S&W Governor

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S&W Governor

Post by Nathan » Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:23 am

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I find no pleasure in killing anything, except for mice. I have an absolute zero tolerance policy for mice, and when I find the occasional one in my cabin I hunt it down with extreme prejudice and haven't missed one yet. The mice are coming into my pasture to steal the corn from the deer and elk, and then snakes are coming in for the mice. And they're nesting in my equipment shed. So I bought an S&W Governor, which is a .410 shotgun revolver, with high hopes of being a hands on solution to both my mouse and snake problem. I've always looked at these things as novelties with no real purpose, but I've also never tried to become a serial mouse-killer before. It took a bit of experimentation, but for mice/snakes, this thing is the real deal! While mowing today, I got sixteen field mice, all shot from the tractor seat while moving. From 15'-20' away with #7.5 shot, you can't miss (much further from that and the spread is too wide for guaranteed effectiveness). So for today, I'll walk around with my chest puffed out calling myself the Mouse Slayer. 🤠
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Re: S&W Governor

Post by Ohio9 » Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:02 pm

I gotta say I've found mice to generally be too fast for any firearm. The ones I've encountered tend to head for the hills (or the nearest hole in the wall) the moment I make any type of motion in their presence. I've found glue traps to be my only defense against them.

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Post by Nathan » Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:20 pm

I had no trouble nailing mice, even while scurrying under the grass. 15'-20' away, #7.5 shot gives you about a 3' kill zone where anything inside of that circle is getting hit. If you can shoot within 3' of the mouse, you'll hit him.
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Re: S&W Governor

Post by lazyh » Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:44 am

I've had a Taurus Judge for about 10 years. It works well on snakes. I keep it by my door in case someone comes knocking after dark. I keep it loaded with Winchester three inch PDX loads. They contain five copper discs and sixteen BB's. Should be adequate at very short range.

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Re: S&W Governor

Post by Tye » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:54 pm

It will be interesting to see how long you regularly carry that thing around the property. Is it in addition to your every day SD carry? After using my carry piece on a few nuisance varmints of opportunity in the yard without ear protection, I thought an ADDITIONAL light weight .22 LR (Beretta 21a) would be the ticket -- light enough to carry comfortably during yard work and maybe more accurate than the novelty NAA mini that I have but can't hit the broad side of a barn yet alone a ground hog at 20+ yards... Those things are very wary!

Anyway, not many shots down range, but for an advertised arthritic compatible, tip-up barrel, blah blah style of semi auto, this thing "features" TIGHT controls. I can't imagine ANYONE with arthritis being able to press the tip-up barrel lever let alone the 50 lb trigger weight (an exaggeration). Anyway, my particular 21A needs a LOT of break in order to even have a chance of meeting my expectations. We shall see.

At least in the case of the Judge/Governor you have a varmint AND SD gun in one!

I S'pose you have ear protection when running around on machinery.

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