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What firearm do you guys carry while running the trapline? My son is looking for the advice of experts.


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I don't run a hard core long line or anything, but I do run a ways on snow machine, trapping fox, coyotes, marten, etc. In my area there's three things you need a gun on the trap line for. Dispatch sometimes for toe caught animals, something to stop a pizzed off moose, and something in case you see a wolf or a coyote on the snow machine. I've settled on a single six 22lr on my waist and a 22mag marlin 982 in a gun boot on the snow machine.

I think a 223 would be even better, but I don't really like carrying my AR in the winter that well, and I haven't got a bolt gun yet.


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510 Remington single shot 22 rifle for the most part, Ruger MK2 spent a lot of years in the packbasket. Single shot rifle easy to load and clear and make safe, shoots cb shorts to stingers

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Any 22 rifle that will shoot a CCI CB short.

Sounds like a BB gun, kills anything with a shot to the base of the brain.


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Some may tire of hearing about my H&R 922 - 9 shot revolver. with a 4in. bbl. it fits the front pocket very well and I carry it pretty much every time I'm in the woods. I got rid of the plastic grips and made some nice walnut. Fox, bobcat, coon.


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I haven't trapped since I was a wee-'flave but I believe the Ruger LCR in 22LR has to be about the best idea since Guinness.



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S&W 617 22lr and either a Win 9422 mad or Mod 70 222. I haven't varied from that in 30+ yrs.


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I usually carry a Ruger SR-22, but any type of .22 handgun will suffice.


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I carried a little RG(Saterday night special)for a number of years but it wasn't overly accurate but it went off every time, but when your longest shot is 5 feet 25 yard accuracy isn't a big deal.

Then before I got a carry permit I had a Llamma XXII, very accurate and I could just drop the mag when getting back to the truck.

Now I have a permit and a Smith 34.

On back country lines living in a tent the 22's would keep me in grouse and rabbits for dinner. On the canoe lines I had a single shot 12 ga with the barrel cut to 20", I used the barrel for a kill stick and with the gun together pot a duck or goose for a change in diet over Beaver and Muskrat.





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Single Six. We have a weird law in Iowa that allows you to discharge handguns in right-of-ways(ditches) but not rifles.

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SW stainless 63 4" for 35 years on the trapline and coon hunting, sighted in for 25 yards with stingers. Prior to that SW blued 17 6". Carry a range of bullets in a flat pack, CB, short hollowpoint for coyote and cat, stingers for longer shots.


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Depending on my mood, I use a Single Six or an old K22 but any handgun with shorts will work.
Revolver's are safer and more reliable than auto's. (Shorts won't always cycle an auto.)
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Only things on my trapline that get shot are skunks and badgers. No sense in putting a bullet hole in something if I don't need to. I use a S&W 422 for the badgers and the skunks get a round of .223 from my AR and I re-set the next day. The skunk gets buried nearby with just the tip of its tail sticking out and two traps bedded next to it.

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you must not make your own lure.....

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No expert trapper here, but I got tired (maybe lazy) of toting my 22 rifle, so I purchased a 22 revolver. I dont have to worry about bear or moose, so it doesnt take much to dispose of an animal at 5'.

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I make my own bait, but no lure making here. Skunks are pretty effective for me just planted near the set they were caught in. The bonus is that I deal with them very little and my pickup and clothes don't smell like skunk too bad (just the residual skunk from call lures). I leave the lure making to the experts. Give me a few bottles of MN Brand lures and a few others for change ups and I'm good to go.

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smart man.....grin


but, IF you did make yer own, you'd shoot the critters. Lots more full bladders than stomp 'n chokes.....

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My grandpa was a big trapper and I inherited his trapping gun.

It's a savage model 1911 in .22 short. It looks like a kids gun, maybe.

Lotta history there and I'm proud to own it.

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