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  • An 18-year-old high school student just bagged a new Texas-record alligator, an 800-pound 14-foot monster, using raw chicken for

    An 18-year-old high school student just bagged a new Texas-record alligator, an 800-pound 14-foot monster, using raw chicken for bait. The report doesn't say what caliber rifle he used. What would be an appropriate alligator rifle?

  • #2
    .22 cal to the head should be enough as long as it hits the brain.

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    • #3
      On swamp people they use a 22 when they have one on the end a line. All the shots are at point blank so I suppose a 22 will suffice. I'm not sure if its the standard 22lr or what but I'm guessing they use magnums.

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      • #4
        The gator hunters on the television show called "Swamp People" use a 22 rifle and shoot their caught gator in the head. It works well and kills them dead.

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        • #5
          Now, if I was hunting Africa’s Nile River Crocodiles, I would take a machine gun and a few granates.

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          • #6
            The .22Mag or 38 Caliber Bang Stick are used for gators on a Bait Hook in Fl. other use .22Lr Guns on TVs Swamp people.

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            • #7
              I've heard they sometimes come alive after you get them in the boat with you. Yikes!

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              • #8
                99explorer not if you do it right the first time!

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                • #9
                  A .22 short in the right spot will suffice.

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                  • #10
                    a.22lr will work just fine, up close and personal,placement,placement,placement!

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                    • #11
                      A 12 foot, 800 pound gator?!
                      GERG! Amigo! You ain't right! LOL!! .22 short indeed!

                      I think I'd prefer something in the "Ma Deuce" range! How about a 12 bore with slugs or 00 buck!
                      .700 Nitro Express? Bazooka? A retired 20mm recoiless rifle!? A 105mm Howitzer?!
                      You cain't get one uv them thangs ded enuff! LOL!!

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                      • #12
                        If there was ever a "call" for a MANGRUM calibre riffle! Gaters ud hafta be it!
                        There ya go WAM! A reason for a magnum! LOL!!!

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                        • #13
                          In one of the pictures he's posing next to it with a 12 gauge shotgun.

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                          • #14
                            The Texas Teen used a 20Ga Pump Shot Gun to take the Texas NEW Record Gator 14'4".800#s

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                            • #15
                              My dad was a gator hunter in Central Fla back in the 50's until hunting was banned. He used a harpoon and a long handled hatchet because it was illegal to possess a gun and a light at night. One chop in the brain area after pulling the gater up to the boat was usually enough.

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