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Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by joro, Oct 9, 2006.
Is .22 mag too much for hunting squirrel or rabbit?
Nope. I really doubt you will to so mach damage that you will ruin the meat of either animal.
I've used .22 mags on rabbits.
Depends upon what you call "too much"
If you hit one in the hind quarters you will destroy a lot of meat.
Hit them in the head or nicely in the chest and it's no problem.
ditto plus for the cost and performance you can't beat a box of 550 22LR for under 7.00 dollars.
I haven't meet a rabbit or squirrel that can't be killed with one
using 22mag for rabbit/squirrel is the same as justifiying using a 338 laupa or 50bmg for hunting your typical white-tail deer. All of them will kill but better solutions exist.
I don't know that a .22 mag is over kill. It really depends upon your situation.
Hunting in the thick stuff of Florida where Noway does I don't see a need for it.
But if you hunt out west or in more open areas then the extended range of the .22 mag ( or a .17 HMR) would be beneficial.
I used to do a lot of rabbit hunting when I lived in Australia, I mostly used a .22LR, had a buddy with a Ruger Target Varmint in .22 mag. He occasionally made head shots on rabbits at 150+ yards. I never made a hit at that range with the .22LR.
I agree, if you need the range and in doubt, use FMJ's. I really like the WMR and have two S&W's chambered in it. A 351PD and a 648 6". Federal makes a 50 gr. HP that expands even out of the 351PD and it never keyholes. I'm all about heavy loads for caliber these days. Great penetration, great accuracy and super hard hitting.
I use my 22 mag to shoot everything from squirrels to beaver. The HPs were making more of a mess than I liked on squirrels, so I switched to the ball, and have been pleased with the results, just aim for the eyes.
But a 22lr is fine for what you listed, well here anyways, where your shots are inside of 50 yards.
Thanks for the info.
Never once had a problem using .22 wmr on squirrel or rabbit. I bought my Ruger 77/22-RM for coyote originally, but use it for small game all the time. I always take the head shot, no wasted meat
For many years I used a 20ga. for squirrels, but after eating too many BB's, I bought a Marlin 25MN in .22WMR and haven't looked back.
Head shots are the way to go, and this rifle is up to the task.
I have found that my rifle loves the Winchester Supreme 34gr. HP (black box), to the point of producing sub-MOA groups at 100yds.
I have a couple of 22LR rifles that I could use, but I wanted to extend my range capabilities.
Just my .02
IMHO....The 22mag is too much for rabbit and squirrel. I use CCI Stingers 22lr and they make a mess of the meat. I now use Federal Classics.
That's what I try to do as well.
Yesterday my son was using my .17 HMR hunting squirells. Body shot one with a .17 gr VMAX. Pretty much killed and gutted it with one shot.
You don't need a VMAX to gut a squirrel. A body shot with a HP .22lr seems to do the same thing. Had one this morning.
I'm using 38g federal game shoks in 22lr (think they are HPs). Head shots on squirrels seem to do just fine.
I've body shot squirrels with .22 LR Stingers, and it was nothing like what the VMAX did to this one.
I'll have to bring the camera next time.
I use a .22 WMR for squirrel, ostly because I like the longer range. I find, as was said above, that a hit in the hindquarters tends to ruin too much meat. However, headshots and chest/shoulder shots work nicely.
That said, most of the guys I know who hunt squirrel use .22 LR.
Also, it needs be said that I prefer taking 50- to 100-yd shots. My buddies never even bother with shots over 50 yards.