Hunting with .22

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  1. Railsplitter

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    What is the largest wild animal you have killed with a .22 LR?
     
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  3. JNeuser

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    Whitetail deer. Before folks start yelling about legality it was and still is legal to this day(to the best of my knowledge) in the state of North Carolina to use a .22 rimfire to harvest deer. The ethicality of it can be debated but it was within the boundaries of the law. At the time I harvested those deer(over 25 years ago), my family was poor and it was everything I could do to scrape together the money for a hunting license. An elderly neighbor lent me an old Western Auto .22lr and some blaze orange for the price of raking his yard and a deer ham. All deer were taken inside of 30 yards with a single head shot. Every single one was recovered. None were wounded and none took more than a single step.

    I'm not advocating the practice, just answering the question.
     
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    Groundhog largest wild animal, Poland China largest animal I killed with a .22. Seen a friends brother not kill one with a 357 mag.
     
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  5. IAhunter

    IAhunter Venor ergo sum

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    Just jackrabbits. That's the biggest.
     
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    Groundhog . My granddad would kill his hogs with a .22 .
     
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    Deer. I brained a handful of does in my younger years on late season tags while out rabbit hunting.
     
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    Rabbits, squirrels, turkeys, possums, coons, skunks, foxes, a few coyotes, a few livestock-killing feral dogs, a few nuisance feral cats, a few deer...I've killed, or seen killed, a lot of different game with a .22LR. I think it's more potent than people generally give it credit for.
     
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    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one to say a white tail deer. It’ll kill them dead in a second but there’s little room for error. I probably wouldent do it again though but when your young you don’t think about things like that as much.
     
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    I agree.
     
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    Wild animal- large groundhog
    Overall- 100# Rottweiler
     
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    Hundreds of groundhogs, one weighed about 50lbs... ok maybe 10lbs :supergrin:
     
  14. rds95991

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    I've heard of treed black bears and mountain lions being dispatched with a 22. And a headshot to a moose.

    But who knows if they are true.
     
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    I’ve seen a black bear get shot 4 times in the head with a 45 acp and the shots never penetrated the skull. It took 2 more rounds with a 44 mag to finish it. It’s possible you can kill one with a 22 but it would be lucky. Anything is possible. I did see my grandpa kill a 1800lb bull with a Ruger mkii and it was dead before it hit the ground. I asked him years later why he killed live stock with a 22 all the time and he said it’s cheaper than a centerfire and works.
     
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    Carried a .22 rifle to dispatch raccoons and skunks caught on my trapline; single headshots were quite effective. Took groundhogs easily with .22LR.

    As a young hunter/trapper I thought my Winchester single shot .22 was capable of taking any critter in the midwestern woods I loved to explore. That rifle was an important part of my growing up process.
     
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    I took the story with a grain of salt. I can't remember if I was living in Michigan or Maine at the time when someone told me the story. Wherever it was, they used dogs to tree the bear and claims to have shot it with a 22. In the ear, behind the ear, I don't know.

    I would never go anywhere where bear might be with a handgun unless it is at least a 44 and I definitely would never use a rimfire for hunting big game.
     
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    A four foot shark. From a range of about 3 inches.
     
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    It wasnt a hunt, back around 1990 the wife had relatives that were pig farmers. I shot one with a Davis D22 chrome model derringer in the head at point blank range. I was using a Remington Yellow Jacket. When we prepped the pig to go on the spit we found the slug. It was flattened out and not much of a mark on the skull.

    D22 with original box.jpg
     
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    Quite a few ground hogs. I collected a bunch of bullfrogs in my younger years with grandpas Winchester 67.
     
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