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.22LR for hunting?

Uncle FesterUncle Fester Senior MemberPosts: 1,438 Senior Member
This year, I am going to try for Spring Turkey on a plot of public land. While I am out scouting this month, I decided to take my Browning T-Bolt .22LR to dispatch any squirrel or rabbits I might stumble upon.

Because the People's Republic has a dizzying array of laws related to where, when and what you can use, I decided to call the State Game Warden to confirm I wasn't inadvertently going to wander into a shotgun only spot (or worse bow only). During our conversation, he mentioned that rimfire pistols are legal during small game season.

1) does anyone use rimfire pistols to hunt?
2) if so, what do you hunt and what range do you limit yourself to?

(Note: we aren't normally allowed to carry pistols while hunting)

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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    I have hunted squirrel with a Walther P22 with good results. I would go out to 30 yards when feeling frisky, but optimally, inside of 20 yards is a lot more realistic.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • Great OutdoorsGreat Outdoors Member Posts: 323 Member
    This year, I am going to try for Spring Turkey on a plot of public land. While I am out scouting this month, I decided to take my Browning T-Bolt .22LR to dispatch any squirrel or rabbits I might stumble upon.

    Because the People's Republic has a dizzying array of laws related to where, when and what you can use, I decided to call the State Game Warden to confirm I wasn't inadvertently going to wander into a shotgun only spot (or worse bow only). During our conversation, he mentioned that rimfire pistols are legal during small game season.

    1) does anyone use rimfire pistols to hunt?
    2) if so, what do you hunt and what range do you limit yourself to?

    (Note: we aren't normally allowed to carry pistols while hunting)

    That is terrible- what communist state do you live in? We are allowed to wear a pistol on our side anywhere in SC while hunting or fishing and while traveling to or from hunting or fishing.
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Squirrels, rabbits, and grouse. Used my Ruger 22/45 target pistol. I prefer 40gr loads. Used Win Wildcats, CCI mini mags among others. Those rounds will deliver at what ever range you can hit with. I don't think I ever shot much past 25 yards.
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  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,720 Senior Member
    Rabbits at 3 to 4 feet with a Ruger Bearcat, when they were sitting tight, squirrels at 10 yards with a 6" JP Sauer & Sohn revolver and squirrels within the same range with a Ruger MKIII Hunter.........robin
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  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 6,720 Senior Member
    A ton of game has been taken with the lowly 22lr. My late great uncle use it with great success on, well, game a tad bigger than rabbits. Just "know where it looks" and all is good.
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,861 Senior Member
    I used to hunt raccoons with a .22 lr sportking pistol.

    Shot them out of a tree after being treed; run into them in a cornfield and shoot em; and one time I went in a culvert under Inter state 94 and shot a big one face to face in there.
    The dogs had run him in there and would not go in after him, once was enough of that, though.

    Hunted squirrels with it, too, I limited range to about 15 yds or what ever height a tree was.
  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,797 Senior Member
    Except for deer season, my favorite gun to walk the woods with is a .22lr levergun. Plenty of critters have fallen before it, even a small hog.
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    I now have three rifles, an old, I'm talking 80 years old, Westernfield that belonged to my grandfather. It's got a sweet trigger and is pretty darn accurate. Then I have a 10/22 Ruger That I bought about 5 years back. I reworked the trigger on it too. Now I have a Savage Mark II bolt gun. I love em all three.
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    Fisheadgib wrote: »
    Except for deer season, my favorite gun to walk the woods with is a .22lr levergun. Plenty of critters have fallen before it, even a small hog.

    Nothing sweeter than a .22LR Lever Gun and I will have one someday. Probably a Henry.
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Fisheadgib wrote: »
    Except for deer season, my favorite gun to walk the woods with is a .22lr levergun. Plenty of critters have fallen before it, even a small hog.
    Yup. I f you move up to a rifle platform, the .22LR becomes that much more formidable. I killed a red fox at ~70 yards with a CZ-452 American bolt rifle. One shot to the center of the chest was all it took.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • shootbrownelkshootbrownelk Senior Member Posts: 2,035 Senior Member
    I use either a 1890 Winchester or a 6" S&W K-22 masterpiece for Rabbits, not many squirrels around these parts. Either one works well. The 1890 is chambered in .22 long and I try to conserve my ammo for it...it's getting a bit hard to come by.
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 11,373 Senior Member
    I use either a 1890 Winchester or a 6" S&W K-22 masterpiece for Rabbits, not many squirrels around these parts. Either one works well. The 1890 is chambered in .22 long and I try to conserve my ammo for it...it's getting a bit hard to come by.


    I was gifted a little Winchester 1890 and it is one super accurate pump rifle. I have found the Winchester .22WRF ammo available but a bit more expensive than .22LR

    The only thing that it has killed in many years is a opossum in the back yard.
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  • shootbrownelkshootbrownelk Senior Member Posts: 2,035 Senior Member
    Diver43 wrote: »
    I was gifted a little Winchester 1890 and it is one super accurate pump rifle. I have found the Winchester .22WRF ammo available but a bit more expensive than .22LR

    The only thing that it has killed in many years is a opossum in the back yard.
    I do see that .22WRF ammo around here from time to time. But mine is .22 LONG, a different bird and hard to find. CCI makes limited runs of them, I should have scooped up more the last time I found them....probably 8 years ago or thereabouts.
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    We need a picture of that K 22
    Preferably the right side.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,642 Senior Member
    I do see that .22WRF ammo around here from time to time. But mine is .22 LONG, a different bird and hard to find. CCI makes limited runs of them, I should have scooped up more the last time I found them....probably 8 years ago or thereabouts.
    https://www.dowdlesports.com/CCI-22-Long-Ammo-Plastic-Pack-Per100_p_39746.html $9.98/100
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  • woodsrunnerwoodsrunner Senior Member Posts: 2,725 Senior Member
    Sounds like our annual squirrel hunt, Wambli
    Only Head Shots! 'Cept we use only muzzle loading pieces!

    As for .22's and hunting, if you place a .22LR in the right spot animals up to deer and feral hog size will drop on the spot or close-by usually. You've simply got to get a good brain shot placement. In my wildlife management activities here in Plantation Country several times I've culled out a wounded deer with my Winchester Mod 52 using Long Rifle rounds. Busted a few hogs, too, but these are harder to drop. Normally I've simply gut-shot feral hogs letting Nature run Its course. And before you jump to critical thinking about this "gut-shooting", do your research and you'll see that these animals are the Radical Islamic Terrorists of the natural environment.
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    I hunt lots of squirrels with .22 LR rifles and pistols. my favorite .22 LR pistol for that is the old Ruger Mk. 1 with a red dot sight and 30 yard range limit. Scope mount replaces RH grip panel. With rifles all are scoped and shots to 50 yards. With the rifles, head shots are easy at that range from a tree rest.

    I've shot a few coyotes with .22 LR from a rifle and it works just fine, especially from a semi auto and rapid fire if close. Head shots to the base of the ear work wonders on putting them down and so does a shot to the base of the skull from a quartering away shot.

    And woodsrunner's advice on feral hogs is on the money. They need killin' bad!
    For a hog facing you with head down, draw an imaginary X across face from ears to opposite side eyes and shoot at the line intersection. Also shots to eyeballs, and base of skull work, and directly into the ear canal, too. And if no good shot is presented and you have a semiauto, then hose them down.
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  • Uncle FesterUncle Fester Senior Member Posts: 1,438 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    My buddy and I used to take my Anschutz and his 52 and "snipe" at squirrels from the top of this hill in the middle of a hardwoods forest in CT. The place was loaded with bushy tailed rats and the game was only headshots were allowed and the longest shot of the day got free beers after hunting. THAT was a lot of fun! :cool2:

    Location?

    Trying to get out for squirrels before Spring.
  • shootbrownelkshootbrownelk Senior Member Posts: 2,035 Senior Member
    Weatherby wrote: »
    We need a picture of that K 22
    Preferably the right side.

    Wish I knew how....I can start this computer though. I don't own a camera.
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    Hey I just use my phone......It works well
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,081 Senior Member
    I have shot grouse, rabbits, and squirrels with my single-six
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  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,814 Senior Member
    I hunt local edible rodents (Vizcachas...kinda bigger chinchilla) using my Ruger MkIII Target or my Ruger Super Single Six (6" barrel). Hunting buddy uses a Colt Model Match.
    Usually distance is "self defense range", with no more than 25-yards standing, not supported shots, mainly due to the low-light conditions in which the prey is usually observed on the field. For this, I usually practice at the range with a picture target of the animal.

    All the times the handgun is employed as a short-range secondary weapon next to a most of the times scoped .22LR rifle, since this wary critters usually show themselves at ranges over 55 yards, and usually won't present a full body target while roaming in steep, rocky terrain with some brush cover. They are also sighted with the same HVHP ammo used in the rifle.

    Target practice is paramount; know your equipment and personal limits and learn to properly calculate ranges to avoid a hunter's nightmare: Not making a clean shot.
    A rifle will almost always be a better tool for the job, but with adequate training, you'll be able to enjoy small game hunting with rimfire ammo in the proper situations.
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,177 Senior Member
    I love hunting with the 22. Last week Bloodhound and i spent nights spotlighting for possums/rabbits/Hares and wild cats. Best night was 35 possums, a couple of Rabbits/Hares, 1 confirmed cat and one 'probable'. Total possum kills was around 75.......... including one of a pair which were doing the 'horizontal Mumbo' on the track............Interrupted his pleasure by accelerating and running them both over..........then had to get the slasher off the bike to finish the male off. God knows what the female felt at point of impact............:roll2:
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • RocketmanRocketman Banned Posts: 1,118 Senior Member
    I'm always taking squirrel with my 22LR and sometimes with a .22 pellet rifle off my rear deck. I've gotten a few past 100 yards. Best with the pellet rifle was a 130+ yards as a heart/lung shot. It was a hail Mary shot that I couldn't believe before my eyes.
  • therewolftherewolf Member Posts: 90 Member
    I use a scoped Ruger Mark II Slabsides, 7.5" barrel.

    Hunting mostly rabbits and squirrels, at no more than

    80 yards.

    Try CCI Stingers, 1600 FPS...
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