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  • Can I hunt with 22LR?

     Trent updated 1 month ago 2 Members · 12 Posts
  • Trent

    Member
    September 16, 2021 at 8:35 am

    I am new to hunting and was wondering if a 22LR could actually Kill an animal? I was interested in a БайКал rifle for hunting but wasn’t sure if it could actually kill something?
    Thanks for the help and for aiding me in my introduction to Hunting!

  • jesse545

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Small animals up to a fox or coyote can be taken with a .22LR. Shot placement and distance play a factor in lethality though. I have heard poachers like .22LR for deer but I would never use it on deer and it is illegal in many states.

  • phloaty

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 8:35 am

    You should google this, but generally it is ethical to use .22lr for game up to around raccoon size. If you have to ask this question then I bet you are not a good shot so stick to rats, rabbits, and squirrels.

    Edited because I came across like a dick and I did not mean to. Harvesting game with .22lr is a great way to learn to hunt bigger game and develop marksmanship.

  • Doktor_musmatta

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Can a .22 LR kill pretty much any game, depending on distance and shot placement? Yes.

    Is it ethical to try killing, say, a deer with a .22? No.

    Many people assume a rimfire .22 is a “less dangerous” weapon, but it’s perfectly capable of killing a human, so please don’t let your kids play with one unsupervised because you consider it “not a real gun” or whatever.

  • TheLastSollivaering

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 8:35 am

    For what it’s worth, in Norway it’s legal “for animals up the the size of a hare, but not a hare”. Which is an incredibly stupid frasing, but that’s what it is. That said, it’s about shot placement. It always is.

  • Northern_Hunter_4422

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 8:35 am

    For small game go for it but for ethical reasons I strongly suggest stopping at anything around coyote size, for deer, bear, wolves, and elk go for a much higher caliber such as the 300 win-mag or 308

  • weeson1

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 8:35 am

    go for .223 centerfire rifle better range of shooting.

  • Penecho987

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Depends on your local laws. Here, for example there are different rules for different kinds of animals. Like for example the bullet needs an energy of 1000J at 100 meters for roe deer. It’s different for hogs and so on…

  • Sea_Charity_3927

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Back in the 70s and 80s my step dad grew up extremely poor and rural and in order to eat in the winter they would shoot deer in the head with a 22LR, and you can kill rabbits and squirrels and raccoons etc with one easily

    Keep in mind it can be illegal to shoot big game with a 22 in most places nowadays

  • Dangerous-Day6908

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Hunting with 22 LR is not the best idea of the year. Mainly because very often the impact is not sufficient to kill animal. They are only injured and suffer long hours. 22 LR is forbid for hunting in France. But balkai is a good gun brand. I suggest to prefer his 30.06 cal type express. Light as a 22 LR but really efficient.

  • The_EastCoast_Cowboy

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Depends on what you’re looking to hunt.

    Something raccoon or badger size, sure.

    But a deer? Wouldn’t hardly leave a scratch, so to speak.

  • SnooPeppers2417

    Guest
    September 16, 2021 at 8:35 am

    You can kill most anything with a .22 depending on shot distance and placement. I live in the USA, where every state has specific weapons restrictions that are species and sometimes location dependent. For example, here in Oregon, you can’t use a .22 to hunt any ungulate species, or bear and cougar. With those 4 you can only use a center fire rifle during rifle season, bow and arrow during archery season, or a muzzle loader during muzzle loader season. You can kill coyotes with anything you want, as many as you want, 365 days a year. You can only shoot birds with birdshot, usually 20g or higher, but in some states you can hunt turkey with a .22 LR. Long story short, look up your local regs and stay within them. I think a .22 is a great survival caliber, as they cost a dime a dozen, and you could kill an elk with a well placed headshot from within traditional bow range, and you can also take down squirrel and rabbit with it too, which is more likely.

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