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Question by jimurray. Uploaded on March 28, 2011
It's illegal everywhere I know of. There is no ethical range.
It is illegal and unethical.
Negative, except in a survival situation.
It is not illegal everywhere, there are no caliber restrictions in Montana, however I consider it to be unethical unless in a survival situation.
My hope is you are kidding.
Are you thinking of a 22 Long Rifle, a 22-250 or what?
No unless you want a huge fine and have your gun taken away. In a survival situation maybee but the range is very limited
There are so many calibers for a reason.
wounded animals are not funny.
In WV .22 rimfire no, .22 centirefire yes.
"centerfire", my fingers were going to fast.
Well I see the cycle has again gone full circle. Here begins a fresh round of questions asked from the wrong perspective of " Is ___ powerful enough to kill a ___ ?" instead of "Do you think that ___ is too heavy for hunting ___ ?". Just because no one in their right mind would use a round that delivers only 75 foot pounds of energy at 100 yards to try to drop a 150 - 300 pound animal doesn't mean it shouldn't be legal to try, right?
I had to learn that they were illigal the hard way.
please dont it will only wound it
with the legal aspect aside, the answer to a question like that depends entirely on the shooters skill and experience.
It is both illegal in most states and stupid everywhere else.
Brain shots are tougher than the lung-heart targets, I have seen 22's drop cows at the slaughter house, you have to be a highly skilled marksman to freehand brain shots, that or you can borrow Moishe's 375 expect kills with marginal freehand shooting. Truth is 22's have killed lots of deer, even a 22 lung shot deer will bed down unless spooked and bleed to death. Modern hunting is about regulations and ease of recovery, it has little in common with the folks that lived off of deer meat year round, some still practice this and can avoid prosecution based on location, but that falls under survival more than sport hunting, and as previousily stated is not legal.
I wouldn't shoot a .22 at anything larger than a rabbit personally.
Of course, I've a friend whose young son did get a young cull buck on a managed ranch at 50yd with a shot to the head.
DITTO~Sargeo1 in Florida this past season the 22-250
was a Top seller next to the 243W.
The .222 and .223 are big here in WV even though I don't advocate using them. My Son uses a .223 and laughs at me because I use my .280 or my 300WSM. He hasn't had a deer to get away in the last 5 years. He went to Kentucky last year and killed a real nice buck at 242 measured yards. Dropped after a 30 yard run. It still amazes me at all of the oldtimers around that use a .22 Hornet, of course they can shoot the eye out of a deer at 100 yards. The smallest rifle at our camp is my .280 or 2 buddies with .308's One of my buddies uses a 300 Weatherby Mag., one a 7MM Mag, one a 30-06, one a 300 RSUM, and my 300WSM. We believe in having enough gun.
Several years ago, I do know it was legal to hunt deer in Louisiana and Javelina in New Mexico with a 22 Magnum. All that has been changed to no smaller than 22 cal and must be centerfire.
Contact you State Game and Fish!
Use whatever lets you sleep at night. You'd get run off from our camp with a .22 Anything or a .243 Whatever!
it aint ethical.the effective range for deer is lets see...0.7yds
Unless you're surviving. And pretty sure it's illegal most places.
its illegal in most states , but only do it if you where in a survival situation or to put a wounded deer out of its missery.
Rodents and 150+ pound animals. Come on people. Use your heads.
Can you hunt deer with a 22 no. will they kill a deer - yes
I posted this answer before. I do not know why it may have been deleted. A .22 magnum is a very efficient killer. I have personally seen several deer and seven or eight black bears very cleanly killed by a .22 magnum rifle or handgun in competent hands. Only very still head shots need to be considered. I butchered a 180 lb. black bear that had been shot in the head and through the chest. I would not believe this, but I was there. The bear was shot behind one front leg and the 40 grain FMJ exited the off shoulder through bone. The bullet passed through and was not recovered. The first shot was a head shot. The second shot was not needed, but I am glad it was there so I could see the devastating performance of this little cartridge. I do not believe that the engineers that developed this round in the 1950's had an idea as to the physics wonder that they had created. With that said, do not shoot big game through the body as there will be no blood trail to recover your animal by. Only very still head shots with a steady and able hand. By the way, I get really aggravated at those that comment on a subject that they know little to nothing about. I will promise you this, a hill-billy with a .22 magnum will cleanly harvest much more game, grey squirrels to black bears, than anyone else with a Weatherby anything or whatever. Oh yeah, a deer camp full of pansies from the city won't be running anybody off. If that was little harsh, I am sorry. I was aggravated.
as far as maine goes it is illegal to hunt with a reqular .22 but it is very legal to hunt with a .22 mag even though i do not find it ethical that is why i always use my grandfathers 30-30 instead of my .22
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