mossyhorn9 wrote: »
I have used 357 and 44 mag bang sticks for gator hunting and both work well but I am now considering a 12 gauge. Anyone use one? Thoughts?
bswiv wrote: »
As someone who has CLEAND hundreds of wild gators, almost all dispatched with bang sticks of one kind or another I have to ask you why?
Beyond the fact that a .357 is less expensive to use, less likely to leave the ears ringing if it's set off to close to the surface, and does a fine job on even the biggest gators, there is the issue of meat damage.
When you consider that gator meat carries a wholesale price in excess of $8 most places the sheer waste associated with setting off a 12ga at the base of a gators skull makes no sense. Even if you use slugs ( the price thing again comes to mind ) the 12ga is going to do more damage. If you use a shot shell it's even worse.
Seen it first hand. Spent time digging shot out and cutting meat away.......just not worth it.
DropTine797 wrote: »
A .22 will do the job every time
But that's in a perfect situation with a perfect shot
You don't always get that
I use a .44 because it's more forgiving
You can hit the skull and it will still leave a nice mark and probably get tape on his mouth
A 12 ga is the most forgiving but that's a big round like chuck said
Its personal preference
bgeorge wrote: »
Some of the duds come from how the bang stick is made. I see more issues with o ring style sticking and not hitting the primer with a quick punch. Spring style seems to have a more consistent mechanism. One way to make the o ring style slide a little smoother is to put a light coat of oil on the o rings. I will rub it where the nose meets the face and that little bit of facial oil will do wonders.