What gun I carry on the trapline depends on whether I am trapping from a truck or on foot. When trapping from a truck I usually carry an AR-15 platform rifle in .223 caliber so I can reach out and touch any hogs or coyotes I see while making my rounds. The AR-15 based rifles have come a long way since the Vietnam era civilian version and now are very accurate and dependable firearms. The new Remington R-15 predator version is one I highly recommend.
I am also a fan of a .22 rifle for the truck if I do not carry the heavier and louder .223. As to brand of .22 rifle carry what you prefer and have confidence in. I prefer a CZ bolt action or older Ruger 10/22 with good optics for reaching out a bit if the need arises. The old Marlin lever actions are another dependable brand. I do not recommend the newer Ruger 10/22 as they have gone to a plastic trigger assembly, a rough cast bolt and paint like dipped finish on the receivers. The CZ rifles are a quality tool much like the old Winchesters, Brownings and Remingtons most of us knew as children.
I seem to always end up with a .22 long rifle pistol or revolver in the truck or on my hip when I am running or setting traps. In my younger days I carried a colt revolver with a short barrel and it met all my trapline needs. In a weak moment I sold it to a collector that offered me too much for the little revolver and I was not able to replace it. I finally bought a stainless Ruger Single Six revolver to replace the colt and still have it today. It has been carried lots of miles and dispatched hundreds of animals through the years. It is often on my right hip when you find me running traps today.
The pistol that I seem to pick up these days when I head out to check traps is a 1911 frame with a .22 long rifle conversion unit that allows me to shoot .22 from the standard 1911 model instead of .45 acp. This is a solid pistol with a proven system that holds 10 rounds and is very accurate. It has some weight but gives you the sense of well being that you know is within reach if you need it.
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