You can get a .410 BBL for it and the 2 1/2" shot shells don't recoil much in the Bond and you put out a lot more shot than with a pistol cartridge. Mine actually patterns better with the 2 1/2" # 6 shot than it does with some 3" # 7 1/2's that I have. Surprised me as the #6's didn't have a hole in the pattern but the 7 1/2 did, go figure.They learn; our Snakebit dog also barked, backing up, while the biggest dog who has never been bitten got a little too close, though he has encountered several of them. I worry about the puppy, who is nearly adult but too curious, but these are 24/7/365 livestock dogs.
I found the snake that I shot last night. It crawled a few feet and died after being hit. Looks like it’s over 2 feet long so it’s not a juvenile. If it is not carried off tonight by a raccoon I will stretch it out with my snake grabber and check it tomorrow. Of course the young ones are more dangerous because they don’t control the venom they release.
Today I ordered a bond arms Derringer 357 from Buds. My wife is now convinced that she’s going to need to keep a weapon in the chicken coop or garden basket for a quick shot if I cannot arrive on time, before a Copperhead gets away. She shoots snubs and big bore guns, and she is not recoil shy. Still, a derringer is a diferent animal so we will also practice right here on our land. Learning to shoot on a snub with +p helps; she is a good shot under pressure. There is no felt recoil from the snake shot loads in a .357 snub.
For right now I brought the gun I called “old painless“ into the house: my original firearm, a Mossberg 600 New Haven with a shorter barrel and tac light View attachment 157299 installed for nighttime work.