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I don't trap anymore. But in my younger days when I did I found a good 22 LR handgun and some times a 22 WMR was about as good as I could get.

I used a Colt Huntsman, a Ruger Standard auto, a Colt New Frontier 22/22mag a Smith & Wesson K22 and a Smith & Wesson M63 stainless kit gun. All were fine.

The one that was a favorite because I liked it's versatility and the ability to handload ammo of differing levels of power was a S&W 6" K-frame 32-20. It had all the power I needed to any handguns range (I could shoot pretty far out with good handguns in the day when my eyes were still good) For trapped animals I used a 100 grain bullet loaded to only about 750 fps. No hide damage. Loaded with the same bullet and a stiff load of 2400 I could get the bullet out fast, and it shot flat.

Looking back I am 100% sure I'd have been fine with a 38 special or a 9MM too, but I used 22s for the most part except when I could use the 32-20 which was my favorite, but that was a borrowed gun, so there were many times I didn't have it. I have one identical to it now, but now I just enjoy shooting it and carrying it as a back-up for a rifle. I think back to the days when I was a kit and had the S&W 32-20 along, and it makes me smile.

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Savage rascal for me. Weighs just 2.5 pounds

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Carried my stainless Ruger MK II for many years as my trapline gun. Was always pulling double duty for small game hunting and trapping. Tried out a .22 LCRx. Looked great on paper and checked all the boxes of what I thought a good trapline gun should be. However I couldn't get used to the terrible trigger pull in single action, let alone how it felt in double. Down the road she went. Back to my MK II. She has put just as many bunnies and squirrels in the freezer as any other gun I own. No reason to shelf her now.


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I only carried if trapping Coyotes or bigger.....Just a .22 LR revolver. For Fox, Fisher or cats, I never carried anything.


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