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  • #16
    Told you how they gave all of you nicknames. Now I'm getting a new one myself. "Dug" from the movie Up. Wonder why?🤔🙄

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    • #17
      dewman, after long thought and careful consideration, if I could still "walk & stalk", and just wanted meat, I'd have a tack driving .22 Hornet and nothing but head shots.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
        dewman, after long thought and careful consideration, if I could still "walk & stalk", and just wanted meat, I'd have a tack driving .22 Hornet and nothing but head shots.
        Pretty much how my old Scoutmaster used his .222, typically on bedded does.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by dewman View Post
          Just us guys. Now that it's actually hunting season, and many of us here are chasing different animals in different ways, we are checking in with each other about every night. Sometimes by phone sometimes in person. This has been an often recurring subject. Sometimes because of ammo availability, sometimes because of ammo price.
          Gotcha, can understand that.

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          • #20
            I have a bolt action Marlin chambered for 22 MAG that is exceedingly accurate. The bullets hit like little grenades. Yet the largest game I've taken with this Marlin was a coyote, hit broadside at about 75 yards through the chest organs. The animal ran for about two bus lengths before toppling stone dead. Good performance! Given the proper angle, I'm certain that I could down a deer with my 22 MAG

            But I obey the game laws and would never shoot a deer with this Marlin.
            TR.
            Last edited by T.R.; 10-06-2021, 07:13 AM.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by T.R. View Post
              I have a bolt action Marlin chambered for 22 MAG that is exceedingly accurate. The bullets hit like little grenades. Yet the largest game I've taken with this Marlin was a coyote, hit broadside at about 75 yards through the chest organs. The animal ran for about two bus lengths before toppling stone dead. Good performance! Given the proper angle, I'm certain that I could down a deer with my 22 MAG

              But I obey the game laws and would never shoot a deer with this Marlin.
              TR.
              Of course obey the law but clear up your answer if you would. Were it LEGAL, perhaps on private land only, would you hunt deer with your 22Mag? Given the high price and scarcity of centerfire shells.
              Also, welcome to the discussion. Glad to have new voices👍

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              • #22
                T.R. - Welcome aboard! We always welcome new "friends"!

                Marlin rifles have "microgroove" rifling. That's 16 lands and grooves and are known for their accuracy.
                I wouldn't consider your .22 Mag a "deer" rifle, but it would be a very effective "poaching" tool.
                Literally, about the only differences between a .22 Mag and a .22 Hornet is that the Hornet can be reloaded and is a little faster.

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                • #23
                  Not rimfire but........a "22" for deer

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                  • #24
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                    • #25
                      Bullet selection, as with any cartridge, may allow for varied application.
                      Don't run varmint bullets in your deer rig. Seems simple enough.

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                      • #26
                        Would I run a .22 CF or even RF if legal? Proly not.
                        I like to hunt, not kill.
                        So would like something with a bit of insurance.

                        I rather dislike head shooting critters. It just bothers me. Even on varmints. Odd maybe, even if the kill is instant, I find uglying the animal in such a manner as to be disrespectful.

                        So its shoulder or behind shoulder hits I prefer. Maybe a .22-250 w 64gr bullets works well like that.
                        I was not impressed w the .243 win on the one deer I shot through both lungs.

                        Think my .35 rem works a little better in the woods.

                        To each his own.
                        Last edited by CD2; 10-06-2021, 10:24 AM.

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                        • #27
                          I can shoot pretty good, and have enough experience afield to play it pretty cool.
                          However, in the real world variables exist.
                          Consequently, I would NOT set myself up w any cartridge that mandated ear hole usage.
                          Just because one can, doesn't automatically mean one should

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by CD2 View Post
                            Not rimfire but........a "22" for deer

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                            CD2, the 5.56/.223 can, without a doubt, take down a man much larger than a deer and a buddy of mine started his 6 year old son with a .223. ...and I don't have to tell you why the .223 isn't really appropriate for deer.
                            Now, as a tool for a poacher? Yes siree! ...but the .223 is much too loud and draws too much attention. The .22 Hornet and .22 Mag, not so much.

                            My biggest problem with small bores and deer is the fact that WAY too many people want to start beginning hunters with a low recoil round, which is a good thing. But small bore rounds take extreme accuracy, a cool head and sound shot selection. That's something not all beginners possess.

                            There are way too many "light" calibers out there that are easy on beginners and much more appropriate for deer.

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                            • #29
                              I frequent a couple of busy shops and work with a bunch of gun nuts.
                              Many are thinking of going subsonic in .300 Blackout......they talk about it anyway.
                              Even guys behind the counter.

                              While legal, I just don't think subsonic is the way to go.



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                              • #30
                                I've never shot a deer with rimfire but have done so with pigs. Three different times with the .22lr and all ran off. One definite head shot but probably at the wrong angle and there was no penetration, just a couple drops of blood, no trail.

                                I've killed a small sow. It was a 40gr .22mag shot to the neck. I was aiming at the head as she trotted through the woods. The bullet entered just behind the jaw and she only traveled another 20 feet, bleeding out before I could walk up to the body.

                                I've seen pigs brought down by other hunters with head shots. One was a .22mag and the other a 17mag. Those young men said they were one shot kills.

                                I don't recommend rimfire for deer. But, I would use the .22mag if I did. If silence was critical, the crossbow would be my choice over a suppressed subsonic rimfire.

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