me over a snake shooting , I'd welcome him to be on call for snake wrangling.
Though in this case as others , timely response would have been out of the question. Thus the benefit of our carrying/using an arm.

I do respect L.E.O.'s lest there is any mistake...
Purty colors. Well , cept'n maybe that brown when it's on fire...
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SteveRetherford
what a story , glad your OK !!!
[DrSteve2]    Steve , Keeper of the Light !!!
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74HARLEY
I'm sure happy to hear that you are okay! Not a story I want to copy.
Joe
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Duck
Rattlers use to freak me out but I’m getting use to them

Joe
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Bob1774
Wow!  That is a shorts changer story!  Glad you kept your cool, and evidently a good shot!

I remember when I drove through AZ, on my 6 week solo retirement trip around the country, the roadside rest stops had signs in the restrooms, "Watch for Snakes," with an image of a coiled rattler.  That got my attention!  

I met a fellow hunting pythons in Florida, and he mentioned he carried two .45 cal. pistols "just in case."  I said, well, I'm afraid I'd be shaking so badly I probably couldn't hit the target.  He explained that is why he uses "snake shot."  Never heard of it before, but evidently a good item when in close range to something you want dead ASAP.  Basically a mini shotgun shell for pistols, but not sure how they may effect barrel rifling.  Of course given the choice, you can always buy another pistol!
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mnhogrider

Glad it turned out OK. Good thing you had a way to defend yourself.  Don’t get why the sheriff would be critical. Bad situation=that’s what handguns are for.
Always wanted a Judge. The Taurus brand kept me away. They used to advertise it as good defense against carjackers. Nasty at close contact. 
I used to shoot a lot of skeet and wanted to try one breaking clays just for the fun of it. Was against the rules.

Steve
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MartyJ
Good story, glad you are ok.   Also nice shooting.  I use to carry snake shot in my .22 mag that was always by my side but after peppering a few with little result, I switched back to hollowpoint which is very effective.  I aim at the body allowing for my shaking in my boots.  I think the shot will eventually kill them but did not do enough tissue damage to immobilize them to my satisfaction.  I wonder if your wife will ever enter that shed again?  Mine wouldn't, she is scared to death of snakes. 
Marty
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Gunhippie
A good friend of mine lives down in one of the local canyons. One night he went out to his barn because he'd forgotten and left the sliding door open. Foregoing a flashlight, as he'd lived in that place his entire life, he pulled the slider shut. It hit something and wouldn't close completely. Figuring it was a stick from a recent wind, he reached down and picked up the... Oregon Green Rattlesnake. He was bitten twice in two different fingers.

He was rushed to a hospital via life flight and given several doses of anti-venom. That was the beginning of months in the hospital and hundreds of surgeries to debride the wounds left as the venom killed and dissolved tissue. He needed several skin grafts to put back together what was left of his hand, He finally got out with all his fingers, working even, but his ring finger is pretty withered.

Your Diamondbacks may be big, but the venom of the Oregon Green (close relative of the Mojave) is about as bad as it gets.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
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SteveRetherford
driving home from the Colorado  river once we see a mine shaft not too far from the road so we go investigate , it was nice n cool deep in the shaft wile it was well over 110 outside , on the way back out it was easier to see , we had somehow stepped over a coiled up rattle snake right in the middle of the floor ....... it was a tough decision to get past that snake but it was the only way out . pretty sure the coolness inside made the snake kinda slow and that might have saved a life :-)

another time hiking in Kern County in think , stepping over a fallen log we see a baby green coiled up sitting on that log maybe a foot long  , it was real cute looking till my hiking buddy tells me what it was . needless to say we went around that log . he was really into snakes and knew his stuff . growing up in Hawaii i had never seen  snakes . it was in Kennedy Meadows i saw my first snake , a California king along the bank of a creek , scared the crap out of me so much i remember jumping in the creek when i first saw it :-) im a little better educated about snakes now days .
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Rustytank
Shawn I'm glad you're ok!
Marty what kind of 22 mag do you carry? I have a North American I carry in my pocket with the first two are CCI shot shells. With the 7/8" barrel it does better with the shot that my Single Six with a 6" barrel. My thoughts are that the NA with the short barrel doesn't impart as much spin on the shot capsule and and the pattern is better than the longer Ruger barrel. But if I know I'm going into snakey country I prefer a larger shot payload like a .38 or .44
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Sierra Roadrunner
" He was the nerviest, fastest and deadliest man with a 1911 I ever saw." - Wyatt Earp about Shawn's shootout at the neighbors horse corral involving two venomous rattlesnakes.  
Glad that you and your wife are ok Shawn. I just cringe at the thought if your wife wasn't there to cover your back. That deserves a candlelight dinner.

   Joe
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gpaguy
Glad you didn' t get bit.
We have those Timber rattlers here in Pennsylvania in the mountains and they are protected. Not aloud to harm or harass them and I don't. But they are making a big come back from decades of declining numbers and now I run across them all the time. They sure do get your attention and I now avoid places that look to risky to venture into.


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Whitegas Extraordinaire
Glad your safe, Kinda Scary for sure!
I frighten easily!

My current shade is Coleman!!

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Smudge
I think I would have jumped up off the floor like a frightened cat and clung to the ceiling rafters. We don't have rattlesnakes around here. Glad you're OK.
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also happens to the man. Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the sons of the Earth.” - Chief Seattle

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Flyboyfwa
John Browning to the rescue. Glad you are ok.
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arizonacamper
Yeah my wife won't go anywhere near that shed now and I already told her I'm bringing my shotgun with me it's compact enough I can just throw it across my back.  I reloaded it today first six shots are #4  birdshot the rest are 00 buckshot.
I don't fault the sheriff's they are just doing their job.
I guess they had three calls about shots fired from the Saddlebrook Community which is right next to where I was at.  this is a retirement community where you have to be at least 55 years old to live there.  by the time I got back last night the snakes were gone I figured either javelinas or coyotes got an easy meal.
And yes i went through mcmwtc jan. or feb. 1982 still remember the old snowshoes and long wooden skis.
Shawn
Owner of Copper State Diesel And Automotive. See my facebook page.

Lanterns are like tools. 
You can not have too many unless your wife says so!!

Gas is what you use for washing parts diesel is for making power!

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Rubing
Glad you kept a clear head Shawn and everything turned out well. 
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bowenstudios
I dont know if I could have kept my cool that close to them, probably wouldn't have waited for a gun, but instead tried to make a break for it.

I've only encountered 2 rattlesnakes, both smaller ones on the same camping trip when I was a kid, coiled and not happy. I have seen the boxes marked "caution live rattle snakes" the DNR puts out to try to re establish them. We mostly have copperheads and lots of them.

I have family in eastern Kentucky who used to hunt rattlesnakes for extra money. They had to have clean shots with a 22 so that they could sell the skins, head, rattles etc to souvenir shops. My great grandfather also used to keep them in the cliffs on his property, so loose. This was in the 30s and earlier, He would go out and milk them to sell the venom.

My mom has an exciting story about a copperhead. When I was a teenager she carpooled to the VA with her friend Susan that had an 80s s-10. One day they were leaving, normally Susan would get in and reach to unlock the passenger side. As she unlocked the drivers door mom saw something move. Apparently a 3 foot copperhead had slithered up into the cab somehow and was laying on the bench seat. Took security and a full can of starting fluid to get it out of the truck.
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BSAGuy
Dang Shawn.  Glad you are OK.  I got sweaty palms and a dry mouth just reading about this.  Nice muzzle control and a steady hand.  Maybe you were a gunfighter in a prior life!
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MartyJ

Rustytank wrote:
Shawn I'm glad you're ok!
Marty what kind of 22 mag do you carry? I have a North American I carry in my pocket with the first two are CCI shot shells. With the 7/8" barrel it does better with the shot that my Single Six with a 6" barrel. My thoughts are that the NA with the short barrel doesn't impart as much spin on the shot capsule and and the pattern is better than the longer Ruger barrel. But if I know I'm going into snakey country I prefer a larger shot payload like a .38 or .44

Colt Frontier Scout .22LR/.22Mag.  Bought new in the 70’s and carried out gold panning all the time with the magnum cylinder. Barrel is 4 5/8” if I remember right. Love that gun but I wasn’t much of a shot with past a few feet.  Your North American probably does better with the short barrel and would agree with your supposition.  I carry a .38 now and am reasonably accurate with it and it should handle most shooting issues her in California.  Canada or Alaska would be another story. I don’t use snake shot anymore as it limits your target and I don’t care about ruining the meat of a snake.  I’ve eaten snake and unlike someone who posted earlier, I thought it tasted like snake and the texture was grainy.  If Chicken tasted like snake, I would have quit eating chicken long ago. 


snake - the other white meat

Marty
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outlawmws
Close call!  Glad you kept your head!  

I've had 2 experiences with rattlers, one I was little (eight or ten?) and we heard the buzz go off, (we, being my dad, me, and our mutt cocker spaniel dog)  I never saw the snake at all, but I'd remember that sound till the day I die.  Dad called Freckles back and we went around that log.    No real drama.

The other time was maybe 20 years back.  We were scouting for deer beds west of Mount Shasta, and one lit off near my right leg,  My buddy yelled "freeze!" but I had already gravitated about 3 ft to my left. (Probably not the smartest move) We discussed it and I handed him my .22 semi auto as I had the reaction shakes so bad I didn't think I could hit the damn thing.  He shot several times without hitting it except once in the body.  He claimed the thing was "ducking" the bullets (he was shooting low)

I took a deep breath, calmed myself, and took the gun back. I aimed about 1" above the snakes head and blew it apart.  (Short range line of sight...)  

Cut off the things head, buried that, and we took it back and skinned it and had it for dinner that night. Salted the skin but it shriveled up and I only kept the rattles (not sure where that finally landed)
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Gunhippie
Well, there is something to be said about the Diamondback--they are big enough to eat. Our buzzworms are just too scrawny to be worth the trouble.

I would be much more worried about ricochets from a .45 in a close encounter than a rattlesnake. When needed, I'll use a stick.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
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mgmlvks
WOW - what a story!  Always be mindful we share our space with other critters!
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