I do reload & cast my own boolits too ... So 357 mag is actually cheaper to shoot than buying 22 bird/rat shot ... And since I carry a self defense gun with me anyways ... It needs to be enough gun for two legged or mountain lions too!
Here is the skin of the one I showed earlier fried!
Gun is 44 Mag!
Well that makes sense.
We only worry about rattlesnakes when picking wild dewberries (for jelly and cobblers) and in our garden. I've found them in our smaller raised beds but it's in our larger crops (corn, okra, peas, cantaloupe and watermelon) out in the fields that we're most concerned about. Every couple years we'll find them in our yard but for the most part not around the house.