On Mon, 13 Mar 2006 14:27:44 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Doug Miller)
Another question about guns and the movies.
In the movies sometimes, the hero is underwater and he gets his gun
out and shoots someone. Once I even saw him shoot someone when the
gun was still underwater.
Doesn't the barrel fill with water, and isn't it dangerous to shoot
the gun when there is such an obstruction? Will the bullet get out
of the barrel at all?
Even if the water is poured out, there will still be a thin layer or a
few drops of water sticking to the inside of the barrel. Is there a
problem shooting the gun until that evaporates? After all, there is
not that much space between the bullet and the barrel.
They also show bullets "sparking" on various metals too. Movies have
their own "reality distortion" that bears little resemblance to "real
life." The fear of firearms is fed largely by the movie industries'
depiction of guns and bullets as they wish they were rather than how
they really are.
It (the snake) would be dead on the first shot, as far as the noise making
it mad, I think not, Probably never even feel the shot that killed it
(snakes don't hear).
CCI makes shot shots for many caliber pistols
Both will come at you. I encountered a copperhead as I crossed a
stream and it came at me, scared hell out of me.
"My doctor says I have a malformed public-duty gland
and a natural deficiency in moral fiber, and that I am therefore
excused from saving Universes."
First of all, if any snake in my yard is a protected species they are
going to get one of my protected buckshot rounds !!
I would try the snake repellants and I've also heard that spreading a
lot of mothballs helps too.
I keep a sharp shovel on hand in case, but that shotgun is always a
backup -- protected or not !
I tried spreading several boxes of mothballs when I lived in Arizona. I
think the rattlesnakes eat mothballs. It never kept them away. This ecology
thing all sounds nice but I'm inclined to think that humans are also a
protected species. The people who make these laws live in fancy penthouses
and never encountered a poisonous snake while mowing their lawn. I'll buy
some repellant and try it but I'll also have backup.
:) Saw my first copperhead of the season today. I've seen various repellants
:) advertised. Anyone have any experience with snake repellants? Do they really
:) work as advertised or is it better to simply shoot them? Are copperheads a
:) protected species?
If placed under a shed or deck they can help for a short term, if placed
as barrier so they won't cross, I have never heard of them being
I've used a couple of types of repellamnts and they are not fool proof.
They may discourage them but not absolutely repel them. One of the
powderted ones is nothing more than glorified moth balls
and the liquid has an odor which is somewhat likle a combo of ginger
and pepper. I must say that the nonvenomous species seem to be less
repelled than the poisonous ones.
Get a mongoose. Maybe get a couple and sell their offspring to friends
and neighbors :)
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On Sun, 12 Mar 2006 17:41:06 -0600, RobertM wrote:
Never heard of any repellent that worked - many claims, but no scientific
proof. Best bet is to get rid of food supply and shelter. Copperheads, along
with other pit vipers, feed mainly on warm blooded animals - mainly rodents -
so make sure you don't have anything in the area to attract rodents and you
should find that you have fewer copperheads, and snakes in general.
Remove rock and brush piles to a location away from your yard to encourage
any snakes that remain (and you do need some to keep pest populations in
check) to stay away from the house.
When you've done the above, kill any poisonous snakes that endanger you, your
family or pets. Do not kill snakes indiscriminately as some - like king
snakes - will help to keep the poisonous ones in check.
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be sure its a copper head. garder snakes are mistaken for copper
heads.the garder has a allmost yellow gold stripe all the way down its
back,copperhead doesnt. garders are very helpful in controlling mice and
dont bite humans.im sure you could do a search. coppers are usually
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