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Hi All,

Am not an electrician, so the wire gauges is a bit like Greek to me.

What is the best type and gauge of wire to get for snare wire?

Am looking at snare wire for small game like rabbits.

Thanks in advance for the help.
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Manufactured snares are not that expensive. Something like $15/doz the last time I checked.

But, picture hanging wire makes pretty darn good snares in my opinion. You can even use a small L bracket (like for picture frames) for a passable lock if you wanted. Swivels can be added using a timber hitch.

I have made snares (for squirrels mainly) out of lamp wire. Just twisted/braided it together, waxed it, formed the loop and tied it to branches.

I would not buy materials specifically to make snares. If you are going to buy materials, just buy snares. If you are using re-purposed scrap materials, then make some of various sizes and test them out with different weights and engines.
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Manufactured snares are not that expensive. Something like $15/doz the last time I checked.

... If you are going to buy materials, just buy snares. If you are using re-purposed scrap materials, then make some of various sizes and test them out with different weights and engines.
OK, if one was to buy snares, which would you recommend?
And... where does one buy them?
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Piano wire is amazing, but you don't have to make snares with just wire. Paracord also makes great snares.

Look here also: https://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=4713
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OK, if one was to buy snares, which would you recommend?
And... where does one buy them?
As you mentioned snares for rabbits, just buy small game snares. They sell snares of many sizes. I have seen them for squirrel up to hog sized. I have only used them for small animals myself - squirrel, rabbit, ground squirrel etc.

You can order them on line from many trapping supply houses or pick them up in many sporting goods stores (I have found them in Cabelas, Sportsmans) and in farm supply stores (I have found them in Tractor Supply, C-A-L Ranch). I have even seen them in Wallyworld a couple of times.
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Piano wire is amazing, but you don't have to make snares with just wire. Paracord also makes great snares.

Look here also: https://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=4713
Yes it does. Braided fishing line does too. Although I will caution; use it only for really small game - squirrels and such. I have had it actually cut through the neck of rabbits when using on a spring or weighted lift trap.
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Piano wire is amazing, but you don't have to make snares with just wire. Paracord also makes great snares.

Look here also: https://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=4713
Thanks for the link. Am browsing through that thread now.

Appreciate all the feedback. Thanks guys!
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OK, if one was to buy snares, which would you recommend?
And... where does one buy them?

amazon carries several packages......


https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...eywords=snares
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OK, if one was to buy snares, which would you recommend?
And... where does one buy them?
Coincidentally, I just caught a schedule C rabbit a couple of weeks ago using these snares, ordered from Primal Gear:

https://goprimalnow.com/product/snar...snare-tri-kit/

Ten bucks for three and ships super fast. Just have to rub the lines through the loops back-and-forth for a bit before hand to clear any burrs.

I'm no expert, but the key thing about snaring small game I've found is to make sure you've got a good understanding of sign and of small animal behavior.

It normally takes between one and four days after setting up some traps before scoring some rabbit or squirrels, but again, I'm no expert.
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Coincidentally, I just caught a schedule C rabbit a couple of weeks ago using these snares, ordered from Primal Gear:

https://goprimalnow.com/product/snar...snare-tri-kit/

Ten bucks for three and ships super fast. Just have to rub the lines through the loops back-and-forth for a bit before hand to clear any burrs.

I'm no expert, but the key thing about snaring small game I've found is to make sure you've got a good understanding of sign and of small animal behavior.

It normally takes between one and four days after setting up some traps before scoring some rabbit or squirrels, but again, I'm no expert.
Excellent point right there. When I do trap (have not for a while), I set out dozens of snares. Placement is key - not too high, not too low. Not all runs and trails are used every day, so do not get discouraged if nothing is caught immediately.

Setting trap sets is different as well.

One will learn a lot about their local environment by trapping.
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Hi All,

Am not an electrician, so the wire gauges is a bit like Greek to me.

What is the best type and gauge of wire to get for snare wire?

Am looking at snare wire for small game like rabbits.

Thanks in advance for the help.
I can think of four types of snare material,

Braided steel cable hold it shape well, but smaller target animals can feel the resistance. Most premade, purchased snares (like Thompson) are made from multi strand cable and use locking devices. These snares can normally be reused a few times.

Soft metal (copper, soft picture wire) holds its shape OK, has almost no resistance, and self locks. These snares work best for small animals (rabbits, squirrels) but are often damaged.

Braided fishing line made from Spectra or Kevlar. Very supple, very light wt. very cheap to buy. These snares can be very strong and normally are not damaged.

Natural cordage can be made from a variety of materials. Animal sinew is the best known. While these materials can vary widely, these snares can be very strong and normally are not damaged.
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the last couple of years I have been using 18 inch 30 pound wire fishing leaders to snare small game i.e. (rabbits and squirrels). I have found them light weight for carry and easy to setup, and I tie them down with one strand from inside paracord, the cost isn't bad either
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in a pinch, .030 stainless lockwire, or spiderwire.
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the last couple of years I have been using 18 inch 30 pound wire fishing leaders to snare small game i.e. (rabbits and squirrels). I have found them light weight for carry and easy to setup, and I tie them down with one strand from inside paracord, the cost isn't bad either
Good idea. Always a good choice to have multiple uses for the same item in one's kit.
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just use 20 ga wire, if you want to make a slider lock drill 2 holes in a penny and bend it in half almost 90deg
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Buy some decent stuff that works.
http://www.minntrapprod.com/Snares-a...partments/529/
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