If I'm out walking around, I usually have a Taurus 431 4" in .44 Special. Around the cottage my Taurus 605 3" in .357 is handy. Both with CCI snake loads or my handloaded ones are highly effective. If the snake is out in the open where I can use a stick or hoe that works. We seem to have more black and Kingsnakes about, and I don't see nearly as many venomous snakes as I used to.